Call for Papers:
The Republican Tradition
The European University at St Petersburg and the European University Institute at
Florence are pleased to announce this call for papers for the international conference
“The Republican Tradition: From the Hanseatic League to the Era of
Enlightenment” to be held on December 7-9, 2012 in St Petersburg, Russia.
The conference will be a major academic event for republican studies in Russia and a
meeting point with the leading European scholars in this field.
In recent decades republicanism has become one of the central concerns in political
theory and history, with studies exploring both republicanism as ‘a shared European
heritage’ and reviving republican political thought to contribute to current debates on
issues such as freedom, citizenship, equality, governance and international relations.
Republicanism has been the topic of many seminars at the European University at St
Petersburg (EUSP) and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. This time
the conference focuses on the history of republican institutions, both in terms of
‘political thought’ and ‘cultural practices’. The emphasis of the conference is on the
study of late medieval, early-modern and modern republican debates in Europe and
North-Western Russian regions. The conference will explore the institutional
structures of city-republics in comparative perspective as well as the dynamics of
relations between these entities in terms of cultural and intellectual exchange. The
cross-cultural and comparative perspective of the conference asks for studies focusing
on the transfers of knowledge and practices between city-republics and other regional
powers, their shared heritage and diverging cultural and national trajectories. The
conference wants to explore a variety of topics related to the functioning of economic,
legal and political institutions devised to sustain non-authoritarian regimes. These can
include studies of material artifacts and official documentation as well as studies of
republican political thought reflecting on the internal constitution of republics and the
differences with the ‘despotic’ governments.
An important aim of the conference is to set up a new research network, bringing
together scholars from different disciplinary and methodological backgrounds,
including diverse strands of history, conceptual history and political theory. The aim
is to initiate a systematic comparison of Western, Northern and Eastern European
republics at conceptual and institutional levels.
The conference will open with the public keynote address «On the Liberty of
Republics» by Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London) on
Friday evening, December 7, 2012.
Conference participants will include :
Wim Blockmans (Leiden University)
Martin van Gelderen (European University Institute, Florence),
Iain Hampsher-Monk (University of Exeter),
Susan James (Birckbeck College, London)
Oleg Kharkhordin (European University at St Petersburg),
Mikhail Krom (European University at St Petersburg),
Olaf Moerke (Kiel University)
Language of the conference: English
The conference organizers will charge no registration fee. However, the
participants will have to arrange their own travel, lodging and meals.
The EUSP will provide visa support to conference participants.
To apply for the conference please send your paper proposal to
firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2012. Selected participants should send their
papers to the organizers by November 1, 2012. Papers will be circulated among the
The conference will be preceded by a two-day CONCEPTA research training seminar
“The Concepts of Republic: Local, Regional and International” aimed at doctoral
students and postdoctoral researchers. For more information see http://www.conceptanet.
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