Conferences

Conference activity, presentations, and invited seminars:

2019

  • January: Book presentation (CIRES seminar), Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Firenze (Firenze, Italy)

2018

  • November: Panelist, seminar on U.S. midterm elections, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
  • September: Chair and discussant, “Ideology and Organization in Populist Political Parties” panel at the SISP 2018 annual conference (Torino, Italy)
  • September: “Plutocratic entry and asymmetrically personalized politics: three cases from Mitteleuropa” presented at the UACES 2018 annual conference (Bath, UK)
  • May: Discussant, “Populism” panel at the Midterm Social Movement Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after”, Scuola Normale Superiore (Firenze, Italy)
  • May: “Kings, Jesters or Kingmakers? Celebrities in European Populist Parties” (with G. Baldini) presented at the 4th Prague Populism Conference “Current Populism in Europe: Culture, History, Identity”, Charles University/Heinrich Böll Stiftung/Goethe Institut (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • May: Discussant, International Workshop “Age of Fracture: citizenship, ideologies, global politics”, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
  • May: “Populism, Personalization, Plutocracy: Three Mitteleuropean Cases” presented at the ECSA-C biennial conference (Toronto, Canada)

2016

  • October: “Surveillance elettronica tra interazione strategica e fiducia nella sfera pubblica” presented at the departmental brown bag seminar, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
  • June: “Notes on Conflict and Social Transformation: Vilfredo Pareto and the Theorization of War in the Age of Positivism” presented at the 9th SGRI Annual Conference, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento, Italy)

2014

  • September: “Aesthetics Politics as a Methodological Challenge: Ideology, Strategy, and the History of Political Thought” presented at the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (Manchester, UK)
  • September: Co-Organizer & Chair (with G. Ballacci), “Varieties of Aesthetic Politics” panel at the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (Manchester, UK)
  • September: “Opposition to the Great War and European Pluralism” presented at the 4th European Congress on World and Global History at the Ecole normale supérieure (Paris, France)
  • August: “Privacy and Anonymity: What Ethos for Transparent Politics?” presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting (Washington, DC)

2013

  • November: “The Self as Legitimate Target: National Self-Determination and Militant Self-Sacrifice, Mazzini to Gandhi through Girard” presented at the Brown bag seminar, Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center (Bologna, Italy)
  • August: “Aesthetic Politics as a Mode of Public Discourse and Preference Formation” presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • May: “The Lost Pathos of Legitimacy” presented at the New England Political Science Association annual meeting (Portland, ME)
  • May: Discussant, “Politics in Space and Time” panel at the New England Political Science Association annual meeting (Portland, ME)
  • April: “Aestheticism, Nationalism, and the Struggle over the French Revolutionary Heritage: The Case of Charles Maurras” presented at the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism annual conference, The London School of Economics (London, UK)
  • April: “The Aesthetic Politics of Charles Maurras and French Nationalism in the Belle Epoque” presented at the Intellectual history workshop, New York University (New York, NY)

2012

  • April: “Wealth, Status, and Politics in Machiavelli’s Worldview” presented at the New England Political Science Association annual meeting (Portsmouth, NH)
  • April: Chair and discussant, “Themes in Undergraduate Political Theory Research” panel at the New England Political Science Association annual meeting (Portsmouth, NH)
  • April: “Wealth, Status, and Politics in Machiavelli’s Worldview” presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • April: Chair and discussant, “Moralism and Darwin” panel at the Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • March: “Right and Left: Meditations on Bobbio and the Present” presented at “Left and Right: The Great Dichotomy Revisited” conference, Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal)
  • February: “Crisis and Legitimacy: Theoretical Perspectives” presented at “Crisis: The Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference”, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • January: “Wealth, Status, and Politics in Machiavelli’s Worldview” presented at the Research workshop in political theory, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

2010

  • May: “Plutocracy and Plutodemocracy: Fin-de-siècle Political Thought and the Pervasive Power of Wealth in Modern Society” presented at “Perspectives on Democratic Political Thought” (postgraduate conference), University College London/Queen Mary, University of London (London, UK)

2009

  • March: “Glorious Instants, Perpetual Recurrences: Notes on Historical Change and the Concept of Politics in Sorel and Pareto” presented at “The Idea of Politics: History and Theory” (graduate student conference), King’s College, Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)

2006

  • May: “Legitimation of Power, Interpretation of Society, Construction of Consent: The Elitist Tradition and European Institution Building” presented at the 4th International Conference on European & International Political and Economic Affairs, Athens Institute for Education and Research (Athens, Greece)

2005

  • May: “Violence and Decadence: Sorelian Reflections on Contemporary Politics” presented at “Thinking the Present: The Beginnings and Ends of Political Theory” (graduate student conference), University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

2001

  • May: Panelist at the Conference on European Identity and Nationalism, Center for Russian, Central and East European Studies, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)

Research on politics