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Frankfurt am Main, 28 - 29 November 2014
Processes of production, reproduction and the questioning of social orders are often connected to conflicts about and the contestation of borders. Borders are set by demarcating an outside or other from an inside, where order is established. Various orders, on the other hand, are challenged in conflicts by shifting, perforating or deconstructing their borders. These borders can separate friend and enemy, law and crime, public and individual interests. Such demarcations can function as a strategy but also as a goal in social conflicts.
At this year’s Young Researchers Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, the topos of the border will be discussed with regard to its implications for the production of and conflicts about social orders from an interdisciplinary perspective. Drawing on a broad conceptualization of borders as well as social order, borders do not have to manifest themselves spatially or geographically, but can refer to social categories and/or exhibit normative qualities.
This focus on the borders of social orders enables researchers to analyse a variety of phenomena e.g.:
● The conflict and demarcation between an increasingly ubiquitous neoliberal economic order and alternative economic and social forms of organization
● Boundless disorder? The internet sees increasing regulation and regulative attempts, especially by state actors. At the same time, the absence of clear borders and rules creates room for conflict. National and international actors from civil society are caught in the middle, trying to stake their participative claim all the same. Can these tensions be resolved? And if so, how?
● The relationship between state and democracy: In how far does a democratic order rest on a clearly demarcated community and requires a state to constitute this community and differentiate it against others? Or vice versa: To which degree can a democratic practice consist of contesting this delimited order and of overcoming it?
● “Boundary crossers”: They are people, who live or act between worlds and who can move whole societies through their action. This could be shown theoretically, performatively or artistically in micro-sociological studies. A biographical analysis of individuals’ lives and workings through various methods promises insight into the change of social orders.
● The practice of art: Artistic-aesthetic practices increasingly articulate the claim to political efficaciousness. How can we understand the ambitions of such forms of practice to cross-border effects in the spectrum of the critique and the production of new normative orders as well as on the template of the constitutive permeability of the borders of art?
Other possible topics include postcolonial orders, gender orders, geographical borders and border conflicts, communities’ utopia, migration ...or something completely different.
The keynote will be delivered by Catherine Colliot-Thélène. She is professor for philosophy at the University of Rennes. Her main area of interest lies in the field of political and social philosophy. In her latest book “La Démocratie sans ‚Demos‘”, she criticizes the ideas of self-government and popular sovereignty in a modern Western understanding of democracy, as they presuppose a national unity and only conceive of legal entities as citizens of a nation. Since the role of the Nation State is increasingly shifting and institutions of power beyond the state are emerging and multiplying, it seems necessary to think about new conceptions of democracy which exceed the borders of nationality and “the people”.
The conference takes place on November 28th and 29th in Frankfurt am Main and addresses young researchers who want to contribute to the discussion on borders and social orders. Presentations can be held in English and German, although English is considered more conducive for international exchange; presentations can focus on empirical phenomena, reflect (meta)theoretically or deal with borders and demarcation of orders artistically.