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    Selected Conference Papers
    • Thinking about the (Concept of the) Intellectual Historian, ’CHASE Doctoral Training Event - Fifty Years of Quentin Skinner’s Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas: Practice and Pedagogy’, Centre for Intellectual History, University of Sussex, 29-30 November 2019.
    • Democracy... What Democracy? Which People?, ’"They, the People". People, Popular Sovereignty and the Constitution of Illiberal Democracy Workshop’, Legal Studies Department, Central European University (Budapest), 24-25 May 2019.
    • Archaeologist, Critic, Detective, Eavesdropper, Judge or What? The (Intellectual) Historian and the Public, ’Stefan Collini and Recent Developments in Intellectual History Workshop’, University of Helsinki, 23-24 May 2019.
    • The Intellectual Historian Facing Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England: Ideas in Context and Reflections on the Here and Now, Guest Lecture at the Annual EUI IHWG PhD Workshop, European University Institute (Florence), 22 February 2019.
    • Democracy in Crisis in the 1640s in England: The Ochlocratic Moment, ’Crisis and Renewal in the History of Political Thought’, European Society for the History of Political Thought Fifth International Conference, University of Heidelberg, 11-13 October 2018.
    • Excluding the "Giddy Hydra-Heads" from the Body Politic: Democracy and the People in Early Modern England", ’Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas’, ’International Conference of the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History’, University of Helsinki, 14-15 December 2017.
    • The Spectre Haunting State and Church in Early Seventeenth-Century England: Democracy at its Worst, Workshop on ’Democracy and Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England 1603-1689’, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (Germany), 18-19 July 2017.
    • Popularity in Seventeenth-Century England: Looking Again at Thing and Concept, ‘62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA)’, Boston, 1 April 2016.
    • ‘Trust’ in seventeenth-century English political thought : a contested word between patriarchalism, patriotism and ochlocracy, ‘Third International Conference of the European Society for the History of Political Thought : Trust and Happiness in the History of Political Thought’, Central European University (Budapest), 17-19 September 2014. 
    • ‘It all Started at Sussex’. Reflections on Intellectual History in an English University, ‘2014 Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History : Intellectual Hinterlands’, Victoria College, University of Toronto, 25-27 June 2014. 
    • Shifting Violence and Shifting Targets : Jesuits, Puritans and the mob in early modern France and England, ’Workshop on Representing Violence in the History of Political Thought’, Lichtenberg Kolleg, Gottingen (Germany), 18 June 2013
    • Eavesdropper on the Past : the Intellectual Historian Viewed from Sussex, ‘Intellectual History Today Workshop’, European University Institute (Florence), 1 March 2013 
    • That notorious loser in the history of political thought : Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) between patriarchalism and patriotism, Center of Governance for Civil Society Symposium, Keio University, Tokyo, 9-10 February 2013.
    • Anti-republican cries under Cromwell : the vehement attacks of Robert Filmer against republican practice and republican theory in the early 1650s, ‘English Republican Ideas and Networks in C17th and C18th Europe’ - in Celebration of James Harrington’s 400th Birthday, University of Potsdam (Germany), 30 June-2 July 2011.
    • An Absolutism Trio in the Early 1630s : Sir Robert Filmer, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Cardin Le Bret and their models of monarchical power, ‘Absolutism, Monarchism and Despotism : Historiographical Issues and Theoretical Developments in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in European Context Conference’, University of Sussex, 13-14 July 2010
    • Patriarchalism and Patriotic Authority in Seventeenth-Century England, ‘Authority and Authorities Conference’, University of Reading, 6-8 July 2009.
    • “Adam and the King” : the Fatherly Image of the State. Patriarchalism as Political Language in Early Seventeenth-Century England, ‘GRACEH Conference’, Central European University (Budapest), 18-20 May 2007.
    • “What did Locke (and his Modern Followers) Fail to Understand about Filmer’s Patriarchalist Ideas ?”. Ideology versus Context in the Interpretation of Patriarcha, ‘Political Studies Association Conference’, Bath, 11-13 April 2007.
    • Monarchical Power under Siege in Early Modern France. French Absolutist Discourse versus the Dangerous Doctrines of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine : Two Polar Visions of Sovereignty, ‘Society for the Study of French History, Twentieth Annual Conference’, University of Sussex, 4-5 July 2006.
    • A Spectre is Haunting Europe : The Cardinal and the Pater Patriae on Sovereignty and Liberty. The Battle between the Patriarchalist Model and the Theory of Popular Power in Political Discourse in Early Modern France and England, ‘The Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference’ (San Francisco), 23-25 March 2006.
    • Conflicting Political Identities in Early Seventeenth-Century England. “Royalists versus Patriots” : Readings of the Nation at Odds, ‘PMR Conference’, Villanova University (Philadelphia), 14-16 October 2005.
    • The Notion of “Court” in the First Half of Seventeenth-Century England, ‘The Image of the Court in Early Modern Europe Workshop’, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute (Florence), 6 October 2005.
     
    Selected Seminar Papers
    • Archaeologist, Coroner, Detective, Lawyer, Translator or What? The (Intellectual) Historian, Cultural Criticism, Audiences and the Painterly Eye, ’History Research Seminar’, University of Helsinki, 28 February 2020.
    • Democracy in Early Modern England. A Challenge Then and a Challenge Now, ’Séminaire Franco-Britannique d’Histoire’, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, 17 Octobre 2019.
    • The Horror of the Public Sphere in Early Modern England. Historical Analysis and Contemporary Lessons, ’PhD Seminar - The Public Sphere: History and Theory’, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, 28-29 March 2019.
    • Crisis, Freedom of Speech and the Frenzy of Words in the 1640s in England. "Greetings" from the "World-Turned-Upside-Down", ’Early Modern Intellectual History Seminar’, Faculty of Economics, Fukuoka University, 20 March 2019.
    • Democracy... What Democracy? Which People? How to Study Democratic and Anti-Democratic Ideas in Early Modern England, ’Early Modern Intellectual History Seminar’, Faculties of Law and Economics, University of Kyoto, 17 March 2019.
    • Isms in Historiography and the History of Isms, ’Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History Seminar’, University of Helsinki, 5 September 2018.
    • Anti-Democratic Voices in Early Modern England 1558-1642, ’Brown Bag Seminar’, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 24 April 2018.
    • What Do Historians of Political Ideas Do All Day?... A Few (Loose) Suggestions on Method, Terminology and Writing, ’In Search for a Method: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches in Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar’, Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia, Riga, 1 March 2018.
    • Isms and The Writing of Intellectual History, ’The Research Group for the History of Political Thought and Economic Thought Seminar’, Institute of Culture and Society, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University, 21 February 2018.
    • We Need to Talk about Anti-Democracy, ’The Research Group for the History of Political and Economic Thought Seminar’, Institute of Culture and Society, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University, 21 February 2018.
    • Intellectual Historians, Ism-Categories and the Messy Business of Doing History, ’Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies’, History Department, University of Maryland, 5 December 2017.
    • The Ochlocratic Moment: Democracy and Crisis in the 1640s in England, History Department, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 17 March 2017.
    • Discussing Intellectual History in Theory and Practice, History Department, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 16 March 2017.
    • Crisis and Fear: Visions of Democracy in Early Modern England, ’Political Thought in Times of Crisis, 1640-1660’, Symposium Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought, Washington DC, 1-3 December 2016.
    • Popularity in Seventeenth-Century England: Making Sense of It, ’Workshop on Early-Modern Political Thought’, University of Helsinki, 1-2 September 2016.
    • The Intellectual Historian as Critic: Reflections on the Work of Stefan Collini, ’The Political Theory Research Unit Seminar Series’, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, 22 October 2015.
    • What to Do about “Democracy” in Early Modern England?, History Department, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 13 March 2015.
    • Some reflections on the language(s) of anti-democracy in early modern Europe, ’Reformation Studies Institute’s Seminar’, St. Andrews University, 13 March 2014.
    • Forme e Aspetti della Tolleranza, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, 21 February 2014. 
    • Shifting Violence and Shifting Targets : Jesuits, Puritans and the mob in early modern France and England, Groupe de Recherche Frontières EA1569, Université Paris 8, 13 February 2014. 
    • “The many-headed multitude” in early modern Europe : images and ideas, ‘Séminaire en Histoire Intellectuelle, Université Paris 8, 18 January 2013.
    • Some reflections on the “many-headed multitude” in early modern England, ‘British History in the Seventeenth Century Seminar’, Institute of Historical Research (London), 17 January 2013.
    • Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England and France, ‘Concepts of Democracy Colloquium’, Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading, 4 May 2012.
    • Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern England, ‘History of Political Ideas Seminar’ Institute of Historical Research (London), 21 March 2012.
    • Casting Light on a "Villain" : Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) between patriarchalism and patriotism in the long XVII century, Book Presentation, ‘Early Modern Seminar’, ’History Department, University of Warwick, 6 March 2012.
    • The Villain of the History of Political Thought and a New Interpretation of Patriarchalism : Studying Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653), ‘Séminaire Franco-Britannique d’Histoire’ organised conjointly with the Groupe de Recherches en Histoire Intellectuelle and Institute of Historical Research (London), Université Paris IV- Sorbonne, 2 December 2010.
    • To Use or Not To Use… The Intellectual Historian Faced with the Isms-Categories : Reflections on Absolutism, ‘Séminaire d’Histoire Intellectuelle’, Université Paris 8, 15 October 2010.
    • Absolutism and Political Theory in Early Modern Europe : Controversies and Hypotheses, ‘Sussex Centre for Intellectual History Seminar’, University of Sussex, 23 February 2010.
    • Royalists versus Patriots in Early XVII Century English Political Literature. The Royalist Patriotism of Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and Sir Francis Kynaston (1586ca.-1642) : New Perspectives on Monarchical Thinking, ‘Princeton British Studies Seminar’, Princeton University, 1 April 2008.
    • Conflicting Political Identities in Early Seventeenth-Century England. “Royalists versus Patriots” : Readings of the Nation at Odds, Department of Early Modern History, University of York, 16 November 2006.
    • Thomas Scott of Canterbury (1566/7-1635) : Patriot, Civic Radical, Puritan, Department of Early Modern History, University of Birmingham, 16 November 2005.
    • Kentish Cousins at Odds : Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha and Thomas Scott of Canterbury’s Republican Defence of Freeborn Englishmen, Institute of Historical Research (London), 20 October 2005.
     
    Public Lectures and Talks
    • Nov 2018

    International Researcher’s Career Talk, ’Working Life Afternoon Discussion’, University of Helsinki, 29 November.

    • March 2018

    Global Academia - Research Career Paths in Different Countries, ’Think Corner Public Discussion’, University of Helsinki, 13 March.

    • June 2017
    Fighting the monstrous ‘many-headed multitude’: anti-democracy in early modern England 1558-1642, Project Presentation, Science Fair - Tag der Forschung, University of Erfurt (Germany), 8 June.
    • Feb 2011
    The “Curse” of isms : the Case of Absolutism, Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 24 February.
    • Nov 2008
    Machiavelli and Machiavellism... an ‘Ongoing Affair’ : Political Realism Versus Political Philosophy, Departments of German, Hispanic, Italian, and Russian & Slavic Studies, Italian Studies Speakers Series,McGill University (Montreal), 13 November.
    • Aug 2008
    Concepts which Matter : Toleration, Intolerance and Multiculturalism, Sussex Language Institute, University of Sussex, 6 August.
    • Oct 2007
    “Piemontesi Falsi e Cortesi” : Italy, Italians and Stereotypes. Historical Approaches and a Contemporary Outlook, Gonzaga University in Florence, 15 October.
    • Aug 2007
    History of Political Thought and Political Theory : Debates, Controversies, Perspectives, Sussex Language Institute, University of Sussex, 8 August.
    • Mar 2005
    Methodology and Historiography in the Study of Political Doctrines in Early Modern Europe, Department of Philosophy, University of Pavia (Italy), 23 March.
     
     
    Other relevant academic activities
    • Examiner for the Admission Committee Parcoursup, First Year BA Students, Degree ’History-English’, Université Paris 8, 2020-ongoing.

     

    • Member of the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History, University of Helsinki, 2019-ongoing.

     

    • Editor of the book series History of European Political and Constitutional Thought, Brill: Leiden and Boston (www.brill.com/page/hepct), 2018-ongoing

     

    • Member of the Editorial Board of Global Intellectual History, 2016-ongoing.

     

    • Executive Committee Member of the European Society for the History of Political Thought, 2014-ongoing.

     

    • Peer reviewer for the international journals Historical Research, History of European Ideas, Irish Historical Studies, 2012-ongoing.

     

     
    • Workshop organiser of Stefan Collini and Recent Developments in Intellectual History, University of Helsinki, 23-24 May 2019.

     

    • Vice-President of the European Society for the History of Political Thought, 2016-2018.

     

    • Conference organiser of Crisis and Renewal in the History of Political Thought, European Society for the History of Political Thought Fifth International Conference, University of Heidelberg, 11-13 October 2018.

     

    • Book launch commentator on M. Jalava, S. Nygard and J. Strang (eds), Decentering European Intellectual Space (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018), ’Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History’, University of Helsinki, 5 October 2018.

     

    • Main conference organiser of Democracy and Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England 1603-1689, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (Germany), 18-19 July 2017.

     

    • Conference organiser of Constitutional Moments. Founding Myths, Charters and Constitutions through History, European Society for the History of Political Thought Fourth International Conference, University of Barcelona, 19-21 October 2016.

     

    • Course coordinator for LEC 1, LEC2 and IEA (undergraduates), Université Paris 8, 2013-2016.

     

    • Examiner for CLES (Certificat de Compétences en Langues de l’Enseignement Supérieur), Université Paris 8, 2011-2013.
     
    • Peer reviewer for a ‘Research Networking Proposal in Intellectual History’ for the AHRC, August 2011.
     
    • Guest speaker : Round Table, ‘Publishing the PhD and Beyond’, History Lab Plus, University of Sussex, 21 June 2011.
     
    • Main conference organiser of Absolutism, Monarchism and Despotism. Historiographical Issues and Theoretical Developments in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in European Context, conference organised in collaboration with Professor Glenn Burgess (University of Hull) and with the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History, University of Sussex, 13-14 July 2010.
     
    • Visiting Scholar, Department of History and European Union Center of Excellence, University of Pittsburgh, 1 September 2008-30 November 2008.
     

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