3. Normative Political Theory
Broadly conceived, “Normative Political Theory” refers to political theories that are informed by and geared toward political problems: their explication and redress. Under this umbrella, we welcome proposals from all corners of political theory consistent with this year’s conference theme of “Categories and the Politics of Global Inequalities.”
Which theoretical methodologies help us to understand the concept of political inequality in a global sense? How might we theorize the relationships among national, transnational, and international frameworks of political analysis? What role do categories play in and among these frameworks? How do various categories contribute to political inequalities, and what potential do categories hold for the easing of such inequity? How should we envision the relationships between law and politics, between politics and morality, and between individuals and groups under the rubric of the global?
We especially encourage proposals that meld empirical evidence with novel and experimental theoretical approaches that challenge us to rethink our understanding of past and existing political problems, and to anticipate and develop practical strategies for tomorrow. We invite interdisciplinary theoretical work on these themes, and individual and panel proposals from scholars, activists, and practitioners.
We recognize that the subdivision of Political Theory into the three categories of “Political Thought and Philosophy,” “Foundations of Political Theory” and “Normative Political Theory” poses some categorical difficulties of its own. We expect there to be some overlap among these divisions, and will work together with the other political theory division chairs to achieve a well-balanced and inclusive political theory panel line-up.
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