Rethinking Revolution: September 25, 2015

RethinkRethinking Revolution: An International Symposium

September 25, 2015, University of Helsinki
Tutkijakollegium (Fabianinkatu 24), room 136

The aim of the symposium is to investigate whether the idea of ‘revolution’ is still politically and theoretically useful today, and if so, what we should understand by it. By combining philosophical, historical and political perspectives on the topic, we aim to generate a broad discussion on the possibilities of social transformation in contemporary societies.

10.15:   Welcome (Johanna Oksala)

10.30-12.30: The Revolutionary Legacies of Kant and Arendt

Omri Boehm (New School for Social Research): ‘Kant on Enlightenment as Revolution’

Ulrika Björk (Södertörn University): ‘Arendt and the Revolutionary Moment’

12.30-14.00: Lunch

14.00-16.00: The Revolutionary Promises of Marxism, Feminism and Ecology

Cinzia Arruzza (New School for Social Research): ‘Conflictual Universality: A Feminist Perspective on Revolution’

Jason W. Moore (University of Umeå): ‘Revolutions: Social, Ecological or World-Ecological?’

16.00-16.30: Coffee

16.30-18.15: Revolutionary Time

Kristian Klockars (University of Helsinki): ‘The Democratic Revolution, its Presence and Future’

Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (University of Jyväskylä): ‘Revolutionary Spirit, Worldlessness, and Violence: Arendt, Badiou, and Zizek’

Juuso Tervo (Aalto University): ‘Corrosive Temporalities: Art and the Time of Revolution’


Contact: Johanna Oksala ( & Ulrika Björk (

Organised by the Research  Network Subjectivity, Historicity, and Communality (SHC), University of Helsinki

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