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University of Birmingham, 31 May and 1 June 2018


The conference focuses specifically on the question whether we are on our way to a post-liberal world. Arguably, political and public discourse is increasingly characterised by the re-emergence of nationalist narratives, a lack of support for and misuse of the idea of human rights, and growing sentiments of anti-intellectualism. Do these tendencies undermine the liberal consensus focusing on the ideals of democracy and human rights (if there ever was one)? To what extent have dominant conceptions of liberalism fuelled disenfranchisement of a growing number of people? How should those committed to the idea of a liberal, democratic world and human rights react to these tendencies? The conference welcomes abstract submissions addressing this theme, including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Political polarisation
  • Globalisation (and anti-globalisation tendencies)
  • Anti-elitism
  • Economic austerity and inequality
  • Distrust in the sciences (e.g. related to climate change denial)
  • Human rights, equality and diversity
  • Anti-refugee sentiments and prejudice against immigrants
  • Democratic and liberal values in today’s world

In addition, the conference welcomes abstract submissions on a wide range of topics within global ethics from faculty and graduate students in global and practical ethics, and legal, social and political philosophy/theory. Areas of research may include:

  • Migration
  • Global distributive justice
  • Just war theory
  • Humanitarian ethics
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Gender justice
  • Global bioethics
  • Justice and race


The deadline for submissions is 10 February 2018. Send an anonymised abstract in .doc or .pdf format, and a separate document containing author information (name, paper title, email address, affiliation) to
Abstracts should be 500 words maximum and include three to five keywords. Papers should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes.
For inquiries about the event or the CFP, please contact the organisers, Merten Reglitz and Wouter Peeters, at

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