Cristina Rojas, Institute of Political Economy, Department of Political Science, NPSIA, and the recipient of the 2015 FPA Research Excellence Award hosts the 2016 FPA Research Excellence Award Symposium.
The presence of actors that have been marginalized from the political ‘universe’ is transforming the ways of studying and practicing democracy, citizenship, international relations and political economy, among others. On the one hand, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are bringing to the fore the force of the collective, questioning the separation of humanity and nature, as well as linear understandings of time and progress. The new field of Political Ontology responds to the concerns of these communities by postulating the existence of different worlds (pluriverse). Political ontology studies how diverse ontologies come into being, as well as the conflicts and negotiations generated in defending their existence. On what appears as the opposite spectrum, Actor Network Theory scholars working in the field of Science and Technology Studies, have also made visible the pluriverse by highlighting the agency of objects and the relatedness between their being and the world around them. They, like political ontology, break the disciplinary boundaries between modern politics in charge of humans and science relegated to the study of nature. A third political opening for a pluriverse is inspired in Jacques Rancière’s concept of politics as happening between worlds and the disagreements between them.
There will also be presentations from:
Mario Blaser, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Marisol de la Cadena, UC Davis, Department of Anthropology
Janet Conway, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Brock University
Hans-Martin Jaeger, Associate Professor, Carleton University
Ajay Parasram, Ph D Student, Political Science, Carleton University
This day-long symposium, organized into a morning panel (9:30 – 11:30 am) and afternoon panel (1:00 – 3:00) brings together scholars to draw out implications for research and teaching in social science. View the Event Program. Presenters will circulate speaking notes or a short paper one week ahead of time to aid in the conversation.
Registration is closed.