Governing Diversities: Democracy, Diversity and Human Nature
Editor: Joanne Paul with Victoria Briggs, Georgios Giannakopoulos, Mads Langballe Jensen, Elliott Karstadt, Adam Mowl and Lorenzo Sabbadini
Date Of Publication: Aug 2012
The question of how to govern diverse populations has been at the core of political thought from ancient times to the present. The contributors to this volume address this fundamental issue by engaging with the history of ideas regarding democracy, diversity and human nature, from the political thought of Xenophon in ancient Greece to practices of Zapatista governance in modern-day Mexico. Drawn from papers originally presented at the first two meetings of the London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought, this volume brings together the innovative contributions of graduate students in the history of political thought and political theory with commentary provided by the fields’ leading scholars to consider this essential question.
Joanne Paul completed her BAH at Queen’s University, Canada before pursuing an MA in Political Science at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Professor James Tully. She is currently a PhD student in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is writing a thesis on the discourses of counsel in sixteenth-century Anglophone thought under the supervision of Professor Quentin Skinner.
Victoria Briggs is currently a PhD student at Queen Mary, University of London, School of Politics and International Relations. Her research covers contemporary continental political theory and philosophy. She is working under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Jennings on ideas of autonomy, democracy and conflict in twentieth-century political thought with particular emphasis on Cornelius Castoriadis’s oeuvre.
Georgios Giannakopoulos holds a BA and an MA in Political Science and History from Panteion University, Athens, Greece. He is a postgraduate research student at Queen Mary, University of London (School of History) where he is working under the supervision of Dr Georgios Varouxakis. His thesis focuses on British international thought in the time of the Great War and its aftermath.
Mads Langballe Jensen is a PhD student at the Department of History, University College London, under the supervision of Dr Angus Gowland. His thesis deals with conceptions of political order and authority in Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, 1525–1547. He completed a BA in the History of Ideas at Aarhus University, Denmark, and an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at Queen Mary, University of London and University College London.
Elliott Karstadt graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2008 and completed the intercollegiate MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of London in 2009. He is now a PhD student at Queen Mary, University of London, writing a thesis on ‘The power of interests in early-modern English political thought, 1640-1740’.
Adam Mowl read Ancient and Modern History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before completing a Masters in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of London. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and works on humanist scholarship and political thought in fifteenth-century Italy.
Lorenzo Sabbadini completed a BA in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, before moving to Jesus College, Cambridge, to study the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. He is currently a PhD student at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is working under the supervision of Professor Quentin Skinner on ideas of property and freedom in seventeenth-century English political thought.
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