Workshop: The Political Imagination of Law Exploring the Making of Normative Futures
The Political Imagination of Law Exploring the Making of Normative Futures
18 + 19 March 2021
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
Theme and purpose
At a time of rapid and increasingly uncharted historical change, there is hardly any social domain whose ‘foundations’ are not eroding under our own feet and where the future, to the extent that we are brave enough to talk about it, looks less rather than more like the present.
From social movements to the legitimacy of democratic institutions, from technological devices to the development (and disappearance) of scientific fields, from ordinary practices to complex legal cases, to say nothing about climate change itself, our ability to imagine futures that are both possible – or, at the very least, not impossible – as well as desirable is being challenged. In fact, it may well be the case that the very legitimacy of our disciplines may come to depend on their ability to elicit this kind of societal conversation about the intended and unintended consequences of our social orders, practices, and institutions.
It is against this background that the workshop aims to bring together a group of scholars from different disciplines and approaches to explore the question of how contemporary society depicts “normative futures”.
Indeed, while the notion of normative futures may trigger images of legalistic and formalist approaches to law and morality, in this workshop we seek to understand it, more sociologically, as the ways in which society itself is able to reflect on, and venture, future scenarios.
The workshop is jointly organised by the Copenhagen Business School, Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Centro de Estudios Públicos, Chile.
Poul F. Kjaer, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Daniel Chernilo, Professor, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Rodrigo Cordero, Associate Professor, Universidad Diego Portales
Aldo Mascareño, Senior Fellow, Centro de Estudios Públicos
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