Culture in Political Context


University of Tampere, Main building, (address: Kalevantie 4)


Theorizing Engagements in Contemporary Societies

Thursday 31 May

Place: lecture room A3, 2nd floor

10.15 - 10.30  Welcome: (Eeva Luhtakallio) Veikko Eranti & Lotta Junnilainen / EJCPS & NSR and Mathieu Leporini / Institut Français

10.30 - 10.45   Introduction: Risto Alapuro

10.45 - 12.00   Thematic issue session 1
Participative dispositions and urban planning

Anders Blok: Methods of engagement: On civic participation formats as composition devices in urban planning

Veikko Eranti: Engagements, grammars, and the public: From the liberal grammar to individual interests

Jarkko Salminen: The spatial logics of justification – The case of a dispute
over a car-free street in Tampere, Finland
Comments: Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen & Laurent Thévenot

12.00 - 12.45   Lunch (University Restaurant, 0 floor)

12.45 - 14.00  Thematic issue session 2
Lay expertise – forms of knowledge and evaluation

Itamar Shachar (& Lesley Hustinx): A New Spirit Across Sectors: Constructing a Common Justification for Corporate Volunteering

Taina Meriluoto: Neutral Experts or Passionate Participants? – Renegotiating Expertise and the Right to Act in Finnish Participatory Social Policy
Qamar Ali: How complex domination enables selection: Academic hiring conventions in a Pakistani university

Comments: Ville-Pekka Sorsa & Laurent Thévenot

14.00 - 15.00   Thematic issue session 3
Politics of rights

Ivana Raposova: Juggling grammars, translating common-place: Justifying an anti-liberal referendum to a liberal public

Victor Albert: Justification Work: the Homeless Workers’ Movement and the pragmatic sociology of dissent in Brazil’s crisis

Comments: Tuomas Ylä-Anttila & Laurent Thévenot

15.00 - 15.30   Coffee (Portrait foyer outside the lecture room)

15.30 - 16.15   Keynote
Laurent Thévenot, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (France):
Pluralism and the Digitalisation of Differences

16.15 - 16.45   Discussion
16.45  Bubbles: Celebration of the special issue publication (Portrait foyer outside the lecture room)

Friday 1 June

Place: lecture room A3, 2nd floor

09.30 - 10.15   Keynote
Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California (USA): What makes social movements strategic?

10.15 - 10.30   Discussion

10.30 - 11.45   Paper workshop: New frontiers

Markku Lonkila, University of Jyväskylä: Networks of personal moral culture in Finland and Russia

Tapio Litmanen, University of Jyväskylä: Environmental Conflict over Peat Production: Interests and Justification Disputes over the use and extraction of peat in Finland

Anna Kukkonen, Mark Stoddart & Tuomas Ylä-Anttila: The Power of Moral Justifications: Actors and Orders of Worth in Media Debates on Arctic Climate Change in Finland and Canada

Eeva Luhtakallio, University of Tampere: Patterns of engagement: Identities and social movement organizations

Comments: Laurent Thévenot

11.45 - 12.30   Lunch (University Restaurant, 0 floor)
12.30 - 13.15   Keynote
Nina Eliasoph, University of Southern California (USA): Is comparative ethnography possible?

13.15 - 14.00   Keynote
Paul Blokker, Charles University (Czech Republic): European Transnational Movements: Putting the EU to the Test

14.00 - 15.00   Concluding discussion

Programme (Pdf)


Eeva Luhtakallio,