4th International Conference of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University in Belgrade
Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons
May 4-6, 2016
Conference program: http://socialjustice.instifdt.bg.ac.rs/schedule/
We envisage the conference as an attempt to deepen the dialogue between empirical research, political-theoretic conceptualizations and public discourses on social justice in the pursuit of a nuanced and empirically sensitive conception of a just society. The conference will reflect on the phenomenon of social justice in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner, encompassing a variety of political-theoretic perspectives and contemporary research that sheds light on the complex ways in which people experience injustice and articulate critique. We would like to examine the relation between the vocabularies of political theory and the ‘lay’ normativity of ordinary social actors (Andrew Sayer), as well as reflect on the role that publicly engaged social science might have in bringing about a more just society.
In their approaches to injustice, economists, sociologists and political theorists have for the most part focused on different dimensions of inequality and ways to measure them. The public discourse on social justice has thus revolved around a critique of inequalities and the demands for a more just distributionof resources – economic, but also organizational, cultural, societal, epistemic and symbolic. In addition to critically examining contemporary perspectives on distributive justice broadly defined, the conference will consider the possible limits of the distrubution-oriented (and justice-oriented in general) approaches to ordinary actors’ grievances, addressing, among other, the following questions: is the concept of justice and its opposite (injustice) the best conceptual tool in confronting the deficiencies of a particular social order, or is there any other concept that could better suit this purpose; what is the relation of the concept of justice to the concepts of equality, liberty and autonomy?
We are especially interested in exploring further the potential of the capabilities approach for conceptualizing social justice. Participants are also invited to reflect on the ever more prominent conception of ‘fair’ inequality.
Petar Bojanić, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Wolfgang Merkel, WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre
Éric Fassin, University of Paris VIII
Slobodan Cvejić, Associated professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Marjan Ivković, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Srdjan Prodanović, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Bojana Radovanović, University of Cambridge and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade