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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Who are “We the People”? Community beyond the state: Workshop - “We the People”

31st January 2019, 14:00 to 1st February 2019, 13:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University

“We the People”

A workshop co-organized by Dr Amy Russell (Classics) and Dr Richard Huzzey (History)

Part of the IAS Major Project ‘Who are “We the People”? Community Beyond the State’. PI: Amy Russell (Classics); Co-I: Henry Jones (Law)

How have the “people” who are the official holders of popular sovereignty been defined and understood across time and space? Who controls access to this group, and who is excluded? What internal divisions exist within the unitary entity of “the people”? How does individual identity relate to belonging to this group?

This informal, international, and interdisciplinary workshop will explore a range of questions relating to the people and peoplehood, as part of the IAS Major Project ‘Who are “We the People”? Community Beyond the State’. For more information on the project, see

Papers will be short and informal, and discussion is encouraged.

All welcome, but registration required. Registration is free and includes tea/coffee and snacks during the workshop. To register, please email by 21 January 2019.

Thursday 31 January, 2pm

Receptions/Genealogies. Chair: Amy Russell (Classics, Durham)

2.10 Daniel Kapust (Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison):

Machiavelli’s popular Lucretian Republic

2.40 Mark Somos (Law, Heidelberg):

Sanctions, state companies and secession: histories and laws of economic

3.10 Emily Jones (History, University of Manchester):

Democracy, revolution, and ‘the People’ in Conservative and Unionist political thought,

3.40 Michèle Lowrie (Classics, University of Chicago and IAS Fellow):

The scope of security

4.10 Coffee

Inclusion/Exclusion. Chair: Pamela Edwards (MacMillan Center, Yale)

4.40 Dinyar Patel (History, University of South Carolina):

Ideas of representation and "The People" in early Indian nationalism

5.10 Sarah Campbell (History, Newcastle University):

‘We are the people.’ Collective memory and the shaping of collective identities in
Northern Ireland

Friday 1 February, 9am

Inclusion/Exclusion (cont.)

9.10 Mike Finn (History, University of Exeter):

The People" and their enemies: Crises of representation(s) in Britain's Brexit moment

9.40 Sarah Keenan (Law, Birkbeck, University of London):

We The Propertied People’: Inclusion, exclusion, ownership and citizenship

10.10 Coffee

The practices of peoplehood Chair: Richard Huzzey (History, Durham)

10.40 Polly Low (Classics, Durham University):
“It wasn’t us!” Collective responsibility (and its avoidance) in Greek interstate

11.10 Christopher Bonner (History, University of Maryland):

Willis Augustus Hodges and the practice of citizenship

11.40 Justin Willis (History, Durham University):

National exercises: elections in Africa in the 1960s

12.10 Closing discussion

1.00 Workshop closes

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