‘The Aesthetics of Democracy’: invitation to join panel at ICON-S 2018

At the 2017 annual conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) in Copenhagen, PolCon members organised a panel called ‘The Judiciary: A View from Political Theory’. In order to maintain continuity and to pinpoint the particularity of the network’s research, we will be holding on to the subtitle at ICON-S 2018 in Hong Kong, especially as political theory cannot be said to be over-represented at the events hosted by the Society. The title of the 2018 conference is ‘Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law’.

Together with Professor Scott Veitch of the University of Hong Kong, PolCon plans to organise a panel (or panels) entitled ‘The Aesthetics of Democracy: A View From Political Theory’. The title may include a reference to Jacques Rancière’s notion of aesthetics and how the social/political sphere organises itself ‘aesthetically’ in ways that allow some claims to assert themselves as politically relevant while disallowing the relevance of others. But papers in the panel need not limit themselves to Rancière. The idea of the panel is broad enough to include papers that deal more broadly with the spatial, the visual arts, architecture, cartography, or, indeed, any aesthetic ‘logic’ that organises and delineates the social or political worlds, that draws demarcation lines into spaces and environments that are supposedly ‘democratic’.

If you are interested in joining the panel(s), please contact us by 15 December 2017 by sending us:

  1. a provisional title for your proposed paper, and
  2. a provisional abstract of no more than 200 words.

We will inform you of our planned panel submission(s) to the Society well before the official deadline of 31 January 2018 allowing you ample time to seek alternative routes if required.

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