2nd International Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence

Justification Narratives
Legitimation and Narrative Communication

November 13-14, 2009
Goethe University Frankfurt / Westend Campus

 

On the conference:
Plakat Jahreskonferenz 09The second annual conference of the Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ is devoted to the topic of ‘justification narratives’. This concept is specifically intended to facilitate access to the historical dimension of orders of justification, that is to the narratives which become consolidated into legitimations of social structures and institutions. These narratives do not form homogeneous blocks but must be analysed in their diversity, conflicts and dynamics.

With the catchword ‘justification narrative’, the annual conference will address one of the central objects of study of the Cluster. This term refers to justifications of the legitimacy or illegitimacy of normative orders which are structured in the form of narratives. The ‘crystallisation’ of justification narratives out of more comprehensive discourses is as much the focus of attention as is the examination of how to deal with the fact that justification narratives form sequences. Thus justification narratives must often comprise a historical and potentially self-relativising dimension, without for this reason sacrificing their claim to validity.

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Programme:

Friday, November 13, 2009
Casino – Cas 823 Festsaal

10.00: Welcome
Prof. Rainer Klump, Vice President of the Goethe University Frankfurt

10.15: Introductions
Prof. Rainer Forst, Co-Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence
Prof. Andreas Fahrmeir, Coordinator Research Area 2

10.30 – 12.30:
Panel I: Justification Narratives in Transitional Periods
Introduction: Prof. Moritz Epple
Lecture by Prof. Hans Kippenberg: "Das Thomas-Theorem In der modernen Religionsgeschichte. Zur Differenz zwischen normativen Haltungen und Handlungen"
Lecture by Prof. Hartmut Leppin: "Deo auctore - Die Christianisierung kaiserlicher Selbstdarstellung in der Spätantike"
Discussion

12.30: Lunch break

14.00 – 16.00:
Panel II: Justification Narratives in International Negotiations
Introduction: Prof. Klaus Dieter Wolf
Lecture by Dr. Gunter Pleuger: "Die normativen Wirkungen multilateralen Verhandelns"
Lecture by Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff: "Politische Praxis und politische Analyse. Ein Kommentar"
Discussion

16.00: Coffee break

16.30 – 18.30:
Panel III: Human Rights As Justification Narrative?
Introduction: Prof. Klaus Günther
Lecture by Prof. Robert Howse: "Human Rights Discourse in World Trade"
Lecture by Prof. Günther Frankenberg: "Menschenrechte als Rechtsfertigungsnarrative"
Discussion

19.00: Reception

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Hörsaal-Zentrum – HZ 3


10.00 – 12.30:
Panel IV: The Aesthetics of Justification Narratives
Introduction: Prof. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann
Lecture by Prof. Michael Hampe: "Erklärung durch Beschreibung"
Lecture by Prof. Martin Seel: "Narration und (De-)Legitimation. Der zweite Irak-Krieg im Kino"
Discussion

12.30: Lunch break

14.00 – 16.00:

Panel V: Justification Narratives in Economics
Introduction: Prof. Mamadou Diawara and Betram Schefold
Lecture by Prof. Harri Englund: "Economic Rights as a Justification Narrative: Poverty and Vulnerability in Africa"
Lecture by Prof. Keith Tribe: "The Limits of the Market: Walras versus Becker"
Discussion

16.00: Closing remarks
Prof. Klaus Günther

Picture gallery:

ForstFahrmeirEppleKippenbergLeppinGüntherDeitelhoffJussenHellmannSeel


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