On Feb 16, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom will host Suzanna Dovi, Associate Professor of Political Science here at the University of Arizona. Her talk is entitled "Rethinking The Meaning Of Representation: The Role Of Absences." (Abstract below.)
Thursday, Feb 16, 12:30-1:45pm, in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery). Feel free to bring lunch.
For further information, please visit the Arizona Freedom Center at http://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/colloquium
Rethinking The Meaning Of Representation: The Role Of Absences
Most political scientists studying representation adopt some version of Hanna Pitkin's classis definition of representation as "making present what is absent" (1967, 9). Their emphasis is on "making present," not on the different way of being absent. However, political science needs a theoretical framework that can account for the democratic possibilities and limitations of absence. I call such a framework "an absence theory of representation." This paper offers a typology of absences and identifies how representatives can "represent" by making views absent as well as by making them present.