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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting

    Congrès annuel de l'ACSP 2019 - 4 juin 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles

    Congrès annuel de l'ACSP 2019 - 4 juin 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia

    Congrès annuel de l'ACSP 2019 - 4 juin 2019
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    Association canadienne de science politique
    Programme du congrès annuel de l'ACSP 2019


    Organisé à l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique
    Mardi le 4 juin 2019 au jeudi 6 juin 2019
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    Discours présidentiel
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Vie et mort d’un enjeu
    la science politique canadienne
    et la politique québécoise

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Mardi le 4 juin 2019 | 17 h 00 - 18 h 00
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Mardi le 4 juin 2019 | 10 h 30 - 12 h 00
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Mercredi le 5 juin 2019 | 14 h 00 - 15 h 30
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Jeudi le 6 juin 2019 | 10 h 30 - 12 h 00

Théorie politique

H19(c) - Roundtable: Grounded Normative Theory and its Philosophical Foundations

Date: Jun 6 | Heure: 01:30pm to 03:00pm | Location: ESB 2012

Chair/Président/Présidente : Brooke Ackerly (Vanderbilt University)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Chris Tenove (University of British Columbia)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Fonna Forman (University of California – San Diego)

Abstract: A grounded approach to normative theorizing is not new. Indeed, it has been used in some of the most influential works of classical and contemporary political thought. For instance, Jane Mansbridge conducted extensive field work to inform her theorizing of democratic practice in her influential monograph, Beyond Adversary Democracy. However, grounded normative theorizing (GNT) has rarely been treated as a cohesive approach to doing political theory, and has received relatively little attention in the literature as an approach. This proposal is for a roundtable on the conceptual foundations of GNT, and is part of a series of proposed roundtables, which is aimed at developing GNT as a distinct approach. GNT derives from a long-standing orientation to political theory that holds that lived experience, practices, institutions, and beliefs reveal what we should do and should value. In different ways, theorists have argued for normative analysis to engage the concrete realities of people’s lives, “taking men as they are and laws as they might be...so that justice and utility are in no way divided” (Rousseau 1762), or arguing that theorizing should not be “something which can go on in the head without including observation of new facts as part of itself” (Dewey [1920] 2004: 141). Today, political theorists frequently call for normative theory that is more practice-dependent, more realistic, or less focused on “transcendent institutions” (Sen 2009). We seek to explore intellectual traditions that have contributed directly to the contemporary turn toward grounded normative theory and the development of its methodological commitments.

Monique Deveaux (University of Guelph)
Christine (Cricket) Keating (University of Washington (Seattle))
Margaret (Peggy) Kohn (University of Toronto)
James Tully (University of Victoria)
Melissa Williams (University of Toronto)