The Cynicism of Power and the Morality of the People

MORNING COURSE (Aula Fumagalli)
June 26-29, 2018
10.00-12.00 am


In four lectures, this course will pose, both historically and conceptually, a central question of contemporary politics. We see today in many countries of the world, a rejection of major parties, leaders and institutions which had sought, in the twentieth century, to combine popular sovereignty with the rational and technical administration of government. Why is popular sovereignty now pitted against democratic administration? The four lectures will be: (1) The Rights of Man and Citizen, (2) Colonial Empires and the Sovereignty of Nations, (3) Liberal Governmentality, and (4) Democratic Administration and Popular Sovereignty.

Partha Chatterjee is a political theorist and historian. He studied at Presidency College in Calcutta, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He divides his time between Columbia University and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, where he was the Director from 1997 to 2007. He is the author of more than twenty books, monographs and edited volumes and is a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Collective. He as awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize for 2009 for outstanding achievements in the field of Asian studies.