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Machiavelli’s The Prince 
Five Centuries of History, Conflict and Politics

International Conference
Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st  May 2013

Brunel University, London


Wednesday 29th May

09.30   Registration

Session 1

10.00   Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London): Introduction

10.10    Justin Fisher (Head of School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, London): Welcome

10.15    Jean-Claude Zancarini (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon): HyperPrince. Premiers résultats d’un outil de comparaison entre l’édition princeps du Prince et ses traductions françaises du XVIe siècle

11.00    Jacques Lezra (New York University): Discourse, discord: The heart of Il Principe

11.45    Coffee Break

12.00   Yves Winter (McGill University): Violence and Realism in The Prince

12.45   Etienne Balibar (Kingston University, London): Esser principe, esser populare: The principle of antagonism in Machiavelli’s epistemology


Session 2


14.30   Jean-Louis Fournel (Université Paris VIII): La langue de la guerre selon Machiavel

 15.15    Gabriele Pedullà (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre): Machiavelli the Tactician

16.00   Coffee Break 

16.15    Jérémie Barthas (Queen Mary, University of London): Machiavelli and public debt.

17.00   John M. Najemy (Cornell University): Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia: Another look at Chapter VII

17.45   Close


Thursday 30th May

Session 3

10.00   Thomas Berns (Université Libre de Bruxelles): L’efficacité prophétique: la relation des armes et des lois

10.45   Fabio Frosini (Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’): Prophecy, education and necessity: Girolamo Savonarola between politics and religion

11.30    Coffee Break

11.45    Warren Montag (Occidental College, Los Angeles): ‘Uno mero esecutore’: Moses, God and fortune in the The Prince

12.30   Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales, Australia): Towards a republican conception of divine providence: A new reading of Chapter XXVI


Session 4

14.15    Alison Brown (University of London, Royal Holloway): Following an untrodden path: transgression and modernism in Lucretius and Machiavelli

15.00   Peter Stacey (University of California, Los Angeles): Machiavelli’s political ontology

15.45   Coffee Break

16.00   Vittorio Morfino (Università di Milano-Bicocca): The five theses of Machiavelli’s philosophy

16.45   Sebastián Torres (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba): Time and politics: a materialist reading of Machiavelli

17.30   Close


Friday 31st May

Session 5

10.00   Giorgio Inglese (Università di Roma, La Sapienza): Italia come spazio politico nel Principe e nei Discorsi.

10.45   John P. McCormick (The University of Chicago): Machiavelli on misawarded glory: Agathocles, Scipio and ‘the writers’.

11.30    Coffee Break

11.45    Laurent Bove (Université de Picardie, Amiens): Puissance et conservation. La leçon de Machiavel dans l’ontologie spinoziste.

12.30   Antonio Negri (Uninomade): Il tumulto costituente e la decisione del principe.


Session 6

14.15    Judith Revel (Université de Paris I, Sorbonne): Trois usages de Machiavel : Merleau-Ponty, Lefort, Foucault.

15.00   Mohamed Moulfi (Université d’Oran): Althusser, lecteur du Prince.

15.45   Coffee Break

16.00   Banu Bargu (The New School for Liberal Arts, New York): Machiavelli after Althusser.

16.45   Mikko Lahtinen (Tampereen Yliopisto): Machiavelli was not a republicanist – or a monarchist: on Louis Althusser’s ‘aleatory’ interpretation of The Prince.

17.30   Close


Conference organisers:

Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London)

Fabio Frosini (Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’)

Vittorio Morfino (Università di Milano, Bicocca)

Tania Rispoli (Università di Roma, Tor Vergata)


The conference is supported by:

Brunel Research and Innovation Fund

School of Social Sciences, Brunel University

Research Support and Development Office, Brunel University

Scuola Superiore di Studi in Filosofia, Università degli studi di Roma, Tor Vergata

Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Uomo, Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’

Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione ‘Riccardo Massa,’ Università di Milano, Bicocca

Corporate Relations, Brunel University

Higher Education Academy

Media Centre, Brunel University


Conference fee: £60 (£20 for one day)

Concessions available for students and the unwaged at £30 (£10 for one day)

For booking and non – academic queries please contact Nikki Elliott ( or Jane Alexander (

For academic queries please contact Filippo Del Lucchese (

A limited number of bursaries are available to graduate students who do not have support available to attend the conference. Applications must be received by 30 March 2013. Please send a cover letter and a recommendation letter by your personal tutor or academic mentor to support your application to Tania Rispoli (

Please do not hesitate to forward the programme (below) and flag this opportunity to students who might be interested in following our conference in May.

All the best, Filippo Del Lucchese

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In the frame of Historical Materialism Conference, London, 8-9 November 2012:

Machiavelli, Marxism, and the Revolutionary Tradition

In a letter to Engels of 1857, Marx calls Machiavelli’s Florentine Histories a “masterpiece.” Praising his powerful historical sensibility, Marx explicitly recognises the importance of Machiavelli’s theories on social conflict, the political meaning of a citizen’s army, and the connection between the productive forces and social relations. Machiavelli has never ceased to be a reference for the Marxist and revolutionary tradition.

Explicitly, as a grounding stone of their thought, for philosophers such as Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser, more implicitly for political and intellectual authors such as Kamenev, Bakunin, Lenin, Horkheimer, Macek, Lefort, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, and Weil.

In this panel, we will explore the connection between Machiavelli’s thought and the Marxist and revolutionary tradition. The proposed panel combines a historical perspective with a theoretical approach. It aims to examine the theoretical problems Machiavelli raised, problems critical not only for the early modern age but for all subsequent Western revolutionary political theory and philosophy. It aims also to analyse the influence of Machiavelli’s thought on individual Marxist and revolutionary thinkers.

Paper proposals (between 200 and 300 words), in English, French, or Italian are welcome in any of the following axes:

* Social conflict, class conflict, tumult, and revolution.

* The verità effettuale della cosa: Machiavelli’s ontological realism.

* Grounding on the void: the origin of politics and constituent power.

* Citizen’s army and popular order.

* History as a battlefield: historiography as a political theory.

* Materialism, Machiavellianism, and Marxism.

*Politics and economy in Machiavelli’s thought.

* Plebs, people, multitude, class, proletariat: a Machiavellian perspective on the revolutionary tradition.

* Theory and practice of dictatorship.

Paper proposals should be submitted by registering at: BEFORE 26 April 2012 and sent, together with a short CV, to the panel organizer, Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London) at the following email address:

The expected presenting time will be around 30-40 minutes per speaker, depending on the exact number of papers. The official language of the Historical Materialism Conference is English.

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Niccolo Machiavelli


Call for Papers

In the frame of the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, 5-7 September 2012.
This workshop will be devoted to the Political Theory and Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli.

Machiavelli is one of the most influential thinkers of the Western political tradition. Every single political philosopher who comes after him refers to him, either implicitly or explicitly. Every serious politician is, sooner or later, confronted with some of the practical problems Machiavelli addresses. Five hundred years after his death, Machiavelli is ubiquitous but enigmatic: often quoted, but rarely understood, his ideas frequently reduced to a few maxims from The Prince. The proposed workshop combines a historical perspective with a theoretical approach. It aims at examining the theoretical problems Machiavelli raised, problems critical not only for the early modern age but for all subsequent Western political theory.

Paper proposals (ca. 1000 words), in English, French, or Italian are welcome in any of the following axes:

–    The Secretary of the Republic: Machiavelli and the Crisis of the Late Renaissance.
–    Sempre vi fu chi serve e chi comanda: The Early Writings.
–    The verità effettuale della cosa: Machiavelli’s Ontological Realism.
–    Grounding on the Void: The Origin of Politics and Constituent Power.
–    The Criticism of Common Good and the Humanist Tradition.
–    Theory of Tumult: Law, Conflict, and Political Order.
–    Fortune as Occasion: A Theory of Contingency.
–    The Ordinanza: Military Reform as Political Revolution.
–    History as a Kampfplatz: Historiography as a Political Theory.
–    Parole ignominiose: Problems of Language and Translation.
–    In a Materialist Way: Machiavelli’s Philosophy.
–    The Criticism of Liberality: Politics and Economy.
–    The Poverty of Rhetoric: Repoliticising Machiavelli.
–    Demos and Kratos: Machiavellian Democracy and Theories of Popular Participation.
–    Sources: Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Livy, Polybius, Tacitus, Cicero, Averroism.
–    The Conflictual Heritage: Vettori, Guicciardini, Gentili, Le Roy, Gentillet, Campanella, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Harrington, Spinoza, Bayle, Frederick II, de la Houssaye, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Hegel, Fichte, Quinet, Croce, Gramsci, Arendt, Strauss, Althusser.

Paper proposals and a short CV should be sent by May 15th to the workshop organizer, Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London) at the following email address: /

The expected presenting time will be around 30-40 minutes per speaker, depending on the exact number of papers. The MANCEPT conference official language is English, but exceptions can be granted, if a sufficient number of presenters in another language is found.


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