2017 Meeting



MARCH 30–APRIL 1, 2017

2017 Organizing Committee

Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University

Roger Berkowitz, Bard College

Nora Coyne, Conference Assistant, Gettysburg College


Location: Hannah Arendt Center Conference Room

1:00: Conference Registration Opens

1:15–3:00: Arendt and Her Contemporaries Working Group: Hannah Arendt and 20th Century Liberalism

Coordinator: Kei Hiruta, University of Oxford

Co-conveners: Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen, (University of Jyväskylä), Wout Cornelissen (Vanderbilt University), Kei Hiruta (University of Oxford), Yasemin Sari (University of Alberta), Ian Storey (Harvard University)

3:15–5:00: Gender, Race, Queer Theory Working Group: “Queer(y)ing Hannah Arendt, or what’s Hannah Arendt got to do with intersectionality?”

Coordinator: James Barry, Indiana University Southeast

Co-Conveners: Kathleen B. Jones (San Diego State University), Julia Honkasalo (The New School for Social Research), James Barry (Indiana University Southeast)

5:15–6:30: Special Event

Reception and Q&A with President Leon Botstein, Bard College

Hosted by the Hannah Arendt Center

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

Location: Franklin W. Olin Humanities Building Room 201

8:30: Conference Registration Opens, Coffee and Pastries 8:50–9:00: Welcome

9:00–10:20: The People, Populism, and Collective Responsibility

1. “Arendt on Global Populism,” Angela Maione, Harvard University

2. “Political Responsibility and the ‘End’ of Power,” Phillip Nelson, Stony Brook University

Moderator: Matthew Wester, Texas A&M University

10:30–12:20: Arendt in Dialogue

1. “Natality or Birth? Arendt and Cavarero on the Human Condition of Being Born,” Fanny Söderbäck, DePaul University

2. “Arendt and Blücher: Reflections on Philosophy, Politics, and Democracy,” Shmuel Lederman, University College Dublin

Moderator: Lucy Benjamin, University of Amsterdam

12:00–1:00: Lunch

1:00–2:20: Historical Connections

1. “Hegel and Arendt on the Demands of Judgment and the Nature of Political Agency,” Karen Robertson, Trent University

2. “Athens vs. Sparta: Arendt and Rousseau on Pluralism,” Anandita Mukherji, Boston University

Moderator: Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

2:30–4:00: Forgiveness in Politics

1. ”The Renewal of the Common World: Hannah Arendt and Jacques Derrida on Forgiveness and the Politics of Reconciliation,” Tal Correm, Allegheny College

2. “From Opposing to Promoting Forgiveness: Forgiveness in Arendt’s Denktagebuch,” Thomas Wittendorff, The European University Institute

Moderator: Jana Schmidt, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities Fellow

4:15–6:15: Special Book Panel

Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch

Roger Berkowitz, Bard College; Wout Cornelissen, Vanderbilt University; Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University;

Ian Storey, Harvard University; Thomas Wild, Bard College

7:00: Dinner hosted by the Hannah Arendt Center Location: Beekman Arms, Wayfarer Room


Location: Franklin W. Olin Humanities Building Room 201

8:00 Conference Registration, Coffee and Pastries

8:30–9:50: Politics in Dark Times

1. “Human Plurality as Object: Understanding the Rise of Trump through an Arendtian Framework,” David Antonini, Southern Illinois University-Carbondalle

2. “The Loss of a Common Reality in the Age of Trump and Putin,” Simas Celutka, Vilnius University

Moderator: Julian Shaw, Kings College, London

10:00–11:00: “Arendt and the Authority of Science in Politics”

Invited Speaker: Robert Crease, Stony Brook University

Moderator: Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

11:10–12:40: Rights, Place, Memory

1. “Refugees and a Right to Place,” Yasemin Sari, University of Alberta

2. “Zochrot’s Memory Activism: Bridging the Gap between Knowing and Understanding,” Norma Musih, Indiana University

Moderator: Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University

12:45–1:45: Lunch and Business Meeting

Boxed lunches provided; the business meeting will be conducted during the first hour of lunch

2:00–3:20: Disgust and Resentment in Politics

1. “The Failure of Judgment: Beauty and Disgust in Arendt’s Theory of Political Judgment” Vilde Lid Aavitsland, DePaul University

2. “Arendt’s Political Conception of Resentment,” Kevin Lower, Villanova University

Moderator: Samantha Hill, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities Fellow

3:30–4:50: Thinking through Eichmann

1. “The Janus Face of Autism: An Ontological Conversation between Hannah Arendt & Hans Asperger on Thinking” Glenn M. Hudak, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2. “Holocaust Perpetrators and the Arendtian Interpretation: A Case Study,” Robert C. Kunath, Illinois College

Moderator: Stephen Haswell Todd, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities Fellow

5:00–6:20: Political Experience

1. “Thinking in Public: Hannah Arendt on Eichmann, Michel Foucault on Iran, and Political Theorizing as Ethical Commitment,” Norma Moruzzi, University of Illinois, Chicago

2. “Reflective Encounters with Visible: Explicating Arendt’s Understanding of Political Experience,”Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen, University of Jyväskylä

Moderator: Kathleen B. Jones, San Diego State University and University of California, Davis