Our Next Meeting

Hannah Arendt Center

for Political Studies


Department of Human Sciences

University of Verona

2023 Annual Meeting of the Hannah Arendt Circle


June 26-29th, 2023



Hosted by Università degli Studi di Verona

Verona, Italy


2023 Organizing Committee:

Katherine Brichacek, Northwestern University

Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona

Valentina Moro, DePaul University and University of Verona

Magnus Ferguson, The University of Chicago 

Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 30 minutes for discussion. We will take a five minute break between each speaker. Events and panels will take place at the University of Verona, Santa Marta pole, room SMT.01. Address: Via Cantarane 24, Verona.

Monday, June 26th 

Monday mid-morning (exact time TBD): On Revolution at 60 Panel


James Barry, Jr., Indiana University Southeast

Roger Berkowitz, Bard College

Tal Correm, New York University

Jennifer Gaffney, Loyola University Chicago

Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona

Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa


Monday mid-afternoon (exact time TBD): University of Verona’s Arendt Center Invited Speakers

Fanny Söderbäck, Södertörns högskola, Sweden

“The Aesthetics and Politics of Narration: Arendt, Cavarero, Hartman”

Peg Birmingham, DePaul University, U.S.A.

On Revolution and the Social Question: Arendt's Disavowal of Superfluousness

Moderated by: Simona Forti, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Monday evening (exact time TBD): Welcome reception

Tuesday, June 27th

NB: times for all panel sessions are TBD

Session 1: Care 

Marieke Borren, Open Universiteit Nederland, the Netherlands 

“Why would we care at all? Care for the world as proto-normative commitment to political action”

Maria Robaszkiewicz, Universität Paderborn, Germany 

“‘So many ways of singing the world.’ Reflections on common speech and care for the world with Arendt and Merleau-Ponty.”

Invited Correspondent: Elvira Roncalli, Carroll College, U.S.A.


Session 2: Affect, Forgiveness, and Power

Ka-yu Hui, Boston College, U.S.A.

“Violence, promise, and forgiveness: Arendt and Benjamin on the nature of the political”

Sanjana Rajagopal, Fordham University, U.S.A.

“The Role of Emotions in Arendt’s Report on the Eichmann Trial”

Invited Correspondent: Daniele Bassi, University of Cambridge, England

Session 3: The Common World

Kate Bermingham, Bucknell University, U.S.A.

“Plurality and Reality: Gaslighting, Epistemic Injustice, and Loss of the Common World”

Guiseppe Aprile, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy

“A queer reparative reading of Arendt’s theory of judgement: Desiring common things for the ecstatic pleasure of realness”

Invited Correspondent: Magnus Ferguson, The University of Chicago, U.S.A.

Wednesday, June 28th 

Session 4: Foundations of Politics

Dana Villa, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.

“Thoughts on Arendt's 'Foundationalism'”

Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa, U.S.A.

“Arendt and Transformative Politics”

Invited Correspondent: Valentina Moro, DePaul University and Verona University, Italy


Session 5: Belonging 

Jennifer Gaffney, Loyola University Chicago, U.S.A.

“Archipelagic Citizenship: Arendt, Glissant, and the Politics of Belonging”

Val King, DePaul University, U.S.A.

“Towards a Decolonial Multilingualism: Arendt and Anzaldua on Language, National Identity, and the Possibility of Politics”

Invited Correspondent: Paula Landerreche Cardillo, DePaul University, U.S.A.

Session 6: Luxemburg and Reification

Angela Maione, Harvard University, U.S.A.

“Arendt, Luxemburg and ‘the republican question’”

Ziyi Amanda Fu, Northwestern University, U.S.A.

“Against the Social as Mere Catastrophe: Common Sense, Reification and Potential for the Political”

Invited Correspondent: Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona, Italy

Thursday, June 29th 

Session 7: Aesthetics 

Joris Roelofs, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“The Promise of Improvisation”

Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, U.S.A.

“Arendt's Hamlet and the Rhetorical Power of Genre”

Invited Correspondent: Gabriele Parrino, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Session 8: Architecture and Revolution

Giacomo Mormino, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

“A view of the world: Arendt and architecture”

Lucy Benjamin, University of Melbourne, Australia

“Revolution in Repair: Reorganising Arendt’s planetary toolbox”

Invited Correspondent: Katherine Brichacek, Northwestern University, U.S.A.



Thursday late-afternoon (exact time TBD): University of Verona’s Arendt Center presents a panel discussion on the forthcoming edited collection, Political Bodies: Writings on Adriana Cavarero’s Political Thought


Paula Landerreche Cardillo, DePaul University, U.S.A.

Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona, Italy

Julian Honkasalo, University of Helsinki, Finland

Rachel Silverbloom, Vassar College, U.S.A.

With honored guest, Adriana Cavarero, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

This conference has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101029336.