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11. -15. September 2018, Siegen

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Summer School on Political Epistemology The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and the British Academy (BA) Newton Advanced Fellowship "Dealing Ethically with Conflicts between Deep Commitments"

Speakers and Themes: Sorin Baiasu (Keele): The Epistemology of Desert Sandrine Baume (Lausanne): How to Systematize and Counter Objections to Political Compromises Adrian Blau (KCL): Thought Experiments in Political Theory: Should We Use Them and, If So, How? Ruhi Demiray (Siegen/Keele): Political Theory, Political Understanding and Political Judgement Robert Goodin (ANU): An Epistemic Theory of Democracy Michael Haus (Heidelberg): Justice, Equality and Knowledge: Comparing Liberal Egalitarian and Communitarian Perspectives Shunzo Majima (Hiroshima): Methods in Applied Ethics Matheson Russell (Auckland): Polemical Speech and Deliberative Democracy Thomas Sukopp (Siegen): Views on and Views from Europe: 'We' and the 'Other' in International Human Rights Education

Perspectives Applications: The application deadline is 6 August 2018.

Confirmation of participation will be sent by email by 10 August.

For the details of the application procedure, please go to the Summer School's website ( ) and Facebook page (

Applicants are advised to book travel only after having received acceptance of their academic applications. Each delegate will be expected to make a presentation on a topic relevant for the theme of the summer school. The paper's title and detailed abstract (750 words) must be submitted as part of the application. Publication Plans: Academic and delegate presentations to the Summer School sessions will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Public Reason, an issue guest-edited by Amy Kings and Ruhi Demiray. Funding: The summer school is supported financially by the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship "Dealing Ethically with Conflicts between Deep Commitments: A Dual Critical-Hermeneutic Account" and by the European Consortium for Political Research.

We will be able to offer heavily subsidized accommodation and participation, as well as free breakfast and lunch to the participants during the Summer School. Depending on costs and the funding available, we plan to cover all expenses, making for instance available funding for the travel expenses as well, but two travel grants (of €250 each) are already available from the ECPR.

Conditions of eligibility for the ECPR Travel Grant: 1. Be from an ECPR member institution who have paid their annual membership fee (you can check to see if your institution is a paid member here:; 2. Not be receiving any other funding for travel to attend the Summer School; i.e. must be self-funded; 3. Be subject to adequate academic performance during the Summer School, as assessed by the Summer School organisers.

Eligible delegates must also be able to produce the relevant documentation related to their expenses (i.e. boarding passes/train tickets etc.). Please let us know as soon as possible whether you would like to apply for an ECPR travel grant. Further Information: Any inquiries concerning the summer school can be sent to the Summer School Convenor, Ruhi Demiray ( The ECPR Kantian Standing Group organise a series of summer schools on methods in normative political theory/philosophy. Previous schools were organised in 2014 (Keele), 2015 (Keele - organised jointly with the Political Theory Standing Group) and 2016 (Limerick - organised jointly with the Political Theory Standing Group). This year the summer school will take place at the University of Siegen, and will be organised by the University of Siegen in cooperation with Keele University under the aegis of the ECPR and the BA Newton Advanced Fellowship "Dealing Ethically with Conflicts between Deep Commitments".

The School gives 15 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of moral, legal and political theory/philosophy a unique opportunity to exchange research and teaching ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes.

The narrative of the Summer School's theme and other details about the event may be found on our websites: Website:

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This Summer School is organised with the support of British Academy, the European Consortium for Political Research, the ECPR Kantian Standing Group, University of Siegen, Keele University, the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre, and the Zentrum für Kommentarische Interpretationen zu Kant (ZetKIK).