Leading researchers in history of classical republics and republican political theory were participate in the conference, presenting papers on theory of classical republicanism. Also, a number of papers was devoted to the experience of medieval and renaissance republics - Venice and Florence, as well as Novgorod and Pskov.
Among participants were Philip Pettit (Princeton), Edward Muir (Northwestern University), Dmitrii Kozlov (Irkutsk State University), Oleg Kharkhordin (EUSP), Sergei Troianovsky (St-Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Science), Victor Kaplun (EUSP, SU - HSE), Mikhail Krom (EUSP), Paul McLean (Rutgers university), Mikhail Sokolov (EUSP).
Thursday, May 14, 2009, 16.00 – 20.00
European University at St Petersburg
Philip Pettit (Princeton),
Republicanism, Law and Democracy: The Tradition Today
The address will reflect on the seminal book, Pettit, “Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government” (1997)
Edward Muir (Northwestern University),
500 Years after Agnadello (May 14, 1509): The Significance of Venice in the History of Republicanism
Dmitrii Kozlov (Irkutsk State University),
Harrington and the Tradition of Classical Republicanism: the Problem of Translation and Development in the Republican Discourse.
Oleg Kharkhordin (EUSP),
Stoic grammar and Cicero’s Theory of Res Publica: Why Res Publica is not a State?
Friday, May 15, 2009
9.00: Departure with the minibus to Novgorod the Great
12.00 – 14.00: excursion around the Novgorod Kremlin, and light lunch (sandwiches)
Presentations, 14.00 – 16.00:
Sergei Troianovsky (Novgorod Archeological Center),
“Northern Venice” in 1136-1471: Comparing History and Political Economy of the Rialto Bridge in Venice and of the Great Bridge in Medieval Novgorod (Underwater excavations and archival research, 2005-2009)
Mikhail Krom (EUSP),
Was Muscovite Annexation of Pskov in January 1510 the Collapse of the "Last Russian Republic"? Some Comments on the Pskov Judiciary Charter
16.00 – 17.00: Visit to see the restored Byzantine frescoes in the Church of the Savior on Ilyina street and to the Novgorod archeological expedition HQ
17.00 – 19.00:
Paul D. McLean (Rutgers University),
Citizen or Denizen: The Counterpoint Between Republican Participation and Private Interest in Renaissance Florence
Mikhail Sokolov (EUSP)
Then and Now: Self-Governing Communities in Medieval and Early Modern Europe and Republican Principles in Contemporary Academic Authority Systems
19.00 – 19.30:
Republicanism: Does Political Theory Survive a Meeting with History, Archeology and Sociology?