Saturday, 15 December 2012

Justice and Development workshop in Frankfurt. (past)

This has already happened but I think it is worth noting.  original link here.

December 13th 2012, 2 pm - December 14th 2012, 6 pm

Workshop on "Justice and Development"

Hosted by the Centre of Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata" Goethe University of Frankfurt (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
Julian Culp (Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M.)

Thursday, 13th of December 2012
2-4 pm
Panel 1: Justice and Development  The Contributions of Economics
Ingrid Robeyns (Erasmus University Rotterdam): "Justice, Development and the Assessment of Economic Policies, Institutions and Systems"
Sanjay Reddy (The New School, NY): TBA
4-4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30-6:30 pm
Panel 2: Theories of Development  Post-Development and Justice-Based Perspectives
Aram Ziai, Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn: "Some Reflections on the Concept of Development"
Julian Culp (Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M.), "Justice-Based Development  A Discourse-Theoretic Approach"
Public Lecture7:15 pm
Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago): "Development and Human Capabilities: The Contribution of a Philosophical Theory of Justice."
Introduction: Rainer Forst (Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M.)
Friday, 14th of December 2012

10-12 pm
Panel 3: Equality, Development and Democratic Justice
David Crocker (University of Maryland): "Agency and Democracy: Re-orienting Theories of Development and Justice"
Neera Chandhoke (University of Delhi): "Equality for What?"

1:30-3:30 pm
Panel 4: Development - Historical Foundations and Current ProblemsPhilip Lepenies (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam): "Us and Them: Reflections on the Historical Foundations of Development"
Joseph Agbakoba (University of Nigeria at Nsukka): "The Problem of Choice and Responsibility in Modern Africa's Development"
3:30-4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00-6:00 pm 
Roundtable with Practitioners from Development Organizations
Stefan Gosepath, Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin

Angela Hariche, Head of Unit, Gobal Well-Being Networks, OECD – Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Paris

Michael Krempin, Senior Policy Advisor, Corporate Development Unit, GIZ  German Society for International Cooperation, Frankfurt/M.

Jean Saldanha, Policy and Advocacy Officer, CIDSE  International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies, Brussels

Attendance of the workshop is free. Registration is required for organization and catering purposes by November 28.
Places are limited, and will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. 
There is no registration needed for the public lecture. 
In order to register, please contact Ms ValĂ©rie Bignon:
The panels and the roundtable will take place in the "Eisenhower-room" of the main building, i.e. the "IG Hochhaus", on Campus Westend. The room number of this venue is 1.314.
The public lecture will take place in lecture hall 6 of the lecture hall building, i.e. the "Hoersaalzentrum", on Campus Westend.
A map of Campus Westend, which indicates the buildings of the venues of the panels, the roundtable and the public lecture, is available here:
Workshop description
The ‘Beyond-GDP’ discourse as to how to understand and measure social progress is no longer confined to social-scientific development researchers or other academics. Policy makers and civil society at national, inter- and transnational levels are engaged in discussing and devising concepts and indicators that would facilitate assessing social progress domestically and globally. Examples include the ‘Sarkozy-Commission’ on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, the study commission on Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life of the German parliament and the European Framework for Measuring Progress of the EU.
In addition, the expiring of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 currently provokes members of development institutions to reflect upon and search for a post-2015 normative framework for orienting international development policy. Several non-governmental organizations are deliberating about how to re-think development, for instance, the Beyond2015 campaign. And in the aftermath of the ‘Rio+20’ UN Conference on Sustainable Development the UN already actively promotes ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.
What is striking about these processes of opinion and will formation is how little attention they pay to theories of (global) justice. This is perplexing not only because theorizing justice has played such an important role in political philosophy and theory throughout the last decades but also because according to a very influential understanding justice is the ‘first virtue of social institutions’. Accordingly, one should expect that the various processes of opinion and will formation would be far more sensitive to the question as to what social progress and sound development policy would mean from the point of view of (global) justice.
This neglect is even more curious in light of the fact that the concepts of justice and development are often employed in very similar ways. Conceptions of both of these concepts usually outline a social ideal or provide a normative source of critique of existing social relations. Theories of justice ask both what an ideally just society would involve and what would effectively contribute to less injustice today. Likewise, theories of development in the social sciences also consider what would be the ultimate goal of social change and criticize actual social conditions for reflecting an underdeveloped state of affairs. Despite of these similarities of the aims and critical functions of the usage of the two concepts, few attempts have been made so far to clarify the conceptual relation and tensions between them.
The workshop aims at filling this gap by bringing together political philosophers and theorists as well as scholars working in development economics and social-scientific development research so as to exchange their understandings of both justice and development. The workshop thereby provides a dialogue platform that could enable enriching both theories of justice and of development. Eventually it will also make more intelligible as to why the conceptions of (global) justice have failed to attract more attention in the ongoing debates about social progress and development policy.

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