colloque "The Intellectual Lives of Hugo Grotius"

Du 4 mai 2018 au 6 mai 2018

Princeton University
East Pyne 105 (Friday 4 May) and Wallace 300 (Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May) 

The Intellectual Lives of Hugo Grotius : Texts, Contexts and Controversies across the Disciplines

Organizers: Russ Leo (Princeton University) and Mogens Lærke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon)

The conference will be held in two locations: East Pyne 105 (Friday 4 May) and Wallace 300 (Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May).

Seats are limited so please rsvp to

This conference is sponsored by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council; the University Center for Human Values; the Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; the Center for Collaborative History; the English Department; the Institut d’Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités (CNRS, UMR 5317, ENS de Lyon); the Labex Comod (Université de Lyon).




11.30-12.00 Russ Leo and Mogens Lærke

Session I. Chair: Sarah Rivett (Princeton)

12.00-12.45 Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin–Madison), “Grotius and Menasseh ben Israel”

12.45-13.30 Feisal Mohamed (CUNY Graduate Center), “Grotius and Hobbes Reconsidered”

13.30-14.00 Break/ Lunch

Session II. Chair: Yaacob Dweck (Princeton)

14.00-14.45 Henk Nellen (Rotterdam), “Hugo Grotius’ Lifelong Struggle for Peace in Church and State”

14.45-15.30 Sarah Mortimer (Oxford), “Hugo Grotius and the Purpose of Politics”

15.30-16.00 Break

Session III. Chair: Rhodri Lewis (Princeton)

16.00-16.45 Eric Nelson (Harvard), “Grotius on Representation: The Missing Theory”

16.45-17.30 Julie Saada (Sciences Po, Paris), “Reinventing Grotius: Political modernity, Liberal Internationalism, and the Grotian tradition”


8:45-9.15 Coffee

Session IV. Chair: Russ Leo

9.15-10.00 Nigel Smith (Princeton), “The Literary Grotius”

10.00-10.45 Jan Bloemendal (Huygens ING), “Grotius’ Three Tragedies and the Good or Bad Ruler”

10:45-11.00 Break

Session V. Chair: Rhodri Lewis (Princeton)

11.00-11.45 Jane Raisch (York), “Irenic Materiality: Grotius, Laud, and Greek Orthodoxy in Seventeenth-Century Oxford”

11.45-12.15 Frédéric Gabriel (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), “Henoticis scriptis: Ecclesiological Irenicism in Grotius.”

12.15-14.00 Lunch

Session VI. Chair: Sophie Gee (Princeton)

14.00-14.45 Freya Sierhuis (York), “Grotius on Christ”

14.45-15.30 Timothy Harrison (Chicago), “Life Without Death: Grotius and Milton on Edenic Self-Preservation”

15.30-16.00 Break

Session VII. Chair: Fara Dabhoiwala (Princeton)

16.00-16.45 Mary Nyquist (Toronto), “Beasts, Barbarians, and Rights”

16.45-17.30 Sharon Achinstein (Johns Hopkins University), “Grotius and Marriage Thinking: Jurisdiction, Cruelty and Equity”


9-9.30 Coffee

Session VIII. Chair: Julie Klein (Villanova)

9.30-10.15 Mogens Lærke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), “Grotius on Clerical Counsel and Declarative Rule”

10.15-11.00 Michael Rosenthal (University of Washington), “The Role of Free Will in Grotius’ Erastian Theory of Toleration”

11.00-11.15 Break

Session IX. Chair: Nigel Smith (Princeton)

11.15-12.00 Jan Waszink (Leiden), “Hugo Grotius as Historian”

Thanks and Concluding Remarks

12.00-12.30 Russ Leo and Mogens Lærke