Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CFP: Liberalism

[We have the following call for papers.]

The call for papers for our conference "Liberalism - historical and contemporary variations" is now open! The conference will be held at the University of Helsinki, October 24-25, 2019.

The conference is organized by the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie). Keynote speakers are Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley), Werner Bonefeld (York), Sonja Amadae (Helsinki).

This conference seeks to bring analytic clarity to the concepts of liberalism by investigating into its historical and contemporary variations. We pay special attention to the various reconfigurations of the liberal doctrine that emerged in the context of interwar and post-WWII Europe (e.g. different forms of neo-liberalism, German ordoliberalism, social liberalism). We invite presentations that discuss particularly the theoretical underpinnings and intellectual transformations of the liberal doctrine in the past 100 years with a focus on the following questions:
  • What were the key theoretical and intellectual questions that defined the emergence of different “new” liberalisms (neo-liberalism, ordoliberalism, social liberalism etc.) in the interwar period? What kinds of intellectual and philosophical resources they employed?
  • How should we understand the relation between liberalism as a theoretical or moral-philosophical doctrine vs. political movement? What were the main political strategies of different liberalisms?
  • How has contemporary liberalism employed the conceptual and theoretical tools of individual sciences such as economics, law, and political science?
Please send your abstracts (max. 400 words) with relevant contact info to the address: by May 15, 2019. For practical information, please consult our coordinator Dr. Heta Björklund (