Department of Political Studies

DEPARTMENT OF

Political Studies

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Åsbjørn Melkevik

PhD Candidate

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Queen’s University
Department of Political Studies
Kingston, ON, Canada
68 University Ave, K7L 3N6
Mac-Corry C309

Appointments

  • 2014-2016, Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Political Theory, POLS-250, for Prof. Colin Farrelly, Queen’s University.
  • 2013, Invited Lecturer, [Epistemology and Political Science] Épistémologie et science politique, POL-7009 (graduate course), for Prof. Mathieu Ouimet, Université Laval, two lectures, “On Truth Relativism” and “On Science Denial”.
  • 2012, Research Assistant, “On Epistemology and Evidence-Based Research”, for Prof. Mathieu Ouimet, Université Laval.
  • 2012, Research Assistant, “On Nationalism and Multiculturalism”, for Prof. Guy Laforest, Université Laval.
  • 2011-2012, Teaching Assistant, [Political Sociology] Forces politiques, POL-1007, 2011 (online) for Prof. Raymond Hudon, 2012 for Prof. Marc-André Bodet, Université Laval..

Selected Publications

[Forthcoming] 2016, “Four Concepts of Rules: A Theory of Rule Egalitarianism”, European Journal of Political Theory.

[Forthcoming] 2016, [“Why Individual Freedom and the Autonomy of Law Stand or Fall Together”, Proceedings of the Universities – Jurisprudence] “Почему свобода индивида и автономия права существуют и исчезают одновременно”, Известия Высших Учебных Заведений – Правоведение, with Bjarne Melkevik, translated by E.G. Samokhina, published by the Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law.

2016, “Review of Richard Epstein’s The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government”, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 245-250.

2013, [Review of Federalism and Aboriginal Governance] “Recension de Fédéralisme et gouvernance autochtone, par Ghislain Otis & Martin Papillon (dir.), Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013”, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 991f.

2012, [“Epistemological Thoughts Concerning the Reality of Nations”] “Perspectives épistémologiques sur la réalité de la nation”, Revue Phares, Vol. 12, pp. 102-119.

2011, [Review of Interviews with Guy Rocher and François Rocher] “Recension de Entretiens, par Guy Rocher & François Rocher, Montréal, Les Éditions du Boréal, coll. Trajectoires, 2010”, Politique et Sociétés, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 230f.

2011, [“Nationalism as the Eros and Thanatos of Federations: Critical Thoughts on Sigmund Freud and Michael Ignatieff”] “Le nationalisme comme l’Eros et le Thanatos des fédérations: Réflexion critique entre Sigmund Freud et Michael Ignatieff”, Federalism-E, Royal Military College of Canada in collaboration with Queen’s University, Vol. 12, pp. 6-15.

2010, [“How Not to Understand Secession in a Federation”] “La question de la sécession dans une fédération: Une critique des mauvaises interpretations”, Federalism-E, Royal Military College of Canada in collaboration with Queen’s University, Vol. 11, pp. 2-18.

2009, [“Bilingualism or Linguistic Duality”] “Bilinguisme ou dualité linguistique”, Ottawa, Le Droit, April 21, p. 13.

Conference Presentations

2016, “Starve All the Lawyers: On Just Prices and the Cincian Law”, 14th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, September 13-14, under the joint patronage of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy and the Italian Society for Analytical Philosophy, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia.

2016, “The One Who Is Torn Apart: Identity Politics and Troll Nationalism in Canada”, The Department of Political Science’s fifth annual Graduate Student Conference ‘Because it’s 2015: Minorities and Representation’, April 22, Concordia University.

2016, “Contractual Fairness, Default Rules, and Inequality of Bargaining Power in the Liberal Theory of Contract”, Institute of Political Economy Doctoral Thesis Workshop, April 15, Carleton University.

2016, “Four Concepts of Rules: Rescuing Egalitarianism from Classical Liberal Equal Treatment”, Queen’s Political Philosophy Reading Group, January 27, Queen’s University.

2015, “Why Individual Freedom and the Autonomy of Law Stand or Fall Together”, with Bjarne Melkevik, colloquium ‘The State and the Law’, December 10, Faculty of Law, Saint Petersburg State University.

2015, “The Contemptuous Citizen and the Republican Statesman: Understanding the Problem of Minority-Majority Divides”, Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) – International Studies Association Canada (ISA-Canada), Annual Conference, Section on International Relations, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Panel ‘Feeling Like a State: Producing Citizens in Theory and Practice’, June 2, University of Ottawa.

2015, [Political Economy and Capitalism in the Neoclassical Liberal Tradition] “La portée politique d’une économie capitaliste: Réflexions sur le renouveau du libéralisme classique”, colloquium ‘Capitalisme et démocratie sont-ils compatibles?’, Centre d’étude en pensée politique (CEPP) & Groupe d’étude de la modernité anthropologique et politique (GÉMAP), May 8, Université du Québec à Montréal.

2014, “We Are Not All Just Prisoners of our Own Device: An Antinomian Theory of Authority, Command, and Law”, The Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership (OLPP) Graduate Conference for Legal Theory, May 28, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University.

2013, [Authoritarian Elitism According to Mosca and Pareto] “L’élitisme et le mépris du citoyen: Réflexions sur le phénomène d’autorité chez Mosca et Pareto”, Congrès annuel de la Société québécoise de science politique (SQSP), workshop ‘Autorité, obéissance, résistance et désobéissance: perspectives des XIXe & XXe siècles’, May 28, Université de Montréal.

2013, [The Democratic State is Fortunately Not a Reflection of Society] “L’État démocratique n’est pas le reflet de la société heureusement”, 81th Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS), May 10, Université Laval.

2013, [A Defence of Evidence-Based Policymaking] “Une défense des politiques publiques basées sur des données probantes”, Centre for the Analysis of Public Policy (CAPP), graduate student colloquium, March 1, Université Laval.

2012, [The Poverty of Ontological Nationalism] “Les misères du nationalisme ontologique: Une approche épistémologique aux problèmes du nationalisme discursif”, colloquium ‘Approches sémiopolitiques: pouvoir et impouvoir du langage’, May 3, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

  • 2016-2017, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). [$15,000]
  • 2013-2016, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) – Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). [$105,000]
  • 2013-2014, Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (TARRA), Queen’s University, School of Graduate Studies. [$7,500]
  • 2012-2013, Master’s Research Scholarship (B1), Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). [$15,000]
  • 2011-2012, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) – Master’s Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). [$17,500]
  • 2008, Undergraduate Admission Scholarship, Université Laval. [$2,000]

Administrative Position

2015-2016, UREB – Unit Research Ethics Board Representative, Queen’s University, Department of Political Studies.

A Few Comments by my Students on my Teaching

2014-2015, Introduction to Political Theory, POLS-250.
“One of the most prepared and organized TAs I have ever had. Went above and beyond with furthering our understanding of the class material. Very clear with his passion for political philosophy and for teaching.”
“Åsbjørn is unlike any other TA I’ve had in a good way. Preparation wise, subtle comparisons of the material to everyday modern life, clarification, etc.”
“Best TA I’ve had by far. Truly ahead of his time.”
“I thought Åsbjørn’s teaching was excellent and provided invaluable supplements to the class lectures. He was one of the most knowledgeable and prepared TAs I’ve ever had (also his sense of humour is great).”