Political Theory

Chair: Kia Lindroos (kia.lindroos@jyu.fi)*

*Please do not submit proposals directly to the chair.  All proposals must be submitted online.  Please contact the chair only if you have a question regarding participation on one of the panels.

The section calls for contributions to discuss power, legitimacy, sovereignty and related issues in the contemporary era. Since the beginning of the 21st Century, we are not only facing global economic and financial crises but also confronted by severe crises within political regimes. The crises  include increasing practices of terror, violence and anti-liberal politics.  The demand for political theory is to reflect on the contemporary situation in global level; both to draw from and possibly reorder the ways in which the concept and borders of power is traditionally understood.  We might question, whether basic traditional political concepts such as state sovereignty characterize and legitimize the consequences of ongoing global violence. How is it possible to think about and think against the increasing practices of violence? The section is also calling for discussion on issues such as power and democracy and ways in which shifting boundaries in nation states affect the political power practiced within states. The more traditional distinctions between political friend and enemy as characterized during the 20th Century might be questioned with new forms of political communities.

In order to discuss the main topic of 'shifting boundaries of power' in the field of political theory, we call for reshaping of political conception of power, which is the question of space as much as it is the question of time. The contributions might focus on the reshaping of borders of power in the current state of global / local; violence, terrorism and resistance. Issues discussed in panels could reflect on violent and non-violent political activity, shifting boundaries in friend and enemy distinctions, or include theological issues of power and resistance. Questions and theories of new war-technologies as well as different technological representations of power could also be reflected on in this section.


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