The Politics of Equality: Oxford University Graduate Political Theory Conference 2013

The second annual Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference was on the theme of The Politics of Equality, and was held at Nuffield College on 25 April and at the Department of Politics and International Relations on 26 April.

The conference included four panel discussions, a round table event led by David Miller (Nuffield College, Oxford), Cecile Fabre (Lincoln College, Oxford) and Philippe van Parijs (Louvain) and keynote addresses by Jonathan Wolff (University College London) and Nils Holtug (University of Copenhagen).

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Second keynote address - Welfare, Luck egalitarianism, and Expensive Tastes

Speaker: Professor Nils Holtug (Copenhagen)

Speakers: Nils Holtug

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Panel 4: Implementing Equality

Chair: Dr Stuart White
Discussant: Paul Billingham (DPhil candidate, Oxford)

  • Benjamin Davies (Kings College London), Tools of Equality: Life Enhancement, Healthcare, and Progressive Hiring
  • Diana Popescu (London School of Economics), The Voluntary Social Exclusion of Minority Groups: A Luck-Egalitarian Perspective on Roma Inclusion
  • Georg Schmerzeck (Graz), Questioning the Family

Speakers: Paul Billingham, Benjamin Davies, Diana Popescu , Georg Schmerzeck, Stuart White

Speakers: Philippe Van Parijs, David Miller

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Panel 3: Conceptualizing Equality

Chair: Dr. Rebecca Reilly-Cooper
Discussant: Katy Wells (DPhil candidate, Oxford)

  • Attila Mrz (Central European University / NYU), Is Legitimacy Prior to Justice?
  • Nikolas Kirby (Oxford), Two Concepts of Basic Equality
  • Juliana Bidadanure (York), The Relevance of the Distinction Between the Relational and Distributive Conceptions of Equality: Insights from the Field of Intergenerational Justice

Speakers: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, Katy Wells, Attila Mrz, Nikolas Kirby, Juliana Bidadanure

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Panel 2: The Presupposition of Equality

Chair: Dr Mark Philp
Discussant: Nathan Pinkoski (MPhil candidate, Oxford)

  • Nabila Abbas (Aachen), Equality to Come: Equality in the Work of Jacques Rancire
  • Matt Hann (Durham), Equality as a Prerequisite for Rights: Egalitarianism in the Work of T.H. Green
  • Iwona Janicka (Cambridge), Why Equality is No Good: Judith Butler and the Politics of Asymmetry

Speakers: Nathan Pinkoski , Nabila Abbas, Matt Hann , Iwona Janicka, Mark Philp

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Panel 1: The Core of Egalitarianism

Chair: Dr Zofia Stemplowska
Discussant: Alice Baderin (DPhil candidate, Oxford)

  • Tyler Zimmer (Northwestern), The Heart of Egalitarianism Administrative or Democratic?
  • Aaron Landau (Columbia), The Values of Egalitarianism
  • Davide Orsi (Cardiff), The Critique of Instrumental Laws and the Role of Civil Society in the Enactment of Equality

Speakers: Alice Baderin, Tyler Zimmer , Aaron Landau , Davide Orsi , Zofia Stemplowska

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First keynote address - Social Equality and Severe Disadvantage

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Wolff (University College London)

Speakers: Jonathan Wolff

Dr Stuart White is Associate Professor of Politics and Tutorial Fellow in Politics, Jesus CollegeProfessor David Miller is Professor of Political Theory, FBA, Official Fellow, Nuffield CollegeDr Mark Philp is Professor of History and Politics, Dissertation Coordinator, Warwick University, Emeritus Fellow, Oriel CollegeDr Zofia Stemplowska is Associate Professor of Political Theory, Asa Briggs Fellow, Worcester College