Fina Birulés, Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Philosophy of History at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Visiting professor at the universities of São Paulo, Puerto Rico, Chile, Parma and Vienna. Her research is focused on two axes: on the one hand, the topic of political subjectivity, history, and action and, on the other hand, feminist theory and the study of female philosophical production, with particular attention to the work of Hannah Arendt and other thinkers of the twentieth century. She is the Director of the Seminar “Philosophy and Gender”, which she found together with other Professors in 1990. She has translated several works of contemporary philosophy, is the author of numerous essays and editor of collective volumes on the thought of Hannah Arendt and other contemporary philosophers (Filosofía y género, El género de la memoria, En torno a Hannah Arendt –together with M. Cruz-, Hannah Arendt, el orgullo de pensar, Pensadoras del Siglo XX. Aportaciones al pensamiento filosófico y político y Lectoras de Simone Weil –together with Rosa Rius). She has supervised 3 doctoral thesis on Hannah Arendt. Among her most recent publications are Una herencia sin testamento: Hannah Arendt (2007), «Contingency, History and Narration in Hannah Arendt» (2009), «La distancia como figura de la comunidad política, Hannah Arendt» (2011), «Usos del anacronismo» (2012) and Entreactes. Entorn del pensament, la política i el feminisme (2014).
Stefania Fantauzzi is researcher of the Seminar “Philosophy and Gender”at the Universitat de Barcelona from 2002. She graduated from the Università di Bologna and obtained her PhD at the Universitat de Barcelona with a dissertation on Politics, impolitics and violence in Hannah Arendt under the supervision of Fina Birulés. Her research interests are political theory, with a particular focus on Hannah Arendt’s thinking. She has published several articles on this topic in reviews. journals and books. After completing her PhD, she did a research stay at the Hannah Arendt Zentrum in Oldenburg, where she increased her knowledge about the role of violence in Arendt’s thinking and begun to explore the relationship of this author with other philosophers, particularly with Günther Anders. She is currently studying the relationship between law and politics, referring to topical conditions and to the issue of civil disobedience in Arendt and other thinkers. She combines her research and translation works; she has translated Come fare cose con i ricordi, Roma: Casini, 2009 and I brutti scherzi del passato, Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2010, both by Manuel Cruz.
À. Lorena Fuster Peiró is researcher of the Seminar “Philosophy and Gender” and got her PhD in Philosophy in September 2010 from Universitat de Barcelona with a dissertation on the concept of political imagination in the thought of Hannah Arendt, directed by Fina Birulés (Extraordinary Prize). She accomplished predoctoral and postdoctoral research stays funded by different institutions in Italy (Istituto per gli Studi Filosofici and Università degli Studi di Verona), Germany (Hannah Arendt-Zentrum of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität of Oldenburg), England (University of Sheffield and Iris Murdoch Centre for Studies) and USA (University of Chicago, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality). Her research focuses on the conceptualization of political imagination, especially from the perspective of contemporary philosophers. She has published several papers on these topics in books and scholarly journals and helped to edit the Spanish translation of Arendt’s Denktagebuch. She joined TRAMOD. Trajectories of Modernity at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2012 where she works on the concept “societal self-understanding”, currently through the perspective of modern Great Exhibitions.
Matías Sirczuk is researcher of the Seminar “Philosophy and Gender” at the University of Barcelona and Assistant Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at Pompeu Fabra University. He has completed his PhD at the Universitat de Barcelona with a dissertation on the problem of foundation and legitimacy in political modernity, focused on the interpretation of the work of Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt and Claude Lefort. He co-authored (with Claudia Hilb) Gloria, Miedo y Vanidad. El rostro plural del hombre hobbesiano (Prometeo editorial, 2007) and has published several articles in peer review journals on topics such as democratic theory, political beginnings, revolutionary breaks, political theology and problems of legitimacy in contemporary political regimes. He has accomplished a pre-doctoral research stay in the Centre de Sociologie des Pratiques et des Représentations Politiques at the Université Paris VII and has participated in the 2012 Mellon Dissertation Seminar “Theories of the Subject” at Cornell University. Current research interests focus on the problem of the differences between regimes in contemporary political theory, especially in the work of Arendt and Lefort.
Early Stage Researchers
Edgar Straehle studied Philosophy, History and Anthropology at the Universitat de Barcelona. He completed a Master’s degree in “Estudios avanzados en Filosofía” (Advanced studies in Philosophy) at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, with a dissertation about the thinking of Jean-Luc Nancy in connection with the idea of community. He holds a pre-doctoral fellowship (FI) from the Generalitat de Catalunya. His PhD is directed by Fina Birulés and focuses on the concept of authority in relation to the philosophy of Hannah Arendt. He is researcher of the Seminar “Philosophy and Gender” and works within the project “Filósofas del siglo XX. Maestros, vínculos y divergencias”. He has published several articles on different topics related to political philosophy.
Helga Jorba studied Political Science and Public Administration at Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. She completed a postgraduate degree in “Historical Materialism and Critical Theory” at Universidad Complutense of Madrid and a Master degree in Political Science at Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. She accomplished a pre-doctoral research stay in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University, funded by the Government of Israel. She holds a pre-doctoral fellowship (APIF) from the Universitat de Barcelona. She is writing a PhD dissertation about the contribution of the Iberian Jewish thought to contemporary political theory. Her research focuses on the tensions between tradition and modernity, the ways of thinking and the distorted identities that are reflected through the experience of the Jewish communities in southern Europe in the thirteenth century. She is a researcher of the seminar “Philosophy and Gender” and the research group on political theory “Foro Interno”.
Ana Lanfranconi studied Philosophy (2008), and Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (2009) at the Universitat de Barcelona. She completed a Master’s degree in “Philosophie et critiques contemporaines de la culture” (2011) at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis, with a dissertation about the relationship between fascism and technology in Walter Benjamin’s thought. She held a pre-doctoral fellowship (FI) from the Generalitat de Catalunya (2012-2015). Her PhD, directed by Fina Birulés and Laura Llevadot, focuses on the images of childhood and ways of politicization in Walter Benjamin’s writings.
Christine Harckensee-Roth (Hannah Arendt-Zentrum of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität of Oldenburg)