Lecture by Prof. James Harris (St Andrews)

“The possibility of a people: Locke and Pufendorf in reply to Hobbes”

Date & time: Monday May 11, 2019: 15.00-17.00
Location: Roeterseilandcomplex (room REC B2.04)
Entrance is free, registration not required.

James Harris is Professor in the History of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His research focuses on early modern philosophy. He is the author of Hume: An Intellectual Biography. Cambridge University Press, 2015; and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Oxford University Press, 2013, among many other publications. Prof. Harris is currently writing a book on post-Hobbesian political thought. He argues that Locke’s engagement with the ideas of Sir Robert Filmer, and political obligation generally, is more central to eighteenth-century British political thought than is commonly recognized. Eighteenth-century British political thought is structured around a fundamental disagreement between those who, like Locke, believe in natural liberty, and those who, like Filmer, do not believe in natural liberty.

Domestic Colonies in Europe Seminar with Barbara Arneil

Date & time: 16 October 2019 (16:30-18:00)
Location: Roeterseilandcomplex B1.02, Amsterdam

In this seminar Barbara Arneil presents her research based on her book published in 2018 ‘Domestic Colonies: The turn inward to colony’.

Professor Arneil will examine three important examples of 19th century civil society organizations who saw themselves (rather than the state) as key to solving domestic social problems (petty crime, unemployment, poverty, vagrancy) produced by the urbanization and industrialization of major cities.  Ultimately she argues that this historical examination of philanthropists and civil society organizations seeking to solve poverty via non state colonies provide both a new way of thinking about the meaning of colonies and colonialism as well as a cautionary tale for contemporary actors seeking to create similar kinds of more humane solutions today. Creating such rural colonies beyond the gaze of society and the state for vulnerable populations often resulted in abuse as people within these colonies could act in the name of engineered improvement and with impunity. 

Barbara Arneil (Ph.D, London) is Professor in Political Theory at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in the areas of identity politics and the history of political thought. She has published a number of books including John Locke and America (OUP, 1996), Feminism and Politics (Blackwell,1999), and Diverse Communities: the Problem with Social Capital (CUP, 2006). Most recently she published a book entitled Domestic Colonies with OUP (2017), which won APSA’s 2018 David Easton Prize and CPSA’s 2018 C.B. MacPherson Prize and  BCPSA’s 2018 Weller Prize for the best book in political theory from each organization. Barbara Arneil is currently President of the Canadian Political Science Association.