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Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of the Public Sphere

 
Call for Papers

The Russian Sociological Review invites scholars in the fields of theoretical sociology, social philosophy, intellectual history and the related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to contribute to a special issue devoted to Hannah Arendt and the problem of the boundaries of public sphere.

Hannah Arendt is one of the most vigorous advocates of public politics and agonistic debate among contemporary political philosophers. Because of our essential plurality, humans can access and preserve their common world “only to the extent that many people can talk about it and exchange their opinions and perspectives with one another, over against one another”.

However, Arendt’s position is challenged by the recent transformations of democracy which are making us reconsider the limits of political discussion. With both traditional and new media undergoing a radical transformation, it is becoming increasingly common to deny political opponents the moral right to justify their position in public debate. This pattern can be observed across the political spectrum and also across borders: in some places in the world many refuse to debate with the rising extreme right, while in other places it is the liberals who are considered traitors and therefore excluded from public discussion. The outcome is a remarkable fragmentation of the public sphere and the coexistence of communities holding incompatible views of reality.

Arendt’s thought is a promising point to access the problem of who can and who cannot be admitted to the public forum. While arguing for the cultivation of plurality as a political virtue, she nevertheless calls for responsible politics which implies protecting the public sphere.

Arendt is no less famous for noticing the intrinsic link between freedom and lying in politics than for her alarming analyses of totalitarianism. How can these positions be reconciled and/or synthesized in an age of ‘alternative facts’, ‘post-truths’ and the threatening encapsulation of people within their echo chambers?

Arendt’s own positions have been criticized many times for going beyond the admissible, from her nuanced reflection on the Holocaust to alleged contamination by Nazi philosophy.

The lessons from Arendt’s controversial biography for present-day politics are still to be drawn.

The Russian Sociological Review invites submissions focusing on how Arendt’s political concepts can be used to establish justified limits for public discussion and promoting public politics today. How can politics benefit from conflict and control it? Are there any positions and ideologies to be disqualified from public debate? In what ways are individuals responsible for upholding pluralism? How should the public sphere accommodate new types of political lies? How can Arendt’s vision of the political be mobilized to answer the political challenges of the present day?

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Veröffentlicht: 2018-04-17 Weiter…
 

New: Hannah Arendt Research Society of Japan

 

The Hannah Arendt Research Society of Japan was established for promoting research and active discussions on Arendt’s thought across disciplinary boundaries with diverse viewpoints.  As Arendt insists on the importance of keeping unoccupied chairs for newcomers around the table during discussions, the Society invites anyone who is interested in Arendt to join in our discussions.  We aim to deepen our understanding of Arendt’s thought, and to nurture the ability to think about modern society through multidimensional dialogues among researchers and laypeople.  We welcome anyone who supports our mission to join our society and discussions.  

An annual meeting is held early September every year.  We usually announce to call for paper in April with the deadline in the end of May, and decision is made by June. More

 
Veröffentlicht: 2018-04-03
 

Workshop March 30-31, 2018

 

Hannah Arendt on the Limits of the Permissible: Public Sphere, Pluralism and Responsibility”

This workshop will be part of the XXV symposium ‘Paths of Russia’, held on March 30-31, 2018 at Moscow School for Social and Economic Sciences.

Workshop is supported by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, Russia

Hannah Arendt is one of the most vigorous advocates of public politics and agonistic debate among contemporary political philosophers. However, her position is challenged by the recent transformations of democracy that make us reconsider the limits of political discussion. With both traditional and new media undergoing a radical transformation, it becomes increasingly common to deny political opponents the moral right for justifying their position in a public debate. This pattern can be observed across political spectrum and also across borders: while in some places of the world many refuse to debate with the rising extreme right, in other countries it is the liberals who are considered traitors and therefore excluded from public discussion. The outcome is a remarkable segmentation of public sphere and coexistence of communities holding incompatible views of reality, as reflected in widespread concerns with ‘alternative facts’ and ‘post-truths’.

Arendt’s thought seems to be one of the promising points to access the problem of who can and who cannot be admitted to the public forum. While arguing for cultivation of plurality as political virtue, she nevertheless calls for responsible politics that implies protecting the public sphere. Moreover, Arendt’s own positions have been many times criticized for going beyond admissible, from her nuanced reflection on Holocaust to alleged contamination by Nazi philosophy. The lessons from Arendt’s controversial biography for present-day politics are still to be drawn.

This workshop explores how Arendt’s political concepts can be used in establishing the justified limits for public discussion and promoting public politics today. How politics can benefit from conflict and control it? Are there any positions and ideologies to be disqualified from public debate? In which ways individuals are responsible for upholding pluralism? What can Arendt’s vision of the political for twentieth century tell about the challenges politics faces nowadays?

Workshop organizers:

Greg Yudin (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences) – gregloko@yandex.ru

Viktor Kaploun (Smolny College/European University at Saint-Petersburg) – kaploun@eu.spb.ru
 
Veröffentlicht: 2018-01-31
 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Hannah Arendt: Challenges of Plurality

Paderborn University, 13th – 15th December 2018


In her writings, Hannah Arendt strongly affirms the plurality of the common world. From the very first moment, when she introduces the notion in The Human Condition, it becomes clear that plurality is the cornerstone of condition humaine. For Arendt, plurality means that “men, not Man, live on the earth and inhabit the world”. This seemingly banal assumption affects her entire political theory considerably.

Plurality entails two aspects: equality and difference – we are all humans, but everyone is exceptional in her or his uniqueness. But as such, it not only enriches the world, but also becomes a source of significant challenges: acting together in spite of our differences, thinking as an inner dialogue with a particularly demanding dialogue partner, judging politically with respect to an ever-changing spectrum of possible standpoints are all challenging practices we confront in the common world.

This conference aims at exploring challenges posed by plurality, but also opportunities it offers. As an interdisciplinary endeavor, it opens up for different approaches to Arendt, inviting scholars from fields such as philosophy, politics, theology, media studies, sociology, gender studies, history, and others. It also prompts examination of interplay with other theorists (such as Agamben, Butler, Cavarero, Foucault, or Merleau-Ponty). We want to tackle currently relevant problems, such as migration politics and human rights, but also raise ever-present issues, such as the philosophical potential of the concept of plurality, possible foundations of normativity in our contingent world, or stimuli for political action.

The list of invited speakers includes:

Nils Baratella, Hannah Arendt Zentrum, Universität Oldenburg

Marieke Borren, University of Utrecht

Ayten Gündoğdu, Barnard College

Annabel Herzog, University of Haifa

Wolfgang Heuer, FU Berlin

Sophie Loidolt, Universität Kassel

Patricia Owens, University of Sussex

Stefanie Rosenmüller, FH Dortmund

Anya Topolski, Radbound University

Christian Volk, FU Berlin

Submission guidelines:

We invite paper proposals including a title, an abstract of maximum 500 words, name and affiliation of the author, as well as contact information. The presentation time is 30 minutes with additional 10 minutes for discussion. The conference language is English.

Please submit your proposal via email (maria.robaszkiewicz@upb.de) by 15th February 2018.

Organisation:

Tobias Matzner, Paderborn University

Maria Robaszkiewicz, Paderborn University

Jochen Schmidt, Paderborn University

Contact:

Maria Robaszkiewicz: maria.robaszkiewicz@upb.de

 

 

 

 
Veröffentlicht: 2018-01-16
 
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