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Norberto Bobbio and Political Ideologies

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Friday 11th June 2021 (09:45-17:30)
For more information, please email Saul Crombie.


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Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies (CSPI), Nottingham, in conjunction with the Journal of Political Ideologies, presents: 'Noberto Bobbio and Political Ideologies' - an online conference

Norberto Bobbio (1909-2004) was one of Italy’s leading post-war political and democratic theorists, but his work remains little-known in the anglophone world. This conference proposes to bridge that gap by looking anew at Bobbio’s decades-long study of political ideologies, past and present, in an attempt to retrieve its transnational dimension, emphasise its connection to key historical and political developments, and unearth its theoretical and practical relevance.

It brings together distinguished political theorists with more junior scholars from across Europe to bring new perspectives to Bobbio’s thought, and the papers presented at the conference will subsequently be submitted to the Journal of Political Ideologies for consideration for a special issue dedicated to the subject. The conference will be held online under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies at Nottingham, founded by Michael Freeden in 2013, to mark the arrival of the Journal of Political Ideologies to Nottingham under the new editorship of Mathew Humphrey.

All sessions will be held on Teams (UK time). Presenters will offer a brief 20mins overview of their papers, which will be circulated in advance (end-May). Respondents will comment for 10mins, leaving 20mins for broader discussion.


Conference programme

9.45-10am: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Mathew Humphrey (Nottingham)
10-10.50am: ‘The lesson of the classics’: Bobbio on Thomas Hobbes’ political theory
Pasquale Pasquino (NYU)
Respondent: Tony Burns (Nottingham)
11-11.50am: Bobbio’s political philosophy, between theory and ideology
Valentina Pazè & Massimo Cuono (Turin)
Respondent: Michael Freeden (Oxford)
12-12.50am: Bobbio on the left/right dichotomy
Hugo Drochon (Nottingham)
Respondent: Jonathan White (LSE)
1-2pm: Lunch Break
2-2.50pm: Between liberalism and socialism: Bobbio’s democratic vision
David Ragazzoni (Columbia)
Respondent: Jan-Werner Mueller (Princeton)
3-3.50pm: Bobbio and Aron on the role of intellectuals in democracy
Aurelian Craiutu (Indiana) & Maurizio Griffo (Napoli)
Respondent: Joshua Cherniss (Georgetown)
4-4.50pm: Bobbio and liberalism, between classics old and new
Giuseppe Sciara (Bologna)
Respondent: Nadia Urbinati (Columbia)
4.50-5.30pm: Concluding Remarks and Closing Discussion
Dean Blackburn (Nottingham)

Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies

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