Jón Ólafsson

Presentations

2016

Decided by the Crowd. Dilemmas of direct, participatory and deliberative democracy. A talk delivered at the Nordic Exploratory Workshop on Experimental Democracy. Turku University 29 October 2016.

Lærdómar og lýðræði. Um þekkingarmiðaða samfélagssýn Deweys [Learning from Democracy. On Dewey’s epistemic social theory]. Talk delivered at Menntakvika, annual conference of the School of Education, University of Iceland, 7 October, 2016.

In Defense of Deliberation: On the Value of Pure Talk. Talk delivered at Future of Democracy a conference organized by EDDA Center of excellence, University of Iceland as a part of the Nordic exploratory workshop series: Democratic Experiments, Reykjavík 20-22 May, 2016.

 

2015

“Platonic worry and pragmatist hope.” Keynote lecture. Emancipation: Challenges at the Intersection of American and European Philosophy. Fordham University, New York, 26 February–1 March 2015.

“Hlutleysi.” Lecture at a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Red Cross Fundamental Principles. Nordic House, Reykjavik, 8 May 2015

“Aftur á byrjunarreit.” Lecture at a symposium hosted by the Center for Ethics at the University of Iceland , Siðareglur ráðherra og þingmanna: Möguleikar og markmið. University of Iceland, 12 May 2015. http://sidfraedi.hi.is/frettir/2015_05_07/sidareglur_radherra_og_thingmanna_moguleikar_og_markmid

“Epistemic Contribution or Political Participation.” Lecture at the Conference Workings of Democracy: Practices, Norms and Understanding, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 27–29 May 2015. http://sidfraedi.hi.is/node/359

“Russia – The Public Sphere, Public Trust and Official Communication.” Lecture at a seminar hosted by EDDA – Center of Excellence and the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland Afleiðingar valdstjórnar: Hvaða áhrif hefur þróun mála í Rússlandi í raun og veru. Nordic House, Reykjavik, 19 June 2015.

“Identifying with democracy.” Lecture at the symposium Using the Concept of Identity, University of Iceland, 25 September 2015. Symposium hosted by 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)

Lecture in the series RedSovet: Agora. Moskva Dostoevskí bókasafnið, 13. október. (РЕДСОВЕТ: “Введение в (критику) идеологии”: Дьюи (1928) и Лакснесс (1937/38) в Москве…; https://www.facebook.com/events/1492922301003928/)

“Is epistemic democracy liberal?” Lecture at the Conference Justice and Political Psychology, University of Turku, Department of Philosophy, October 15–16 2015.

“Inherent Misogyny, Epistemic Injustice and Deep Corruption.” Paper presented at 100 years of Women’s Civil Rights. International Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Iceland. Reykjavík, 22–23 October 2015.

“Hvernig á (og á ekki) að tala um spillingu í íslenskri pólitík.” Presentation at a symposium hosted by the Association of Political Scientists, University of Iceland, 27 November 2015.

 

2014

“Dealing with the Cold war.” Lecture delivered as a part of a series organized by the Icelandic association of historians, 2 December 2014.

“The transformations of representative democracy.” Paper given at Results and perspectives of empirical research.The transformations of representative democracy. Results and perspectives of empirical research. A conference in the joint program of Torino University, Paris University and Stanford University. Paris 13-14 November 2014.

“Putin 2.0 or Putin the second.” Talk delivered at a seminar on the Ukraine crisis organized by The Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, 1 October 2014.

“Getur háskóli verið lítill og góður?” [Can a university be small and good?] Presentation at a seminar on the status of universities and science, University of Iceland, 21 February 2014.

“Umburðarlyndi, virðing og hatursorðræða” [Tolerance, respect and hate speech]. Presentation at a seminar on religion, freedom of opinion and tolerance hosted by the Forum for Interfaith Dialogue, 27 February 2014. http://kirkjan.is/2014/02/malthing-um-tru-skodanafrelsi-og-mannrettindi/

“Var innlimunin óumflýjanleg? Jeltsín, Pútín Rússar og Krím.” Talk delivered at a seminar on the Ukraine crisis organized by The Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, 24 March 2014.  http://prezi.com/w16mm6d1tl2p/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

 

2013

“Democracy and the Problem of Pluralism: John Dewey revisited.” Keynote talk at Nordic Conference on Religious Education, University of Iceland 10-13 June, 2013.

“Guð blessi Ísland“. [God bless Iceland]. A response to Mark C. Taylor´s lecture “Meltdowns: The Perils of Extreme Finance“. Symposium held by the Sigurbjörn Einarsson Institute and the Institute of Theology at the University of Iceland, 16 May 2013.

“Chomsky í samtímanum: Úthald mótmælenda og áhrif mótmæla” [Chomsky in the contemporary. The stamina of protesters and the effect of protests]. Conference paper. University of Iceland, Annual Humanities Conference 15-16 March, 2013.

“Are referenda a good way of involving the public in politics?” Seminar paper. Direct Democracy – Pros and Cons. Institute of Law and Center for Human Rights, University of Iceland, 6 March 2013.

“Geta þjóðaratkvæðagreiðslur ógnað lýðræði?” [Can referenda threaten democracy?] Seminar talk. University seminars on the proposed Icelandic Constitutional Bill. University of Iceland, 16 January 2013.

 

2012

“The Gulag: A Ghost Story.” Conference paper at Cultural Representations of Trauma. EDDA-Centre or Excellence, Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts, University of Iceland, 31. August – 1. September 2012.

“The other Gulag: Wives to Traitors of the Motherland.” Conference paper at Gulag unbound, King’s College, Cambridge, 29 June 2012.

“Opportunities in a Recovering Democracy.” A Workshop on Public Consultation and Deliberative Polling, Center for Deliberative Democracy (Stanford University), Hong Kong, 17 June 2012.

“Can Constitutions be Crowdsourced?” Talk at WAPOR 65th annual conference (World Association for Public Opinion Research), Hong Kong, 14-16 June 2012.

“The Constitution: An impasse?” In/Equalities, Democracy and the Politics of Transition. International Conference hosted by EDDA Center of Excellence, Reykjavík, 10.-12. May, 2012.

“Stjórnarskráin í öngstræti. Um aðferðafræði stjórnlagaráðs og árangur lýðræðistilrauna” [The Constitutional Council of Iceland, its methods and the success of Democratic Experiments]. Annual Conference in the Social Sciences, University of Akureryri, 20-21 April 2012.

“Orðræða andófs” [On the Discourse of Dissidence]. NEI! – a seminar on Radicalism and Dissidence. Reykjavík Art Museum, 11 March 2012.

 

2011

“Andóf og kvennahreyfingar” [Dissidence and Feminist movements]. Response to Hildur Hákonardóttir. Strands and Plaits: Culture, Society and Environment. International Conference of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Iceland 4-5 November 2011.

“Appelsínur frá Abkasíu” [Oranges from Abkhazia]. Seminar talk at RIKK – Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Iceland, 27. October 2011.

“An experiment in Iceland: Crowdsourcing a Constitution? Epistemic Democracy in Practice.” The Program on Democracy at Yale University and the Research Programme on Democracy at University of Oslo. 20-22 October 2011, Yale University.

“Witness to an Accident: Reconfiguring a Stalinist Experience.” Nordic Cold War Cultures: Ideologies, Exchanges, Representations. EDDA – Center of Excellence and NORCENCOWAR, Reykjavík, 23-24 September 2011.

“Reconciliation after Collapse.” Political and Collective Forgiveness. International Conference. University of Turku. 2.-3. September 2011.

“Free Inquiry and Free Speech.” Conference talk, The Fourth Nordic Pragmatism Conference Inquiry, Copenhagen, Denmark 22-24 August 2011.

“Paradoxes of Free Speech: Repression, Silencing and Predictability.” A lecture at the workshop “Ideas of Expansion, cultural identity and social criticism” held at Bifröst University, June 2011.

 

2010

“Iceland: Time of Troubles.” Departmental lecture. School of Political Science, Division of Government and Political Theory. University of Haifa, December 2010.

“Sannleikur og lygi” [Truth and Lies in Icelandic]. Málþing Glímunnar Skálholtsskóla um réttlætiskennd og samfélagssýn. ReykjavíkurAkademíunni, October 2010.

“Myths and Truths: The After.” A talk given at SLOWAR: The Dictionary of War Moscow, September 2010.

“Siðlausar Ákvarðanir” [Immoral Decisions in Icelandic]. Bifröst University. Conference on Icelandic Social Sciences. Bifröst University, May 2010.

“Siðareglur í opinberri stjórnsýslu. Tilgangur og áhrif” [Ethical Codes in Public Administration. Purpose and Impact in Icelandic]. Bifröst University. A seminar on administrative law and ethics, April 2010.

“Hvernig er hægt að skýra rangar ákvarðanir?” [How can Wrong Decisions be Explained?]. A talk on the results of the Parliamentary investigation committee released April 2010. University of Akureyri and Reykjavík University, April 2010.

“Afrakstur byltingarinnar” [Consequences of Revolution in Icelandic]. Annual Humanities conference, University of Iceland, March 2010.

“Almenningur, alþýða, þjóð og múgur” [Public, people, nation, masses]. A conference on the consequences of the “utensils revolution”. Bifröst University, February 2010.

 

2009

“Hlutverk háskólanna í samfélaginu” [The role of the University in contemporary society]. Conference on higher education hosted by the Icelandic Ministry for Education and Culture, December 2009.

 

Publications

2017 – Expected

Skilled rhetoricians, experts, intellectuals and inventors – Kitcher and Dewey on public knowledge and ignorance. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. Status: Accepted, expected publication 2017.

 

2016

“The Constituent Assembly: a study in failure”, Iceland’s Financial Crisis: The Politics of Blame, Protest, and Reconstruction [Editor with Philippe Urfalino and Irma Erlingsdóttir] (New York and London: Routledge, 2016).

Þekkingarmiðað lýðræði – þegar þekking lýðsins ræður [Epistemic Democracy – Following the crowd’s knowledge]. Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration 12(2) 2016, 491-516.

The Constituent Assembly: a study in failure. Iceland’s Financial Crisis. The politics of blame, protest and reconstruction. Valur Ingimundarson, Philippe Urqualino and Irma Erlingsdóttir eds. London & New York: Routledge 2016.

Spilling í stjórnmálum [Corruption in Politics]. Tímarit Máls og menningar (77)1 2016.

 

2015

“Lost in Transition: Puzzles of Reconciliation,” Res Cogitans. 11 (1) 2015, 79–100. The Icelandic Constituent Assembly: A Study in Failure.

“Democracy and the Problem of Pluralism: John Dewey revisited.” Ulf Zackariasson (Ed.). Action, Belief and Inquiry—Pragmatist Perspectives on Science, Society and Religion (pp. 44–67). Nordic Studies in Pragmatism 3. Helsinki: Nordic Pragmatism Network, 2015.

“A Witness to Accident. Reconfiguring a Stalinist Experience.” in Nordic Cold War Cultures: Ideological Promotion, Public Reception, and East-West Interactions, eds. Valur Ingimundarson and Rósa Magnúsdóttir (Helsinki: Aleksanteri Cold War Series, University of Helsinski, 2015), 174–188.

 

2014

Lýðræðistilraunir: Ísland í hruni og endurreisn [Experiments in Democracy: Iceland in Crisis and Recovery]. Editor. (Other authors: James Fishkin, Helene Landemore, Tom Ginsburg, Zachary Elkins, Paolo Spada, Giovanni Allegretti and Kristinn Már Ársælsson). Reykjavík: University of Iceland Press, 2014. (The volume will be published in an Icelandic and an English version).

“Viðbrögð lýðræðis við hruni. Mat lagt á íslensku reynsluna” [Democracy’s Response to Disaster. Assessing the Icelandic experience]. In  Lýðræðistilraunir: Ísland í hruni og endurreisn [Experiments in Democracy: Iceland in Crisis and Recovery], edited by Jón Ólafsson. Reykjavík: University of Iceland Press 2014.

“Rökræðulýðræði verður stofnanalýðræði: Er hættulegt að færa vald til almennings?” [Deliberative Democracy becomes Institutional Democracy. Is it dangerous to give power to the public?]. Icelandic Review on Politics and Administration 10, no 1 (2014): 119-142.

“Deweyan democracy: The epistemic context.” Nordicum-Mediterraneum. Icelandic e-journal of Nordic and Meditarranean Studies 9, no 2 (2014). Open Access: http://nome.unak.is/nm-marzo-2012/vol-9-no-2-2014/64-conference-paper/423-deweyan-democracy-the-epistemic-context.

 

2012

Appelsínur frá Abkasíu. Halldór Laxness, Vera Hertzsch og hreinsanirnar miklu [Oranges from Abkhazia. Halldór Laxness, Vera Hertzsch and the Great Purge]. Reykjavík: JPV, 2012.

 

2011

“An experiment in Iceland.” Work in progress. Draft published 2011 at http://www.yale.edu/polisci/conferences/epistemic_democracy/03.html.

“Umburðarlyndi” [Toleration]. Siðfræði og samfélag. Ritstjórar Salvör Nordal og Vilhjálmur Árnason. Reykjavík: Siðfræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands, 2011.

“Róttækur háskóli – tvíræður háskóli” [Radical University – Ambiguous University]. Ritið 11, 1 2011.

 

2010

“Rationality and Resistance. A review of Judith M. Green: Pragmatism and Social Hope.” In Deepening Democracy in Global Contexts. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008 and Transactions of the Charles Peirce Society, 46, no 4 (2010).

“Protest for Protest’s Sake” in Rearticulations of Reason: Recent Currents, Leila Haaparanta (ed.). Helsinki: Acta Fennica, 2010.

“John Dewey og heimspekilegur pragmatism” [John Dewey and Philosophical Pragmatism in Icelandic]. Published in a collection of articles commemorating 150 years from his birth. Reykjavík: University of Iceland Press, 2010.

 

2009

“Andóf, ágreiningur og áróður. Greinar um heimspeki” [Dissidence, Conflict and Propaganda. Papers in Philosophy in Icelandic]. Reykjavík: Bifröst University, 2009.