Our Next Meeting







Loyola University, Chicago

2020 Organizing Committee:

Katy Fulfer, University of Waterloo

Lucy Benjamin, University of London

Jennifer Gaffney, Loyola University, Chicago


Katherine Brichacek, Loyola University, Chicago

***Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we will now be hosting this conference virtually on April 16–18 and April 30–May 1, 2021.

Changes to the schedule are forthcoming and not yet reflected on the schedule below***

***Due to COVID 19 travel restrictions, we will now be hosting this conference virtually.
We will be modifying the schedule in light of this. These changes are forthcoming and not yet reflected on the schedule below***

12:00pm: Conference Registration Opens

12:30-2:00pm: Arendt and Her Contemporaries Working Group

Organized by David Antonini, Clemson University

2:15-3:45pm: Arendt Unbound Working Group: Child Protestors in Climate Change Activism

Organized by Lucy Benjamin, University of London

4:00-5:30pm: Symposium on the BloomsburyCompanion to Arendt

Coordinated by Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa, and Peter Gratton, Memorial University

Reception to follow

Friday, April 17, 2020

8:30-9:00am: Conference Registration Opens

Session 1: Appearance and Action (9:00-10:45am)

“The Ugly Psyche: Arendt and the Right to Opacity,” Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University

“Hannah and Rahel’s Parallel Stories of Racial Identity, Privilege, and Epistemic Injustice: Embracing the Nonideal Political Action of Rahel Varnhagen,” Katherine Brichacek, Loyola University, Chicago

Moderated by: 

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

“King Lear’s “Nothingness” and Arendtian Solitude,” Rivkah Grieg, Independent Scholar

“Metaphor, Image, Time: On the Internal Coherence of Arendt’s The Life of the Mind,”

Wout Cornelissen, Vanderbilt University

Moderated by:

LUNCH @ 12:45-2:15pm

Session 3: Reading On Revolution alongside Literature (2:15-4pm)

“Intoxicating Pity: Hannah Arendt of [sic] the Perils of Appeals to Suffering,” Allysa Lake, Fordham University

“Suspending Judgment, Sinking Feeling: Melville, Arendt, and the Lost Treasure of Revolution,” Samuel Galloway, Purchase College (SUNY)

Moderated by:

Session 4: Reading Arendt alongside Heidegger (4:15-6pm)

“The Arendt/Baldwin Exchange,” Robert Crease, Stony Brook University

“Heidegger and Arendt on Human Existence in the Public Realm,” Jo-Jo Koo, College of William & Mary

Moderated by:

Saturday, April 18, 2020


Session 5: The Human Condition in Conversation (9:00-10:45am)

“Arendt on Natality: Between Gadamer and Habermas,” Magnus Ferguson, Boston College

“Labor v. Work: Arendt’s Distinction in Hegel’s Phenomenology,” Clark Wolf, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

Moderated by:

Session 6: Arendt and Contemporary Political Questions (11:00am-12:45pm) 

“Climate Change and Totalitarian Logic,” Larry Alan Busk, California State University, Stanislaus

It’s a Smart World. An Architectural Reading of ‘Toronto Tomorrow’ Through Hannah Arendt’s 

Concept of the World,” Hans Teerds, ETH Zürich

Moderated by Lucy Benjamin, The University of London

LUNCH @ 12:45-2:15pm

Hannah Arendt Circle Business Meeting (1:00-2:00 pm)

Session 7: Arendt in Conversation with Luxemburg (2:15-4pm)

“Luxemburg and Arendt on Revolution and the Council System,” Camila Vergara, Columbia University

“Arendt and Luxemburg: Democratic Possibilities and the Limits of Populist Politics,” Angela Maione, Harvard University

Moderated by Karin Fry, Georgia Southern University

Session 8: New Directions for Arendt’s Political Thought (4:15-6pm)

“Distinguishing between Formation and Articulation of Speech in Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought,” David Antonini, Clemson University

“The Grey Zones of Violence in Political Resistance,” Tal Correm, New York University

Moderated by Chiara Ricciardone, Bard College