Concepta

CONCEPTA RESEARCH SEMINAR

Comparing the Concepts of Representation

Sciences Po & Paris 8,

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November 2016

Organized by the Civic Constellation II project, Concepta: International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought, the CLAIMS project (ANR-DFG) and HiSoPo (AFSP)

Convenors: Samuel Hayat (CNRS/CERAPS) and José María Rosales (University of Málaga)

Representation is a core concept in modern politics. Since the revolutions of the 17th and 18th century, representation has become the main principle organizing and legitimizing political systems. Social movements themselves are based on representation – of workers, of women, of minorities – as are aesthetics, linguistics or psychology. As a result of this centrality, the concept of representation can be hard to grasp; ubiquitous, its meaning is deeply contentious. It is ever more so the case as we enlarge the scope of analysis from English to other languages. While in English or in French a single signifier, representation or représentation, can refer to several signified (incarnation, delegation, mental images, pictorial or theatrical reproduction and so on), Italian distinguishes between rappresentazione and rappresentanza, German between Repräsentation, Vertretung, Darstellung and Vorstellung, for example. And this is not to mention non-European languages, in which sometimes the Western concept of representation was imported (such as daibiao in Chinese). Facing this plurality and ambiguity of meanings, several strategies are possible: one is exemplified by Hanna Pitkin’s 1967 seminal work, The Concept of Representation, which delineates a single concept of representation – admittedly offering a range of interpretations – as ‘the making present in some sense of something which is nevertheless not present literally or in fact’. While useful in political philosophy, this approach can lead to historical misconceptions. The purpose of this seminar is more aligned with another classic work, namely, Hasso Hofmann’s 1974 Repräsentation. Studien zur Wort- und Begriffsgeschichte von der Antike bis ins 19. Jahrhundert. Accordingly, we intend to explore the plurality of ways in which the concept of representation is used in the languages of politics. This Research Seminar will bring together scholars from different disciplines at all stages of their career to provide the first elements for a comparative history of political representation. As such, while the focus of the contributions will not necessarily be strictly linguistic and can include institutions and practices, authors will nonetheless be expected to take into account the discursive dimension of the studied phenomenon and to expose and discuss the meanings of the concept of representation in the context(s) of their study. Even if there is no preferred geographical or temporal setting, we will consider very favourably papers that study political representation in non-European areas.

P R O G R A M M E

Friday, 18 November 2016

Sciences Po 56 rue des Saint-Pères, room François Goguel (5th floor)

Welcome 9:15

SESSION 1 9:30 – 10:45

Chair: Samuel Hayat

KEYNOTE LECTURE  Yves Sintomer, Paris 8

The Meanings of Political Representation: Uses and Misuses of a Notion

SESSION 2 11:00 – 13:00 HISTORICIZING REPRESENTATION Chair: José María Rosales

Bert Dejer Disputing the Old Government: Representation and the Free State in Holland, 1706–1716

Julia Nordblad, Uppsala Speaking Political Representation: An Attempt to Operationalize the ‘Representative Claim’ in Historical Research

Taru Haapala, Jyväskylä Oxford Union Debate on War in 1933: Rhetoric, Representation, Political Action

Udit Bhatia and Vatsal Naresh, Oxford and Yale Defection and Representation in India

SESSION 3 14:30 – 16:30 CONCEPTUALIZING REPRESENTATION Chair: Samuel Hayat

Alessandro Mulieri, Leuven Representation as a Political Theological Concept

Piotr Kuligowski, Poznan The Conceptions of Representation in Polish Political Thought (1832–1848)

Facundo Rocca, Paris 8 The Problems of Modern Representation in the Young Marx

Ludmilla Lorrain, Paris 1 Mill’s Concept of Political Representation 2

SESSION 4 16:45 – 18:15 METHODOLOGICAL STUDIES

Chair: Samuel Hayat

Petra Guasti and Brigitte Geissel, Frankfurt Semantics of Claims: Comparing Two German Case Studies

Alaya Forte, SOAS Political Representation at the Intersection: How Should We Search for a New Framework?

Christine Ludl, Berlin Studying ‘Representations’ in the Global South: From an Object of Research to a Conceptual History and Epistemology of Representation(s)

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Centre Malher 9 rue Malher, main amphitheatre (1st basement)

SESSION 5 9:30 – 10:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE

Chair: Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal, CNRS/CEIAS

Rochana Bajpal, SOAS Representation and Difference: Revisiting the Indian Constituent Assembly Debates: 1946–49

SESSION 6 11:00 – 13:00 CASE STUDIES ON UNDEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION

Chair: Brigitte Geissel, Frankfurt

Chulki Hong, Seoul Undemocratic Reception of Undemocratic Idea and Institution? Political Representation in East Asian Contexts

Wang Zhongyuan, Leiden Authoritarian Representation: Representational Innovations in China’s Local People’s Congresses

Lindsay J. Benstead, Portland State Clientelistic Responsiveness: Conceptualizing Representation under Authoritarianism Florence

Di Bonaventura, Bruxelles Saint-Louis The Dynamic and Polysemous Political Representation of the Lega Nord through Identity, Imagery and Mandate

SESSION 7 14:30 – 15:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE

Chair: José María Rosales

Kari Palonen, Jyväskylä Max Weber and the European Union

SESSION 8 16:00 – 17:00 GENERAL DISCUSSION

 


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