CFP: Civic Republicanism, Enlightenment and Modernity
Call for Papers Date:
Civic Republicanism, Enlightenment and Modernity: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics
The editors of the fourth volume in the Ancient Lessons for Global Politics series are pleased to announce a call for papers on the theme of civic republicanism.
In its previous iterations the Ancient Lessons series has considered rulers, regimes, and systems of power which stand as alternatives, both in chronology and current conditions, to the principles of liberal democracy. In confronting tyranny, empire and oligarchy, ancient ideas served as points of critical incision, demonstrating the limits and weaknesses of regimes already understood as hostile to a liberal and democratic modernity. This is not the case for civic republicanism. The ancient lessons for civic republicanism, drawn on by central figures of the Moderate and Radical Enlightenments, from Locke, Montesquieu and Jefferson to Rousseau, Paine and Priestley, continue to shape and inform the institutions of states and civil societies of liberal democracy. In both ancient and modern incarnations, civic republicanism represents an expansion of – or at least an exhortation to – liberal democracy, a demand that it be not other but more. It is this aspect in particular, the fruitful sympathies and dissonances between ancient and modern civic republicanism, that the latest volume of Ancient Lessons seeks to address.
The fourth volume continues the practice of the previous three, which addressed tyranny, empire and oligarchy respectively, by considering ancient ideas, arguments and debates concerning civic republicanism. The editors are looking for papers that consider civic republican ideas and arguments in antiquity, their reception in intervening periods, and the subsequent deployment of those ideas and arguments to explain aspects of modern republicanism. Contributors are particularly encouraged to consider those axial moments within the Enlightenment characterized by attempts to reconcile, refute or adapt aspects of ancient civic republicanism. As with previous volumes, the editors invite papers from a variety of disciplines that engage with an equally wide variety of subjects, periods and places.
Abstracts of roughly 250 words should be submitted to the editors by September 17th using the following email addresses:
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)