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Tsinghua Forum on Law and Politics·2012


Revolution(s): Polity, Rationality, and Modernity


Date & Venue: 20–22 October 2012. Beijing, China.

We are delighted to announce a call for papers for the international symposium, “Revolution(s): Polity, Rationality, and Modernity”.

The legitimacy of revolution is a matter of deep contestation and debate in post-revolutionary societies. The Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, and the Arab revolution(s) all render ambivalent experiences for humanity; in company with one another are beheaded monarchs, declarations of human rights, utopian dreams and nightmares, mass mobilisations, and challenges to international orders. Revolutions have raised fundamental questions concerning the path of our societies, law, and politics. In light of these questions, the symposium will be structured around nine topics:

• liberation v. liberty;

• secularisation and rationalisation;

• authority, sovereignty, and human rights;

• enlightenment and raison d’état;

• liberalism and nationalism in state-building;

• empire, international public law, and global governance;

• “new state, old society” v. “old state, new society”;

• case studies on revolutions;

• biographies of revolutionaries.

We cordially invite thinkers from around the globe to submit an abstract on any relevant topic by 31 August 2012 and the whole text by 30 September 2012. Abstracts must be submitted by email (as MS Word file) to Dr. Kai Tu at tukai@tsinghua.edu.cn. The Tsinghua Centre for Law and Politics at the Tsinghua University School of Law is funding and organising the symposium, and will be able to cover four nights’ accommodation for invited participants. All papers presented at the symposium will be considered for translation into Chinese and inclusion in a book publication.

For any enquiries, please contact us at tukai@tsinghua.edu.cn.