We currently provide funding to four theme-focused research centers located at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Cambridge, the University of California and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY

Our economic system creates vast inequality and devastates human as well as natural resources. Our political institutions increasingly alienate those they purport to represent. We analyze the crises of capitalism and democracy, bringing the tools of social philosophy to bear on the present.

Foundations of Solidarity – International Critical Theory Summer School 2020 – cancelled

Foundations of Solidarity – International Critical Theory Summer School 2020 – cancelled 724 1024 Susann Schmeisser

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Summer School is postponed and will take place either in January or in July 2021.   Despite a widespread…

Benjamin Lectures with Nancy Fraser – cancelled

Benjamin Lectures with Nancy Fraser – cancelled 724 1024 Susann Schmeisser

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this event is unfortunately cancelled. Nancy Fraser’s Lectures are postponed to 2022. That capitalism is “in crisis” has almost become…

Re-Thinking Socialism

Re-Thinking Socialism 724 1024 Susann Schmeisser

Against the background of failed state socialisms and the crisis of socialism in Latin America, the term “socialism” was long frowned upon when it came…

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

The breadth and depth of technological change is impacting all areas of society and leading to unprecedented social change. What are the perils and possibilities of technology for democracy? What is the impact of technology on social cohesion and cultural diversity? Do we need a new ethics for technology? How do we respond and adapt to the pressures technology is placing on us? These are some of the critical questions addressed by the Cambridge Center

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convening the First Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting. 16 Feburary 2020

Reading Elizabeth Anderson in the time of COVID-19

Reading Elizabeth Anderson in the time of COVID-19 800 533 Federico Brandmayr

The pandemic is a good time to reflect on expertise (if you have the luxury). During this particular emergency, governments appear to pay heed to…

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away?

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? 1024 683 Federico Brandmayr

The Last Day of a Condemned Man (1869) by Mihály Munkácsy.  In the public domain (Wikimedia Commons). When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? Compassion, Justification…

Disaster Response | Knowledge Domains and Information Flows

Disaster Response | Knowledge Domains and Information Flows 1024 683 Hannah Baker

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland. Image by JohannHelgason/Shutterstock.com DISASTER RESPONSE Knowledge Domains and Information Flows 11 February 2020, 10.30:17:00 Cripps Court, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, CB3 0AG…

FACT AND VALUE - AFTER TRUTH

How might we promote the value of facts in public life while acknowledging also the fact that such life is driven by multiple, competing, and often irreconcilable values?

This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom 1024 766 Tom Carlson

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In…

Atmospheres and Affective Climate Change

Atmospheres and Affective Climate Change 1024 650 Tom Carlson

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In recent years a growing number of thinkers from a variety of disciplines (e.g. philosophy,…

Hooked: Art and Attachment

Hooked: Art and Attachment 991 882 Tom Carlson

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A Based on her forthcoming book of the same title, this talk makes a case for…

CULTURAL PLURALISM

Venice has been for centuries a crossroads of civilizations. It shows how out of pluralism comes diversity, out of diversity comes change.
The Humanities can help us imagine and bring about that change.

Online seminar with Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace: Reconsidering the Human in the Age of Coronavirus: A Humanist/New Materialist Perspective

Online seminar with Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace: Reconsidering the Human in the Age of Coronavirus: A Humanist/New Materialist Perspective 1024 540 Barbara Del Mercato

April 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. on GoogleMeet If you would like to participate, please email hsc@unive.it to receive the access code to the online…

Interactive online seminar with David Gentilcore: L’acqua come risorsa e come minaccia nel Regno di Napoli: la ‘Statistica’ murattiana del 1811

Interactive online seminar with David Gentilcore: L’acqua come risorsa e come minaccia nel Regno di Napoli: la ‘Statistica’ murattiana del 1811 1024 483 Barbara Del Mercato

March 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. on GoogleMeet If you would like to participate, please email hsc@unive.it or grandi@unive.it to receive the access code to…

Interactive online seminar with Pietro Omodeo: Hydrogeological Politics in Renaissance Venice

Interactive online seminar with Pietro Omodeo: Hydrogeological Politics in Renaissance Venice 1024 484 Barbara Del Mercato

March 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. on GoogleMeet If you would like to participate, please email hsc@unive.it or grandi@unive.it : you will receive a code…