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Conference on Immigration, Toleration, and Nationalism



30-31 May 2013 at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Sponsored by:
Moral and Social Philosophy, University of Helsinki
The Philosophical Society of Finland
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University, USA

Keynote speakers:

David Miller, Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford and Official Fellow in Social and Political Theory, Nuffield College, Oxford: “Neutrality, Toleration, and the Cultural Claims of Immigrants”

Samuel Scheffler, University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University:  “Immigration and Justice”

Individuals increasingly move across state borders to take up residence in a new country, while many more desire to do so but cannot due to political, financial, cultural, or other obstacles. It is not surprising, then, that questions about the ethical and political dimensions of immigration have recently come to the fore in political philosophy and theory. These questions raise important challenges to prevailing conceptions of group identity, political authority, and cultural difference.

Select recordings of paper presentations:

Esma Baycan, KU Leuven, Belgium: ‘A critical assessment of David Miller's theory of migration’

Emanuela Ceva, Università di Pavia, Italy: ‘Toleration, respect, and the cultural defense’

Francesco Chiesa, University of South Wales, UK: ‘Why respect is not enough: When difference calls for esteem’

Iseult Honohan, University College Dublin, Ireland: ‘Domination and migration: an alternative approach to the legitimacy of migration controls’

Armin Khameh, The University of Sheffield, UK: ‘Toleration as recognition or toleration as the elimination of misrecognition’

Joonas Leppänen, University of Helsinki, Finland: ‘Tolerance and recognition as justice

Margaret Moore, Queens University, Canada: ‘Territorial right of states and control over borders’

Kieran Oberman, University College Dublin, Ireland: ‘What is wrong with permanent alienage?’

Carson Young, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France and Georgia State University, USA: ‘A relational egalitarian defense of guest worker programs’

The conference staff:

  • Timo Airaksinen, Professor, Moral and Social Philosophy, University of Helsinki
  • Andrew Altman, Director of Research, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University
  • Andrew I. Cohen, Director, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University
  • Heta Aleksandra Gylling, Professor, Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki