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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Conference: Obedience and Disobedience

A Clough Center – Sciences Po Initiative


Monday, December 4–Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Boston College


 This event is invitation only.

Interested current BC faculty and students may contact for more information.


conference schedule

Monday, December 4, 2017


9:00-9:20 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:20-9:40 a.m.


Welcoming Remarks by Vincent Rougeau (Dean, BC Law School), Vlad Perju (Director, Clough Center), and Astrid Von Busekist (Humanités Politiques, SPO)

9:40-11:00 a.m.


Roundtable 1 On Disobedience

  • Frédéric Gros. “The Pentagon of Disobedience: the Ethical Styles of the Political Subject” (Sciences Po, CEVIFOP)
  • Julie Saada. ‘Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.’ Claims, Conscientious Objection and Civil Disobedience. (Sciences Po, Law School)
11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 p.m.


Roundtable 2 On Obedience

  • Paulo Barrozo, “The Role of Obedience and Disobedience in the Evolution of The Political” (BC, Law School)
  • Julian Bourg. “The Desire for Obedience: Claude Lefort on Étienne de la Boétie’s Discourse on Voluntary Servitude” (BC, History Department)
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. Roundtable 3 On Specific Disputes
  • Katie Young "On Queue Jumping" (BC, Law School)
  • Réjane Senac. “Resisting the Fashion for Neoliberal Neo-Essentialism: French style Parity and Diversity as modernizers of ‘conditional equality’ subject to the ‘performance’ of differences for “non-brothers” (Sciences Po, CEVIFOP)
  • Frank Garcia. “Strategic Disobedience: Challenging Asymmetries in Integration Agreements” (BC, Law School)
  • Micah Lott. Respondent (BC, Philosophy Department)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


9:30-10:00 a.m. Coffee

10:00- 11:45 a.m.

Roundtable 4 On Law

  • Guillaume Tusseau. “Obeying or not Obeying Constitutional Judges: blurring the mandatory status of the “supreme law of the land” (Sciences Po, Law School)
  • Mikhail Xifaras "Obedience and Disobedience within the Law (Sciences Po, Law School)
  • Vlad Perju, Respondent (BC, Law School)
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Clough Graduate Workshop  

  • Fumi Inoue, PhD candidate- History Department, “The 1970 Koza Riot in U.S. Occupied Okinawa and the Politics of Anti-Base Protest.”

1:30-3:15 p.m.


Roundtable 5 On Religion

  • Astrid von Busekist. “The laws of obedience: between religious commandments and democratic citizenship” (Sciences Po, CERI)
  • Susan Shell. “Duties as [instar] Divine Commands: Kant’s Moral Amphiboly and the Relation between Ethics and Religion (BC, Political Science Department)
  • Jim Bernauer. "As a dead body" : On Religious Obedience (BC, Philosophy Department)
3:15 p.m. Final Remarks





Final Remarks