Young Researchers' Conference

Normative Orders: Justification and Sanctions

23 - 25 October 2009
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main / Campus Westend

Normative orders are those orderings of norms and values that legitimate society’s structures of authority and distribution of life chances. The general character of such orders is disputed, however. One point of view holds that such orders are narrowly connected to the ability to impose sanctions.  Another holds that their justification and narratives of justification are the key elements. The aim of this first young researchers’ conference is to clarify the relation of justifications and sanctions. They are both central for the evolution, the implementation and the preservation of normative orders. Yet, about their interplay we know very little.

We are especially pleased to gather more than 60 young researchers from 35 universities and nine countries in Frankfurt, and we are looking forward to the discussions in eleven thematically different inter-disciplinary panels.

Conference schedule:


IG 411

5.30 pm

Welcoming and Introduction

Micha Brumlik: Der Apostel Paulus und seine Kritik am Gesetz. Ist diese Kritik aller Normativität begründet?


IG 1.314 IG 254 IG 1.411 IG 457
9.00 am -
12.15 pm

The Scope of Justice I

Processes of Norm Diffusion Capital Punishment: Support and Opposition

Normative Implications
of the Sub-
Crisis I

2.00 -
5.15 pm
The Scope of Justice II Moral Norms and Sanctions I Criminal Law and Coming to Terms with the Past Normative Implications
of the Sub-
Crisis I
Casino 1.811/1.812
6.00 pm

Ursula Wolf: Welchen Sinn hat das moralische Sollen?


IG 1.314 IG 254 IG 1.411 IG 457
9.00 am -
Minority Issues and Justification Narratives I Moral Norms and Sanctions II Censorship and Hegemony

izing Global Orders

Moral Norms and Sanctions III Translation of Normative Orders System of Rule and Religion

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Young Researchers' Conference

Norms in Conflict

2nd Annual Graduate Conference by the Cluster of Excellence
3-5 December 2010

Plakat NachwuchskonferenzDisputes over culture, collective identity, moral concepts, or political convictions are only some examples of how conflicts arise in the course of social transformation. In these conflicts norms are implicitly or explicitly renegotiated and reshaped, while the time, place, course, and extent of these conflicts are themselves shaped by norms. This fundamental interplay between norms and conflicts is the focus of this year’s interdisciplinary graduate conference initiated by the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’.

The aim of the conference is to examine from both theoretical and empirical perspectives the relationship between norms and conflicts as well as their manifold forms of expression. To this end we have invited graduates from the fields of philosophy, law, political science, history, anthropology, African, Islamic and Scandinavian studies, economics, sociology and theology to engage with us in dialogue.

In a total of 24 interdisciplinary panels we will discuss the interrelationship between norms and conflicts with over 70 graduates from over 35 universities in nine countries.

We look forward to a fruitful and stimulating conference.

The event is open to all interested members of the public. Please register in advance at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conference Schedule: click here (pdf)

List of Panels: click here (pdf)

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5th Annual Graduate Conference

28-29 November 2014, Frankfurt am Main

Borders of Orders - Grenzziehungen, Konflikte und soziale Ordnung

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend


Poster (pdf): click here...

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Presented by:
Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" in cooperation with Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach


While the EU is expanding eastwards, terrorist groups and social movements are changing the landscape of the MENA region, attempting to redraw not only borders between states but also between “the religious” and “the secular”. Many more examples could be given: Recent developments have again brought the connection between borders and (social) order into the focus of attention. 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, which may separate friend from enemy, law and crime, public and individual interests.

Recent developments and shifts may be seen as an inspiration to explore the interplay between borders and orders theoretically and empirically at this conference. In order to shed light on this connection on different levels and in its different manifestations, this conference draws on a very broad understanding of borders as well as social order. The topos of the border is discussed with regard to its implications for the production of and conflicts about social orders from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants from a variety of world regions will be presenting papers from political and social sciences, art, philosophy, architecture and history at the conference.

After a first round of panels on Friday, Prof. Dr. Catherine Colliot-Thélène (University of Rennes) will deliver the conference’s Keynote Speech about ”The Right and the Duty of Hospitality in Democracy”. In this talk, she explores the conference’s topic by reflecting on the connection between the border of a demos with the democratic organization of a political order. The Keynote Speech is followed by a reception. On Saturday morning, we want to take up the conference’s topic in a “World Café format” and reflect upon borders and boundaries within academia. While brunching, all active participants have the chance to discuss and tease out, which order of knowledge(s) is produced and constituted through borders within our own institutional field. This rather informal discussion is followed by another round of panels and by an evening-screening of artistic movies, which represent different ways to think about and act upon borders in everyday life. We want to invite you to wrap up Saturday’s program with a party at the Cluster in order to discuss open questions and celebrate a (hopefully) successful conclusion of the conference.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

13:15-13:45, Normative Orders Lobby

Welcoming Address

Rebecca Schmidt (Managing Director, Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”, Goethe-University Frankfurt)

Friday, 28 November 2014, 14:00-16:00

The Subject of Democracy

Normative Orders EG.01, 14:00-16:00
Chair: Katja Backhaus (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Marina Martinez Mateo (Frankfurt am Main)

Svenja Ahlhaus (Hamburg): Reconstituting the boundaries of the demos: Conceptual remarks on the idea of political boundary-making
Yunjeong Choi (New York): Between Disruption and Revolution: A New Theory of Constituent Power in Jacques Rancière
Jonathan Klein (Frankfurt a.M.): Determined self or self-determination? Castoriadis and Ranciere on collective autonomy

Migration als Herausforderung europäischer Grenzen I

Normative Orders EG.02, 14:00-16:00
Chair: Maik Fielitz (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Martin Schmetz (Frankfurt am Main)

Hinrich Rosenbrock (Marburg): Leben an der Grenze – Zur alltäglichen Grenzarbeit undokumentierter Migrant*innen
Isabel Hilpert (Leipzig): „Europa ist nur mit Schengen denkbar“. Migrationskrise und Europäisierung des Grenzregimes
Elias Elsler (Marburg): Flüchtlingsschutz im Spannungsfeld von Regimekollisionen

(Re-)Forming Ground

Normative Orders 5.01, 14:00-16:00
Chair: Daniel Jacobi (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Regina Hack (Frankfurt am Main)

Maryna Rabinovych (Hamburg): In-state borders: challenge for the security of external borders. Case study of Ukraine
Zarina Muminova (London): Negotiating Boundaries: The Interactions between the Sunnīs and Ismāʿīlīs in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Friday, 28 November 2014, 16:30-18:30

Democracy Beyond the Nation-State

Normative Orders EG.01, 16:30-18:30
Chair: Daniel Jacobi (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Nele Kortendiek (Darmstadt)

Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen (Copenhagen): Democracy beyond the state - Plurality, World-Building and the Contestation of border
Anna Meine (Freiburg): Democracy, Citizenship and Territory – Keeping the Link?
Bastian Sendhardt (Munich): Territorial Borders in World Society: Drawing the Lines of Inclusion and Exclusion

Migration – Challenging European Borders II

Normative Orders EG.02, 16:30-18:30
Chair: Tim Rühlig (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Dana Schmalz (Heidelberg)

Vanessa Rüegger (Basel): Shifting borders of orders - The Charta of Lampedusa
Michael Pollok, Sebastian Illigens, and Tobias Heinze (Münster): Doing Frontiers: On the Performativity of the European Border and Migration Regime
Fiorenza Picozza (London): Dubliners: Unthinking migration categories through an ethnography of Afghan asylum seekers falling under the Dublin Regulation

Thinking About Power and Exclusion

Normative Orders 5.01, 16:30-18:30
Chair: Julien Winandy (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Victor Kempf (Frankfurt am Main)

Dr. Gianfranco Casuso (Lima): Exclusion, Power, and Immanent Critique
Jan Obracaj (Konstanz): The Productivity of Limits: Mouffe, Foucault, and Rorty on Establishing, Experiencing, and Shifting the Limits of Discourse
Alexandros Alexandropoulos (London): Lines of exclusion: immigration, borders and psychoanalysis. A psychoanalytic interpretation of the current politics of exclusion

Friday, 28 November 2014, 19:00-20:30

Welcoming Speech

Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther (Co-Director, Cluster of Excellence ”Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt

Keynote Speech

Normative Orders EG 01

Catherine Colliot-Thélène (University of Rennes): The Right and the Duty of Hospitality in Democracy

Catherine Colliot-Thélène is professor for philosophy at the University of Rennes. Her main area of research 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 speech will be followed by a reception.

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 09:30-11:30; 12:00-14:00

World Cafe with Brunch

Seminarpavillon. Raum: SP 0.04., 09:30-11:30
Moderated Discussion on ”Borders within academia – international and interdisciplinary” (closed to public participation)   

Construction, Normalisation and Contestation of Normative Orders

Normative Orders EG.01, 12:00-14:00
Chair: Janusz Biene (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Max Lesch (Frankfurt am Main)

Bob Kurik (Prague): Technologies of Political Normalization and Actually Existing Democracy
Maéva Clément (Versailles): Reordering the World: Borders and Normative Orders in Violent Islamic Groups’ Discourses
Liana Fix (Berlin): The Russian Normative Challenge: Legitimacy Discourses during the Ukraine Crisis

Privat, Öffentlich und Geheim?!

Normative Orders EG.02, 12:00-14:00
Chair and Discussant: Dr. Valentin Rauer (Frankfurt am Main)

Dr. Carsten Ochs (Kassel): Privatheit jenseits des Individuums: Die Unterscheidung öffentlich/privat als digital herausgeforderter Ordnungsmechanismus
Camilo Sembler (Frankfurt a.M.): Pathologien der Intimität. Zur Grenzziehung zwischen Öffentlichkeit und Privatheit
Anne Weber (Paderborn): Sexualität als Problem zwischenmenschlicher Beziehungen vor dem Hintergrund einer Grenzauflösung zwischen privatem und öffentlichem Bereich

Resistance and Autonomy - Redrawing Borders

Normative Orders 5.01, 12:00-14:00
Chair: Felix Anderl (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Philip Wallmeier (Frankfurt am Main)

David Betge (Berlin): A dry white season. A discourse analytical approach towards understanding why the South African land redistribution programme is failing the rural poor
Anne Theobald (Tübingen): Making a Case for a New State: The Barotseland Self-Determination Struggle from a Framing Perspective 

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 14:30-16:30

Translators in World Politics

Normative Orders EG.01, 14:30-16:30
Chair: Antonia Witt (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Tobias Berger (Berlin)

Alejandro Esguerra (Berlin): Translation as Communicative Practice: Manufacturing Consensus in the transnational Realm
Cristina Espinosa (Freiburg): Translating the ‘Rights of Nature’ - Arising Contingencies and Attempted Control
Rebecca-Lea Korinek (Berlin): Translating for Politico-Epistemic Authority. Comparing Food Safety Agencies in Germany and in Britain

Producing Borders, Policing Space

Normative Orders EG.02, 14:30-16:30
Chair: Thomas Biebricher (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Jannik Pfister (Frankfurt am Main)

Dr. Krishnendra Meena (New Delhi): Locating Borders in an Age of Global Flows
Faye Donnelly (St. Andrews): Security Globes and Unexplored Borders of Order
Mareike Gebhardt (Regensburg): On Democratic Closure. Borders, Walls, and Camps as Spatial Manifestations of Sociopolitical Repression

Contemporary Art Practices on Borders of the MENA Region

Normative Orders 5.01, 14:30-16:30
Chair: Johannes Röss (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Ellen Wagner (Offenbach)

Daria Mille (Karlsruhe): “Cross-border”: Case study of the exhibition at the ZKM | Karlsruhe
Sandra Noeth (Hamburg): Nothing To Declare: On the performativity of borders
Diana Popescu (Southhampton): The Poetics and Politics of the Eruv and the Wall in Contemporary Israel

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 17:00-19:00

The Aesthetic and its Borders

Normative Orders EG.01, 17:00-19:00
Chair: Mareike Kajewski (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Sebastian Mühl (Offenbach)

Andrea Sakoparnig (Berlin): "just as if they were two different worlds" – the Aesthetic Bridging Divergent Normative Orders in Kant
Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher (Munich): Moments of Disagreement: Jacques Rancière and the Limits between Understandig and Imagination in Immanuel Kant´s Aesthetics
Jovanka Popova (Skopje): Acts between the Forms of Protest and Socially Engaged Art Practices

Subjectivity and Space

Normative Orders EG.02, 17:00-19:00
Chair: Eva Kuschinski (Frankfurt am Main)
Discussant: Till Straube (Frankfurt am Main)

Nuno Grancho (Coimbra): Us and them, do we hold something in common? Modes of space in a Portuguese colonial border city in India
Marcus Jurk (Frankfurt a.M.): World Views of Past and Present – World Maps as Sources of modern Subjectivity

Walking the Line – Constructions of the Other

Normative Orders 5.01, 17:00-19:00
Chair: Nofar Sheffi (Paris)
Discussant: Maya Hatsukano (Frankfurt am Main)

Sonja Engel (Munich): At the Margin, in the Centre. Revisioning the Figure of the Stranger
Kiran Banerjee (Toronto): Theorizing Statelessness as Domination: Toward a Normative Framework
Ann-Cathrin Drews-Kronawitt (Berlin): Figures of dislimitation in Michel Foucault’s oeuvre: The Cynics and other border-line characters 

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 20:00-22:00

Film Screening – Borders of Orders

curated by Sebastian Mühl and Ellen Wagner (HfG Offenbach)

Clemens von Wedemeyer
Die Probe (The Test), 2008
12 min, HDV
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie KOW Berlin

Francis Alÿs
Railings, 2004
8 min, color video
Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

Koka Ramishvili
Tender Transitory Transport, 2008
10 min, color video, sound
Courtesy of the artist

Loretta Fahrenholz
Ditch Plains, 2013
30 min, HDV
Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne 

The film selection shows different possibilities to draw on “borders of orders” from multiple perspectives. Wedemeyer’s video Die Probe (The Test)reflects on the individual’s decision in political systems. A politician enters the scene as newly elected president, but instead of assuming responsibility, he wants to refuse power. Railings is one of the results of Francis Alÿs’ ‘artistic walking practice’, enacted in different streets of London. Alÿs points to the tradition of Enclosure as a privatization of the public space. By using the railings as a kind of drum kit, he transforms them into a piece of Minimal music. Tender Transitory Transport
by Koka Ramishvili creates a suggestive cityscape composed of melancholy fragments. It seems like Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, itself formulates a poetic message consisting of spoken texts and atmospherically dense images. Shot in New York around the time of Hurricane Sandy, Fahrenholz’ Ditch Plains is a dystopian sci-fi street dance film about the fatal coupling of subjects and systems under conditions of permanent crisis. Improvised dream-like scenes, as well as documentary shots, join images of the city’s attempt to manage disaster.

Clemens von Wedemeyer (*1974, lives and works in Berlin) participated in the Moscow Biennial (2005) and in the Berlin Biennial (2006), as well as in Skulptur Projekte Münster (2008) and documenta 13 (2012). Solo exhibitions include MoMA PS1, New York (2006) and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2011).

Francis Alÿs (*1959 in Belgium, lives and works in Mexico City) is one of the internationally most renowned contemporary artists. A retrospective exhibition was organized in 2010 by Tate Modern, London and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Koka Ramishvili (*1956 in Tbilisi, Georgia) belonged to the “last Soviet generation” of artists who up from 1991 initiated a vivid art scene in Tbilisi. He now lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2009, he represented Georgia at the 53nd Venice Biennale.

Loretta Fahrenholz (*1981, lives and works in Berlin) is a film maker and video artist. Her recent screenings and exhibitions include “ICA Artists’ Film Biennial” (2014), Ditch Plains, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (2013) and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2013).

Conference Organizers:
Regina Hack
Maya Hatsukano
Victor Kempf
Jonathan Klein
Nele Kortendiek
Marina Martinez Mateo
Sebastian Mühl
Martin Schmetz
Ellen Wagner
Philip Wallmeier

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3rd Annual Graduate Conference by the Cluster of Excellence

The dynamics of normative orders - persistence, motion, rupture

18-19 November 2011, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main

This year’s Graduate Conference will take place from 18-20th November in Frankfurt/Main. It is dedicated to the dynamics of normative orders and aims at bringing together graduate students and junior researchers in disciplines such as philosophy, law, political science, history, anthropology, economics, sociology, and religious studies.

Normative orders, which legitimize the basic structures of societies and the interaction between societies, appear in various constellations, which range from codified rules to informal mechanisms of regulation. At the same time, orders shall not be thought of as being static, as they actually reside between persistence, motion and break-up. It is exactly those dynamics that will be in the focus of the Graduate Conference. In three sections (persistence, motion, rupture) we will ask:

What does set (normative) orders in motion and when is there rupture (when can one actually speak of ‘broken orders’)? What is the relation between a change of norms and the dynamic of a normative order? How, under what conditions and whit which effect do orders influence each other? And what does the stability or change of normative orders imply for their legitimacy?

This year's guiding theme will be discussed in a total of 12 interdisciplinary panels, which are compiled into the 3 sections 'persistence', 'motion', and 'rupture', with contributions of more than 50 graduates from national and international universities.

There is no conference fee. We are looking into possibilities to provide a limited number of travel grants to participants, but currently we are unable to make any commitments.

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