Conference Program - Subjectivity and the Political 2016, Madrid, Spain, 9-10th March 2016.

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March 9, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Philosophy, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Theology



Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Puerta de Toledo Campus

Salon de Grados,

9-10th March 2016.

Wednesday 9th March 2016

0900-0930: Registration

0930-0945: Opening Remarks

0950-1120: The Constitution of the Political Subject

Chair: Gavin Rae

The Liminal Status of the Modern Political Subject.

            Herbert De Vriese (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Heideggerian Man and Hegelian Ethical Life, or How much Politics can the Self take?

Antonio Gómez Ramos (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Antonio Gramsci: Persons, Subjectivity and the Political

            Rob Jackson (Manchester Metropolitan University, England).

1120-1150: Coffee Break

1150-1320: Political Theologies

Chair: Surti Singh

Politics, Subjectivity, Finitude

Andrea Rossi (Koç University, Turkey)

Politics and Redemption: The Political Theology of Emmanuel Levinas

Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

The Significant Nothing: Theological Grounding for Political Subjectivity in Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben

            Piotr Sawczyński (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland).

1320-1500: Lunch

1500-1600: Arendt, Politics, and the Political

Chair: Andrea Rossi

Among Friends: Politics and Personhood in Hannah Arendt

            Liesbeth Schoonheim (Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium)

From Hannah Arendt to Judith Butler: The Conditions of the Political

            Emma Ingala (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

1600-1615: Coffee Break

1615-1745: Psychology and the Political

Chair: Emma Ingala

‘Psytizens’ in the Age of Happiness: History, Politics, and Subjectivity

            Edgar Cabanas (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany)

Infinite Debt and Fastening of Affects: Notes on Capitalist Discourse and Minor Symptomatology

            Jaime Pascual (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Spectacle and Revolt: On the Intersection of Psychoanalysis and Social Theory in the Work of Julia Kristeva

            Surti Singh (American University in Cairo, Egypt).

Thursday 10th March 2016

0900-0930: Welcome and Registration

0930-1030: Liberalism and the Political Subject

Chair: Gavin Rae

Liberation and Subjectification: Three Concepts of Liberty and the Subject They Create

            Gal Rahat (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)

John Stuart Mill and the ‘Liberal Genius’

            Yoel Mitrani (Sciences Po, France)

1030-1045: Coffee Break

1045-1215: Law and the Borders of Political Subjectivity

Chair: Antonio Gómez Ramos

Human Rights, Intersubjectivity, and Public Reason

            Tim Murphy (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Aporias of Foreignness: Transnational Encounters in Cinema

            Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio University, USA)

The Figure of the Global Citizen through the Lens of the Political

            Angel Iglesias Ortiz (University of Tampere, Finland).

1215-1245: Coffee Break

1245-1415: Agency, Autonomy, and Activism: What can be done?

Chair: Tim Murphy

Consecrated to Destruction: Michael Bakunin’s and Sergey Nechayev’s Revolutionary Men

Mario Bosincu (University of Sassari, Italy).

Which Autonomy for which Political Subjects? Two Women Philosophers’ Perspectives

            Alberto L. Siani (Yeditepe University, Turkey)

Can Philosophy be Activist? A Formal Consideration of Badiou’s Political Subject.

            Jan-Jasper Persijn (Ghent University, Belgium).

1415-1430: Closing Remarks.

Conference Organizers: Dr. Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Dr. Emma Ingala (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

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The conference forms part of the activities for the Conex Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Project ‘Sovereignty and Law: Between Ethics and Politics’ co-funded by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement 600371, The Spanish Ministry of the Economy and Competitivity (COFUND2013-40258), The Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sport (CEI-15-17), and Banco Santander. Support is also being provided by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. More information about the research project can be found at:

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