New Dates: 11-12 August 2022


Politics & Poetics 2022 Conference — Politics and Envy

(Pre-Postponement) Conference schedule below. To register, click here. 

4 January

Panel 1: “Envy and the Sources of Liberal Democracy”

Tuesday, January 4th, 2:30 p.m.

Canterbury Institute


Dimitrios Halikias (Harvard), “Tocqueville on Servants and Servitude”


Samuel Piccolo (Notre Dame), “Locke, Tully, Envy and Desire in the ‘New World’”


Connor Grubaugh (Oriel College, Oxford), “Hope against Envy in the Liberal Tradition: From Locke to Rawls and Back Again”


Respondent: Jeremy Jennings (KCL)

Keynote Address: “Being Mistaken: Reading René Girard and Envy in the Context of Post-Truth Politics”

Tuesday, January 4th, 5:00 p.m.

Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, Law Faculty

Michael Kirwan, S.J. (Trinity College Dublin)


5 January

Panel 2: "Envy, Equality, and Distributive Justice"

Wednesday, January 5th, 9:30 a.m.

Canterbury Institute


Agatha Slupek (Chicago), “The Disavowed Gender of Rawlsian Envy”


Jordan Walters (McGill), “The Aptness of Envy”


Daniel Sznycer (Oklahoma State), “Zero-sum Hallucinations, Ancestral Payoff Structures, and the Image of Limited Good: Signatures of Envy in Mass Politics across Four Nations”


Respondent: Samuel Bruce (The Centre for Social Justice)

Panel 3: “New Orders of Envy: Early Modern Perspectives”

Wednesday, January 5th, 11:30 a.m.

Canterbury Institute


Rebecca McCumbers Flavin (Baylor), “Machiavelli, Envy, and the Corrupt Republic”


Nayeli Riano (Georgetown), “‘A Gadding Passion’: Francis Bacon’s Public and Private Dimensions of Envy in Civil War”


Alexander Stone (UCL/Queen Mary), “Milton, Satan and Envy: An Epicurean-Spinozist Intervention”


Respondent: TBD

Panel 4: " Pathologies and Antidotes of Envy"

Wednesday, January 5th, 2:30 p.m.

Canterbury Institute


Robert Wyllie (Ashland), “Hope as an Antidote to Politics of Envy”


Geoff Shullenberger (NYU), “Dematerializing the Sacred: Social Media and the Containment of Violence”


Respondent: Dominic Burbidge (Faculty of Law, Oxford)