Feasibility and Immigration Workshop

Feasibility and Immigration Workshop

Immigration has become a central topic in political philosophy in recent years.  Feasibility has also begun to attract a great deal of interest, with a number of political philosophers now paying attention to its nature and appropriate role in normative inquiry.  This workshop will bring leading scholars working on these topics together to explore the role that feasibility considerations should play in our normative thinking about immigration.

Organizers:  Nicholas Southwood, Laura Ferracioli and Matthew Lindauer


Workshop Schedule

Monday 23 April 2018:

9.10-9.20 Welcome and Introduction

9.20-10.30 Gillian Brock (Auckland), "How Should We Assist Refugees?"

10.30-10.50 Coffee break

10.50-12.00 Matthew Lister (Deakin), "Democracy as a Feasibility Constraint for Immigration Policy"

12.00-13.00 Lunch break

13.00-14.10 Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh), "The Relevancy Problem: What Should Refugee Ethicists Do to Get Noticed?"

14.10-14.20 Break

14.20-15.30 Nic Southwood (ANU), "The Feasibility Argument for Restrictionism"

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.10 Holly Lawford-Smith (Melbourne) and Richard Rowland (ACU), "Offshore Processing and Political Feasibility"

17.10-17.20 Break

17.20-18.30 Arash Abizadeh (McGill), "Reflexive Political Philosophy: Theories that Make Themselves Feasible"

18.30 -  Drinks at the Wig & Pen followed by dinner (location TBC)


Tuesday 24 April 2018:

9.50-11.00 Joseph Carens (Toronto), "Carens v. Miller? How Should Questions about Feasibility Affect our Thinking about Immigration?"

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-12.30 Luara Ferracioli (Amsterdam/Sydney), "Immigration and Liberal Self-Determination"

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30-14.40 Matthew Lindauer (ANU/Brooklyn College, CUNY), "Open Borders and Feasibility"

14.40-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.10 Margaret Moore (Queens), "Immigration and Common Ownership of the World"

16.10-16.20 Break

16.20-17.30 David Miller (Oxford/Queens), "Selecting Refugees"

17.30 -   Drinks at the Wig & Pen followed by dinner (location TBC)












Date & time

Mon 23 Apr 2018, 9:00pm to Tue 24 Apr 2018, 5:30pm


Carberry Room, Crawford School

Event series


Nicholas Southwood


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