International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought


I am sorry to inform you that we'll need to relocate tomorrow's
sessions to hotel Sonia, Liteinyi prospect 5/19 (5 min away from the
European Uni). This is because the St Petersburg energy company
without any prior notice decided to cut off electricity for a day in
the whole area around the university.

Nonetheless, we shall open the seminar at the European University at
9.45 (registration starts at 9.30), but after 10 o'clock we shall move
to Sonia, in which we can start with a keynote lecture. We shall stay
in Sonia for the whole first day. On Friday we shall meet at the
European Uni as scheduled.

My sincere apologies!



Research Training Seminar

Organized by the international research network CONCEPTA
Hosted by research center Res Publica, European University at St Petersburg
The Concepts of Republic: Local, Regional and International

December 6-7, 2012
Place: Golden Hall, European University at St Petersburg

December 6 (Thursday)

9.30-9.45. Arrival

9.45-10.00 Welcome and Introduction

10.00 -10.50 Keynote lecture by Peter Haldén (Uppsala University) “Preservation against “immoderate appetites”: Republican political philosophy and international politics 1600-2000”
(open to public)

10.50-11.20 Public discussion

11.20-11.35 Coffee break

11.35-12.15 Frank Ejby Poulsen, European University Institute. Paper title “Cosmopolitan Republicanism as a Debate on the Borders of Liberty? The Example of Anacharsis Cloots”

12.15-12.55 Reidar Maliks, University of Oslo. Paper title “Kant’s Republic and the Right to Vote”

12.55-13.35 Jean-François Grégoire, KU Leuven, “The Federalist: A Neo-Roman Solution to the Security Dilemma”

13.35-14.40 Lunch

14.40-15.20 Mari Iwakuni, Chicago/EHESS. Paper title “Japanese notions of republic”

15.20-16.00 Stefan Zaleski, the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. Paper title “Self-governing Republic in the thought of the Solidarity movement in Poland: Why Solidarity was not a civil society”

16.00-16.40 Anna Kronlund, University of Jyväskylä. Paper title “Debating the (war and
emergency) powers of the executive and the legislative in the US Congress, 1973-1976.”

16.40-16.55 Coffee break

16.55-17.35 Gabriel Entin (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas-UNAM). Paper title “Republicanism in Hispanic America. The Concept of Republic During the 1810 Rio de la Plata Revolution”

17.35-18.15 Susana Gazmuri, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. Paper title “Chilean Republicanism: 1823 “Moralist Constitution” or the Republic demiurge”

18.15-18.55 Alexander Paulsson and Stefan Tramer, Lund University School of Economics and Management Department of Business Administration. Paper title “From Common to Limited? The De-republicisation of the contemporary corporation”

19.15 Reception for participants (place: European University)

December 7 (Friday)

10.00 – 10.50 Keynote lecture by Martin van Gelderen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) “Republic and Toleration: Grotius and Rembrandt” (open to public)

10.50-11.20 Public discussion

11.20-11.35 Coffee break

11.35-12.15 Alan Coffee, King’s College London. Paper title “Frederick Douglass, Slave Narratives and the Republican Tradition.”

12.15-12.55 Antti Tahvanainen, Helsinki University. Paper title “Rhetoric and republicanism in 17th century England”

12.55-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.40 Mayhill C. Fowler, the University of Toronto. Paper title “The Future of Humanism, 1946: The Soviet Beau Monde and the Republic of Letters ”

14.40-15.20 Andrey Oleynikov, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. Paper title “The Protean Nature of the Republican Freedom and the Problem of its Historical Endurance”

15.20-15.35 Coffee break

15.35-16.15 Niko Noponen, Helsinki University. Paper title “Indispensability of justice as virtue to any republican polity”

16.15-16.55 Manjeet K. Ramgotra, SOAS, University of London. Paper title “A Conservative Tradition of Republicanism”

16.55 Closing remarks by CONCEPTA members and the Rector of the European University

18.00 Public lecture by Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London) “On the Liberty of Republics”
Followed by reception at the European University


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Call for Papers

The CONCEPTA Research Training Seminar

“The Concepts of Republic: Local, Regional and International”

Hosted by the research center Res Publica, European University at St Petersburg

Venue: European University at St Petersburg, Russia

December 6-7, 2012

Deadline for applications: June 22, 2012

Republicanism seeks to conceive of forms of government that can secure freedom as non-domination and provide for wider political participation than the dominant paradigm of liberalism. This is partly the reason why republicanism has become a central concern in political theory and conceptual history in recent years. The aim of the seminar is to explore various understandings, conceptual change and re-description in the history of republic and republicanism.

For this seminar we invite contributions addressing the history of the concept of republic in three distinct political settings: city-republics, regional powers and community of nations. We are particularly interested in comparative conceptual histories of republicanism in the European Northern and Southern city-republics and Russian North-Western regions, in the late Middle Ages, early modern and modern periods. We also encourage submissions addressing the history of this concept in other regions. In addition to these regular forms of republics, we welcome aggregate-level analyses of real or imagined republics. These may include conceptions of various political unions as aggregate republics, such as the “united States” (before 1777) and Europe, and discussions of the impacts a republican constitution might have on the relations among nations.

Contributions to the seminar may also focus on the conceptualizations of the institutional structures of republics, the shifts in identification of model republics by republican theorists, and the connection of republican constitution to its material infrastructure. At the international level, contributions may inquire into the debates on alternative forms of international political organization, which could ensure the basic principle of non-domination, but for various reasons disappeared from the list of viable options and key political terms. Submissions in the field of contextual and diachronic studies, where special attention is paid to rhetorical means of applying the concept of republic and adapting it to changing political circumstances, are equally welcome. The overall objective is to contribute to the debate over the role of republicanism in different political settings by drawing attention to non-conventional examples of republican forms and new historical sources in textual domains, ranging from natural law, pamphlets and poetry to city statutes and charters.

Keynote lectures by Peter Haldén (Uppsala University), Martin van Gelderen (European University Institute, Florence) and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)

The Research Training Seminar will be followed by the conference on the history of European and Russian city republics, December 8-9, 2012. All participants are kindly invited to attend.

To apply please send your paper proposal (up to 300 words) and a short letter of intent (up to 300 words) explaining your interest in the topic and reflecting your previous research and publications. Selected participants will have to circulate their papers by November 1, 2012.

Visa: You will need to acquire a visa to enter the Russian Federation. The organizers will send formal invitations to selected participants.

Language: English

Finances: No attendance fee will be charged. The organizers will provide a few partial travel grants. If you wish to apply for a travel grant, you should indicate this in your letter of intent.

Please send your application and queries to

Finances: No attendance fee will be charged. The organizers will provide a few partial travel grants.

Contact: Evgeny Roshchin      email: