Sarah Simonsen

Thomas Hobbes and the Person of the State

Max Weber Lecture by Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary University London) 20 May 2015, 17:00-19:00 Badia, Refettorio     Abstract: Nowadays when we speak about the state we generally use the term simply to refer to an apparatus of power.  As a result — at least in Anglophone political theory — ‘state’ and ‘government’ have become […]

The Postsecular Turn: Enlightenment, Tradition, Revolution

MW Occasional Talk Jointly organized with the project ReligioWest Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham) 14 May 2015, 17:00-19:00 Badia, Emeroteca Abstract: The aim of this lecture is to give a general and accessible overview of the so called ‘post-secular’ turn in contemporary humanities. The main idea behind the post-secular turn is that it constitutes an answer to […]

Constitutions: How They Change and Evolve through Institutional Practice

Multidisciplinary Research Workshop 8 May 2015, 14:00-16:00 Seminar Room 2           Abstract: What role do Constitutions play in national and supranational polities? How do they evolve over time? This workshop aims to discuss issues like the legitimacy of constitutional amendments and their limits, the actors who drive constitutional change, the constitutional […]

Urban Politics, Migration, Diversity

Friday 24 April 2015, 9:30-17:30 MWP Common Room MPI-MMG, Göttingen – MWP, Florence joint Multidisciplinary Research Workshop           Abstract: Cities are hubs in global migration patterns and arguable the place where the most mobile populations meet the least mobile ones. This graduate workshop aims to bring together researchers who are working […]

Is Liberalism Secular?

MW Occasional Talk by Cecile Laborde (University College London) 23 April 2015, 17:00-19:00 MWP Common Room     Abstract: In this talk, I ask whether liberal legitimacy requires secularism – or separation between state and religion -, and which. I argue that the best way to answer this question is to ‘disaggregate’ religion into four […]