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Keynote Speakers

Filippo Del Lucchese

Senior Lecturer in History of Political Thought at Brunel University London.

Fillipo Del Lucchese’s research interest include the history of early modern political thought (from Renaissance to the Enlightenment), history of philosophy and Marxism.  He is the author of Conflict, Power, and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza: Tumult and Indignation (Continuum Press 2009) and The Political Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli (Edinburgh University Press 2015).

Filippo Del Lucchese will present keynote lecture entitled “Democracy and Conflict: A Machiavellian Perspective”.

Jeffrey Green

Professor and Director of Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Green is a political theorist with broad interests in democracy, ancient and modern political philosophy and contemporary social theory. He received Penn’s Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor in 2013. Since 2017, he is the Director of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. He is the author of two books: The Shadow of Unfairness: A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy (Oxford, 2016), and The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship (Oxford, 2010).

Jeffrey Green will present keynote lecture entitled “Ten Theses on Machiavelli”.

Lawrence Hamilton

NRF/British Academy Research Professor in Political Theory, Witwatersrand and Cambridge University.

Professor Hamilton teaches and researches on various topics in contemporary political theory, such as states, power, representation, freedom, needs, rights and democracy. He is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and the editor-in-chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory. He is the author of several books including The Political Philosophy of Needs (Cambridge University Press 2003), Are South Africans Free? (Bloomsbury 2014), and Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (Cambridge University Press 2014).

Lawrence Hamilton keynote lecture is entitled “Machiavelli and Modern Democracy”.

Vittorio Morfino 

Vittorio Morfino is associate professor at the Department of Scienze umane per la formazione at Università di Milano Bicocca.

His main interest is a history of philosophy with special focus on Machiavelli, Spinoza, Marx, and Althusser. Professor Morfino has authored and edited numerous books that were translated to English, French, and Spanish. His most recent books include among others Plural Temporality: Transindividuality and the Aleatory Between Spinoza and Althusser (Haymarket books 2015), The Spinoza-Machiavelli Encounter: Time and Occasion (Edinburgh University Press 2019). He is also an editor of Quaderni materialisti and of Décalages.

Vittorio Morfino keynote lecture is entitled  “The Development of Machiavelli´s Althusserian Reading and its Political Significance”.


Yves Winter

Associate professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal.

Professor Winter’s research is concerned with theoretical and historical questions concerning the relationship between violence and political imaginaries. Apart from having published numerous articles in distinguished journals like Political theory, Constellations and Contemporary Political Theory, he is the author of the book Machiavelli and the Orders of Violence (Cambridge University Press 2018).

Yves Winter will present a keynote lecture entitled “Analysing State Violence: a Machiavellian Frame”.