Normative orders are those orderings of norms and values that legitimate a society's structures of authority and distribution of life opportunities. Perspectives on the development, implementation, and preservation of normative orders vary. One point of view holds that such orders are narrowly connected to ability to impose sanctions. Another holds that justification and narratives of justification are key.
The interaction of these two dimensions of norms and normative orders, justification and sanction, will be analyzed in an interdisciplinary conference for young academics. The conference is organized by doctoral and postdoctoral fellows at the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders"at the Goethe-University Frankfurt.
For philosophy, the connection of moral justification and sanction is of special interest. For social sciences and law, it is the interaction and functioning of economic, political, or social orders and their legitimacy. From a historical perspective, a primary concern is the historical conditionality of normative orders - their evolution and continuous change.
The role of sanctions and justification will be looked at systematically in interdisciplinary panels. A selection of papers will possibly be published.
Date : 24-25 October 2009 (day-by-day program to be announced).
5) Justifications of Normative Orders Beyond the Nation-State : Legislative Action in Legal-Historical Perspective.
6) System of Rule and Religion : The Limited Impact of Sanctions and the Relevance of Political-Theological Narratives of Justification in the Foundation of Normative Orders in the Early Modern Period.
Location : Campus Westend of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (further information in German).
Organizers : The young academics at Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders".
Local contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
How to submit a paper : The conference addresses young academics in the doctoral or post-doctoral phase of their career. Each panel will have approximately four contributors. Anyone interested in contributing is invited to submit a 500-word abstract with the responsible panel chair (listed with each panel's description). The deadline is 30 June 2009.
Travel grants : Travel and hotel expenses will be subsidized, although the precise level of subsidization remains to be determined.