Interwar influences on post-war reconstruction

Jorge Varela presented the paper

The attributeless catholicism of Alexandre Kojève

in a special panel on Political Theology at the SEF-FEP joint conference in Royal Holloway University and gave a paper entitled

Reframing the political after the End of History

at the University of Brighton as part of the After the “End of History”: Philosophy, History, Culture, Politics conference.

In these papers Jorge explored the intellectual lineage of Kojève’s political proposals during and immediately after the World War II.

‘Modernists Between the Times: Heresy and Orthodoxy in Interwar Europe’,

Henry Mead gave a paper entitled ‘Modernists Between the Times: Heresy and Orthodoxy in Interwar Europe’, at the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS) Conference, ‘Troublesome Modernisms’, King’s College London, 21-22 June 2019. This paper offered a comparative view of a reaction against liberalism in interwar German theology, and tensions in British modernism between notions of ‘orthodoxy’ and ‘heresy’.

‘The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before’

Henry Mead published an article entitled ‘The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before’ in the American on-line journal, Fair Observer (15 July 2019). The current wave of populism calls to mind the mood of the early 20th century when liberal values in England saw a “strange death.” The impulse that generated new proposals for power distribution as a replacement for both classic and statist liberalism is at work again in forms of post-liberalism on the left as much as the right.

Karl Barth on Political Modernity

On the 23 of May 2019, Liisi Keedus presented the paper:

A snake biting its own tail’: Karl Barth on political modernity

at the  workshop ‘Between civil war and revolution’ (23.-24.05), in the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen


Liisi Keedus pidas ettekande

A snake biting its own tail’: Karl Barth on political modernity

teadusseminaril ‘Between civil war and revolution’ (23.-24.05), Göttingeni Ülikoolis, Lichtenberg-Kollegiumis.

Dora Marsden and Anarchist Modernisms

Henry Mead recently published a chapter entitled ‘Dora Marsden and Anarchist Modernisms’ in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: The Modernist Period, ed. Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019), pp. 226-241. The chapter contains a discussion of Max Stirner’s radical individualist theory of history plus details on Emma Goldman’s and Benjamin Tucker’s anarchisms. It identifies Marsden’s quarrel with Tucker as signalling a divergence, continuing through the interwar period, between an anarchist ‘early modernism’ and a conservative ‘high modernism’.

Teaching resources on Futurism

Roberta Albertini just published some didactic resources on Futurism as part of her contribution to the Between the Times project. They can be found in the following addresses: