Lectures

Raymond Geuss

 Raymond Geuss

On the Concept of Utopia

Friday, February 26 2016, 19h

The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the Artget Gallery, 5 Republic Square

Relying principally on the analysis of Thomas More’s Utopia from 1516, the lecture will reconstruct the key characteristics of the notion of “utopia”, together with its somewhat changing meaning throughout the history of philosophy, and explore the relevance and the potential of utopian thinking as a basis for contemporary political theory and action. The lecture will seek to problematize commonly accepted idea about utopia as wishful thinking, arguing that characteristics of utopian thinking, like “exaggeration” or “projections”, are in fact normal, even constitutive elements of critical thinking about the existing social orders and reflections on possible alternatives, as well as part of human cognitive processes in general. Relying on the specific interpretation of the notion of “realism” in the context of contemporary philosophy and political theory, the lecture will seek to demonstrate that utopian thinking is not incompatible with the realist approach to theoretical analysis and action within the political reality.

 

 Seminar

Saturday, February 27, 10.30h

The Conference room, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

Kraljice Natalije 45

On Saturday, Feb 27 at 10.30h, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory will organize a seminar with Raymond Geuss entitled „Utopian Thought between Words and Action“.

Seminar will be hosted by Marjan Ivković and Srđan Prodanović (IFDT, Belgrade) with the participation of Igor Cvejić, Rastko Jovanov, Predrag Krstić, Mark Lošonc, Aleksandar Matković, Predrag Milidrag, Tamara Petrović Trifunović, Gazela Pudar Draško, Željko Radinković, Bojana Radovanović i Adriana Zaharijević (IFDT, Belgrade), Đorđe Pavićević (Faculty of Political Science, Belgrade), Jelena Pešić and Božidar Filipović (Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade).

Raymond Geuss is a world-renowned political philosopher and Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. His research encompasses political philosophy, Critical Theory, ethics, and the history of European Continental philosophy of the 19th and 20th century, and is considered to be one of the most influential representatives of the school of Political Realism in contemporary Anglophone political philosophy.

Raymond Geuss was born in 1946 in Evansville, Indiana, USA. He took both his undergraduate degree (1966) and PhD (1971) from Columbia University, and he has subsequently taught at Columbia University, Princeton and University of Chicago, as well as the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in Germany. Since 1993 Professor Geuss has taught at Cambridge University, where he has supervised the graduate work of several prominent scholars working in the history of continental philosophy, social and political philosophy and in the philosophy of art. Since 2011 he has been a fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Geuss has authored the following books in philosophy, four of which are collections of essays: The Idea of a Critical Theory (1981), Morality, Culture, and History (1999), Parrots, Poets, Philosophers, & Good Advice (1999), At Cross Purposes (2001), History and Illusion in Politics (2001), Public Goods, Private Goods (2001), Glueck und Politik (2004), Outside Ethics (2005), Philosophy and Real Politics (2008), Politics and the Imagination (2010), and A World Without Why (2014). Geuss has also co-edited two critical editions of works of Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy and Writings from the Early Notebooks. Together with Quentin Skinner, Raymond Geuss co-edits the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series of books. He has also published two collections of translations/adaptations of poetry from Ancient Greek, Latin and Old High German texts.

JEAN-LUC MARION, French philosopher and a member of the French Academy

LECTURE
The limits of phenomenality
Speaker: Jean-Luc Marion
Friday, December 4th 2015 – 18h
Belgrade, Kolarac, Studentski Trg 5

ROUND TABLE
On the book The Erotic phenomenon
Jean-Luc Marion (Grasset 2003; Akademska knjiga 2015)
Participants from France: Claudia Serban and the author
Saturday, December 5th, 10-13h
Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Kraljice Natalije 45

LECTURE
Reduction and epokhé
Speaker: Jean-Luc Marion
Saturday, December 5th – 18h
Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, dr Zorana Đinđića 2

Alessandro Ferrara, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata

Democracy Today and the Renewal of Political Liberalism

The lecture will include three sections. First, ten factors will be highlighted that have jointly contributed to make the larger social, historical, cultural and economic context where 21st century democracies must function more inhospitable than ever. Second, one of the main adaptive countermeasures, contained in the framework of Rawls’ “political liberalism”, will be reconstructed and argued to enable democratic regimes to survive and remain faithful to their distinctive idea of self-legislation on the part of the citizens. Finally, a number of suggestions will be offered for developing further the framework of “political liberalism” in the direction of a multivariate democratic polity sustained by an expanded and de-centered public ethos.

Alessandro Ferrara is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata), and former President of the Italian Association for Political Philosophy. He is the founder and Director of the Colloquium Philosophy & Society in Rome and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religions and Political Institutions in Post-Secular Society at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Since 1991 he has been a Director of the Yearly Conference on Philosophy and Social Science in Prague (formerly held at the Interuniversity Centre of Dubrovnik). Since 2007 prof. Ferrara is on the Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars on Religion and Politics, held under the auspices of the Association Reset – Dialogues of Civilizations. He also serves as editorial consultant on the board of a number of journals including Constellations, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Krisis, Balsa de la Medusa, Iris and The European Journal of Philosphy. Professor Ferrara received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984, and conducted research with Jürgen Habermas as a Von Humboldt Fellow in Munich and Frankfurt. He has lectured  in a number of universities and institutions, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, New School for Social Research, University College London (UCL), Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Social Science and many others.

Professor Ferrara’s work revolves around the formulation of an authenticity- and judgment-based account of normative validity, which by way of incorporating a post-metaphysically reconstructed version of the normativity of Kant’s ’’reflective judgment’’, could be immune to anti-foundationalist objections and yet represent a viable alternative to the formalism of standard proceduralist accounts of normative validity. He is the author of  Modernity and Authenticity. A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1993 (transl. into Italian); Reflective Authenticity. Rethinking the Project of Modernity, 1998 (transl. into Italian and Spanish); Justice and Judgment. The Rise and the Prospect of the Judgment Model in Contemporary Political Philosophy, 1999 (transl. into Italian); The Force of the Example. Explorations in the Paradigm of Judgment, 2008 (transl. into Italian and Spanish) and The Democratic Horizon. Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism, 2014 (transl. into Spanish).

Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Ulrich Beck

TWO SEMINARS AND A LECTURE

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in association with Regional office of Heinrich-Böll Foundation and Cultural Centre of Belgrade organize

 

Seminar

Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

INDIVIDUALIZATION, COSMOPOLITIZATION, AND THE CHANGING FAMILY LIFE

Thursday, November 13, 10–12h

Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Gallery Artget

Individualization and cosmopolitization are recent trends that bring about fundamental transformations of modern society. Today, the norms and beliefs in respect of what is right and proper in regard to personal lives multiply and compete with one another, new family models challenging older ones and opening up numerous questions regarding which model should be given priority. The effect is that the issue of rights and obligations turns into an arena of controversies, an issue of contested rights and obligations.

 

Seminar

Ulrich Beck

HOW THE EUROPEAN PROJECT CAN BE SAVED: THE COSMOPOLITAN OUTLOOK

Thursday, November 13, 15–17h

Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Gallery Artget

Europe is not a fixed condition, not a territorial unit, not a state, not a nation. In fact, there is no ‘Europe’, there is Europeanization, a process of on-going transformation, or metamorphosis: dissolving an old order and creating a new one – in a very specific sense: Europeanization is about politics of side-effects. The EU was founded not on the logic of war, as were states. It is a new kind of polity constructed in reaction to the risk of war and now, in reaction to the risk of economic collapse.

 

Lecture

Ulrich Beck

HOW THE EUROPEAN PROJECT CAN BE SAVED: THE COSMOPOLITAN OUTLOOK

Thursday, November 13, 19h

Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment

Opening remarks:

Petar Bojanić (IFDT, Belgrade University)

Andreas Poltermann (Heinrich-Böll Foundation)

 

 

Yossi Harpaz

Who Wants to Be a Hungarian? The Demand for Hungarian Dual Citizenship in Serbia: A Sociological Analysis

For most of the 20th century, citizenship was an exclusive relationship between a nation-state and the individuals in its territory. In recent decades, however, an increasing number of states moved to permit dual citizenship and offer rights to non-residents. As a consequence, millions of people in Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East have managed to secure non-resident dual citizenship from European Union countries, which they use to facilitate migration, travel with greater ease or just keep as an “insurance policy”.

The proliferation of Hungarian citizenship in Serbia is part of this global phenomenon. Since 2011, Hungary allows the “reacquisition” of citizenship by applicants whose ancestors lived within the country’s pre-1920 borders, if they can demonstrate their knowledge of Hungarian. The response in Serbia was dramatic: in just under four years, 120,000 people – 1.5% of Serbia’s population – acquired citizenship. Demand is not restricted to ethnic Hungarians, and large numbers of ethnic Serbs have begun to study Hungarian with the aim of securing EU citizenship. In this paper, I use material from 60 interviews and demographic statistics to explore the case of Hungarian-Serbian dual citizenship. I focus on the unintended consequences that unfold when individuals respond strategically to the opportunities created by state policies, paying particular attention to the effects on ethnic relations, emigration and the emergence of “markets for citizenship”.