CANCELLED: Theory Seminar: It Takes Time: Forecasts, Democracy, and Academia

Thu 7 Jun 2018
Time: 13:15 Location: NUPI Language: English Available seats: 11
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This event has unfortunately been cancelled.

Piki Ish-Shalom is a Professor at the Department of International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is interested in issues of ethics and international relations, in the nexus between theorizing the political and politicizing the theoretical, in the political construction of social knowledge, and in exploring and practicing responsible academia.

The theory seminar will be based on the following abstract:

“Forecasting commences various processes that interact with social reality ‎and affect its ‎course of evolvement. Additionally, forecasting may be founded on ‎theoretical research ‎that is grounded on normative commitments and assumptions. ‎

Hence, forecasting may ‎inject the moral commitments embedded in the forecast into ‎the evolvement of social ‎reality. Hence, and judging from a democratic perspective, ‎forecasting may involve ‎prioritizing and empowerment of certain interests and values ‎over others, and may end ‎up distorting democratic processes.

This is especially ‎problematic and distorting if the ‎theoretician who forecasts does not belong to the ‎democratic or democratizing ‎community being forecasted. This possibility requires us ‎to think if and how a ‎democratically proper forecasting is possible, especially on issues ‎involving democracy ‎and the spread of democracy and democratic norms.

My ‎proposal is to forecast as ‎theoretician-citizens in a participatory and deliberative way ‎in the public sphere and ‎through civil society.‎“