2018 Conference

Image: Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good Government (detail), c. 1338-9.

Aesthetics and Poetics in the History of Political Thought

11th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Thought and Intellectual History

Garden Room, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, June 13, 2018

Keynote Address: Professor Martin Jay (Berkeley)

Registration is available here.

Garden Room, St Edmund’s College
09:30 – 09:50 Registration
10:00 – 10:10 Opening remarks
10:20 – 11:50
Panel I: Perceiving, Imagining and the Sublime
Ani Chen (Cornell):
Sound Judgement: Sweetness and the Powers of Hearing in Aristotle’s De anima, Nicomachean Ethics, and Politics
Alicia Steinmetz (Yale):
Montaigne and the Shape of the Soul
Thomas Vozar (Exeter):
The Politics of the Pre-Aesthetic Sublime in Seventeenth-Century England
Lecturer in History
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:10 – 14:40
Panel II: Love and the French Revolution
Thomas Ashby (EUI):
Algernon Sidney on Love
Ariane Fichtl (Lille & Augsburg):
From the Capitoline Hill to the Tarpeian Rock: Antique References in the Classical Republican Discourse of the French Revolution
Inès Aït Mokhtar (Cambridge):
The Aesthetics of the French Revolution from Kant to Lyotard
Sir Harry Hinsley Lecturer in History
14:50 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00
Panel III: Factories and the Rise of Mass Politics
Lucas Pinheiro (Chicago):
A Sensational Economy: Luxury, Aesthetics, and the Origins of the Factory
Anton Jäger (Cambridge):
“Soulless Monsters and Artificial Men”: ‘State’ and ‘Corporation’ in Populist Aesthetics, c. 1877-1896
Gautham Shiralagi (Oxford):
Gandhi’s Two Bodies: Paintings, Prints, and Political Representation in the Civil Disobedience Campaign of 1930
Commentator: Dr Duncan Kelly
Reader in Political Thought
17:10 – 18:40
Keynote address
Ehrman Professor of European History at University of California Berkeley
Fidelity to the Event? Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness and the Russian Revolution
 19:00  Conference dinner (all welcome)

The 2018 Conference Conveners:

Mimi Howard and Barret Reiter

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors: the Student-Organised Conferences Fund and the MPhil Development Fund at the Faculty of History; and St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

 The original Call for Papers is available here.