Venice Seminars 2022 – Between State and Civil Society:
Who Protects Individual Liberties and Human Dignity?

Full Program



Thursday, 26 May



9.15 AM – 9.30 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Tiziana Lippiello | Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Giancarlo Bosetti | Chairman Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations


9.30 AM – 11.00 AM

Philip Pettit [online]: Liberty, Security and the State

Akeel Bilgrami: Culture, The Commons, The Law, and Capital

Chair: Volker Kaul


11.15 AM – 12.00 PM

Ananya Vajpeyi: From Republic of India to Hindu Rashtra: From Welfare State to Biopolitical State, From Secular State to Majoritarian State

Chair: Marta Craveri


1.30 PM – 3.45 PM

Nandini Sundar: From Artifice to Weapon: The Itineraries of Law in India

Marina Calloni: Civil Society, the State and the Struggle Against Gender-Based Violence: Towards a Comprehensive Approach

Amel Grami: Who Protects Individual Liberties and Human Dignity in Tunisia?

Chair: David Rasmussen [online]


4.00 PM – 5.30 PM

Lisa Anderson [online]: The Role of State in the Middle East: Guarantor of Rights or Protector of Privileges?

Mona Harb: Governing a Pandemic in a “Failed” State: Territories of Sectarianism and Solidarity in Lebanon

Chair: Barbara De Poli


Friday, 27 May



9.30 AM – 11.00 AM

Subrata Mitra: “For Whom the Bell Tolls…?”: The State, Society and Human Dignity

Seán Golden: Roles and Rights in the Context of Just Governance and Just Social Mores

Chair: Jonathan Laurence


11.15 AM – 12.45 PM

Runya Qiaoan: Civil Society in China: How Society Speaks to the State

Mengmeng CuiFrom Resistance to Transformation – Activism and the Quest of Alternatives to Infrastructure-led Development Along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Chair: Beatrice Gallelli


2.15 PM – 3.45 PM

Stephen Macedo: Rescuing Public Reason: Toward a New Constitution for Speech in the Age of Social Media

Giuliano Amato [online]: Defending Rights. Between Parliaments and Courts

Chair: Alessandro Ferrara


4.00 PM – 5.45 PM

Yael Tamir: Slippery Slope Morality

Walter Mignolo: The Two Faces of the Secular Nation-State

Chair: Toshio Miyake


Saturday, 28 May


 9.30 AM – 11.15 AM

ROUNDTABLE: Unpacking State-Society Relations in the Urban Space: What are the Limit(s) of Compromise?

Speakers: Silvio Cristiano, Mona Harb, Subrata Mitra, Runya Qiaoan

Chair: Beatrice Gallelli


11.30 AM – 12.45 PM

Presentations of the Summer School Workshops*


12.45 PM

Closing Remarks

Giancarlo Bosetti


*Summer School workshops are conducted by Seán Golden (Tools for a Comparative Analysis of the Bases of Social and Political Dominance), Volker Kaul (Agency, Domination and Cultural Difference) and Richard Quang-Anh Tran (State and Civil Society in Authoritarian Regimes).




The Seminars will be held in the following locations: (kindly be aware of location and room changes).

Thursday the 26th of May (Seminars opening) morning: Aula Mario Baratto, Ca’ Foscari, 2nd Floor, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice

Thursday the 26th of May afternoon: Spazio Espositivo, Ca’ Foscari, 1st Floor, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice

Friday the 27th of May all day: Spazio Espositivo, Ca’ Foscari, 1st Floor, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice

Saturday the 28th of May: Auditorium Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3689, Campo Santa Margherita, 30123 Venice


Scientific coordinators: Volker Kaul (Charles University, Prague/Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations) and Toshio Miyake (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice).



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