Agon and Agorá: Politics and Political Community in the City
Abstract: Theories of the state have always been spell-bound by various abstractions, be it the state’s monopoly of violence, the monolithic claims of sovereignty, the political homogeneity of the nation, or the unifying will of the sovereign. Hobbes raised these flags, and various permutations of those statist concepts and ideas still abound today
The purpose of this conference is to refocus on the city. The conference will explore the development of theories of the city as a political space in early modern times, following the rise of the modern nation state and in contemporary contexts of globalization and supranational governance. The conference will bring together scholars working in the fields of intellectual history, political theory, urban studies, sociology, law, and political economy in a dialogue across disciplinary boundaries. This conference will focus on three topics corresponding to three historical periods: (1) The fraught politics regarding the status of the city in the early-modern period at the moment of the emergent sovereign state; (2) the city as a political space in the era of state- and nation-building; (3) the role of the contemporary city as the political space where political membership and civil society are rearticulated through migration and social protest movements.
Date/Location: 12 June 2014, Theatre Room, Badia Fiesolana
Organisers: Rainer Bauböck (SPS), Fran Meissner (MWF), Matthew Hoye (MWF)
The conference will be followed by the keylecture by prof. Saskia Sassen (Columbia University).
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