Political Thought and Historical Imagination

March 1, 2013 - March 2, 2013
Yale University

Luce Auditorium
New Haven
United States

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The historical imagination – how we understand history and place ourselves in relation to it – cannot help but shape and be shaped by the theoretical imagination – how we understand politics and its problems. This conference explores the ways in which our imagination of history influences the theoretical questions we ask, and the ways in which our political theories lead us to retell stories about the past.


Roman History and 18th Century Political Thought, Interpreting the French Revolution, Haiti: Theoretical Implications of Slavery and Emancipation, History as Political Theory: Foundings, Inheritance and Critique, Narrative and Genre in Political Theory, Beyond World History: Political Trajectories Outside the West


Danielle Allen, Keith Baker, Robin Blackburn, Richard Bourke, David Bromwich, James Ceaser, John Dunn, Sibylle Fischer, Jason Frank, Bryan Garsten, Patrice Gueniffey, Karuna Mantena, Kirstie McClure, Iain McDaniel, Michael Mosher, Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Steven Pincus, J.G.A. Pocock, Andrew Sabl, Rogers Smith, Steven Smith, Brandon Terry, Shatema Threadcraft, Adam Tooze, Richard Tuck, and Elizabeth Wingrove.

Please be advised that seating at the conference is limited; we urge you to register your attendance online.

Updated information can be found at both the conference website and the CSPT website. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us (coordinator@icspt.org).

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