IAS Invited Lecture Series in Tyranny and freedom in Early Christian Thought and the Middle Ages

Organizer: prof. Mateusz Stróżyński



Augustine on Human Freedom: Politics and Theology in the Roman World

Date: 10/10/2022

Richard Dougherty (University of Dallas) is a Professor of Politics at the Constantin College of Liberal Arts of the University of Dallas.His research concentrates on medieval political philosophy, Augustine in particular. Also, he is interested in the questions of constitutionalism and American politics. 


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Dogma and Politics in Gregory of Nyssa. Monarchy, Democracy, Kingship, Tyranny and Anarchy in the Against Eunomius

Date: 14/11/2022

Constantine A. Bozinis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) is associate professor of History of Ancient and Byzantine Philosophy at the Theological School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He’s published the monographs John Chrysostom on the Imperium Romanum. A Study on the Political Thought of the Early Church (Greek edition: Kardamitsas 2003; German transl.: Editio Cicero 2005; English transl.: St. Sebastian Orthodox Press 2020), The Gospel of Nicodemus: The Apocryphal  ‘’Acta Pilati” and the “Descensus Christi ad Inferos” (in Greek, Zitros 2005), Civic Love: A New Approach to John Chrysostom (in Greek, A. Stamoulis 2019) and co-edited the proceedings of the international conference Constantine the Great and his Age (Centre for Byzantine Studies of Aristotle University Thessaloniki 2022 [under press]). His monographs and numerous articles are  interpretive works on the relationship between classical culture and Christianity and focus especially on the influence that ancient political philosophy exercised upon the Greek Fathers of the Church.

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Gregory, Isidore, and Hamlet's dilemma

Date: 9/01/2023

Andrew Fear (University of Manchester) is a Lecturer in Classics at the Department of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Manchester. In 2019 he co-edited A Companion to Isidore of Seville (Brill), to which he contributed a chapter on the political philosophy of Isidore. He also published articles and chapters devoted to the Visigoth Spain and the Western Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, with the focus on political, religious, and social situation.

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Tyranny and Freedom in the Making of Sacramental Rulership from Charlemagne to Gregory VII

Date: 30/01/2023

Paweł Figurski (Polish Academy of Sciences), is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Regensburg. He is also a Postdoctoral Society Alumnus at Trinity College, Cambridge. His research focuses on the history of political-theological thought in medieval Europe and on the implications of that history for debates in contemporary political theology. 

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The Pope as a tyrant? Tyranny and freedom in the conflict between the Spiritual Franciscans and papacy

Date: 6/03/2023

Sylvain Piron (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) is a director of research at Ecole des Haute Etudes in Sciences Sociales in Paris and a specialist in the Franciscan Spirituals and heterodox movements of the Late Middle Ages. He’s recently published a monograph Généalogie de la morale économique, Bruxelles 2020. In addition he has published extensively on a Franciscan theologian Peter of John Olivi, especially, his previously unknown contributions to political, social, and economic theory. He is the founder and the editor in chief of a Open Access journal Oliviana, devoted to the Franciscan Spirituals of the Middle Ages.

Tyranny and Consent in Marsiglio of Padua’s ‘Defensor Pacis’

Date: 3/04/2023

Cary J. Nedermann (Texas A&M University) is a professor of political science at the Texas A&M University. He’s published monographs Inventing Modernity in Medieval European Thought, c. 1100 – c. 1450 (Medieval Institute Press, 2018) and Religion, Power and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries: Playing the Heresy Card (Macmillan, 2015) and edited A Companion to Marsilius of Padua (Brill, 2011). In his monographs and numerous articles he studies the late medieval political theory. 

Tyranny and Freedom in Italy in the Late Middle Ages: Ancients and Moderns

Date: 22/05/2023

Laurent Baggioni (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) is a professor of Italian medieval literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is an author of a monograph: La forteresse de la raison: Lectures de l’humanisme politique florentin d’après l’oeuvre de Coluccio Salutati, Geneva 2015, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He is mainly interested in the political thought of the 13th and 14th century Italy. 

Talking about crusades and political freedom at the Council of Constance: Pawel Wlodkowic in the European context

Date: 5/06/2022

Loïc Chollet (University of Bern) is a researcher at the University of Berne and the University of Neuchâtel. He published a monograph Les Sarrasins du Nord. Une histoire de la croisade balte par la littérature (XIIe-XVe siècles), Neuchâtel 2019, and he is interested in the late medieval Central-Easter Europe. He published articles on Paweł Włodkowic and the controversies between Poland and the Teutonic Knights, with the emphasis on the political theory.

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