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Presentation at The Patio: Christina Prell on stakeholder participation for climate change governance

When:Th 13-10-2022 16:00 - 17:00
Where:Collaboratories B, Harmonie Building

The Patio (an interdisciplinary research group on social networks) invites you to their upcoming meeting. On this occasion, we have invited dr. Christina Prell, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Spatial Science at the UG.

Christina Prell’s research focuses on the intersection of social networks and the environment. 

In this talk, she will go into stakeholder participation, which is increasingly seen as beneficial for short and long term responses to climate change risks. Past research highlights the role social networks play as both a key outcome of participation, as well as an important step towards other environmental governance goals. This paper focuses on the social relation of mutual understanding, which is often discussed in the environmental governance literature, but has yet to be studied as an empirical social network in its own right. Our paper builds and tests a conceptual framework linking participation to mutual understanding and social learning. 

The meeting is open to all and registration is not necessary. If you would like to stay updated on the Patio's activities, join our mailing list.

More information and updates on the programme can be found on our website. View here the map of the Collaboratories B.

Conference on Kant's Lectures on Political Philosophy (Naturrecht Feyerabend)

From:Fr 14-10-2022
Until:Su 16-10-2022
Where:University of Groningen (in-person event)

General information

We are pleased to invite you to the conference "Kant's Lectures on Political Philosophy (Naturrecht Feyerabend)". The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers interested in Kant's political philosophy of the 1780s and/or its relation to other aspects of his work. The Feyerabend lectures are the only transcript of Kant's course on natural law, stemming from the summer of 1784 as he was writing the Groundwork. These lectures have been neglected until very recently despite their importance as Kant's only in-depth discussion of political philosophy from the decade of the three Critiques.

The talks of the conference will be collected in a forthcoming book, Kant's Lectures on Political Philosophy: A Critical Guide, edited by Fred Rauscher (Cambridge UP, 2023). The event is organized by the research group "Kant, Kantianism, and Morality" (University of Groningen) and supported by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).


  • Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins University and University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Luigi Caranti, University of Catania)
  • Mike Gregory (University of Groningen)
  • Paul Guyer (Brown University)
  • Sarah Holtman (University of Minnesota)
  • Monique Hulshof (State University of Campinas)
  • Pauline Kleingeld (University of Groningen)
  • Larry Krasnoff (College of Charleston)
  • Susan Meld Shell (Boston College)
  • Jordan Pascoe (Manhattan College)
  • Frederick Rauscher (Michigan State University)
  • Fiorella Tomassini (University of Groningen)
  • Kenneth Westphal (Academia Europaea)
  • Howard Williams (Cardiff University)

Early-career participant funding

We can provide (at least partial) funding to a small number of early-career researchers such as PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty. If you fit this category and are interested in attending the conference, work on topics closely related to the conference theme, and do not have other sources of funding, you can apply for a travel and accommodation subsidy for early-career participants. Your application should be sent by email and include:

  • A brief description of your research interests
  • A short academic CV

Deadline: September 5th, 2022.


Please find the full programme here.


Attendance is free but registration is required. This is planned as an in-person event; unfortunately it is not possible to join remotely.


Mike Gregory (University of Groningen)

Pauline Kleingeld (University of Groningen)

Fiorella Tomassini (University of Groningen)

Groningen PPE Colloquium - Axel Gosseries (Louvain)

When:We 19-10-2022 15:15 - 16:45
Where:Faculty of Philosophy, Room Omega

Axel Gosseries (Louvain): The Currency of intergenerational justice


In this talk, I will look at the challenges raised by the intergenerational context for a currency of justice. I will take resourcism as a starting point. I will discuss the
challenges it raises, both under the assumption of given preferences and under the more realistic assumption of dynamic preferences. I will explore three proposals: focusing on intangible resources, keeping options open and inculcating frugal preferences. I will also discuss whether resourcists have anything to say about the issue of substitution that is central to the sustainability debate. I will stress the specific role played by education as one of the ways to influence the content of future preferences.

Please find more information here.

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