Studies in Political and Social Thought

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The current diversity and vitality of the field of political theory is reflected in the wide ranging interests of the seminar. In recent years this seminar has explored a broad spectrum of topics and modes of discourse, including methodological analyses in historiography and the philosophy of social science, specific historical and conceptual studies of particular thinkers and ideas, and exercises in ‘applied’ political theory dealing with contemporary issues of social and public policy.

Professor Josh Simon

Rob Goodman

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/13/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Politics of Truth-Telling: Foucauldian Parrhesia as a Masculine Fantasy of Self-Possession
Lida Maxwell, Trinity College

11/17/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Spectacles of Sovereignty: ISIS Executions, Visual Rhetoric, and Sovereign Power
Roxanne Euben, Wellesley College

12/08/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Chantal Akerman's Domestic Politics
Lori Marso, Union College

01/26/2017 Lehman Library, International Affairs Building, 4th Floor, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Historicizing Democratic Ethics
John Wallach, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

02/23/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
What Is Wrong with Border Walls? Pluralism about Territorial Rights and Its Consequences for Border Control
Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford College

03/23/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Jill Frank, Cornell University

04/20/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
On the So-Called 'Clash of Civilizations': Value Pluralism in the Light of Phenomenology
Roberta De Monticelli, San Raffaele University of Milan and Columbia University