September 22nd, 2021: Arendt in the Time of the Pandemic

Reading Arendt in the Time of the Pandemic: Vulnerability and Democracy

Wednesday, September 22nd
03:00 PM Rome
3-5 pm CET / 2-4 BST / 9-11 New York
(via Zoom)


Online roundtable to launch and discuss the English translation of Adriana Cavarero’s latest book Surging Democracy: Notes on Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought, Stanford University Press, 2021 (first published in Italian for Raffaello Cortina, 2019).

The event will be held via Zoom and is co-organized by: Hannah Arendt Center for Political Studies (Verona); Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (Brighton); Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College (Annandale-On-Hudson, NY); Richard Saltoun Gallery (London).

The discussion focuses on the ongoing significance of Hannah Arendt’s work for feminist conceptualisations of democracy. For both Arendt and Cavarero, political community emerges in-between people who actively reveal their uniqueness to one another in the material here-and-now. In light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the risk of pandemics to come, how is politics and the “public happiness” of democracy to be practised when the proximity of embodied beings becomes a potentially fatal risk? How might recent feminist theories of vulnerability, including those developed by Cavarero, help us make sense of the political stakes of our pandemic times?

Find the LINK at the end of the following webpage:

Hannah Arendt and the Social Question, aut aut 386/2020, edited by Ilaria Possenti

Premessa, di Ilaria Possenti

Hannah Arendt La libertà di essere liberi. Condizioni e significato della rivoluzione (1967, trad. Ottavia Nicolini)

Richard Bernstein Ripensare il sociale e il politico (1986, trad. Daniele Bassi)

Étienne Balibar Arendt, il diritto ai diritti e la disobbedienza civica (2010, trad. Samantha Novello)

Ilaria Possenti Dal sociale al comune? Per una traduzione della libertà arendtiana

Olivia Guaraldo Arendt, i bisogni, la felicità

Edoardo Greblo Libertà politica e liberazione sociale in Hannah Arendt

Luca Baccelli Un curioso equivoco? Arendt, Marx e il lavoro

Alessandro Dal Lago Potere al popolo? Una nota su Arendt e il populismo teorico contemporaneo

See the Abstracts (PDF)

Read the Excerpt from “aut aut” online Journal

“Democrazia sorgiva” (Cortina, 2019). A conversation with Adriana Cavarero (video, it.)

Populism, democracy and political action. A conversation with Adriana Cavarero

Watch the Video (Italian language)   

Participants: Adriana Cavarero, Olivia Guaraldo, Daniele Bassi, Giacomo Mormino (Hannah Arendt Center for Political Studies at the University of Verona)






Carlo Galli on Carl Schmitt and Political Realism

We are delighted to publish the following text:

Carlo Galli, “Carl Schmitt e il realismo politico”.pdf

Carlo Galli is Honorary Professor in Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna.


Due to Covid-19 emergency, Spring Arendt Seminars have been cancelled. We sincerely thank prof. Galli for the kindness and concern with which he provided us all with this precious contribution.


Arendt Center Seminars: “Il realismo politico e l’impossibile” (december 2019-may 2020)


4 dicembre 2019, Prof. Roger Berkowitz: Totalitarianism and loneliness

10 Dicembre 2019, Prof. Pier Paolo Portinaro, Il realismo politico

 23 Gennaio 2020, Prof. Dimitri D’Andrea, Il realismo di Weber

27 Febbraio 2020, Prof. Sandro Mezzadra, Il realismo rivoluzionario di Marx

19 Marzo 2020, Prof. Carlo Galli, L’eccezione del reale. Il realismo di Schmitt

 21 Aprile 2020, Prof. Antonio Rivera (Donoso Cortés y el realismo político del siglo XIX) e Prof.ssa Cristina Basili (Simone Weil pensatrice del reale)

 19 Maggio 2020, Prof.sse Fanny Söderback, Laurie Naranch  e Adriana Cavarero, Feminist Realism and Materialism

(Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Verona – 3.15 pm)

NEWS: “Instrumental Narratives” 2018-22: an international Partnership

The Academy of Finland has funded the international Project  “Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory” (2018-2022) directed by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies (“Narrare”) at the University of Tampere. The Hannah Arendt Center for Political Studies is honored to participate as a Partner of the Project.