Reconciling the Irreconcilable

Reconciling the Irreconcilable

Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conferences, Vol. XXIV
IWM, Vienna 2009 [Published on the Web]

Edited by: Irina Papkova

Contributions by: Brigitte Bargetz, Sofiya Dyak, Ariel Ivanier, Sushila Mesquita, Irina Papkova, and Abram Trosky

Reconciling the Irreconcilable – Preface

  On June 12 th, 2008, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen continued the venerable tradition of hosting a day-long conference organized by the Junior Fellows in residence at the Institute, at which the young scholars had the opportunity to present their work to the Institute’s community, benefiting from the input of more experienced …
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Rights and the Politics of Normalization [1]

From a queer theorists’ perspective, equal rights politics present several structural limitations for sexual minorities. As sexuality is generally considered as belonging to the realm of the private, only certain issues can gain access to the hegemonic public. However, due to wide-ranging processes of neoliberal economical and social transformation, new modes of recognition are offered …
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The Politics of the Everyday: A Feminist Revision of the Public/Private Frame [1]

According to Carole Pateman, the feminist critique of the dichotomy between public and private “is central to almost two centuries of feminist writing and political struggle; it is, ultimately what the feminist movement is about” [2]. This critique is probably most clearly articulated in second-wave feminists’ claim that “the personal is political” [3]. Although the …
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Saving the Third Rome. “Fall of the Empire”, Byzantium and Putin’s Russia

This article examines some of the symbolic political and cultural implications of “Fall of the Empire: Byzantium’s Lesson” ( Gibel’ Imperii, Vi z antiiskii Urok ), a film that aired on the Russian Federation government-controlled television station Rossiia (RTR) on January 31, 2008. The film was produced and directed for RTR by Father Tikhon Shevkunov, …
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Cosmopolitanism without Agents?
Engaging the Statist Critique

This paper addresses the debate on global economic distributive justice through the lens of contemporary international relations theory, reviewing works by three renowned cosmopolitan theorists: Charles Beitz, Martha Nussbaum and Thomas Pogge. The paper maps the moral principles that have been proposed by these authors for a discussion of the present international economic order, and …
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On the Possibility of International Theory:
A Cosmopolitan Critique of Communitarian Conceptions

This is an essay, in the formal sense of a foray, into the possibility of a transnational morality of states. Just as morality is defined by action in accordance with a principle beyond self-interest, “international theory” is conventionally understood as international moral theory—adherence to a principle higher than national interest. In this context, theory, to …
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The Legacies of Others. Dealing with Historic Cityshapes in Soviet Lviv and Communist Wroclaw

In this presentation I would like address one issue and relate it to two cases. The issue
is how a new image and city’s identity is created after a radical change of authorities and
population and what is the relation with built environment in such project. Two cases
are both similar and different. Lwów/Lviv and Breslau/Wroc?aw changed its state
affiliation due to the war and their population almost completely changed, because of
Holocaust and post-war deportations. At the same time, Lviv cityscape survived
extraordinary well. The material fabric had suffered little damage, while the population
has changed dramatically.
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