Etienne Balibar – Antinomies of Citizenship

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 12th, 2009

Event date: 12 May 2009

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London present

speaker_balibarProfessor Etienne Balibar - Cassal Lecture in French Culture: ‘Antinomies of Citizenship’

Ever since the origins in ancient societies, the concept of the citizen and the corresponding “community of citizens” (the Greek politeia, the Roman civitas) have moved in polarities which accounted for a permanent tension: between rights and duties, membership and exclusion, participation and representation, etc. In periods of crisis of the political institution such as the current ‘trans-nationalization’ of the Law and the global Economy , the constitutive tensions can become genuine antinomies, which confront individuals and collectives with radical choices. This Lecture will try to clarify their formulation and show what is at stake in their uncertain perspectives.

Etienne BALIBAR, born in 1942, graduated in France and the Netherlands. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Political and Moral Philosophy at the University of Paris-Nanterre, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a Fellow of the Birkbeck Institute for Humanities, London. Among his recent publications are ‘Politics and the Other Scene’, and ‘We, The People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship’.

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Introduction by Naomi Sagal (IGRS) and John O’Brien (Royal Holloway)

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Thinking with Spinoza: Politics, Philosophy and Religion

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 7th, 2009

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Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Thinking with Spinoza: Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Birkbeck College 7th & 8th May 2009 Room B34

Programme:

Thursday 7th May:

speaker_etiennebalibarEtienne Balibar (Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities)
Spinoza’s Three Gods and the Modes of Communication
Chair: Susan James (Birkbeck)

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Moira Gatens (University of Sydney)
Compelling Fictions. Spinoza and George Eliot on Belief and Faith
Chair: Martin Saar (University of Frankfurt)

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speaker_lorenzovinciguerraLaurenzo Vinciguerra (Université de Reims)
The Prophet and the Sign
Chair: Susan James (Birkbeck) 

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speaker_dongarrettDon Garrett (New York University)
Spinoza’s ‘Promising’ Ideas: Hobbes and Contract in Spinoza’s Political Philosophy
Chair: to be confirmed

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Friday 8th May:

speaker_nopic_wave1Warren Montag (Occidental College)
Lucretius Hebraizant: Spinoza’s reading of Ecclesiastes
Chair: to be confirmed

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speaker_aarongarrettAaron Garrett (Boston University)
Knowing the Essence of the State
Chair: Beth Lord (University of Dundee)

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speaker_bethlordBeth Lord
Launch of the Spinoza Network

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Spinoza Research Network: www.dundee.ac.uk/philosophy/spinoza

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speaker_susanjamesSusan James (Birkbeck London)
When does Truth Matter? The Politics of Spinoza’s Philosophy
Chair: Etienne Balibar

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