In March 1963, The Viking Press published Hannah Arendt’s book “On Revolution”. Since then, the book has provoked a significant amount of controversy, yet at the same time it has been relatively neglected compared to Arendt’s other major works. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its publication, the present conference seeks to explore the legacy of “On Revolution”, assessing its relevance for contemporary social and political thought. We invite proposals for presentations that engage with the historical analyses, theoretical positions, and political conclusions of Arendt’s book.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Revolutionary experiences and traditions
- New beginning, foundation, event: Moments of extraordinary politics
- Relations and tensions between the political and the social
- Self-government, radical democracy, and the council system
- Sovereignty, law, and constituent power
We welcome submissions of both complete papers and extended abstracts of around 500 words. They may be in English or in Spanish and must be prepared for blind review. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is June 28, 2013. Notices of acceptance will be sent by July 15, 2013.
The conference is hosted by the Instituto de Humanidades and the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales e Historia of the Universidad Diego Portales. For additional information, please contact the organizers, Rodrigo Cordero Vega and Wolfhart Totschnig, at the email address above.