Carol Gould Awarded Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study

Carol Gould Awarded Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study

Distinguished Professor Carol Gould has been awarded a fellowship for next year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

Here’s the title and abstract for her project:

Motivating Solidarity with Distant Others: The Role of Empathy across Borders

Addressing the motivation for taking seriously the human rights and basic needs of others across borders, e.g., those seriously impacted by extreme poverty or climate change, this project will investigate how an empathic understanding of their perspective and “feeling with” them can make reasoning more effective, and recognition more inclusive. Drawing on theories of deliberative democracy, care ethics, and social movements, I propose to write a book draft at the Institute for Advanced Study that will analyze empathy 1) in current philosophical analysis and feminist ethics; 2) in relation to “public reason” in national politics; 3) as it affects deliberation in the transnational public sphere; 4) in social movements and solidarity networks; and 5) in its import for cosmopolitan education.

The Theme for 2015-16 at the School of Social Sciences is Orders and Boundaries

The external limits of territories (borders) and the internal delimitations within societies (boundaries) have long been thought of in different terms: immigration, nationality and citizenship in the first case; racial, ethnic, religious, caste and class differentiation in the second. If globalization has hardened rather than abolished borders it has also produced new realities and anxieties concerning social boundaries. The immigrants of yesterday have often become the minorities of today. Whether one considers the parallel rise of xenophobia and Islamophobia in an increasingly integrated Europe, the links between undocumented immigrants and Latino politics in North America, the conflicts between neighboring countries involving oppressed minorities in Asia, the repression of ethnic or religious groups in Africa, or the transnational circulation of terrorist networks, the reconfiguration of borders and boundaries in both war and peace raises anew classical problems of state formation, nation-building and social contract. This is not to say that these phenomena are unprecedented: on the contrary, their genealogies and histories, colonial pasts and imperial legacies need to be explored.

How to analyze the continuities and discontinuities in the making of borders and boundaries? How to interpret contemporary insecurities concerning immigration and identities in relation with economic and cultural tensions? How to envisage the consolidation of racial, ethnic, religious differences in a context of transnational circulation of goods and people? How are the psychological dynamics of in-group and cross-group interaction interacting with shifting legal and political realities? How are class and gender inequalities recomposed in the changing patterns of the nation-state? How do public policies, political parties, social movements and non-governmental organizations address these issues? Around such questions, we hope to bring together scholars working in various countries, using empirical and comparative method as well as theoretical and normative approach, and from all disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, geography, psychology, economics, law, philosophy and political science. The Borders and Boundaries theme year will be led by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School.

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