2013 Meeting

7th Independent Hannah Arendt Circle Conference

University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

May 20-22, 2013


Tuesday (May 21st)

8-9 AM Coffee and Welcome word, Vivian Liska, Director Institute of Jewish Studies.

9-10:45 – Session I: Judaism (I)

            Session Chair: Cassie Striblen, West Chester University

            A.  The Controversy over Eichmann in Jerusalem and Hannah Arendt’s “German-Jewish” Identity

                        – Robert Kunath, Illinois College

            B.  Arendt and the Role Of Exilic Language in Forming a Political Life                     

                        - Jules Simon, University of Texas at El Paso

            C.  Hannah Arendt: Judaism and the Other

                        – Olga Kirschbaum, New York University

10:45-11 - Break

11-12:10 – Session II: Identity and Selfhood. 

            Session Chair:  Nathan Van Camp, University of Antwerp.

A.  Feminist Encounters with Hannah Arendt: Between Social Identity and Political Agency

            – Emily Katzenstein, University of Oxford

B.  Arendt on Selfhood, Intersubjectivity, and Moral Integrity

             – Tatjana Noemi Tömmel, University of Frankfurt

12:10-2:10 PM  – Lunch

2:10-3:15 – Session III: Comparing Arendt.

            Session Chair:  x, University of Antwerp

A.  On Responsibility: Reading Hannah Arendt with Karl Jaspers and Jan Patocka 

            – Ulrika Bjork, Uppsala University

            B.  Public Reason for a Common World: An Encounter Between Arendt and Rawls

                        – Vasti Roodt, University of Stellenbosch

3:15-3:30 - Break

3:30-4:40 – Session IV: Arendt and Politics. 

            Session Chair: Melis Baş, University of Twente

A.  The Aporias of Establishing the Right to Have Rights

            - Jan Maximilian Robitzsch, University of Pennsylvania

B.  Peace and the Preservtion of Politics

            – Diane Enns, McMaster University

5:00-5:45 -- Business Meeting

Wednesday (May 22nd )

8-9 AM - Coffee

9:30-10:40 – Session V: Judaism (II)

            Session Chair: Richard I. Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A.  “When one is attacked as a Jew...one must respond as an Oriental”: Hannah Arendt and Edward Said in a Semitic Dialogue

            – Anya Topolski, University of Leuven

B.  “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”: Between the Political and the Anti-political in the Arendt/Scholem Exchange

            – Kupfer Shira, University of Haifa

11-12:10 – Session VI: Education and Politics

            Session Chair: x , University of Antwerp

A.  Religious Education out of Love for the World? A Contemporary Discussion with Hannah Arendt

            – Pieter De Witte, Catholic University of Leuven

B.  Hannah Arendt’s Exercises in Political Thinking and their Role as a Preparatory Political Practice

            – Maria Robaszkiewicz, University of Paderborn

12:10-2:10 PM – Lunch

2:10-3:15 – Session VII: Speech and Action

            Session Chair:  Marinus Schoeman, University of Pretoria

A.  “Talking Back and Measuring Up”: The Judging Role of Speaking Together in Hannah Arendt’s Thought

            – Karen McCarthy, Emory University

B.  The Moral Dimension of Action: Arendt’s Ethics of the World

            – Tal Correm, Temple University

3:30-4:40 – Session VIII: Forgiveness and Reconciliation. 

            Session Chair:  Kei Hiruta, University of Oxford

A.  Hannah Arendt's Jesus: A Contextual Exploration of Arendt's Depiction of Jesus in Light of her Formative Years in Weimar Germany

            – Thomas Wittendorff, European University Institute

B.  Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Restoring the Meaning of a Political Relation   

            -  Els Van Peborgh, University of Antwerp

7:30 – Conference Diner, Felixpakhuis

End of Conference.