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A Celebration of Emanuel Adler's Scholarship and Career

A Celebration of Emanuel Adler's Scholarship and Career
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: May 12th, 9:00 am End: May 12th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Jewish Studies, 2000-

The Munk School of Global Affairs, Department of Political Science, and Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies presents

A Celebration of Emanuel Adler’s Scholarship and Career

On the occasion of Professor Emanuel Adler’s 70th birthday and 35th anniversary of graduating Berkeley, his colleagues and former PhD students gather to recognize their intellectual and personal debts and to celebrate Adler’s many scholarly achievements in the time-honored academic fashion of a Fest conference hosted at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The different papers presented at the conference will engage intellectually and critically Adler’s extensive contributions in the theory of international relations, especially but not limited to issues such as progress, communities, practices, constructivism, the Middle East, complexity theory, and the European order. Special attention will be given to Adler’s ongoing book project: A Social Theory of Cognitive Evolution: Change, Stability, and International Social Orders, which brings to fruition the different strands that interested him throughout his incredibly fruitful career.

Emanuel Adler is the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the European Academy of Sciences, an Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen, and former editor of International Organization. Previously, he was Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently based out of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

His publications include books such as The Power of Ideology; Security Communities (with Michael Barnett); Communitarian International Relations; Convergence of Civilizations (with Federica Bicchi Beverly Crawford, and Raffaella Del Sarto); International Practices (with Vincent Pouliot); and Israel in the World. He has also published articles such as “Seizing the Middle Ground: Constructivism in World Politics” and “The Emergence of Cooperation: National Epistemic Communities and the International Evolution of the Idea of Nuclear Arms Control.”

Professor Adler’s interests include international practices and communities of practice, the evolution of international order, a constructivist reconsideration of strategic logic, including deterrence, European security institutions, international relations theory — in particular, constructivism, epistemic communities, security communities, and communities of practice — and Israel’s relations with the world.

This event is co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Department of Political Science, Mr. Charles Bronfman and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies University of Toronto

9:00 Welcome
Louis Pauly, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Stephen J. Toope, Director, Munk School of Global Affairs
Karen Weisman, Professor and Acting Director, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

9:30 Becoming Emanuel Adler: Ideas, communities and practices
Piki Ish-Shalom, the A. Ephraim and Shirley Diamond Family Chair in International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Markus Kornprobst, Professor of International Relations, Vienna School of International Studies
Vincent Pouliot, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, McGill University

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Pragmatism and meaning making: Evolutionary imperatives
Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University
Janice Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Munk School of Global Affairs and Department of Political Science

11:15 Corridors and conduits of power: Cognitive evolution, world views and polymorphic globalism
Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Seizing the middle ground in new terrain
Christian Reus-Smit, Professor of International Relations, University of Queensland

13:45 In consideration of evolving matters
Alena Drieschova, Lecturer in International Relations, Cardiff University

14:30 Coffee break

15:00 Adler and complexity theory for IR
Peter M. Haas, Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

15:45 Cognitive evolution, time and multiple modernities
Stefano Guzzini, Senior Research, Danish Institute for International Studies

16:30 Closing remarks
Emanuel Adler, Andrea & Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs and Department of Political Science

*** Reception to Follow ***

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Vincent Pouliot


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