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Conference | Rewriting the History of Political Thought from the Margins

On June 7-9 2023 the Research and Teaching Unit Political Theory of Humboldt University of Berlin hosts a hybrid conference on "Rewriting the History of Political Thought from the Margins" at Jacob‐und‐Wilhelm‐Grimm‐Zentrum.

Rewriting the History of Political Thought from the Margins

June 7‐9, 2023, at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Jacob‐und‐Wilhelm‐Grimm‐Zentrum, Geschwister‐Scholl‐Straße 1/3, 10117

In contemporary political theory, there is a widespread commitment to rewrite its history in order to include that which has been marginalized. Yet, while there is agreement on what this history should not look like – a select number of monographs written by and on a handful of white, European men – there is no such consensus as to what it means to rewrite it in such way that it pays more attention to social, cultural, and political agency at its margins. Our conference aims to address this lacuna, and sets up a conversation between the various ways in which scholars are rewriting the history of political thought. With this dialogue between the various subfields of political theory, we hope to overcome institutional, methodological, and thematic divides.

This conference is organized around three, mutually compatible conceptions of rewriting the history of political thought from the margins that roughly correspond to three different approaches in political theory: i) the interrogation of key concepts, such as sovereignty, community, and the nation; ii) the inclusion of neglected authors, typically women or non-Western thinkers; iii) the prioritization of concrete political struggles as sites of theory formation. Furthermore, and running through these three conceptions, are methodological questions, especially concerning material (re)sources as well as strategic issues regarding the institutions in which political theory is taught and researched today.

This hybrid conference takes place on June 7-9 2023 at Humboldt University of Berlin, and is hosted by the Research and Teaching Unit Political Theory. Attendance is free of charge but please register by June 1, by using the registration form below. Precirculated papers will be distributed late May, and we like to ask attendants to read these in advance.

Organizers: Ieva Motuzaite, Alessandro Mulieri, Jenny Pelletier, and Liesbeth Schoonheim

More information and program: conference program

Registration: registration form

For more information, please email the organizers at ieva.motuzaite[at] and liesbeth.schoonheim[at]


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