The Political Value of Time - Elizabeth F. Cohen (Syracuse)

10 december 2018, 15:15 - 17:00 | Institute of Philosophy, Lecture Room 0.07, P.J.Veth Building, Nonnensteeg 1-3, Leiden | The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by Elizabeth F. Cohen (Syracuse) with the title “The Political Value of Time”.

Waiting periods and deadlines are so ubiquitous that we often take them for granted. Yet they form a critical part of any democratic architecture. When a precise moment or amount of time is given political importance, we ought to understand why this is so. The paper explores the idea of time within democratic theory and practice. Elizabeth Cohen demonstrates how political procedures use quantities of time to confer and deny citizenship rights. Using specific dates and deadlines, states carve boundaries around a citizenry. As time is assigned a form of political value, it is deployed to transact over rights. Cohen concludes with a normative analysis of the ways in which the devaluation of some people’s political time constitutes a widely overlooked form of injustice. This paper shows how and why we need to think about time if we want to understand politics.

About Elizabeth F. Cohen

Elizabeth F. Cohen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is the author of Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and her scholarship has featured in Citizenship Studies, Perspectives on Politics, and Ethics and International Affairs. In addition, she publishes op-eds in newspapers, including the Washington Post and Politico.

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