Our Next Meeting



12th Annual Meeting of The Hannah Arendt Circle


Conference Program

Hosted by The Humanities Institute

University of California, Davis

With support from

Critical Theory,


German & Russian,

ISS, Ringelblum Chair, And Theatre and Dance



2018 Organizing Committee


Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University

Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa

Kathleen B. Jones, UC Davis

With the assistance of

Adam Blair, Stony Brook University


Thursday, April 12

Arendt Circle Working Groups

All are welcome


1:00pm | Voorhies 126

Conference Registration Opens


1:15–3:00pm | Voorhies 126

Arendt and Her Contemporaries Working Group: "Arendt and Contemporary Democratic and Liberal Political Theory."

Text: Linda Zerilli, A Democratic Theory of Judgment.

Coordinator: David Antonini, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Co-conveners: Anne O’Byrne, Aaron Darrisaw, Andreas Stuhlmann, Yasemin Sari?.

3:15–5:00pm | Voorhies 126

Gender, Race, Queer Theory Working Group:

Coordinator: Lisa Stenmark, San José State University

Texts: Joanne Faulkner, “White Women Elected Trump”: Feminism in ‘Dark Times,’ Its Present and Future,” Continental Thought and Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom, 1 no 3.  (2017)https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10092/13481/Faulkner-CTT-v1-3-2017.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Amy Allen, “Solidarity after identity politics: Hannah Arendt and the power of feminist theory,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (1): 97-118 (1999)


5:15 -6:15pm | Upstairs in Voorhies 228

Wine and Cheese Reception


Friday, April 13

All Sessions in SSH Andrews Conference Room


Session 1 (9:00-10:45am)

Politics of Doxa and Politics of Truth: Arendt’s Ambivalent Legacy in Radical Democratic Theory | Larry Busk, University of Oregon

Commentator: J Barry, Indiana University Southeast


Making Truth Public: Science in a Post-Truth World | Lisa Stenmark, San José State University

Commentator: David Antonini, SIU Carbondale




Session 2 (11:00am-12:45pm)

Welcoming Refugees? Rootlessness, Assimilation, and In-Betweenness | Katy Fulfer, University of Waterloo

Commentator: Theodore Lai, Hudson County Community College


Arendt on National Liberation and Federalism | Tal Correm, Allegheny College

Commentator: Marielle Kristina Morales Sundiang, University of the Philippines


Lunch (12:45-2:15pm)


Session 3 (2:15-4:00pm)

Settler Colonialism in The Origins of Totalitarianism and On Revolution | Sarah Tyson, University of Colorado Denver

Commentator: Andreas Stuhlmann, University of Alberta


Amor Mundi: Reading Arendt alongside Native American Philosophy | Justin Pack, California State University, Stanislaus

Commentator: Geoffrey Adelsberg, Edgewood College


Session 4 (4:15-6:00pm)

How to Care? A Dialogue between Hannah Arendt and Joan Tronto | Sophie Cloutier, St. Paul University

Commentator: Amy Schiller, CUNY Graduate Center


Hannah Arendt and the Political Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth Frederick M. Dolan, Professor of Humanities, California College of Art; Professor of Rhetoric, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.

Commentator: Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University


7:30- 9:00pm | Wyatt Pavillion Theatre on Campus

Performance of “On Thinking,” an original play written and directed by Mike Levin

9pm Q & A with playwright


Saturday, April 14

       All Sessions in Voorhies 126


Session 5 (9:00-10:45am)

Arendtian Human Plurality as a Corrective to Liberal Pluralism | David Antonini, SIU Carbondale

Commentator: Katrine Giaever, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences


The Pregnant Body and the Birth of the Other: Arendt’s Contribution to Original Ethics | Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

Commentator: Kathleen Jones, University of California, Davis; Emerita, San Diego State University


Session 6 (11:00am-12:45pm)

Arendt and Kant's Third Critique | Matthew Wester, Texas A&M

Commentator: Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa


The Aesthetic Performance of Arendtian Isolation | Joy Harris, University of Tampa

Mike Levin, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy


Lunch (12:45-2:15pm)

Hannah Arendt Circle Business meeting (1:00-2:00)


Session 7 (2:15-4:00pm)

“I wrote it in part because of your article”: Arendt and Broch on Human Rights | Jan Maximilian Robitzsch, Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea.

Commentator: Jana Lozanoska, University for Peace


Arendt and Foucault on Racism: Lessons for the Genealogist | Hanna Lipkind, Vanderbilt University

Commentator: Hans Teerds, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Session 8 (4:15-6:00pm)

Productive Potential and the Romantic Lover: Arendt’s Other Political Scene | Lucy Benjamin, University of Amsterdam

Commentator: Aaron Darrisaw, Southern Illinois University


Arendt and Biopolitics: affirming life’s surface | Ari-Elmeri Hyvonen, University of Tampere

Commentator: Lee Cooper, Colorado State University



(No Host) CONFERENCE DINNER @ 6:30 PM. Village Pizza and Grill Upstairs Room, 403 G St, Davis, CA 95616