International Conferences in Social Political Thought

“The Political Role of Moral Emotions”

At the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

June 23-24, 2022. Cosponsors: Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics at Georgia State University, USA; and the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva

Featured speakers

  1. Carla Bagnoli (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Blaming: a pluralist and dynamic account
  2. Antti Kauppinen (University of Helsinki): Emotions and Echo Chambers
  3. Victoria McGeer (Princeton University and Australian National University): Why do we punish?  Confronting the myth of folk retributivism
  4. Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Contempt, Political Divisions, and Transitional Justice


  1. Gustavo Beade (Universidad Austral de Chile), Emotions, Punishment and Human Rights Violations: A Defense of the ‘Trials from within the Community’
  2. Michael Cholbi (University of Edinburgh), Shared Grief as a Catalyst for Solidarity and Social Justice
  3. Romy Eskens (Stockholm University), Gratitude as a Justification for Partiality Towards Combatants in Humanitarian Interventions
  4. Jakob Huber (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main), What is Democratic Hope?
  5. Max F. Kramer (University of Arizona), Moral Anger, Empathy, and Solidarity
  6. Laura Luz Silva (University of Antwerp), The Efficacy of Anger: Retribution and Recognition

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“Injustice, Resistance, and Progress”

London School of Economics

June 6-7, 2018

Jointly organized by the Department of Government of the London School of Economics and the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University.

Featured speakers:

Simon Caney, University of Warwick, “Prefigurative Politics and the Transition to a Better World”.

Emanuela Ceva, University of Pavia & Harvard University, “Progressing towards Justice: The Case for Blowing the Whistle on Political Corruption”.

Derrick Darby, University of Michigan, “Educating the Resistance”.

Candice Delmas, Northeastern University, “In Defense of Uncivil Disobedience”.

Clarissa Hayward, Washington University in St. Louis & Harvard University, “Disruption: What is it Good For?”


Eric Boot, Leiden University, “Obligatory Whistleblowing: Civil Servants and the Complicity-

Based Obligation to Disclose Government Wrongdoing”.

Zsolt Kapelner, Central European University, “Revolution in Defense of Political Rights”.

Kevin K W Ip, Hong Kong Baptist University, “Resistance Movements and Consent of the Oppressed”.

Leonie Smith, University of Manchester, “Just Resistance: the Permissibility of Epistemic Nudging in Overcoming Epistemic Harm”


“Collective Responsibility for the Future”
University College Dublin
June 15-16, 2015

Publications emerging from this conference include

Jointly organised by the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin and the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University

Keynote speakers: Philip Pettit (Princeton University/Australian National University): “Rethinking responsibility”; Simon Caney (Oxford University): “The collective duty to resist injustice and to create just institutions”

Conference presenters:
Farid Abdel Nour, Political Science, San Diego State University
Andrew Altman, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University
Saba Bazargan, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
Brandon Byrd, Philosophy, Bowling Green State University
Sara Rachel Chant, University of Missouri/Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University
Stephanie Collins, Politics, University of Manchester
Toni Erskine, International and Political Studies, University of New South Wales
Avigail Ferdman, Public Policy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Stephen Gardiner, Philosophy, University of Washington
Eric Godoy, Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute, New York
John Hasnas, Business, Georgetown University
Robert Jubb, Politics, University of Leicester
Elizabeth Kahn, Government and International Affairs, University of Durham
Simo Kyllönen, Political and Economic Studies/Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Holly Lawford Smith, Philosophy, Sheffield University
Maeve McKeown, Justitia Amplificata, Goethe University Frankfurt
Jasmina Nedevska, Political Science, Stockholm University
Sze Yi/Amy Pao, Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
Avia Pasternak, Political Science, University College, London
Nahshon Perez, Political Studies, Bar Ilan University
Fabian Schuppert, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast
Anne Schwenkenbecher, Arts, Murdoch University
Marion Smiley, Philosophy, Brandeis University
Peter Stone, Political Science, Trinity College Dublin
Allard Tamminga, Philosophy, University of Groningen
Isaac Taylor, Politics and International Relations, Oxford University
Bill Wringe, Philosophy, Bilkent University
Alexa Zellentin, Politics and International Relations, UCD

Conference on Immigration, Toleration, and Nationalism
Helsinki, Finland.
May 30-31, 2013.
Part of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld International Conference Series in Social and Political Thought

Keynote Speakers: David Miller (Oxford) and Samuel Scheffler (NYU). Principal papers: Margaret Moore (Queens University), Kiernan Oberman (University College, Dublin), Emanuela Ceva (Università di Pavia), Gina Gustavvson (Uppsala University), Serena Parekh (Northeastern University), Jorge M. Valadez (Our Lady of the Lake University), Iseult Honohan (University College Dublin), Armin Khameh (The University of Sheffield), Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval Québec), Emily McTernan (London School of Economics), Esma Baycan (The Institute of Philosophy K.U Leuven), Chiara Testino (Università di Pavia), Jamie Terence Kelly (Vassar College), Joonas Leppänen,(University of Helsinki), Desiree Lim (Kings College London), Clara Sandelind (University of Sheffield), Benjamin Boudou (Program Sciences Po, Pensée Politique), Carson Young (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France, and Georgia State University), Francesco Chiesa (University of South Wales), Kristian Klockars, (University of Helsinki). Click here to select audio files.

Death: Its meaning, metaphysics, and morality,” an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Newcastle, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK
June 6-7, 2011
Part of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld International Conference Series on Social and Political Thought.

Keynote speakers: Mary Midgley (Newcastle), Ben Bradley (Syracuse). Principal papers: Jon Garthoff (Northwestern); Alex Voorhoeve (LSE); Stephan Blatti (Memphis); Aaron Wolf (Syracuse); Kathy Behrendt (Wilfrid Laurier); Saul Smilansky (Haifa); William Baird (Georgia State); Geoffrey Scarre (Durham); Timo Airaksinen (Helsinki); Ben Curtis (Nottingham).

Conference: Is Targeted Killing Permissible?: Philosophical, Moral, and Legal Aspects
Part of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld International Conference Series on Social and Political Thought
Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Lawrence Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law
Andrew Altman, Georgia State University, Department of Philosophy
Kenneth Anderson, American University Washington College of Law
Luis Chiesa, Pace Law School
Russell Christopher, The University of Tulsa College of Law
Ambassador Dell Dailey, Department of State
Major John Dehn, US Military Academy at US Army
William Ewald, University of Pennsylvania
Eric Feldman, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Claire Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Jean Galbraith, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Kevin Govern, Ave Maria School of Law
Alexander Greenawalt, Pace Law School
Amos Guiora, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Virginia Held, Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Frances M. Kamm, Harvard University
Leo Katz, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Matt Lister, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Craig Martin, University of Baltimore School of Law
Colonel Mark Maxwell, National War College
Jeff McMahan, Professor of Philosophy Rutgers University
Gregory S. McNeal, Pepperdine University School of Law
Major Richard Meyer, Department of Law, United States Military Academy, West Point
Phillip Montague, Western Washington University, Department of Philosophy
Stephen Morse, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Jens Ohlin, Cornell Law School
Deborah Pearlstein, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Stephen Perry, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Harvey Rubin, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fernando Tesón, Florida State University
Peter Vallentyne, University of Missouri-Columbia
Jeremy Waldron, New York University School of Law
Doug Weck, University of Pennsylvania
Cosponsored with University of Pennsylvania Law School, Institute for Law and Philosophy.

Publications emerging from this conference include:

The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children: Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
Part of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld International Conference Series on Social and Political Thought
May 26-28 2008
An interdisciplinary conference cosponsored with the Philosophy Department of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Keynote speakers:
Hugh LaFollete (University of South Florida): “Licensing Parents Revisited”
Jeff McMahan (Rutgers University): The Morality of Causing People to Exist”

Part of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld International Conference Series on Social and Political Thought
May 29-31, 2006
An interdisciplinary conference cosponsored with the Philosophy Department of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Keynote speakers:
Chandran Kukathas, University of Utah
Thomas Pogge, Australian National University, Columbia and Oslo Universities