The Center

The Hannah Arendt Center for Political Studies, founded in 2016, is a research institution that aims at connecting Arendtian academic scholarship with present-oriented political research from an interdisciplinary perspective that brings together the human and social sciences. To this end, the Center brings together scholars involved in different research areas and relies on a wide network of scientific relationships and collaborations, both national and international.

As a place of research, the Center addresses both theoretical and historical aspects of the “Arendtian studies”. It also addresses important emerging political issues for a better understanding of the contemporary world, such as: political freedom, public happiness and democracy; citizenship, power and violence, inclusion and exclusion; the impact of globalization processes on the political sphere, the growing political relevance of economics and international law; political implications of economic and social change in late modernity, also with reference to educational and professional processes. A specific interest is reserved to the political dimensions of issues traditionally associated with the private sphere, such as sexuality and gender, maternity, care and vulnerability.

As a place for public debate and democratic training, the “Hannah Arendt” Center aims to extend the practice of philosophical and political thinking beyond academic and/or professional boundaries, qualifying as an educational site at large, where cultural debates take place, in collaboration with others active in the public sphere. We intend to promote critical thinking and diffuse knowledge and debates on politics and the “world we have in common”.

Scientific Board

Adriana Cavarero, President (Hannah Arendt Center of Political Studies, Università di Verona)

Etienne Balibar (Professeur émérite, Université de Paris-Ouest – Anniversary Chair in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London)

Seyla Benhabib (Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science & Philosophy, Yale University)

Roger Berkowitz (Academic Director Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York – Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Human Rights)

Peg Birmingham (Professor of Philosophy, De Paul University, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)

Fina Birulés (Professor of Contemporary Philosophy, Universitat de Barcelona)

Judith Butler (Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley –

Simona Forti (Professor of Political Philosophy, Università del Piemonte Orientale – Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New York School for Social Research)

Antonia Grunenberg (Professor of Political Science and Founder of the “Hannah Arendt Centre and Archive” at the Carl von Ossietzky-University Oldenburg)

Anabel Herzog (Professor, School of Political Science, University of Haifa)

Bonnie Honig (Nancy Duke Lewis Professor, Modern Culture and Media and  Political Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island)

Kari Palonen (Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä)

Maria Tamboukou (Professor of Feminist Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of East London)

Dana Villa (Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame)


Board of Directors

Olivia Guaraldo (Director) email
Adriana Cavarero email
Andrea Felis email
Luca Mori email
Matteo Nicolini email
Ilaria Possenti email
Leonida Tedoldi email