Monday, September 27, 2010

17th Biennial Colloquium of Rousseau Association

Seventeenth Biennial Colloquium of the Rousseau Association

Rousseau’s Republics/ Les républiques de Rousseau
Bristol, United Kingdom
21-23 July June, 2011

In association with the University of Bristol (Program Director: Christopher Bertram)

Both the idea of the republic and particular instances of it are at the heart of many of Rousseau’s works. The republic of Geneva informed Rousseau’s vision from the preface to the Discourse on Inequality, through the Letter to d’Alembert on the Theatre to the Letters from the Mountains, the Roman republic formed the basis for his reflection on institutions in the Social Contract, and his experience of Venice prompted his initial reflections on politics. In the cases of both Poland and Corsica, he was moved to sketch the form of a possible constitutional order. We invite papers that explore Rousseau’s theories and descriptions of republican institutions, his accounts of theory and practice of republican politics, his views on the cultural forms and social mores appropriate to republican virtue, and related questions.

Proposals on the above topic (title and short summary), in English or French, for papers of 20 minutes duration should be sent to the Program Director, Christopher Bertram, by electronic mail at

The deadline for receipt of proposals is December 31st, 2010.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Selection Committee (Professors Christopher Bertram, Michael O’Dea and Ourida Mostefai) and a decision communicated by January 31st 2011. A preliminary program for the conference will be available in February 2011.

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