Convening 8 June 2017 Venice Speakers, Faculty and Participants
The Populist Upsurge and The Decline of Diversity Capital
Giorgio Cini Foundation

Kiku Adatto is a Scholar in Residence at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Centre and a Lecturer on Social Studies. She served as Director of Children’s Studies at Harvard, and as a member of the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Department of Sociology. She is the author of Picture Perfect: The Art and Artifice of Public Image Making, and her writings on childhood, politics, and the media have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and other publications.

Giuliano Amato is a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, since September 2013. He served as Secretary of the Treasury in Italy and was the Italian Prime Minister in 1992-93 and in 2000-01. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Minister of the Interior. He was the vice-chairman of the Convention for the European Constitution. He has chaired the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani and the Center for American Studies in Rome. A Professor of Law in several Italian universities and abroad, he has written books and articles on the economy and public institutions, European antitrust, personal liberties, comparative government, European integration and humanities. He has served as the Chair of Reset-DoC’s scientific committee from 2003 to 2013.

Albena Azmanova is Associate Professor of Political and Social Thought at the University of Kent in Brussels where she heads the programme in International Political Economy. Her research spans from political judgment and deliberative public policy to critique of contemporary capitalism. Among her recent publications are The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment (2012), and Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics (2015, co-edited with Mihaela Mihai), as well as publications in academic journals and the mass media. She has worked as political consultant to international institutions such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Commission on issues of human rights and the accession of post-communist countries to the EU.

Lisa Anderson is James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations at Columbia University and the former President of the American University in Cairo (AUC). She served as the President of AUC from 2011 to 2016 and as Provost from 2008 to 2010. Previously, she was dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. She is a specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa. She also served on the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. Anderson is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (2003), The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 (1986), editor of Transitions to Democracy (1999) and coeditor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

Akeel Bilgrami is Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He was the Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University from 2004-2011. He has research interests in the philosophy of mind and language, and in political philosophy and moral psychology especially as they surface in politics, history, and culture. His publications include: Belief and Meaning (1992), Self Knowledge and Resentment (2006) and Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (2014). He is also the editor of Beyond the Secular West (2016).

Murat Borovalı is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. He holds a PhD in political philosophy from University of Manchester. Among his most recent publications are “Turkish Secularism and Islam: A Difficult Dialogue with the Alevis”, in Philosophy & Social Criticism (2014), “Islamic Headscarves and Slippery Slopes”, in Cardozo Law Review (2009), “A Legitimate Restriction of Freedom? The issue of the headscarf in Turkey,” in E. F. Keyman (ed.), Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracy (2006), ‘John Rawls ve Siyaset Felsefesi’ (John Rawls and Political Philosophy, 2003).

Giancarlo Bosetti is the Director and one of the founders of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations. He is the editor-in-chief of the online journal and of Reset, a cultural magazine he founded in 1993. He was vice-editor-in-chief of the Italian daily L’Unità. He is currently a columnist for the Italian daily La Repubblica and has taught at University La Sapienza and University Roma Tre. Among his books La lezione di questo secolo (a book-interview with Karl Popper, 2001), Cattiva maestra televisione (with essays by Karl Popper, John Condry and Pope John Paul II, 2002), Il Fallimento dei laici furiosi (2009). He recently wrote an introduction to the volume Omnia mutantur. La scoperta filosofica del pluralismo culturale (2013), with contributions of Richard Bernstein, Salvatore Veca, Mario Ricciardi.

Cemil Boyraz is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at İstanbul Bilgi University. He holds a PhD in political science with a dissertation about the political economy of nationalism, analyzing the case of the post-1980 privatization process in Turkey. His research interests concern Turkish politics and foreign policy, international relations theories, theories of nationalism, international political economy and labor movement. He has articles and book chapters on the Kurdish question, Political Islam, Neo-Kemalism and Alevi Question in Turkey, global political-economy, and an edited book on the political participation of the youth in Turkey published in 2010. He is currently working on the role of the post-colonial critique in international relations, the question of democratic autonomy and ideas of (con)federalism and contemporary debates about the changing structure of the global labor in a comparative perspective.

Michele Bugliesi is Rector of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. He got a first degree in Computer Science at the University of Pisa and after three years as research scientist at the ENI group, he was Fulbright Fellow at Purdue University where he received a Master in Computer Science (1992) and then his PhD in Computer Science at the Université Denis Diderot – Paris VII (2003). He became Head of the Department of Environmental Science Informatics and Statistics (2011-2014), Head of the Department of Computer Science (2009-2010), Member of the Council of the Faculty of Sciences (2006-2010) and Member of the Academic Senate (2006-2009,2013-2014). His research has always centered on the analysis and formal verification of software, currently with specific focus on security and protection of information and data privacy in distributed systems. He is the author of over 100 publications in top international journals and refereed conference proceedings.  In 2013, he was the co-recipient of the award for the Best EATCS Theory Paper at the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS 2013). He is member of the scientific committee of major international conferences. He has coordinated several research projects at regional, national and European.

Lucio Cortella is currently Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where he teaches “History of Philosophy” and “History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy.” He was Head of the Department of Philosophy and Science Theory (2003-2008), Doctorate Coordinator (2003-2009), and Fellow of the University Senate (2006-2009). From 2010 to 2014 he was member of the Advisory Board of Ca’ Foscari University. In 1990 he contributed to founding the National Seminar in Critical Theory, a yearly meeting devoted to Social and Political Philosophy (presently in Cortona), and is currently one of its national coordinators. His research focuses on Hegel and 20th century philosophy, and is particularly concerned with critical theory, dialectics, hermeneutics, practical philosophy, theories of rationality, and modernity. Among his publications: The Ethics of Democracy. A Contemporary Reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (2015); Una dialettica nella finitezza. Adorno e il programma di una dialettica negativa (2006); Autocritica del moderno. Saggi su Hegel (2002).

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. He is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, as well as a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. His research interests include Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, and comparative literature to world cinema and the philosophy of art (trans-aesthetics). His books include Authority in Islam (1989); Theology of Discontent (1993); Truth and Narrative (1999); Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future (2001); Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2000); Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema (2007); Iran: A People Interrupted (2007); and an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema (2006). His most recent works are Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire (2008), Post-Orientalism: Knowledge and Power in Time of Terror (2009), Can Non-Europeans Think? (2015), Persophilia (2015) and Iran Without Borders (2016). He is the Series Editor of Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World for Palgrave Macmillan.

Sara De Vido is Assistant Professor of International Law at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. She is vice-director of the Centre for Human rights (Cestudir) at Ca’ Foscari; member of the scientific committee and coordinator of the first cycle degree program called PISE (Philosophy, International Relations and Economics) taught in English at Ca’ Foscari. Furthermore, she is a component of the board of professors of the PhD in “Diritto, mercato, persona” (Law, market and individuals) at Ca’ Foscari. She was member of the Judges Panel in the ICC Moot Competitions 2014 and 2015, organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, The Hague and visiting scholarships at the University of Kobe and Hitotsubashi University of Tokyo. Among the most recent contributions as panelists in conferences, “Memories of rapes: an Analysis from an International law perspective” at the seminar “Law and Ideology” in Sarajevo, May 2015. She published the monograph Donne, violenza e diritto internazionale. La Convenzione di Istanbul del Consiglio d’Europa del 2011 (2016).

Alessandro Ferrara is Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Center for the Study of Post-Secular Society (CSPS) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, as well as former President of the Italian Association of Political Philosophy. Recently he has published The Democratic Horizon. Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism (2014) andDemocracy and the Absolute Power of Disembedded Financial Markets” in Azmanova/Mihai (eds.), Reclaiming Democracy (2015), as well as “Constitution and Context”, in Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, (2016). He has also published on such topics as judgment and exemplarity as sources of normativity, critical theory, the relevance of reflective judgment in political philosophy, expanding the Rawlsian paradigm of political liberalism, religion in a post-secular society.

Pasquale Ferrara is the Italian Ambassador in Algeria since October 2016. He has previously been First Counsellor at the Italian Embassy in Washington (2002-2006), Head of Press Service at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome (2006-2009), Head of Policy Planning Unity at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome (2009-2011) and Secretary General at the European University Institute in Florence (2011-2016). He has been Visiting Fellow at the Latin-American Political Thought in Santiago (Chile) and became Adjunct Professor at University Institute “Sophia” in Florence in 2009 and at LUISS School of Government in 2010. His areas of specialization are Theory and Practice of Contemporary Diplomacy, Negotiation and Mediation, Religions and International Relations, Mediterranean Studies, Global Governance, Regional Integration and Peace Studies. He is also author of various books including: Transnational Peace. Toward a New Pluralism in World Politics (1989), Global Religions and International Relations: A Diplomatic Perspective (2014), Francis’ World. Jorge Bergoglio and International Politics (2016); and articles: Internet speaks more and more Arabic (2008), The Run After Obama. The Expanding Atlantic (2010), Apollo in Gaza (2014), Turkey’s Twists and Turns (2015).

Patrizio Fondi has been Ambassador of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates since 06/09/2015. Amb. Fondi has a 30 years experience serving different roles in the Italian diplomacy. Previously he was Ambassador of Italy to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and  Diplomatic Advisor of the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities. He also served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to UNESCO and BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) in Paris. He worked as well in the Italian  Diplomatic Missions  in Tirana, New York ( United Nations) and Stockholm. At the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome he served in the Directorate General for Cultural Promotion and Cooperation, in the Directorate General for Political Affairs and in the Department for Development Cooperation. He was decorated with the Official Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (2004), with the Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden (2008) and with the Grand Cordon of the Order of Istqlal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ( 2015)

Pasquale Gagliardi is Secretary-General of Cini Foundation since 2002. Since 1986 he has been Professor of the Sociology of Organizations at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Catholic University, Milan. Gagliardi has contributed to the international spread of the use of cultural and social anthropology in studying the issues faced by companies and contemporary institutions. On this subject he has published articles, essays and books both in Italy and abroad; the best-known is Le imprese come culture (1986). He is a member of the editorial board of Organization and Organization Studies, and a member of the scientific committee of AICIS- Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies.

Manlio Graziano teaches Geopolitics, Geopolitics of Religions and International Relations at Paris IV, at the American Graduate School in Paris, at SKEMA Business School and at Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies. He has just published two books: In Rome We Trust: The Rise of Catholics in American Political Life (2017) and Holy Wars and Holy Alliance: The Return of Religion to the Global Political Stage (2017). In 2010 he published The Failure of Italian Nationhood: The Geopolitics of a Troubled Identity. He collaborates with Corriere della Sera (Milan), Limes (Rome), Il Mulino (Bologna) and International Affairs Forum (Washington DC).

Volker Kaul is Research and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Global Politics at LUISS University in Rome and lecturer at the CEA Rome Center and CIEE Global Center. Moreover, he works as scientific coordinator of the Istanbul/Reset DOC Seminars for Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations. His work focuses on the possibility of emancipation. In this regard, he works on the concepts of identity, agency, autonomy, self-knowledge, recognition and culture. He published together with Seyla Benhabib a book entitled Toward New Democratic Imaginaries – Istanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture and Politics for Springer. Together with David Rasmussen and Alessandro Ferrara he is editing the yearly special issues of Philosophy & Social Criticism on the Istanbul Seminars since 2010. He is currently also editing together with Ananya Vajpeyi a book on Populism and Minorities based upon the Venice-Padua-Delhi Seminars 2014 and with Ingrid Salvatore a volume on What is Pluralism? The Question of Pluralism in Politics for Routledge in its book series “Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought”.

Tiziana Lippiello, is Vice Rector of Ca’ Foscari University and Professor of Classical Chinese, Religions and Philosophy of China at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University. She has been Head of the Department of Asian and North African Studies (2011- 2014) and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies (2009- 2011) at Ca’ Foscari University. From 2008 to 2011 she has been Delegate for the relations with the International Institutions in Venice and from 2006 to 2011 Member of the Board of Directors of Venice International University. Amongst other she published the book Il confucianesimo (2010) and Auspicious Omens and Miracles in Ancient China. Han, Three Kingdoms and Six Dynasties (2001) and Why was Shen Yue so Fond of Auspicious Signs. In S. Katz, Divination and the Strange, IKGF series, Brill, 2018/19 (forthcoming). Professor Lippiello is also Director of the Series La fenice, Classici cinesi, Marsilio Editore Venezia, Director of the Series Sinica venetiana, Edizioni Ca’ Foscari and in the Academic Board of the Collegio Internazionale Ca’ Foscari. She is also Coordinator of the Project RobinBA (The Role of books in non bibliometric areas), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Macerata University, University of South Brittany, sponsored by ANVUR.

Jonathan Laurence, Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College, researches and writes about European politics, transatlantic relations and Islam in the West. Currently on sabbatical from Boston College, he is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC) and Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York City). He was the Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in Fall 2012 and guest researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Laurence is the author of The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims (2012) and the co-author of Integrating Islam (2006).

Stephen Macedo is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2001-2009, he was Director of the University Center for Human Values. He writes and teaches on political theory, ethics, public policy, and law, especially on topics related to liberalism, democracy and citizenship, diversity and civic education, religion and politics, and the family and sexuality. He recently published Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage (2015). As vice president of the American Political Science Association, he was first chair of its standing committee on Civic Education and Engagement and principal co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (2005). His other books include Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy (2000); and Liberal Virtues: Citizenship, Virtue, and Community in Liberal Constitutionalism (1990).

Yves Mény is President of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. He has been President of the European University Institute in Florence. In 1993 he was appointed Director of the newly-founded interdisciplinary Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence. He sits on the Review Panel for the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Bureau of Political Advisers, set up by the President of the European Commission. He was Chairman of Expert Group on Foundations and Research and Development, European Commission and in 2000–2003 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). His main areas of expertise are comparative politics, public policy, European Union affairs, and political and administrative institutions. His recent major publications include Challenges to Consensual Politics. Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region (co-edited with Daniele Caramani); Crisi e Futuro della Democrazia. Per una terza rivoluzione democratica (based on inverviews by Renzo Cassigoli); Democracies and The Populist Challenge (co-edited with Yves Surel).

Lea Nocera is Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, where she teaches Turkish Language and Literature and subjects related to politics and society of contemporary Turkey. Her research interests on Turkey include: social and cultural history, media and gender studies, urban transformations and social movements. As Turkey expert she regularly collaborates with prominent Italian newspapers and magazines publishing on current affairs. Dr. Nocera produces also radio documentaries and features on Turkish social and political issues for the Italian national broadcasting RAI-Radio3 and Swiss Italian Radio/RSI. Her recent books include: The Gülen Media Empire (Arab Media Report/Reset, 2015) as editor, The Turkish touch. Neo-ottoman Hegemony and Turkish Television in the Middle East (Arab Media Report/Reset, 2014; as co-author; #Gezipark. Coordinate di una rivolta (Alegre, 2013), La Turchia contemporanea. Dalla repubblica kemalista al governo dell’Akp (Carocci, 2011), Cercasi mani piccole e abili. La migrazione turca in Germania occidentale (Isis Press, 2012).

Claus Offe is Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance.  He has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin (1995-2005). Offe has contributed to understanding the relationships between democracy and capitalism. His recent work has focused on economies and states in transition to democracy. Amongst his publications: Europe Entrapped (2015), Inequality and the Labour Market (2010), Reflections on America: Tocqueville, Weber and Adorno in the United States (2005) and Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies. Rebuilding the Ship at Sea (with Jon Elster and Ulrich K. Preuss).

Nancy Okail is the Executive Director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP). She holds a PhD with a focus on power relations of foreign aid from the University of Sussex. Prior to joining TIMEP, she was director of Freedom House’s program on Egypt. She has more than thirteen years’ experience in promoting democracy and development in the Middle East/North Africa region, and is a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked with the Egyptian government as a senior evaluation officer of foreign aid and has managed programs for Egyptian pro-democracy organizations that challenged the Mubarak regime. She was also one of the defendants convicted and sentenced to prison in the widely publicized case of 43 nongovernmental organization workers charged with using foreign funds to foment unrest in Egypt.

David Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and Honorary President of the Center for Ethics and Global Politics of LUISS University. His fields of interest are contemporary continental philosophy, social and political philosophy. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Philosophy & Social Criticism. His books include: Reading Habermas; Universalism vs. Communitarianism in EthicsHandbook of Critical TheoryJürgen Habermas: The Foundations of the Habermas ProjectJürgen Habermas: Law and Politics; Jürgen Habermas: EthicsJürgen Habermas: Epistemology and TruthCritical Theory Vol. I-IV. He currently prepares a book on John Rawls. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars.

Carol Rovane is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, where she has been honored with the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching. She has authored numerous articles in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and action theory and value theory, as well as two books: The Bound Agency: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics (1998) and The Metaphysics and Ethics of Relativism (2013).

Michael Sandel is Professor of Political philosophy at Harvard University, His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets–have been translated into 27 languages. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. Sandel’s books include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (2013); Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (2010); The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (2009) and Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy (1996). He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, the Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence at the U.S. Library of Congress and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His BBC series “The Global Philosopher” explores the ethical issues lying behind the headlines with participants from over 30 countries.

Adam Adatto Sandel is Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. Sandel received his B.A. in Government from Harvard in 2008, and his D.Phil. (2013) in political philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. The American Political Science Association awarded his doctoral dissertation the 2014 Leo Strauss Award for “best dissertation in the field of political philosophy.” His research and teaching interests include ancient and modern political philosophy, and contemporary debates about justice, rights, and constitutional law. He is the author of The Place of Prejudice: A Case for Reasoning Within the World (2014). The book draws on the history of philosophy from Aristotle to Heidegger and Gadamer to explore the role of background understandings and pre-judgments in moral, political, and legal reasoning, historical understanding, and scientific knowledge. Sandel’s current projects include two articles on Plato, an article on the concept of violence, and an article on Nietzsche’s concept of the will to power and the television series Breaking Bad.  His new book project, The Enforcer, is on law enforcement and its dilemmas.

Luigi Vero Tarca is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. He has been Member of the Board of Directors of Ca’ Foscari University and President of the Faculty of Philosophy of Ca’ Foscari University. He has participated to PRIN national researches and to the activities of the European Research Network on “Science-Religion: Interaction in the 21st Century. Psychoanalisis and Theology Project Dialogue”. In 2008 he has presided and organized in Venice an International Conference with Raimon Panikkar. Among his publications: Verità e negazione. Variazioni di pensiero (2016); A lezione da Wittgenstein e Derrida. Ovvero come diventa reale un dialogo impossibile (2012, with I. Cannonieri); Philosophy as Life Path (2007, with Madera Romano); Dare ragioni. Un’introduzione logico-filosofica al problema della razionalità (2004).

Roberto Toscano has been an Italian career diplomat from 1969 to 2010, serving in a number of posts. Among them, as ambassador, Iran and India. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was for a number of years in charge of Policy Planning. At present he is a columnist for the Rome daily La Repubblica and President of the Fondazione Intercultura. He teaches Ethics and International Relations at IE University, Madrid. Toscano published several journal essays on international themes as well as the books: Soviet human rights policy and Perestroika (1989); Il volto del nemico. La sfida dell’etica nelle relazioni internazionali (The face of the enemy. The challenge of ethics in international relations) (2000); La violenza, le regole (Violence, rules) (2006); Beyond Violence: Principles for an Open Century, written with Ramin Jahanbegloo (2009) and Between Terrorism and Global Governance: Essays on Violence, Ethics and International Law (2009).



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