The Political Theory unit has moved to the new Georg Forster Building (Jakob-Welder-Weg 12, located between the University Library and the Humanities complex.
You find us on the top floor (4th floor in German terms), in the “East wing”, i. e. facing the University Library (McCaslin, Schmitt), and in the “North wing”, facing Saarstraße (Marker, Sirsch, Unger, Zimmerling). For room numbers, please consult our individual websites.
It will take a while until all telephones work; phone nos. remain mostly the same, but we have changed to an internet system that needs some technical adjusting. We kindly ask you for a bit of patience. We hope things will be running smoothly by the end of next week.
Until further notice, all classes will stay where they were. We hope to be able to move all teaching, except for the lecture courses, to the new building sometime next month.
The Political Theory unit welcomes its new members:
Doris Unger joins the unit as a lecturer and researcher; she has been working on a PhD thesis about the justification of minority rights, on a scholarship from SOCUM, during the past years; and
Michael Roseneck, who will support the unit as a student assistant.
We are also pleased to welcome Andrés Gascón, researcher from the University of Valencia (Spain) who will spend the summer semester 2013 with us to work on his PhD thesis on “hate speech”.
A seminar in English on “Dirty Hands in Democratic Politics” will be offered by Dr. Annette Schmitt. For details, see the course description in JoguStine (available in due time).
* At least one introductory course in political or social theory should have been successfully completed.
A seminar in English “Another theory of justice: Brian Barry’s ‘Justice as Impartiality‘” will be offered by Prof. Zimmerling. For details see the course description in “JoguStine”.
* Participants must acquire a copy of Brian Barry’s book “Justice as Impartiality” before the beginning of the course.
* Participants should previously have completed at least one course in political or social theory; at least a basic knowledge of John Rawls’s “Theory of Justice” will be helpful.
On Jan. 23, 2012 (6-8 pm, SB II 05-432), Prof. Michael Baurmann (Düsseldorf) will give a talk on “Foolish People or Rational Fools? How we simplify the world” (in German) in the department’s staff seminar. All interested students are invited!
Bruce Haddock and Peri Roberts two recent SoCuM fellows from Cardiff University will give two lectures: Bruce Haddock: Multiculturalism and Normative Judgement: A Phenomenological Approach and Peri Roberts: Martha Nussbaum’s Political Liberalism: Cultural Variation and the Global Capability Threshold. Lectures will take place on May 31, 2012 (6 pm, Senatssaal (Nat. Fak. 7th floor)).
On Feb. 9, 2012 (6-8 pm, SB II 05-432), Prof. Chandran Kukathas (LSE) will give a paper on a topic related to the seminar on “Group rights” (see below) in the department’s staff seminar. All interested students are invited!
On Nov. 9, Prof. Geoffrey Brennan (ANU, UNC/Duke) will present and discuss topics from his recent work on interdisciplinarity and on “The feasibility issue” (with P. Pettit) with the Political Theory PhD Research Group. (Participation by personal invitation only.)