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School of Politics and International Relations

Property, Dominium and Self-Ownership: The Third Annual London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought

14 May 2012 - 15 May 2012

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Senate and Jessell Rooms, Senate House, London

Keynote speaker: Professor Eric Nelson (Harvard University)

Since antiquity, political associations, institutions and identities have long been tied to the possession and cultivation of property. The aim of this year’s conference is to consider interrelated themes of property, dominium and self-ownership in the history of political thought.

Schedule outline:

Monday, 14 May 2012

Panel 1: Early-Modern Theories of Property and the Work of C. B. Macpherson 

  • Samuel Garrett Zeitlin (University of California, Berkeley) 

Property, Dominium, and Wealth in the Civil Philosophy of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-­‐1626)

  • Johan Olsethoorn (KU Leuven) 

Sovereign Virtue: Hobbes on Justice and Property Rights

  • Robert A. Ballingall (University of Toronto) 

An Unresolved Problem in C. B. Macpherson’s Developmental Concept of Power

Chair: Elliott Karstadt (Queen Mary, University of London)


Panel 2: Property and the Church 

  • Richard Cole (University College London)

Towards a Philosophy of Property in Medieval Iceland

  • Colm Ó Siochrú  (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

‘A Property Sacred upon Earth’: Victorian Political Theology and the Papacy’s

Temporal Power

Chair: Giorgio Lizzul (King’s College, London) 

Keynote Address by Professor Eric Nelson (Harvard University) Property without Appropriation

Chair: Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

QMUL Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought Distinguished Panel: Macpherson: Possessive Individualism 50 Years On

  • Professor Frank Cunningham (University of Toronto)

Possessive Individualism and Intellectual Property

  • Dr Geoff Kennedy (Durham University)

Capitalism and Contextualization in 'The Political Theory of Possessive


Chair: Mads Jensen (University College London)


Panel 3: Theories of Property in the 17th and 18th Centuries

  • Mathias Hein Jessen (Aarhus University)

The sovereignty of the Company – Dominium, Property and Trading Companies

  • Nicholas Miller (University of Potsdam)

Possessive Individualism and the Contours of John Millar’s Political Thought:

Millar’s ‘Radicalism’ Revisited

Chair: Joanne Paul (Queen Mary, University of London)


Panel 4: Property and Citizenship

  • Haakon Andreas Evju (University of Oslo)

Property, Patriotism and Self-­‐Interest in the Debate over Odelsretten: the

Norwegian Retrait Lignager, 1759-­‐1814

  • Iñigo González (University of Barcelona)

Democracy and Property in the Early American Republic

Chair: George Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)


Panel 5: The Self, the Body and Cultural Property

  • Jed Adam Gross (Yale University)

Family, Friends, and Freedom: Reconstructing Dominion in Human Bodies

  • Rosine Judith Kelz (Mansfield College, Oxford)

The Non-­‐Sovereign Self or Limitations to Self-­‐Ownership

  • Tamara Mann (Columbia University)

Proprietary Heritage: the Iraqi Jewish Archive and the Logic of Cultural


Chair: Victoria Briggs (Queen Mary, University of London)


Closing comments and discussion

  • Prof. Gareth Stedman Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)

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