Political Theory Workshop

The OSU Political Theory Workshop is a forum for theorists from Ohio State and other universities to present and to discuss their research in progress. We meet four or five times per semester, usually at 3.30pm on Mondays.

The Political Theory Workshop is pluralist in its approach and interdisciplinary in its orientation. We are open to a wide range of contributions, including historical, analytic, interpretive, and critical theory, as well as theoretically engaged empirical research. We welcome interested faculty and graduate students from all fields and all departments.

All meetings take place in the Spencer room (Derby 2130), unless otherwise noted. Papers are available electronically one week ahead of each meeting.

Questions? Please contact PTW coordinator Eric MacGilvray (macgilvray.2@osu.edu)

POLITICAL THEORY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Spring 2018

All spring 2018 workshops will be held from 12:30-2:00 PM in the Spencer Room (2130 Derby Hall) unless otherwise noted.

Monday, January 14th
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Eric MacGilvray (Political Science, Ohio State)
Discussant:  Matthew Landauer (Political Science, University of Chicago)
Location: 0150 Derby Hall

Monday, January 28th
“Fake News According to Trump”
Dave Whitsett (Political Science, Ohio State)
Discussant:  TBD

Monday, February 4th
TBD
Shmulik Nili (Political Science, Northwestern University)
Discussant:  TBD

Monday, February 18th
“Megacorporate Persons”
Brandon Zaffini (Political Science, Ohio State)
Discussant:  Emma Saunders-Hastings (Political Science, Ohio State)

Monday, March 4th
TBD
Dana Howard (Bioethics & Philosophy, Ohio State)
Discussant:  TBD

Monday, March 25th
“The Egalitarian Case Against Welfare Paternalism”
Emma Saunders-Hastings (Political Science, Ohio State)
Discussant:  Avery White (Political Science, Ohio State)

Monday, April 8th
“Citizenship as Study:  Civic and Intellectual Dispositions under Conditions of Pluralism”
Winston Thompson (Education & Human Ecology, Ohio State)
Discussant:  Grant Sharratt, (Political Science, Ohio State)

Monday, April 22nd
TBD
Candice Delmas (Philosophy & Political Science, Northeastern University)
Discussant:  TBD

Past Workshops:

Spring 2017

" Ourselves in Time: Intergenerational Humility, Deliberation and Democarcy"
Michael MacKenzie (Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh)
Time: Friday, January 27th, noon to 1:30pm
Location: Derby Hall 2130 (Spencer Room)
Discussant: Dave Whitsett (Political Science, OSU)

Towards an Ecological Critique of the Political”  
Reed Kurtz (Political Science, OSU)
Time: Monday, February 20th, 2pm
Discussant: Corey Katz (Center for Ethics & Human Values, OSU)

Manuscript Workshop: "Disposed to Justice" by Benjamin McKean (Political Science, OSU) †
Time: Monday, March 6th
Discussants: Joshua Cohen (Distinguished Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley), Sharon Krause (Professor and Chair of Political Science, Brown), and Stephen K. White (James Hart Professor of Politics, University of Virginia)

Sovereignty, Legitimate Authority, and White Domination: South Carolina and the Confederate Battle Flag
Heather Pool (Political Science, Denison University)
Time: Monday, April 24, 2pm

Manuscript Workshop: "Kant, Du Bois, and Cosmopolitanism in a New Color" by Inés Valdez (Political Science, OSU)
Time: Friday, May 26th
Discussants: Lawrie Balfour (University of Virginia), Juliet Hooker (University of Texas at Austin), and Adom Getachew (University of Chicago)

Autumn 2016

Thursday and Friday, September 22nd-23rd
Fall COMPAS Conference
"When Do Inequalities Matter?"
Location: Thompson Library, 11th Floor
 
Monday, September 26, 2pm †
Political Theory Workshop: "Actually Existing Liberalism" 
Andrew Sabl (Visiting Professor of Ethics, Politics, and Economics, Yale University)
Location: Derby Hall 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
Monday, October 10, 11:30 am
Political Theory Workshop: "The Paris Climate Decision: A Major Step in Protecting Human Rights"
Corey Katz (Sustainability Ethics Post-Doctoral Researcher, OSU) 
Location: Derby Hall 2174 (Reading Room)
 
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 20th to 22nd
14th Annual Meeting of the Association for Political Theory
Location: Ohio Union
 
Monday, October 24th*
"Political Theory and the Election: Populism, Rhetoric, and Resentment"
A panel discussion featuring Elizabeth Markovits (Associate Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke); Inés Valdez (Political Science, OSU); and Benjamin McKean (Political Science, OSU) moderated by Eric MacGilvray (Associate Professor of Political Science, OSU)
 
† Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute
*Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Studies and the Democracy Studies Program
 

Spring 2016

Monday, January 25th, 2pm
“Rousseau's Mistake: The Myth of Direct Democracy”
Hélène Landemore (Political Science, Yale University)
Discussant: Avery White (Political Science, OSU)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 

Monday, February 1st, noon †
"Blood Oil: Tyranny, Resources, and the Rules That Run the World"
Leif Wenar (Chair of Philosophy & Law, King’s College London)
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Video of Leif Wenar's talk is available at go.osu.edu/wenarl  

Friday, February 12th, 3:30pm
"The Democratic Ethics of Communicating Climate Change: Insights from Aristotle" ‡
Melissa Lane (Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Princeton University)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)

Monday, March 7th, noon#
"Repairing the Carceral Polity"
Lawrie Balfour (Politics, University of Virginia)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)

Monday, April 11th, 2pm
"Rethinking Safe Spaces: Mill's 'Frightful Brutality of the Poorest Class' and the Shaming of the Domestic Abusers"
Bogdan Popa (Politics, Oberlin College)
Discussant: Piers Turner (Philosophy, OSU)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
Monday, April 18th, noon †*
"The Politics of Yoga: The Neoliberal Yogi and the Question of Yogic 'Authenticity'."
Farah Godrej (Political Science, UC Riverside)
Discussant: Ted Sammons (Comparative Studies, OSU)
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies
 
† Part of the Migration and Global Justice Workshop Series, sponsored by the Mershon Center of International Security Studies
‡ Co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Human Values COMPAS Program
# Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Criminal Justice Research Center, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
* Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies program
 

Autumn 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 12pm † *
“Racial Equality”
Charles W. Mills (Philosophy, Northwestern University)
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies (Please register for the event at http://go.osu.edu/millsc)
 
Monday, October 19th, 2pm ‡
"Democratic Justice and Environmental Policy"
Elisabeth Ellis (Political Science, University of Otago)
Discussant: Loren Goldman (Political Science, Ohio University)
Location: Thompson Library, Room 165 

Monday, November 2nd, 2pm 
"Overconsumption as an Adaptive Preference" 
Avery White (Political Science, OSU)
Discussant: Brian McLean (Philosophy, OSU)
Location: Derby 47

Monday, November 16th, 2pm † #

"Regimenting Migrants: Post-colonial Nationalism and the South Asian Diaspora"
Ishan Ashutosh (Geography, Indiana University)
Discussant: Martin Joseph Ponce (English, OSU)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 

† Part of the Migration and Global Justice Workshop Series, sponsored by the Mershon Center of International Security Studies
* Co-sponsored by the departments of African American and African Studies, Comparative Studies, and Philosophy
‡ Co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Human Values COMPAS Program
# Co-sponsored by the Geography Department

Spring 2015

Monday, January 26, 3:30pm †
"The Right to Exclude Immigrants and its Limits"
David Watkins (University of Dayton Political Science)
Discussant: Theresa Delgadillo (OSU Comparative Studies)
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies
 
Monday, March 9, 3:30pm
Thrasymachus's Blush: Emotion, Deliberation, and the Politics of Motivated Reasoning
Michael Neblo (Associate Professor of Political Science, OSU)
Discussant: Heather Pool (Denison University Political Science)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
Monday, March 30, 3:30pm- CANCELLED, will be rescheduled for Fall 2016
New Book Workshop: Burdens of Political Responsibility: Narrative and The Cultivation of Responsiveness by Jade Schiff (Politics, Oberlin)
Note: Copies of Prof. Schiff's book will be made available in advance of the workshop to registered participants.
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)

Monday, April 6, 3:30pm
"Totality and Empirical Social Psychology: A Critique of Research into Democratic Legitimation."
Kailash Srinivasan (OSU Political Science)
Disscusant: Nicholas Kiersey (Ohio University Political Science)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
Monday, April 20, 3:30pm †
Paper Title "" The Legitimacy of Border Coercion: Freedom of Association, Territorial Dominion, and Self-Defense"
Arash Abizadeh (McGill University Political Science)
Discussant: Amna Akar (OSU Law School)
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies
 
† Part of the Migration and Global Justice Workshop Series, sponsored by the Mershon Center of International Security Studies


FALL 2014
 

Monday, September 29 "Retrieving the Lost Worlds of the Past: The Case for an Ontological Turn"
Greg Anderson (OSU)
Discussant: Joel Wainwright (OSU)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
Friday, October 10: “Justice, Social and Political” @ 3:30 PM
Philip Pettit, (Princeton University)
(There will be no pre-circulated paper for this talk)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
Monday, October 27: " Aestheticizing Action: Latino Republicans and the Art of Diversity” @ 3:30 PM
Cristina Beltrán (New York University)†*
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies
 
Thursday, November 6:  “DuBois’ Afro-Futurism and Vasconcelos’ Indología” @ 4.30pm
Juliet Hooker (University of Texas at Austin)*
Location: Multicultural Center (Ohio Union)
 
Monday, November 17
Vidar Thorsteinsson (OSU)
Discussant: Marcus Green (Otterbein University)
Location: Derby 2130 (Spencer Room)
 
† Part of the Workshop on Immigration and Global Justice, sponsored by the Mershon Center of International Security Studies.
* Co-sponsored by the Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER).

2011-2012

Daniel Skinner, Capital University
"Paradoxes of American Liberalism: Rethinking Medical Malpractice Reform and 'A Patients Bill of Rights'"
Friday April 27th, 10:30am-12:00pm in 2130 Derby Hall (The Spencer Room)

2010-2011

David McIvor, The Kettering Foundation / Duke University
"'A Splintering and Shattering Activity': Race, Reconciliation, and the Work of Mourning"
Friday May 6th, 1:30pm-3:00pm in 2174 Derby Hall (The Reading Room)

Piers Norris Turner, Department of Philosophy, The Ohio State University
"Authority, Progress, and the 'Assumption of Infallibility' in On Liberty"
Friday March 4th, 10:30am-12:00pm in 2130 Derby Hall (The Spencer Room)

2009-2010

Inés Valdez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Beyond the Borders of the Public Sphere: Unearthing the Politics of Immigration
Friday, April 30, 1:30-3:00 in Derby 2130

Eric Grynaviski, The Ohio State University
"The Morality of the Bloodstained Spear: Declaring the Just War"
Friday February 5th, 1:00-2:30 in Derby 2130

Mark Warren, University of British Columbia
"Two Trust-Based Uses of Minipublics in Democratic Systems"
Friday, February 19th, 2:00-3:30 PM (Reception to follow)
Spencer Room (Derby 2130)

Alexander Wendt, The Ohio State University
"Preface to a Quantum Social Science"
Friday November 20th at noon in the Spencer Room (Derby 2130)

William Scheuerman, Indiana University
"What Cosmopolitans Can Learn From Classical Realists"
November 13th, 2009, Noon to 1:30PM, The Mershon Center for International Security Studies (1501 Neil Ave.)

Eric MacGilvray, The Ohio State University
"The Invention of Market Freedom"
November 6, 2009, Noon to 1:30 PM, Spencer Room (Derby 2130)

2008-2009

Joshua Cohen, Stanford University
"Philosophy, Social Science, Global Poverty"
5 May 2009, 3:30pm at Spencer Room (2130 Derby)

Archon Fung, Harvard University
“The Principle of Affected Interests and Inclusion in Democratic Governance”
6 February 2009, 12:00pm at Spencer Room (2130 Derby)

2007-2008

S. M. Amadae, OSU Political Science
“Wittgenstein on Counting in Political Economy”
23 May 2008, 2:00pm at Spencer Room

Rafi Youatt, OSU Political Science
"Rethinking Anthropocentric Politics"
9 May 2008, 12:00pm at Spencer Room

Eric MacGilvray, OSU Political Science
"The Rise and Fall of Republican Freedom"
25 April 2008, 12:00pm at Spencer Room

Simone Chambers, University of Toronto
"Rhetoric and the Public Sphere: Has deliberative democracy abandoned mass democracy?"

James Johnson, University of Rochester
"The Arithmetic of Compassion: Rethinking the Politics of Photography"

Dennis Thompson, Harvard University
"Who Should Govern?"

Highlights from recent years

2006-2007

Seyla Benhabib, Yale University, Political Science
"Twilight of Sovereignty or the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Norms: Rethinking Citizenship in Hard Times"

Mary Dietz, University of Minnesota, Political Science
"Between Polis and Empire: Aristotle's Politics"

Robert Gooding-Williams, University of Chicago, Political Science
"Between the Masses and the Folk: Du Bois as Political Philosopher"

Jeremy Waldron, New York University, Law
"Safety and Security"

2005-2006

Victoria Kahn, University of California, Berkelely, English and Comparative Literature
"Nationalism and Internationalism in Milton, Grotius, and Hobbes"

Bryan Garsten, Yale University, Political Science
"Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment"

David Luban, Georgetown University, Law and Philosophy
"The Commander-in-Chief Power and Civilian Control of the Military"

Mattias Iser, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Philosophy
"Paradoxes of (Un)just War Theory"

2004-2005

Iris Marion Young, University of Chicago, Political Science
"Responsibility and Global Labor Justice"

Donald Moon, Wesleyan University, Government
"Justice as Social Cooperation"

Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
"The Case for Less Accountability"

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