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2017

Calls for proposals | International Conference on Political Transitions and Federal Projects (late 18th-early 21st centuries)

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Call for Proposals (deadline : 20/12/2017)

International Conference on Political Transitions and Federal Projects (late 18th-early 21st centuries)

Sciences Po (CHSP), American University of Paris, Paris Diderot (CESSMA)
23-25 May 2018

Contemporary societies, from Catalonia to Kurdistan, from the European Union to India, have been marked in recent history by a lingering debate on the most desirable and practical levels of political sovereignty, legitimacy and institutions. In times of crisis, this debate has found particularly strong echoes in federal projects purporting to reconfigure existing polities.
The aim of this conference is to foster a historical questioning on federalism in periods of political transition. Departing from a normative vision that has too often associated federalism with liberal democracy, the idea is to explore unexplored regions of federal projects and practices, such as the Soviet Union, often perceived as a ‘’pseudo-federation’’, or Jacobin France, supposedly impervious to federalist ideas. International comparisons and
transnational approaches are encouraged, since the rhetoric and practice of federal alternatives have more often than not drawn on multi-level horizons.