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John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times

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John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times
A UCD Dewey Studies Research Project Initiative

Recent events have occasioned the need for theorists working on critical projects to grapple with unprecedented political phenomena in Western societies – phenomena such as Brexit and the rise of the extreme right-wing. Although reminiscent of previous generations’ political practice and thought, there appears to be a unique inflection in the present moment that renders simple appeals to ‘history repeating itself’ unconvincing. At the same time, critical theorists working in a variety of fields have increasingly turned to pragmatism as a framework for theorising contemporary political problems and ideas, as evinced by pragmatism’s proliferation across the European continent. Given this contemporary concern with pragmatism as a resource for critical philosophical and critical political endeavours, and given the need for theorising that makes sense of the sometimes bewildering current political context, thie conference brings together contributions on the work of one of the most explicitly political pragmatists, John Dewey. Dewey’s thought has long constituted a philosophical resource, and his political engagement a fountain of inspiration, for critical theorists, activists, and policymakers. 'John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times' showcases work by emerging and established scholars and practitioners that centres on the relevance of John Dewey's work for the present-day.

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19th October:
9.20-9.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30-11:00 Dewey and Political Activism
1. Ryan Musgrave (Rollins): “Democracy as a Way of Life: Exploring
Feminist Pragmatism”
2. Jason Kosnoski (University of Michigan-Flynt): “The Rhythms of
Resistance: Dewey, Deleuze, and the Experience of Critical Becoming in
Occupy Wall Street”
3. Aaron Pratt Shepherd (University of Massachusetts Lowell): “On
Dewey’s Call for Independent Political Action: Then and Now”
4. Brendan Hogan (New York University): “Is Dewey Radical? Does it
Matter?”
11:00-11:30 Coffee
11:30-13:00 Dewey, Democracy, and Liberalism
5. William Lewis (Skidmore College): “At Last, the Crisis of Liberalism!”
6. Paul Giladi (University College Dublin): “Dewey, Sittlichkeit, and
‘Normative Surplus’”
7. Daniel R. Herbert (Sheffield): “Dewey’s Democratic Faith”
8. Nataliya Rogach (Columbia): “Dewey on the Value of Democratic
Communication”
13:00-14:00 Lunch (at own expense)
14:00-15:30 Dewey on the Global Stage:
9. Shane J. Ralston (American University of Malta): “Imperialism is far too
Easy: A Deweyan Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy”
10. Dillon Tatum (Francis Marion University): “Pragmatism and
International Theory: Consensual Democracy and World Politics”
11. Jadumani Mahanand (JNU New Delhi): “Dalit Critique of Electoral
Democracy in India: Dewey’s and Ambedkar’s Perspective”
12. Scott Pratt and Erin McKenna (University of Oregon): “Dewey’s Mirror
of Culture: Language v. Experience in Trump’s America”
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-17:30 Deweyan Social Inquiry
13. Mercedes Maria Corredor (University of Michigan): “Pragmatic
Reflections on Anti-Democratic Conclusions: Public Opinion, Surveys,
and the Instrumental Value of Things”
14. John Capps (Rochester Institute of Technology): “Dewey, Truth, and
Critical Philosophy”
15. Deron Boyles (Georgia State University): “Critical Pragmatism,
Warranted Assertions, and Knowing: Dewey’s Political-Epistemic
Project”
16. Philip Yaure (Columbia): “Common Sense and Democratic
Deliberation”
18:00-19:15 Keynotes Address 1: Prof. Emerita Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue)
20:00 Conference Dinner, Dunne & Crescenzi’s, South Frederick Street


20th October:
9:30-11:00 State, Institutions, and Political Theory
1. Edward Quish (Cornell): “Can the State be an Experiment? John Dewey
on the Institutionalisation of Social Cooperation”
2. Kenneth W. Stikkers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale &
Ca’Foscari University, Venice): “‘Growth’, Economic and Human:
Reconstructing Economics through Pragmatism and the Capabilities
Approach”
3. Quinlan Bowman (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore):
“Normative Democratic Theory as a Tool for Practical Reasoning: A
Deweyan Account”
4. Justo Serrano Zamora (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main):
“Radicalizing Democracy through Counter-Hegemonic Problem-
Solving: A Deweyan Perspective”
11:00-11:30 Coffee
11:30-12:45 Keynote Address 2: Prof. Matthew Festenstein (University of York)
12:45-13:45 Lunch (at own expense)
13:45-15:15 Dewey, Power, and Social Concreteness
5. Dianna Taylor (John Carroll): “Dewey and Foucault in Conversation:
Implications for Contemporary Feminism”
6. Gregory Pappas (Texas A&M): “The Need for a Reconstruction of the
Pragmatists’ (Addams and Dewey) Critical Methodological Approach to
Concrete Social Problems”
7. Adam Dorsey (Nottingham Trent University): “Dewey and Agonism:
Reconstructing Democracy for a Conflictual World”
8. Mark Tschaepe (Prairie View A&M University): “Cultural Humility and
the Problem of Polarization”
15:15-15:45 Coffee
15:45-17:00 Self, Education, and Dewey’s Ethics
9. Eleonora Mingarelli (KU Leuven): “Borderline Lives: Dewey, James, and
the Challenge of the Other”
10. Joe Hoover (Centre for Global Cooperation Research): “Performative
Rights and Situationist Ethics”
11. Benjamin Kelsey Kearl (Indiana University): “Childhood as Philosophical
and Democratic Method: Walter Benjamin, John Dewey, and the
Possibility of an Affirmatively Reasoned Biopolitics of Education”
17:15 Wine Reception, The Clinton Institute


Generously supported by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, the Mind
Association, UCD School of Philosophy, the UCD Humanities Institute, and the UCD Clinton
Institute.


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We look forward to welcoming you to UCD!


Clara Fischer & Conor Morris (conference organisers)

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