Keynote: Paradoxes of Equality and Common Humanity
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 20:00
Siep Stuurman is professor emeritus of the History of Ideas in Utrecht University. From 1994 to 2010 he held a Jean Monnet Chair in European History at Erasmus University (Rotterdam), and from 1985 to 1994 he held the chair of the History of Political Thought in the University of Amsterdam. He is a consultant editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas.
Main research interests: Global intellectual history; the dialectic of equality and inequality in world history; citizenship in world history. European state formation; the history of Liberalism and liberal political thought; the history of European feminism.
Books: The Invention of Humanity: Equality and Cultural Difference in World History(Harvard University Press, 2017); François Poulain de la Barre and the Invention of Modern Equality(Harvard, 2004; awarded the 2005 George Mosse Prize by the American Historical Association).
Edited volumes; [with Maria Grever] Beyond the Canon: History for the Twenty-first Century(Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); [with Tjitske Akkerman] Perspectives on Feminist Political Thought in European History: From the Middle Ages to the Present(Routledge,1998); Les Liberalismes, la théorie politique et l’histoire(Amsterdam University Press, 1994).
Articles (selection): “Common Humanity and Cultural Difference on the Sedentary-Nomadic Frontier: Herodotus, Sima Qian, and Ibn Khaldun,” in Global Intellectual History, eds. Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori (Columbia University Press, 2013); “Herodotus and Sima Qian: History and the Anthropological Turn in Ancient Greece and Han China,” Journal of World History19 (2008), partly reprinted in the critical edition of Herodotus, ed. Walter Blanco and Jennifer T. Roberts (Norton, 2013); “Cosmopolitan Egalitarianism in the Enlightenment: Anquetil Duperron on India and America,” Journal of the History of Ideas68 (2007); “Can the Enlightenment Provide a Canon for Modernity?,” in Grever & Stuurman, Beyond the Canon(2007); “The Voice of Thersites: Reflections on the Origins of the Idea of Equality,” Journal of the History of Ideas65 (2004); “François Bernier and the Invention of Racial Classification,” History Workshop Journal50 (2000); “The Canon of the History of Political Thought: Its Critique and a Proposed Alternative,” History and Theory39 (2000).