Workshop on 20th Century Politics and Society

The purpose of the Workshop on 20th Century Politics and Society is, first, to bring together scholars in political science and history (and related disciplines) to consider issues of shared interest; second, to create a small intellectual community for students and faculty who work in related areas to reduce some of the isolation that often characterizes academic life at Columbia; and third, to tackle interesting and important problems in the current scholarship on twentieth-century politics and society.

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Unless otherwise noted meetings are held at 4:20 PM, in the Lehman Center, Room 406 IAB, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027.


Spring 2018

2/15 - Stephen Skowronek, excerpts from The Policy State (circulated on the listserv)

3/29 - Jennifer Mittelstadt (circulated on the listserv)

4/12 - Ganesh Sitaraman, The Crisis of the Middle-class Constitution (circulated on the listserv)



Fall 2017

9/28 - Corey Robin, chapters from the new edition of The Reactionary Mind

10/12 - Reading group on economic emergency and the rule of law.

1) Scheuerman, "The Economic State of Emergency," Cardozo Law Review 21 (2000).
2) Excerpts from Posner and Vermeule, The Executive Unbound (Oxford University Press, 2010).
3) Isiksel, "Functional Constitutionalism in the European Union," in Europe's Functional Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2016).

11/30 - Reading group on Keynesianism.

1) Excerpts from Mann, In the Long Run We are Dead (Verso 2017).
2) Excerpts from Negri, "Keynes and the Capitalist Theory of the State post-1929," in Revolution Retrieved (Red Notes 1988).


12/8 - Panel on Gareth Stedman Jones’s Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, joint event with CCCCT 




Faculty Sponsor: 

Ira Katznelson

Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History


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