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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

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Centre for Political Thought Call for Papers: 200 Years of Modern Liberty: Bicentenary Celebration of Benjamin Constant’s Lecture on Ancient and Modern Liberty

(5 August 2019)

Workshop, Durham University, 4-5 December 2019. If interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please send a short bio and an abstract of max 1000 words to g.p.harris@durham.ac.uk by 30 September 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 5 October.

Keynote speakers:

Helena Rosenblatt, CUNY

Alan Kahan, Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University

Jeremy Jennings, King’s College London

Colin Tyler, University of Hull

Maria Dimova-Cookson, University of Durham

If interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, send a short bio and an abstract of max 1000 words to g.p.harris@durham.ac.uk by 30 September 2019. Registration is free but mandatory (also for attendance only). Successful applicants will be notified by 5 October.

This workshop will celebrate the bicentenary of Benjamin Constant’s famous lecture, ‘The liberty of the ancients compared to that of the moderns’, which he gave in Paris on 2 December 1819. This lecture was a seminal moment in political theory, and Constant’s ideas have reverberated down the generations ever since. Behind the scenes, Constant’s powerful distinction between ancient and modern liberty continues to influence the political thinking of today’s democrats, dictators and demagogues – whether they realise it or not.

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