International Conference for the Study of Political Thought 2021 Annual Conference: “Democratic Representation: Acts, Aesthetics, Institutions”

Event time: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:00pm
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 11:00am
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 12:00pm
Zoom Session See map
Event description: 

The International Conference for the Study of Political Thought presents the CSPT 2021 Annual Conference.  “Democratic Representation: Acts, Aesthetics, Institutions.”

Thursday May 13, 2021
Register for Thursday, May 13, panels here. Register for Friday and Saturday panels through the links for those days.

12:00 – 2:00 Democratic Representation as Political Mobilization

  • Chair: Alex Livingston (Cornell)
  • Lisa Disch (Michigan), Making Constituencies: Representation as Mobilization in Mass Democracy (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming October 2021)
  • Discussants: Suzanne Mettler (Cornell), Doug Thompson (South Carolina)

2:15 – 4:15  Representation and Athenian Democracy

  • Chair: Melissa Lane (Princeton)
  • Daniela Cammack (Berkeley), “Representation in Ancient Greek Democracy”
  • Noah Dauber (Colgate), “Legislative Procedure in the Respublicae Athenienses, 1540-1640”
  • Discussant: Melissa Schwartzberg (NYU)

Friday May 14, 2021
Register for Friday, May 14, panels here. Register for Thursday and Saturday panels through the links for those days.

11:00 – 1:00 Forms of Constituent Power                       

  • Chair: Aziz Rana (Cornell)
  • Lucia Rubinelli (Cambridge/Yale), “Plebiscites, Referenda and Democracy”
  • Nazmul Sultan (Cambridge), “’Discovery’ of the People: Postcolonial Founding and the Idea of Independence”
  • Discussant: Jason Frank (Cornell)

1:30 – 3:30 Revolution, Representation, Aesthetics                 

  • Chair: Begum Adalet (Cornell)
  • Chris Meckstroth (Cambridge), “Karl Marx and the Problem of Popular Representation in Mid-Nineteenth Century Revolutions”
  • Çigdem Çıdam (Union), “From Aesthetics of Resistance to Aestheticization of Politics: The Grotesque Mimicry of Joyful Dissent”
  • Discussant: Karuna Mantena (Columbia)

4:00 – 6:00 The Politics of Cinematic Representation

  • Chair: Bonnie Honig (Brown)
  • Lori Marso (Union), “Camerawork as Motherwork”
  • Joshua Dienstag (UCLA), “Knowing Good Representation When We See It: What Film Hides and Shows”
  • Discussant: Suzanne Dovi (Arizona)

​Saturday May 15, 2021
Register for Saturday, May 15, panels here. Register for Thursday and Friday panels through the links for those days.

12:00 – 2:00 Democracy and Aesthetics

  • Chair: Jill Frank (Cornell)
  • Robert Gooding-Williams (Columbia), Du Bois’s Political Aesthetics: The Ends of Democracy and the Ends of Beauty
  • Discussants: Adom Getachew (Chicago), Patchen Markell (Cornell)

2:30 – 3:00

  • Spitz Prize Presentation
  • Richter Prize Announcement

3:30 – 5:30 The People and the Electorate

  • Chair: Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
  • Bryan Garsten (Yale), “On Voting without Assembling”
  • Kevin Duong (Virginia), “Universal Suffrage as Decolonization”
  • Discussant: Greg Conti (Princeton)

​Registration is free and open to all, and is required to access conference papers. Registration links below. Each link gives access to the panels of that day only. Paper access here. Conference attendees are encouraged to become members of CSPT: please find membership details here.

Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public