Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Genealogy and Political Theory


In recent years, there has been a proliferation of works of and on genealogy by political theorists and historians of political thought. However, with this proliferation comes questions about what exactly genealogy is, how to understand past work on and of genealogy (in particular by Nietzsche and Foucault), how it is connected to other forms of critical inquiry (such as ideology critique), and what its role can and should be in political theorising more broadly.

This workshop brings together scholars working on genealogy to discuss and begin to answer these questions, with a particular focus on the growing contribution of genealogy for helping us to make sense of contemporary political theory and practice.


10:00 hrs. – Professor Bernard Reginster (Brown University): “Nietzsche on Truth and Genealogy”
11:10 hrs. – Coffee Break
11:20 hrs. – dr. Janosch Prinz (University of East Anglia): “Combining genealogy and ideology critique in realism in political theory”
12:30 hrs. – Lunch
13:30 hrs. – dr. Hugo Drochon (CRASSH, University of Cambridge): “TBA”
14:40 hrs. – dr. Gulsen Seven (Bilkent University): “The relevance of genealogy for political realism”
15:50 hrs. – Coffee Break
16:00 hrs. – dr. Paul Raekstad (University of Amsterdam): “On Three Kinds of Genealogy”
17:00 – End/Drinks.


It is not necessary to register. However, please do RSVP to by Monday the 25th.

Location: University of Amsterdam/Roeterseiland, Department of Political Science, room REC B9.22.