Relationships and Responsibilities

Dr Alexa Zellentin wrote us this short report on how the conference went for the SPIRe blog. 

Conference Website

Dublin, Tuesday, 23. – Wednesday, 24. May 2017

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

This conference will bring together scholars from across Ireland and beyond to mark the retirement of Prof. Iseult Honohan from UCD SPIRe.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)

John Horton (Keele University)

Dora Kostakopoulou (Warwick University)

Cécile Laborde (University of Oxford).


The theme “Relationships and Responsibilities” is chosen to arch over Iseult Honohan’s different research interests to include questions of special relations and obligations in the context of citizenship, migration, families, religion, education, and the republic.

Issues surrounding the form and scope of (political) relationships and communities and the responsibilities that attach to them are not only current and hotly debated political issues but also a growing research area within moral and political philosophy and theory. This conference aims to bring together scholars working on citizenship, migration, the family, religion, the republic and related issues to explore the differences and similarities in their evaluation of the nexus between relationships and responsibilities.

All correspondence (including submissions and additional inquiries) should be addressed to the conference email address:

The conference is sponsored by UCD School of Politics and International Relations and the Political Studies Association of Ireland.

Organisers: Alexa Zellentin and Graham Finlay