Workshop: “Nature Between Politics and Metaphysics: Reassessing German Idealism and Romanticism” (June 24-25th, Padova)

We are pleased to announce that the workshop “Nature Between Politics and Metaphysics: Reassessing German Idealism and Romanticism” will take place in Padova on June 24th and 25th.


Workshop: "Nature Between Politics and Metaphysics: Reassessing German Idealism and Romanticism" (June 24-25th, Padova)

The workshop will revolve around Alison Stone’s latest book “Ethics and Gender in German Romanticism and Idealism” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), which addresses some key recent issues in naturalism, feminism and post-colonialism/de-colonialism and situates them in relation to the history of German philosophy.

Following Alison Stone’s approach, the workshop will establish a dialogue between studies in Classical German Philosophy and Romanticism and current debates on topics such as nature, life, gender, the family, and race.

Eleven internationally known scholars will take up questions animating these areas by using this cross-disciplinary perspective. Alison herself will also join the conversation, illuminating the potentialities of her work from both a theoretical and a political point of view



Laure Cahen-Maurel (Bruxelles)
Pierpaolo Cesaroni (Padova)
Luca Corti (Padova/Porto)
Zdravko Kobe (Ljublijana)
Luca Illetterati (Padova)
Jamila Mascat (Utrecht)
Julia NG (London)
Lorenzo Rustighi (Padova)
Alison Stone (Lancaster)
Tuija Pulkkinen (Helsinki)
Giulia Valpione (Padova)
Chris Yeomans (Purdue).




Monday, June 24th

9.15-09.30 – Opening remarks (Lorenzo Rustighi, Luca Corti)


Chair: Sasha Hrnjez

09.30– 10.30 – Giulia Valpione (Padova): Difference and Identity: A Reassessment of Political Romanticism?

10.45 – 11.45 – Laure Cahen-Maurel (Bruxelles): Romantic Imagination and Nature

12.00 -13. 00 – Julia NG (London): Phrygian Nature

Lunch Break


Chair: Valentina Bortolami

14.00 – 15.00 – Luca Corti (Padova/Porto): Hegel on the Difference Between Human and Animal Cognition

15.15 – 16.15 – Luca Illetterati (Padova): Hegel’s Anti-naturalistic Naturalism

Coffee break


Chair: Armando Manchisi

16. 45 – 17.45 – Tuija Pulkkinen (Helsinki):  Reading Antigone at Cross-Purposes: Hegel, Butler, and the Family.

18.00 – 19.00 – Jamila Mascat (Utrecht): Hegel, Colonialism and Postcolonial Hegelianisms


Tuesday 25

Chair: Marco Ferrari

9.30 – 10.30 – Lorenzo Rustighi (Padova): Kant’s Shameful Proposition: Observations on the Sexual and the Social Contract

10.45 – 11.45 – Pierpaolo Cesaroni (Padova): The Spiritual Animal Kingdom and the Organic Unity of the State in Hegel’s Political Philosophy

12.00 – 13.00 – Zdravko Kobe (Ljubljana): Hegel’s Politics of Sexual Difference: The Animal, the Vegetal, and the Conceptual

Lunch Break


Chair: Giacomo Gambaro

14.00 – 15.00 – Chris Yeomans (Purdue): Gender, Plants and Animals in Stone and Hegel

15.15 – 16.00 – Closing remarks [Alison Stone (Lancaster), Luca Corti (Padova), Lorenzo Rustighi (Padova)]


Participation is free.
No registration needed.

For further information:
Luca Corti (
Lorenzo Rustighi (

The program can be also found at

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