AAC : Workshop “Recognition, Migration, and Critical Theory”, 3-4 Mars, 2020, University of Salzburg, Autriche — LIMITE : 15/11/2019


The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg is organising a workshop on “Recognition, Migration, and Critical Theory” on 3-4 March 2020.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss to what extent the concept of recognition is suitable for the analysis and critique of current migration issues. David Ingram (Loyola University Chicago) will give the keynote talk at this workshop.

In recent years, the concept of recognition has found an astonishing resonance in social and political philosophy and ethics, but also in the social sciences. The claim is made that social relations and processes can be better understood through the reference to recognition and misrecognition, which opens up potentials for criticism and overcoming injustices and distortions in modern, capitalist societies. Critics, on the other hand, often argue that the focus on recognition is misguided and obscures the view of the actual social problems and their causes and is therefore not suited to pointing the way out. Central to many discussions is always the application of a critical theory of recognition and the extent to which it is able to understand and analyse emerging social phenomena and developments. Migration movements and the associated tensions are phenomena that have become the focus of scientific, political and public debate in recent years. Migration in all its forms and its causes is by no means a new phenomenon, but it has become more intense in some parts of the world and, especially in Europe, its perception by politics and the population has changed. So what contribution can a critical theory of recognition make here? Is the concept of recognition appropriate to answer the political, social, ethical and socio-theoretical questions posed by migration, flight and integration? To what extent can global migration movements and their causation through displacement, war, poverty, hunger or climate change be analyzed in terms of recognition theory, or is there a need for other conceptual approaches and theories? And finally, the question what distinguishes the perspective of recognition from the many other theories and normative concepts in social and political philosophy that deal with migration, and what additional insights or critique it has to offer.

If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of 300-500 words (ready for blind review, in WORD format) to Gottfried Schweiger at gottfried.schweiger@sbg.ac.at by 15 November 2019.

The Centre is able to subsidise travel and accommodation expenses for speakers up to 250€. It is planned to publish the contributions in a peer reviewed volume with Springer and the speakers are asked to agree to a publication. The submitted contributions should therefore be unpublished. All presenters are asked to provide a Précis of 1500-2000 words two weeks before the workshop to be shared among all participants.