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Workshop: Genealogy and Political Theory

29 September 2017 @ 10:00 - 17:00

Date: 29 September 2017
Time: 10.00 hrs. – 17.00 hrs.
Location: Campus Roeterseiland, building J/K, room B.22 (Valckenierstraat 65-67, 1018 XE Amsterdam)

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of works of and on genealogy by political theorists and historians of political thought. However, with this proliferation comes questions about what exactly genealogy is, how to understand past work on and of genealogy (in particular by Nietzsche and Foucault), how it is connected to other forms of critical inquiry (such as ideology critique), and what its role can and should be in political theorising more broadly.

This workshop brings together scholars working on genealogy to discuss and begin to answer these questions, with a particular focus on the growing contribution of genealogy for helping us to make sense of contemporary political theory and practice.


  • 10:00 – Professor Bernard Reginster (Brown University), “Nietzsche on Truth and Genealogy”.
  • 11:10 – Coffee Break
  • 11:20 – dr. Janosch Prinz (University of East Anglia) “Combining genealogy and ideology critique in realism in political theory”.
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – dr. Hugo Drochon (CRASSH, University of Cambridge), TBA
  • 14:40 – dr. Gulsen Seven (Bilkent University), “The relevance of genealogy for political realism”.
  • 15:50 – Coffee Break
  • 16:00 – dr. Paul Raekstad (University of Amsterdam), “On Three Kinds of Genealogy”.
  • 17:00 – End/Drinks.

It is not necessary to register. However, please do RSVP to P.A.Raekstad@uva.nl by Monday the 25th of September.

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PS. we are happy to inform you that the Executive Committee of the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought has been strengthened with Patrick Overeem from the John Stuart Mill College at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Enzo Rossi from the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.


Campus Roeterseiland, building J/K, room B.22 (Valckenierstraat 65-67, 1018 XE Amsterdam)