Bio

Étienne Balibar (Paris X Nanterre / Columbia)
Etienne Balibar is Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and Anniversary Chair of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He has addressed such questions as European racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence, identity and emancipation. His books include Politics and the Other Scene (Verso, 2002); We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton UP, 2004); and Europe, Constitution, Frontière (2005). His latest publications are Equaliberty (Duke UP, 2014); Violence and Civility (Columbia UP, 2015), Citizenship (Polity, 2015) and Europe, crise et fin ? (Edition Le Bord de l’Eau, 2016).

Luke Cooper (Anglia Ruskin University / Another Europe is Possible)
Luke Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Anglia Ruskin university. He is a historical sociologist interested in processes of political and social transformation within and across societies. His research offers new insights into the role of nationalism and national identity in social change and explores the possibilities for a politics ‘beyond the nation state’. Luke is also the national convener of Another Europe Is Possible a grass root progressive campaign to keep Britain in the EU to change it.

Caterina Di Fazio (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / Columbia)
Caterina Di Fazio is a philosopher and co-founder of Agora Europe together with Nadia Urbinati and Etienne Balibar. She received her PhD on the Phenomenology of Political Space from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in May 2018. She previously graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in philosophy from Università degli Studi di Bologna, in recognition of the thesis she wrote at the Sorbonne, and has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and at the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is currently a postdoc at Studio Europa at the University of Maastricht, where she is working on a genealogy of the refugee status.


Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. He is the author of Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with Western Tradition, (New York, Columbia University Press, 2018).

James Dodd (New School)
James Dodd is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Undergraduate Studies of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He holds his doctorate from Boston University. His research interests are Husserl, Heidegger and phenomenology. He intends that philosophy does not replace the diversity of intellectual pursuit, but it does illuminate the common horizon of questioning that all of these disciplines share–for they all equally engage fundamental questions such as « Who are we? » « What is just? » « What is truth? » « What is the world? ». His most recent publication are Phenomenological Reflections on Violence. A Skeptical Approach. Studies in Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 2017 and Phenomenology, Architecture, and the Built World. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Simona Forti (Università del Piemonte Orientale / New School)
Simona Forti is an Italian philosopher and academic, whose main interests are in political philosophy and contemporary ethics. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Bologna in 1983. She received her PhD in History of Political Thought from Turin University in 1989. In 2004, she was appointed Full Professor of History of Political Philosophy at the University of Eastern Piedmont, where she usually teaches. She has held visiting professor appointments at Columbia University and is currently Visiting Professor at the New School. She is the author of New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today.

Giovanni Giorgini (Università degli studi di Bologna / Columbia)
Giovanni Giorgini is Full Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna and currently Adjunct Professor of Politics at Columbia University. He is also Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, where he was previously a Fellow. Giorgini has been Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Chicago; Adjunct professor at Columbia University; Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Columbia University in New York, where he has also been a Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. He has taught at the IMT-Alti Studi in Lucca and at Dickinson College, Bologna centre. Giorgini’s area of specialization is ancient Greek philosophy and its revival in contemporary political theory. He is the author of The Roots of Respect (2017), a collection of essays examining the notion of ‘respect’ in a historical and philosophical perspective, where he contributed an essay on respect in ancient Greek poetry.

Carlo Invernizzi (CUNY)
Carlo Invernizzi Accetti is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at The City College of New York (CUNY) and Associate Researcher at the Center for European Studies of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in History and Theory of Politics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (Lincoln College). His research combines a historical approach to the study of political ideas with a concern for contemporary normative issues, focusing in particular on democratic theory and the question of the relation between politics and religion. He is the author of Relativism and Religion. Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes (Columbia University Press, 2015). Currently, he is working on two parallel research projects: one on the relationship between populism and technocracy as complementary critiques of party democracy, and the other on the intellectual tradition of Christian Democracy and its influence on the process of construction of the European Union. Professor Invernizzi Accetti is also a regular commentator on European and in particular Italian politics for venues such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, La Repubblica, Al Jazeera, Quartz, Le Monde Diplomatique and France 24.

Andreas Kalyvas (New School)
Andreas Kalyvas is Associate Professor of Political Science at the New School for Social Research. He works on democratic theory and the history of political ideas from ancient Greek and Roman to modern to contemporary continental political theory. His current research is oriented toward questions of constituent power and radical democratic politics on the one hand and on the overlapping of tyranny and dictatorship in Western political thought, on the other. He co-authored Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns. Kalyvas is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled Legalizing Tyranny: Constitutional Dictatorship and the Enemy Within while working on a second one, Constituent Power and Radical Democracy.

Simone Oggionni (MDP Articolo 1)
Simone Oggionni is an Italian politician author of several books and pamphlets. He has been for 5 years the national spokesperson of the Giovani Comunisti (The youth movement of Rifondazione Comunista) and he is now a leading activist for Article 1 – Democratic and Progressive Movement. He recently wrote with Roberto Gramiccia « Le parole rubate« , a pamphlet about the stolen words the Left should reclaim from its past to find its way into the future. He previously published Manifesto per la Sinistra e l’Umanesimo Sociale (with Paolo Ercolani 2015).

Giulia Oskian (Yale)
Giulia Oskian is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She specializes in political theory and her research interests include early modern and modern political thought, constitutionalism, democratic theory, the history of ideologies, and political psychology. Her book Tocqueville and the Legal Basis of Democracy was published in Italian and is now being translated into English. Currently, she is working on a new project, which explores the role of emotions in political life, studying how emotions inform political judgement and internally curb rationality. She holds a Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore and, before coming to Yale, was a postdoctoral fellow at Science Po Paris and at Queen Mary University of London, and a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University.

Antonio Panzeri (MEP)
Antonio Panzeri is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Article 1 – Democratic and Progressive Movement, part of the Socialist Group. He has been a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). In 2014, he also joined its Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). In this capacity, he is also a member of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), which oversees the Parliament’s election observation missions. He is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).

Silvana Patriarca (Fordham)
Silvana Patriarca has taught at Columbia University and the University of Florida, and is currently a professor in the Department of History of Fordham University in New York City.  She specializes in the history of modern Italy and in particular in the cultural history of nationalism and the construction of national identities in their intersection with gender and “race.”  The author of award-winning Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge UP) and of Italian Vices: Nation and Character from the Risorgimento to the Republic (Cambridge UP), she has co-edited (with Lucy Riall) The Risorgimento Revisited: Nationalism and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently completing a book entitled  The Color of the Republic: Race and the Boundaries of the Nation in Postwar Italy.  She has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center (North Carolina) and at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, and visiting appointments at the EHESS and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) in Paris.

Andrea Pisauro (University of Oxford / DiEM UK)
Andrea Pisauro is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at the University of Glasgow, where he studies how humans make decisions, whether political or economical, rational or irrational, cooperative or competitive, with the limited resources of our brains. He is also a member of the UK national collective of DiEM25 and one of the promoters of the Manifesto di Londra, a project of the Italian diaspora in London to rebuild the Italian Left.

David Ragazzoni (Columbia)
David Ragazzoni is a Ph.D. candidate in political theory and a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Columbia University in New York, where he is writing a dissertation titled Partisanship before Parties: Taking Sides in Pre-Party Politics. At Columbia he also completed a special minor in Law under the supervision of Bernard Harcourt and Jeremy Waldron. He was trained in the history of political philosophy at Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy). He is the author of several publications in Italian and in English in democratic theory, Renaissance philosophy, and XIX- and XX-century European political thought, including the books Il Leviatano democratico. Parlamento, partiti e capi tra Weber e Kelsen (2016) and La vera Seconda Repubblica (2016, co-authored with Nadia Urbinati). His ongoing projects include English editions of Norberto Bobbio and (together with Lars Vinx) of Hans Kelsen’s essays on parties and democracy. He has recently received the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in the fields of History of Philosophy and Political Philosophy by Italy’s Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research.

Rui Tavares (LIVRE / Brown University)
Rui Tavares is a Portuguese politician and former Member of the European Parliament, a writer, an historian and an essayist. He was elected in 2009 for the Left Bloc. In June 2011, Tavares became an independent within the Greens–European Free Alliancegroup. In 2014, he founded the new party LIVRE. He has published several books, mostly non-fictional, about historical or political topics, including A Ironia do Projeto Europeu (The Irony of the European Project), 2012, and Esquerda e Direita: Guia Histórico para o Século XXI (Left and Right: An Historical Guide for the XXI Century), 2015. He is a former legislator of the European Parliament, in which he was a draftsman for the refugees and the fundamental rights’ issues. Doctorate in History by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris, he is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Brown University.

Nadia Urbinati (Columbia)
Nadia Urbinati teaches political theory at Columbia University and is most recently the author of Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People (2014) and The Tyranny of the Moderns (2015). Her new book Me The People: How Populism Transforms Democracy will be published in summer 2019 by Harvard University Press.She is also a columnist for several Italian newspapers.

Achille Varzi (Columbia)
Motto: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (Yogi Berra)
Achille Varzi is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York (USA). A graduate of the University of Trento (Italy), he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto (Canada). His main research interests are in logic and metaphysics. He is an editor of The Journal of Philosophy, a subject editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and an associate or advisory editor of The MonistSyntheseDialecticaThe Review of Symbolic Logic, and other journals. He also writes for the general public and contributes regularly to some Italian newspapers, and is currently teaching for the Prison Education Program sponsored by Columbia University’s Justice-in-Education Initiative. He co-authored Le tribolazioni del filosofare. Comedia metaphysica ne la quale si tratta de li errori & de le pene de l’Infero (2014), Insurmountable Simplicities: Thirty-Nine Philosophical Conundrums (2006), Parts and Places: The Structures of Spatial Representation (2003) and Holes and Other Superficialities (1994).

Nicolas de Warren (Penn State)
Nicolas de Warren is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University and former Director of the Husserl-Archives Center for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven. He obtained his PhD from Boston University and has written widely on phenomenology, aesthetics, political philosophy, and European philosophy. In 2013 he was the recipient of a European Research Council grant for a project on the impact of the First World War on 20th-century philosophy. He is currently writing two books: one on evil and forgiveness, the other on German Kriegsphilosophie during the First World War. He co-edited, among many others, Philosophers at the Front. Phenomenology and the First World War and New Approaches to New-Kantianism. He produced the documentary The Socrates of Prague, dedicated to the life and afterlife of Czech Philosopher Jan Patočka, the spokesperson of Charta 77.

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