Upcoming Events

December 9, 2020  |  Laura Valentini (Professor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, King’s College London): "Who Should Decide? Beyond the Democratic Boundary Problem"

Virtual event organized by Prof. Julian Culp

Professor Valentini holds a first degree (“laurea”) in Political Science from Pavia University (Italy), and an MA and a PhD in Political Philosophy from University College London. She was a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen’s College (Oxford University), and a postdoc at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University). Prior to joining King's, she was Lecturer in Political Philosophy at UCL and Associate Professor of Political Science at LSE. Laura has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the University of Uppsala, Harvard University, and the University of Frankfurt. In 2015, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations. Laura's work is situated in the fields of contemporary political, legal and moral philosophy. Her research interests include: global justice, democracy, freedom, (human) rights, political obligation, the methodology of political theory, and the relation between political theory, social ontology and the social sciences more broadly.

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DEMOS21 Inaugural Event, December 11, 2021: Seminar with Étienne Balibar “What is Engagement?”

Co-organized with Prof. Philip Golub and Zona Zaric (MA AUP) and The Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of Belgrade.

For our inaugural event, Etienne Balibar will be delivering this talk in the context of his reception of the annual “Milorad Zivotic” award for critical engagement. The event will be moderated by Gazela Pudar, the director of the institute, moderate the event and Philip Golub.


Race and Law Symposia

Co-organized with AUP professors Miranda Spieler, Michelle Kuo and Albert Wu.

These symposia are an opportunity to discover new work, to engage with ongoing debates, and to stimulate new questions about the legal history of race and racism. We will develop these topics with special attention to the United States and France, with the latter understood, for much of the past four centuries, to include non-European French colonies. We will also welcome discussion on any region in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, or the Americas. By necessity, our symposia will examine the relationship between race and other markers of identity–social class, gender, religion, political status, geographical origin–in defining the content of law and in mediating people’s experience of it.  We will also explore historical and contemporary forms of resistance to racism and racial categories with an eye to building a better, future world. Each of these historically-minded meetings will take place in two parts. The first part will involve presentations of new research. The second part will consist of a moderated discussion aimed at identifying the state of the field, posing new questions, identifying new challenges,  and at identifying new priorities.


Digital Demos

Co-organized with AUP professor Jessica Feldman and the Civic Media Lab.

Digitalization has at once radically unsettled and offered unprecedented opportunities for forming a contemporary demos. How can new communicative spaces be curated to cultivate democratic life? What does digitalization make possible for the modern demos? What if anything does digitalization leave behind which is essential for modern democratic life?


Contemporary European Democratic Theory

Co-organized with Julian Culp

The aim of the lecture series is to both explore the current state of the start of contemporary European democratic theory and explore its future. Rather than starting from a neat definition of European democratic theory, however, the basic presupposition of this project is that neither the existence nor the central characteristics of European democratic theory can be taken for granted. Instead, the lecture series and edited book interrogate two fundamental questions about European democratic theory: Does Europe and its political theoretical tradition have a specific contribution to make for theorizing democracy in the 21st century ? If so, what are the central characteristics of that approach?


The DEMOS banquets

Co-organized with Oliver Feltham

At least since Plato’s famous banquet in the Symposium, food and good company have been an opportunity to think creatively together about our collective ideals. These banquets will take place with both on-site guests and with guests at a distance, including AUP students and faculty and outside attendees. We will use the warm and convivial environment of the meal to give each guest the opportunity to speak on the theme of the meal.


AUP Gallery Exhibition

Organized by Jonathan Shimony