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Political Ideas in Historical Context Research Group

The focus of the group is the history and development of political ideas.

The group is concerned with intellectual history broadly defined. Open to a diverse range of themes, the intention of the group will be to emphasize political ideas in historical context, and the historical underpinnings of current debates in political theory and international relations.

Readings will include both secondary works in the field of intellectual history, and primary sources concerned with particular political ideas and their contexts. The group also welcomes original contributions of its members related to the field of intellectual history.

The group will meet in main sessions once a month. In between, the group will have intermediate sessions, in which members are given a chance to delve deeper into the topic at hand.

Daniel Gustafsson
E-post: daniel [dot] gustafsson [dot] 3308 [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Sindre Gade Viksand
E-post: sindre [dot] gade_viksand [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Jens Bartelson
E-mail: jens [dot] bartelson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Annika Bergman Rosamond
E-mail: annika [dot] bergman_rosamond [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Agustín Goenaga
E-mail: agustin [dot] goenaga [dot] 7863 [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Martin Hall
E-mail: martin [dot] hall [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Maria Hedlund
E-mail: maria [dot] hedlund [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Karl Holmberg
E-mail: karl [dot] holmberg [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Sara Kalm
E-mail: sara [dot] kalm [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Caroline Karlsson
E-mail: caroline [dot] karlsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Thorsteinn Kristinsson
E-mail: thorsteinn [dot] kristinsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Juliane Liebsch
E-mail: juliane [dot] liebsch [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Anthoula Malkopoulou
E-mail: anthoula [dot] malkopoulou [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Mathieu Mignot
E-mail: mathieu [dot] mignot [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren
E-mail: dalia [dot] mukhtar-landgren [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Moira Nelson
E-mail: moira [dot] nelson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Patrick Nitzschner
E-mail: patrick [dot] nitzschner [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Aslı Nur Düzgün
E-mail: asl_nur [dot] duzgun [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Simon Stattin
E-mail: simon [dot] stattin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Ted Svensson
E-mail: ted [dot] svensson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Lars Vetle Handeland
E-mail: lars_vetle [dot] handeland [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


Session 1: Tuesday 23/11 kl 10:15-12:00 (Ed 366)

  • Quentin Skinner. "Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas." History and Theory 8, no. 1 (1969): 3-53
  • Michelle T. Clarke, “The Mythologies of Contextualism: Method and Judgment in Skinner’s Visions of Politics.” Political Studies 61 (2013): 767-783

Zoon Politikon and its Encounter with Nature (January-March 2022)

Session 1: Friday 21/1, 13:15-14:30 (Ed 367)

  • Becker, Anna. "On Women and Beasts: Human-Animal Relationships in Sixteenth-Century Thought." In Studies in Global Animal Law, edited by Anne Peters, 25-35. Berlin: Springer, 2020.
  • Becker, Anna. "Gender in the History of Early Modern Political Thought." The Historical Journal 60, no. 4 (2017): 843-63.
  • Brett, Annabel. "Rights of and over Animals in the Ius Naturae Et Gentium (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)." In Studies in Global Animal Law, edited by Anne Peters, 17-25. Berlin: Springer, 2020.

Intermediate session: Friday 4/2, 13:15-14:30 (Ed 367)

  • Brett, Annabel S. Changes of State: Nature and the Limits of the City in Early Modern Natural Law. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011

Session 2: Friday 18/2, 13:15-14:30 (Ed 367)

  • Anthony Pagden. “Dipossessing the barbarian: the language of Spanish Thomism and the debate over the property rights of the American Indians” in 1987. The Languages of Political Theory in Early-Modern Europe. Anthony Pagden (ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Intemediate session: Friday 4/3, 13:15-14:30 (Ed 367)

  • Suárez, Francisco. "A Treatise on Laws and God the Lawgiver, Book III" Translated by Gwladys L. Williams, Ammi Brown, John Waldron and S.J Henry Davis. In Selections from Three Works, edited by Thomas Pink. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2014.

Session 3: Friday 18/3, 13:15-14:30 (Ed 367)

  • Francis de Vitoria. "On the American Indians (De Indis)" in Anthony Pagden (ed) 1991. Vitoria: Political Writings. Cambridge University Press

Intermediate session: Friday 1/4, 13:15-14:30 (Ed 367)

  • Francis de Vitoria. "On Civil Power (De potestate ciuili)" in Anthony Pagden (ed) 1991. Vitoria: Political Writings. Cambridge University Press