EDDA – Center of Excellence at the University of Iceland, in collaboration with Raymond Aron Center for Sociological and Political Studies (CESPRA) at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS), will host an international conference entitled In/Equalities, Democracy and the Politics of Transition. The conference will take place on 10-12 May 2012 at the University of Iceland. The conference is open to all and free of charge. Click here to view the conference program.

The conference will focus on the following topics: democracy and collective decision-making; constitution-making and the Icelandic Constitutional Council/Assembly; in/equality, well-being and politics; political participation, and popular mobilization; transitional justice and engagement with national pasts and national narratives, political cultures and institutional morality.

Within the context of the political, cultural and social responses to the current global economic crisis, the aim of the conference is to bring together academics in the field of politics, philosophy, history, literary criticism, and law to discuss problems of societal transitions from various thematic and national perspectives. Special attention will be devoted to democratic experiments, political participation and reconstruction discourses, which is the subject of a joint research project between EDDA and EHESS.

Conference participants will include:  Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Prof of Comparative Law, New York Law School; Bernard Manin, Professor of Politics at New York University and Professor at EHESS; Sylvia Walby, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University; Lucy Allais, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex and the University of the Witwatersrand; Philippe Urfalino, Director of CESPRA, Professor at EHESS and senior researcher at CNRS; James S. Fishkin, Professor of Communication and Political Science, Stanford University; Jon Elster, the Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences, with Appointments in Political Science and Philosophy at Columbia University and Professeur Titulaire at the Collège de France;  Pasquale Pasquino, Distinguished Professor of Law and Politics at New York University and senior researcher at CNRS;  Yohann Aucante, Lecturer/Researcher at EHESS in Paris; Dave Brady, Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University; Helene Landemore, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University.


Organizing Committee:

Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director of EDDA – Center of Excellence

Valur Ingimundarson, Chair of the Steering Board of EDDA – Center of Excellence and Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland

Jón Ólafsson, Professor of Philosophy and Vice-Rector of Bifröst University

Philippe Urfalino, Director of CESPRA, Professor at EHESS and senior researcher at CNRS


For further information, please visit the conference webpage.

The conference is sponsored by EDDA – Center of Excellence, The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS), the City of Reykjavik, and the French Embassy in Iceland.