Keynote speakers 2013

The panel discussions and keynote lectures are offered by leading scholars of several disciplines teaching at SUN, who will share their latest research, ideas and opinions. All these events are followed by a question and answer period when the speakers take and answer questions from the audience.

1. Public lecture on 

"Reflections on 50 Years of Constitution-building"

presented by the "Constitution-building in Africa" SUN courseh

Date: 6:00 pm, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Venue: Popper Room, CEU, Nador u. 9

Lecturer: Yash Pal Ghai, Emeritus professor

In this lecture the world's most eminent scholar in the area of constitution-building will share some of his rich personal experiences gained in the area of constitution building over the last five decades. The audience will have a unique opportunity to learn more about the dynamics of these processes, and the failures and success stories.

Professor Yash Pal Ghai is a citizen of Kenya and a Professor emeritus of Public Law of the Universities of Warwick and Hong Kong. He studied law at the Universities of Oxford (UK) and Harvard (USA), is a Barris-ter-at-Law of the Middle Temple (London) and has served as visiting professor, key-note speaker etc. in many different countries. He is the author of a large number of books and articles in fields like Constitutional law, Democratisation, Development, Ethnicity, Human Rights, Minorities and Law and Social change.

His honours include membership of the British Academy and a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).

Throughout the years, Professor Ghai has been at the crossroads of many constitution-making processes, partly as an individual scholar, partly on behalf of the UNDP and other international instances. Following rich experiences in many countries in Asia, Africa and Oceania, his recent experiences included prominent positions in the constitutional processes of Kenya and Nepal. Recently he has been selected the Chairperson of Fiji's Constitutional Committee by the Fijian Government.

2. Public panel discussion on

"How Bad is Corruption in Higher Education? Does Integrity Have a Chance"

presented by the "Leadership and Management for Integrity" SUN course

Date: 6:00 pm, Thursday, July 4, 2013
Venue: Auditorium, CEU, Nador u. 9


Fredrik Galtung is the Chief Executive and Founder (with Jeremy Pope) of Integrity Action. He has consulted on strategic corruption control for the last 20 years with governments, companies, donor agencies, and international organisations in over 20 countries. He is considered one of the foremost experts on metrics related to corruption, fraud and organisational integrity. Fredrik began his international career as the founding staff member and Head of Research of Transparency International (TI), the world’s first global anti-corruption NGO, and was responsible for developing the Bribe Payers Index (BPI) and the Global Corruption Barometer (with Gallup International).
Anne Lonsdale CBE is Chair of CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) and worked as Provost of Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, which admitted its first students in 2010, opening three undergraduate Schools in 2011. She was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1998 to 2003, and President of New Hall to 2008. From 1993-6, she was Secretary-General of the Central European University based in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. She was awarded the CBE for services to Higher Education in 2004.
Muriel Poisson has worked at the International Institute for Educational Planning since 1996, and is the Task Manager of the project on Ethics and Corruption in Education. Prior to this, she was involved in the preparation of studies on non-formal education in Asia. She participated in the organization of meetings on curriculum change for the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva, and was also involved in activities led by UNESCO within the framework of the Dakar follow-up. Muriel has authored a number of articles and books published by the IIEP. 
Antoinette Kankindi is the Director of the Strathmore University Governance Centre in Kenya. Dr Kankindi holds a PhD and MCGO (Governance) from the University of Navarra, Spain and LLM from the University of Kinshasa, DRC. She joined Strathmore University in 2004 where she lectures in Social and Political Philosophy. She was appointed Director of the Governance Centre in May 2009. Before pursuing her postgraduate studies in Philosophy (Rome and Pamplona), she worked as legal advisor for Chevron Overseas Co. and the Chilean Embassy. 
Corruption in Higher Education rarely makes the newspaper headlines except when a senior political figure gets caught having plagiarized a doctoral dissertation. This panel will explore how corruption is affecting higher education in some key emerging regions of the world. We hypothesise that corruption in the education system has far-reaching implications for all societies, and we believe it needs to be addressed with some urgency. 

3. Public lecture on 

"Pre-Christian, Christian and post-Christian Varieties of Realist ‘Prudence’"

presented by the "Religion and Realism in Political Thought" SUN course

Date: 4:30 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Venue: #001, CEU, Nador u. 13

Lecturer: Alexander Astrov, Central European University

Without doubt 'prudence' is one of the central notions in realist thinking: realists of all kinds routinely make reference to it. At the same time, it is severely undertheorised: it is not really clear where prudence comes from theoretically, how does it work in practice or what does it mean to begin with. Perhaps, this is not so surprising. Realist thinking purports to uncover timeless, ahistorical patterns in politics. Pru-dence, on the other hand, is all about specific situations. Moreover, even the meaning of prudential ac-tion as such has changed dramatically throughout history. The lecture traces some of these changes and their implications for realist thinking by comparing pre-Christian, Christian and post-Christian views on prudence in the writings of Cicero, St, Augustine and Machiavelli. 

Alexander Astrov is an associate professor of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University, Buda-pest. He received his PhD from the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Sci-ence. His research is situated at the intersection of International Relations Theory and Political Theory, focussing mainly on the ideas of order and politics. He published two monographs on the subject and edited a volume exploring the idea of ‘great power management’ as it appears in the writings of the English School of International Relations and contemporary state-practices.

4. Public lecture on 

"Understanding Legitimacy in Realist Thought: Between Realpolitik and Political Moralism"

presented by the "Religion and Realism in Political Thought" SUN course

Date: 4:30 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Venue: #001, CEU, Nador u. 13

Lecturer: Matt Sleat, University of Sheffield

A central claim of realist political theory is that it better tracks the realities of politics, focusing on power, coercion and conflict where much of the moralism or idealism that has dominated the discipline in the previous half century has focused on ideals, values and consensus. But in shifting the focus of analysis to the grubbier or dirtier side of politics in which disagreement and force are sovereign, the question is in-evitably begged what role more normative analysis has in realist theory. Are we doomed, for example, to accept the Realpolitik position that the right to rule merely depends on the ability to do so, that 'might is right', regardless of how unjust a regime may be? Or in emphasising the role of power and conflict in politics are we nevertheless still able to make normative judgements about the legitimacy of a political orders? If so, what form do these judgements take? From where do they derive? And how does this use of normative judgements in realism differ from the moralism that it is intended to replace? This lecture will explore these issues and suggest that realism can plausibly occupy this middle ground between Real-politik and moralism, and that the development of an account of legitimacy that inhabits this space is a crucial part of the realist research agenda. 
Dr. Matt Sleat joined the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield in 2007, having previously been a fellow in Govern-ment at the LSE and a visiting fellow at the Social and Political Theory Research Programme at the Australia National University. His research focuses on contemporary liberal thought and its critics; realist political theory; history of modern political theory; con-stitutional theory; just war theory and pragmatism.

5. Public lecture on 

"Machiavelli's Modernity and the Christian Tradition"

presented by the "Religion and Realism in Political Thought" SUN course

Date: 4:30 pm, Friday, July 19, 2013
Venue: #001, CEU, Nador u. 13

Lecturer: Michael Gillespie, Duke University

Viewing Machiavelli against the background of the Italian Christian tradition exemplified by Dante, Mi-chael Gillespie shows that Machiavelli's thought at least in respect to its ends remains within the Chris-tian tradition that sees the public good as the ultimate end of politics. The paper suggests that the com-monplace view of Machiavelli as anti-Christian is mistaken, arguing that the need for the Prince some-times not to be good is essential in Machiavelli's view in order to secure the greater good of one's neighbors, subjects, and fellow citizens. The paper ends with the suggestion that Machiavelli's thought falls within the orbit of a militant Christian humanism of the sort portrayed by Albrecht Dürer and other Renaissance artists.
Michael Gillespie is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, works in political philosophy, with particular emphasis on mod-ern continental theory and the history of political philosophy. He is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, Nihilism before Nietzsche, and The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, Ratifying the Constitution, and Homo Politicus, Homo Economicus. He has published articles on Mon-taigne, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Existentialism, and various topics in American political thought and public philosophy, as well as on the relation of religion and politics. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Templeton Foundation, the Liberty Fund, the Jack Miller Foundation, the Smith Foun-dation, and the Earhart Foundation. He is the Director of the Gerst Program in Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies and the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions. 
His research interests include Continental Political Philosophy, Humanism, Religion and Politics, German Idealism, Existentialism, and American Political Thought.

6. Public lecture on 

"Tocqueville on the Alliance of Religion and Liberty"

presented by the "Religion and Realism in Political Thought" SUN course

Date: 4:30 pm, Monday, July 22, 2013
Venue: #001, CEU, Nador u. 13

Lecturer: Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University

Tocqueville advocated an alliance between religion and liberty rather than a war between them as in France and in previous liberal theories. He made religion into a promotion of pride, not humility, thus a remedy against democratic submissiveness to the "immense being” of Big Government.
Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government, studies and teaches political philosophy. He has written on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties, on Machiavelli and the invention of indirect government, in defense of a defen-sible liberalism and in favor of a Constitutional American political science. He has also written on the discovery and development of the theory of executive power, and has translated three books of Machiavelli’s and (with the aid of his wife) Toc-queville's Democracy in America. His book on manliness has just been published. He was Chairman of the Government Department from 1973-1977, has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. He won the Joseph R. Levenson award for his teaching at Harvard, received the Sidney Hook Memorial award from the National Associa-tion of Scholars, and in 2004 accepted a National Humanities Medal from the President.  He has hardly left Harvard since his first arrival in 1949, and has been on the faculty since 1962.
This lecture was generously supported by the Linda Noe Laine Foundation.

7. Public lecture on 

"Political Integrity in the Cave"

presented by the "Religion and Realism in Political Thought" SUN course

Date: 4:30 pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Venue: #001, CEU, Nador u. 13

Lecturer: Mark Philp, University of Oxford, UK

In Plato’s allegory of the cave, politics is depicted as a world of shadows and illusion, that can be redeemed
only by philosophical truth brought from outside its own domain. This lecture makes a case for
recognising a more substantive ethical role to politics, while acknowledging its uncertainties, indeterminacies
and self-deceptions. Although it acknowledges the difficulties of developing such an account it
also points to the challenges the account raises for more ideal expectations of political agency and the
political order.
Dr. Philp has been Fellow and Tutor in Politics of Oriel College and a Lecturer in Politics in the University since 1983. From 2000-2005 he was Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University. His research interests include work in political theory and political sociology, most recently on political corruption and issues relating to standards in public life, as well as in the history of political thought and British history at the time of the French Revolution. He is currently working on issues relating to political conduct and corruption, the re-imaging of democracy at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the
nineteenth centuries, the Godwin Diaries, political realism and political ethics, and the history of political thought. From 2007-2010 he ran a three year digitization project on the Diary of William Godwin, 1788-1836, funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Grant. The edited edition of the diary can be found at:

8. Public lecture on 

"Hans Morgenthau and the Cold War Apocalyptic Imaginary"

presented by the "Religion and Realism in Political Thought" SUN course

Date: 4:30 pm, Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Venue: #001, CEU, Nador u. 13

Lecturer: Alison McQueen, Stanford University

For a decade and a half after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hans Morgenthau struggled to come to grips with the novelty of nuclear weapons. His early postwar work is characterized by a tragic worldview whose insistence on the inescapable and undecided struggle of politics left him ill-equipped to confront the novelty of the nuclear threat. However, in the early 1960s, his writings shifted dramatically.  Turning away from tragedy, Morgenthau began not only to acknowledge the stark novelty of the nuclear age, but also to resist what he took to be dangerously complacent and optimistic scenarios of nuclear attack. I argue that this later work harnesses and redeploys the narratives, images, and understandings about the end of the world that emerged in postwar America. Against dangerously optimistic scenarios of nuclear war, Morgenthau offers a terrifying account of an apocalypse without worldly redemption. In the face of the novel threat of nuclear annihilation, tragedy is not enough. We must imagine the apocalypse in order to prevent it.        
Alison McQueen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research focuses on early modern political theory and the history of International Relations thought.  Alison’s current book project, Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times, traces the responses of three canonical political realists—Niccolò Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and Hans Morgenthau—to hopes and fears about the end of the world.  Her other ongoing research projects explore philosemitism in seventeenth-century English political thought, meth-ods of textual interpretation, and the normative commitments of political realism.