Keynote Speakers

Thursday, May 27 17:45-19:00

An Old Wine in a New Bottle? Multiculturalism in Historical Perspective

Eva Piirimäe (Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu)

Eva PiirimaeEva Piirimäe (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 2006) is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. Her research interests include early modern moral philosophy and political thought, the intellectual history of human rights and the self-determination of peoples, and historical and contemporary theories of sovereignty and humanitarian intervention. Piirimäe has recently co-edited (with Liina Lukas and Johannes Schmidt) Herder on Empathy and Sympathy/ Einfühlung und Sympathie im Denken Herders (Brill, 2020). Her recent articles include "Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Human Rights from Walzer to the Responsibility to Protect“, Global Responsibility to Protect 10:4 (2018) and "Human Rights and Their Realisation in the World: Herder’s Debate with Kant“, in: Passions, Politics and the Limits of Society, ed. Heikki Haara and Koen Stapelbroek (DeGruyter: forthcoming). She is currently leading a project on Self-Determination of Peoples in Historical Perspective.



Friday, May 28 16:45-18:00

Emic Perspectives on Multiculturalism: Insights from Germany and Myanmar

Alexander Horstmann (Friedrich-Alexander University)

Alexander Horstmann

Dr. Alexander Horstmann is Guest Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen, Germany, where he teaches on the SDAC Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures programme. He previously held positions as Associate Professor in Anthropology of Southeast Asia, at the School of Humanities at Tallinn University, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious Diversity, (where he also was a senior research partner of Peter van der Veer) and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, University of Muenster. His current research also includes fieldwork and theoretical thinking on ethnic riots, transitions to violence, hate campaigns, rumors, trust, morality, civility, and questions of everyday multiculturalism. He has launched a new project on a social history of refugees from mainland Southeast Asia, and is doing a study on Shan migrants, power and monastic networks in the Buddhism, Business and Believers project, located at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author or co-editor of 7 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters, including (co-edited with Martin Saxer and Alessandro Rippa), Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands (Routledge, 2018) and (co-edited with Jin-Heon Jung), Building Noah’s Ark for Migrants, Refugees, and Religious Communities (Palgrave, 2015).