Call for Papers: The 2017 Telos Moscow Conference

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, there is arguably a crisis of democracy: not only has the transition from totalitarian communism failed to bring about liberal market capitalism, but politics in mature democracies has been becoming post-democratic. Models of authoritarianism and state capitalism are spreading in different parts of the world, while countries with long-standing democratic traditions are characterized by a rejection of the political mainstream and a turn to extremes on the far left or the far right.

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Call for Papers: The 2018 Telos Conference in New York

Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem:
Global Perspectives
January 19–21, 2018
New York, NY

The International Center for Critical Theory and the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will jointly host a conference entitled “Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives,” to be held at New York University, New York, from January 19–21, 2018.

The challenges faced by the liberal democratic model in the 21st century have made constitutional theory into an urgent topic of global concern. Both the second Iraq War and the revolutions of the Arab Spring frustrated hopes of an easy trajectory toward liberal democratic constitutional orders. If there was the hope that liberation would mean the establishment of liberal democracy, the result has been that emancipation from tyranny does not naturally lead in a particular political direction. Such a conclusion presents fundamental problems for a constitutional theory that is built around a liberal democratic model.

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Call for Papers: The 2017 Telos Conference in New York

Asymmetrical Warfare:
The Centrality of the Political to the Strategic
January 14–15, 2017
New York, NY

Unconventional, nontraditional, or more precisely asymmetrical warfare has become the pervasive reality for the modern world. All realistic prognoses compellingly suggest it will remain so throughout the twenty-first century. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino were no temporary aberration, or incidents of domestic political violence, but part of an increasingly normative pattern of asymmetrical warfare against the West. These events are inextricably related to the unconventional warfare and terrorism characterized by the conflicts extending from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria to Africa. Isis, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have become the common coinage of political discourse and news cycles. The controversy over the very terminology of the “War on Terror,” like that over the Obama Administration’s determination to close Guantanamo, illustrate the domestic as well as foreign policy implications of such developments. Meanwhile, Europe likewise faces both overt actions and indirect consequences of asymmetrical warfare. Russia’s proxy war in Ukraine and annexation of the Crimea, together with the massive Middle Eastern refugee influx, has thrust Europe into its own highly divisive disputes over its very cultural essence, political will, and future unity.

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Call for Papers: The 2016 Telos Conference in New York


Beyond Nostalgia:
Ethics, Politics, and the Critique of Modernity

January 15–16, 2016
New York, NY

On January 15–16, 2016, the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will hold its annual conference in New York City. The theme of the conference will be “Beyond Nostalgia: Ethics, Politics, and the Critique of Modernity.” If you wish to participate in the conference, please send an abstract (no more than 250 words) and short c.v. to telosnyc@telosinstitute.net by August 15, 2015, and place “The 2016 Telos Conference” in the email’s subject line.

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Last Call for 2015 Telos Conference Abstracts

One last reminder that Monday is the deadline for submitting your abstract for next year’s Telos Conference in New York. The conference, which will take place on February 14-15, 2015, will focus on the theme of “Universal History, Philosophical History, and the Fate of Humanity.” For the full call for papers and other details, please visit the conference page at the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute website. If you wish to present a paper, send in your abstract (no more than 250 words) and a short c.v. to telosnyc@telosinstitute.net and place “The 2015 Telos Conference” in the email’s subject line.

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Call for Papers: The 2015 Telos Conference in New York City (Deadline Extended!)

On February 14–15, 2015, the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will hold its annual conference in New York City. The theme of the conference will be “Universal History, Philosophical History, and the Fate of Humanity.” The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until October 20, so if you missed last week’s deadline but still wish to present a paper, send your abstract (no more than 250 words) and a short c.v. to telosnyc@telosinstitute.net and place “The 2015 Telos Conference” in the email’s subject line. For the full call for papers and other details about the conference, please visit the conference page at the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute website.

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