2019 Meeting


University of Alberta

2019 Organizing Committee:

Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa

Katy Fulfer, University of Waterloo

Andreas Stuhlmann, University of Alberta

with the assistance of

Nicole Baxter, University of Northern Iowa and Lenny Cauich Maldonado, University of Alberta


Thursday, April 11, 2019

1:00pm: Conference Registration Opens, Old Arts and Convocation Hall

1:15-3:00pm: Arendt and Her Contemporaries Working Group

Title: Philosophy and Responsibility: How to Judge Philosophers’ Influence on Political Agendas?

Text: Ronald Beiner, Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right

Coordinator: Leah Bradshaw, Brock University

Co-conveners: Leonard Halladay, Rivkah Greig, Katy Fulfer, J Barry, Yasemin Sari, Vincent LeFebve, Gent Carrabregu, Larry Busk, Leroy Cooper, Luke Sandle, Lucy Benjamin, Harshita Jaiprakash

3:15-5pm: Arendt Beyond Borders Working Group

Title: Arendt Scholarship in Southeast Asia; Arendt, Art, and Activism


Coordinator: Lisa Stenmark, San Jose State University

Co-conveners: Jana Lozanska (Arendt, Art, and Activism)

6pm: Opening Reception, Old Arts and Convocation Hall

6.30 pm Film Screening, “Unspittable” by Michel B. Macdonald, MacEwan University, Edmonton

Friday, April 12, 2019

Location: Senate Chamber, Old Arts and Convocation Hall

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

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


Arendt’s Idea of the University¸ Gent Carrabregu, Duke University

Commentator: Robert Burch, University of Alberta

Organized Loneliness¸ Diane Enns, Ryerson University

Commentator: Leah Bradshaw, Brock University

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


The Architecture of Appearance: An Arendtian Reading of Guatemala’s Private City¸ Katherine Davies, University of Texas at Dallas

Commentator: Júlia Diniz e Carvalho, University of Alberta

Trials as a Way to Appear in the World: How Arendt and Rancière Help Us Think “Strategic Litigation” Politically?¸ Vincent Lefebve, Free University of Brussels

Commentator: Luke Sandle, University of Alberta

LUNCH @ 12:45-2:15pm

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


Hannah Arendt’s concept of power: Operationalizing the “grammar of action” and the “syntax of power” with social network analysis¸ Xavier Bériault, McGill University

Commentator: Leroy Cooper, Colorado State University

Hannah Arendt, Existentialism, and the Narrative Structure of Action¸ Nathan Todd, McMaster University

Commentator: Andreas Stuhlmann, University of Alberta

Session 4: Poetry/Poetics (4:15-6pm)


Toward a Poetic Reading of Arendt and Baldwin on Love¸ Peter Brown, Pomona College

Commentator: Amy Schiller, The Graduate Center, CUNY

A Haunted House of Being: Arendt and Derrida on the Politics of Poetry¸ Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

Commentator: Catherine Kellogg, University of Alberta

7pm: Dinner (optional) and “Hope for Dark Times” - Billy-Ray Belcourt, Michael B. Macdonald, Martin Weinhold & Janice Williamson, The Almanac, 10351 82 Avenue

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Location: Old Arts and Convocation Hall

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


Arendt and Climate Change: Limits and Promises¸ Lucy Benjamin, Royal Holloway, University of London & Larry Busk, California State University, Stanislaus

Commentator: Trevor Breen, Independent Scholar

Science as Politics in Arendt’s Oeuvre¸ Eve Seguin, Université du Québec à Montréal

Commentator: Lisa Stenmark, San Jose State University

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


Local Affection and Worldly Love: Hannah Arendt and Wendell Berry on the Resistance of Belonging¸ James Barry, Indiana University Southeast

Commentator: Yasemin Sari, University of Northern Iowa

The Space to Think: The Role of the Private in Hannah Arendt¸ Hannah LaGrand, McMaster University

Commentator: Katy Fulfer, University of Waterloo

LUNCH @ 12:45-2:15pm, Old Arts and Convocation Hall

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

[All are welcome to attend the business meeting]

Session 7: Civil Disobedience (2:15-4pm)


Dismantling the Metaphysics of Civil Disobedience¸ Charles Snyder, The New School for Social Science and Research

Commentator: Jay Worthy, University of Alberta

Arendtian Power and the United Democratic Front¸ Carlien Hillebrink, Independent Scholar

Commentator: Rivkah Greig, Independent Scholar

Session 8: Political Forgiveness (4:15-6pm)


Power, Violence and Emancipation Security: Reading of Arendt’s On Violence to Israel’s Left¸ Sarit Larry, Sapir College, Israel and Ono Academic College

Commentator: Hanna Lipkind, Vanderbilt University

Imagining political forgiveness in a post-dictatorial context: toward a story of collective responsibility ¸ Fiorella Rabuffetti, University of Ottawa

Commentator: Rachel Forgash, University of Illinois-Chicago

7pm: Conference Dinner at Cafe Mosaics, 10844 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3