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ETHU Reading Seminar 2013-2014: Chantal Mouffe

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Arts and Philosophy
5/C 402
Centre for Ethics and Humanism / Centrum voor Ethiek en Humanisme
seminar / Master class

In the Spring of 2014, political theorist Chantal Mouffe will take up the VUB Teaching Chair at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As a preamble to her activities at our university, the Centre for Ethics and Humanism (ETHU) is dedicating the first season of its reading seminar to her work.

We will thoroughly read and study parts of Mouffe’s classic work in political theory that she wrote together with Ernesto Laclau: Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (London/New York, Verso, 1985/2001). In the last session, it is intended that professor Mouffe herself will join us to discuss her ideas.

The seminar is open to anyone interested, including students (PhD and MA), and it is free. However, places are limited, so registration is mandatory. The seminar will run for five sessions of two hours.


  • Start date: December 3rd, 12:00 – 02:00 pm (including a sandwich)
  • Location: 5/C 402 (‘profzaal’), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels (Elsene)
  • The dates for the next four sessions will be scheduled during this first session.


Please send an e-mail to dr. Yoni Van Den Eede  and prof. dr. Karl Verstrynge,  (please state your affiliation and occupation) before November 26th. Since the seminar is supported by the Doctoral School for Human Sciences (DSh) of the VUB, PhD students will receive credits for actively participating.

About prof. dr. Chantal Mouffe

Educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Mouffe is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory, Dimensions of Radical Democracy, Deconstruction and Pragmatism, and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt; co-author (with Ernesto Laclau) of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985); and author of The Return of the Political (1993), The Democratic Paradox (2000), and On the Political (2005). She is best known for her contribution to the development – together with Ernesto Laclau – of the so-called Essex School of discourse analysis, a type of post-marxist political inquiry drawing on Gramsci, post-structuralism and theories of identity, and redefining Left politics in terms of radical democracy.