Part 1: Conceptual Histories and Global Perspective

With the participation of SANDRO CHIGNOLA and WANG HUI

July 3, 2017
2.30 - 6.30 pm

In the last two decades, scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences has been literally run over by the extension, intensity, velocity, and impact of the transformations usually labeled under the name of globalization. This «shock of the global»–to use the title of a fortunate book by N. Ferguson and C.S. Maier–is particularly evident in the field of political thought. Here, globalization has taken the form of an «explosion of modernity» that is exposing political theory to the growing incapacity of its main political categories to «seize» the present.

This workshop takes up these questions with the aim of challenging the traditional borders of the history of modern political thought. It will be divided into two sessions: The first one will take place during the 2017 edition of the Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory and will focus on the critical analysis of conceptual histories from a global perspective.

Participants are invited to discuss and comment round to keynote presentations.

The second workshop, to be held in the Fall of 2017, will focus on the redefinition of the concept of sovereignty. More details will be communicated soon in the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory website

Anthony Bogues (Ph.D., 1994, Political Theory, University of the West Indies, Mona)  is a  writer , scholar, curator, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice; Professor of Africana Studies, Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence (2004-2007); and  Asa Messer Professsor of Humanities and Critical Theory. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the departments of Political Science and Modern Culture and Media ,  History of Art  and Architecture and  an affiliated faculty with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.Bogues's major research and writing interests are intellectual, literary and cultural history, radical political thought, political theory, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics as well as Haitian, Caribbean, and African Art. He is the author of Caliban's Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (1997); Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (2003); and Empire of Liberty: Power, Freedom and Desire (2010).  He is the editor of From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié. ( 2014 )  as well as two volumes on Caribbean intellectual and literary history: After Man, Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter (2005) and The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonisation (2011) Additionally he has curated shows in the United States and South Africa and has published numerous essays and articles on the history of criticism, critical theory, political thought, political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history as well as Haitian Art. Bogues is an associate director of the Center for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Mona; a member of the editorial collective for the journal boundary 2 and an honorary professor at the Center for African Studies, the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He teaches courses on Africana political philosophy, cultural politics, intellectual history and contemporary critical theory and comparative literature of Africa and the African Diaspora as well as courses on the history of Haitian society and art.

Raffaele Laudani is Director of the Academy in Global Humanities & Critical Theory, and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Human Cultures at the University of Bologna, where he teaches the History of Political Thought and Atlantic Studies. Prof. Laudani graduated in Political Science in 1998 at the University of Bologna and earned in 2003 a PhD in History of Political Thought and Political Institutions at the University of Turin and in Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. His research focuses on the history of modern and contemporary political thought. He has published several volumes and essays on the Frankfurt School, globalization, disobedience, African-American abolitionism. He is the editor of the Italian edition of Herbert Marcuse's uncollected papers. At the moment he is studying the Atlantic dimension of modern political thought. He has participated and organized several international meetings and seminars and participated in numerous collective national research projects. He created and edits the book series "Marcusiana" (Manifestolibri). He is member of the editorial board of the journals Filosofia politica and Storicamente.  Since 2006, he is the director of the Bologna International Committee for the Cartography and Analysis of Contemporary World and of its website (  He is a contributor for several cultural and political newspapers, such as Le Monde diplomatique and il manifesto. Among his recent works are: Politica come movimento. Il pensiero di Herbert Marcuse (Il Mulino, 2005); Disobedience in Western Political Thought:  A Genealogy (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Secrets Reports on Nazi Germany: The Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort (Princeton University Press, 2013), Il movimento della politica. Teorie critiche e potere destituente (Il Mulino, 2016).