Principal Investigator:
Early Stage Researchers:
Visiting Fellows:
Project Manager:



Peter Wagner

Principal Investigator
Universitat de Barcelona / ICREA

2006-2010, Professor of Sociology, U of Trento; 1999-2006, Professor of Social and Political Theory, European University Institute; 1996-2006, Professor of Sociology, U of Warwick (on leave 1999-2006); Visiting Professor at Université de Paris 8 (2011); Université catholique de Louvain-la-neuve (chaire Jacques Leclercq, 2009-10); U of Cape Town (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, 2009-10); U of Bergen (2001); Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2001; 1998); U of California at Berkeley (1997; 1996); Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala; Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1990-91); Visiting Research Fellow, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris (1994) 1983-1995, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung; 1993, habilitation in sociology, Free U of Berlin; 1989, PhD in political science, Free of Berlin

Located in the areas of comparative historical and political sociology, social and political theory, and the sociology of the social sciences, my research is focused on the identification and comparative analysis of different forms of social and political modernity and of the historical trajectories of modern societies. Initially, I applied it in a comparative political sociology of European national societies. Subsequently, I analyzed the process of European integration by reviewing both the institutional transformations of European societies over the past two centuries and the transformations in the self-understanding of Europe. “Modernity” then does not appear as a single and unique model of social organization, but rather emerges as variable interpretations of basic human problématiques in the light of specific historical experiences. Currently, a key task of social analysis is the comparative analysis of plural forms of modernity in their global context.




David Casassas

Universitat de Barcelona

David Casassas holds a PhD in Sociology at University of Barcelona, were he did a thesis on the republican roots of Adam Smith and classical political economy. He has conducted postdoctoral research on social and political theory and social policy at the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), the Centre for the Study of Social Justice (University of Oxford) and the Group in Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). He is the Secretary of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). He has published on republicanism in history of thought and in contemporary political theory and has explored the link between republican theory and basic income. His book on Adam Smith’s commercial republicanism appeared with Montesinos, Barcelona, in 2010.

His research activity revolves around the idea of personal independence republicanism vindicates as the spine of its notions of freedom and citizenship. Within the history of thought, David Casassas studies those republican elements underlying classical political economy and the central role played by property, understood as a guarantor of material and personal independence, across the whole republican tradition. Within social theory and political philosophy, he explores those social and economic policy measures that can promote the universalisation of material independence in modern societies, in keeping with the core values and normative concerns of democratic republicanism.

David Casassas’s previous work has dealt with the socio-economic implications of republican freedom within market societies, trying to show that republican freedom is not an ideal that is to be confined to legendary pre-commercial societies, but one that offers great insight into the criteria for promoting effective freedom within contemporary market societies. As a result of this work, which he has deployed within the domains of the history of thought and those of political theory and political economy, he is now reflecting on modernity as a project of self-determination that requires relevant doses of institutional action aimed at promoting socio-economic independence. For in the end, in spite of the variety of interpretations of its institutional shape, such a normative concern regarding socio-economic independence tends to be present in all societies when it comes to conceive and foster individual and collective self-determination within their economic spheres.


Jacob Dlamini

Universitat de Barcelona

Jacob Dlamini is a historian of Africa with interests in the intellectual history of pre-colonial southern Africa, the social and political history of modern Africa, the history of technology in Africa, the environmental history of Africa, and the history of political violence in Africa. He is also interested in world history, the history of ideas and the history of early modern England. Jacob is a graduate of Wits University, Sussex University and Yale University. He holds a PhD in History from Yale.

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Àngela Lorena Fuster Peiró

Universitat de Barcelona

Àngela Lorena Fuster Peiró got her PhD in Philosophy in September 2010 from the University of Barcelona with a dissertation on the concept of political imagination in the thought of Hannah Arendt, directed by Fina Birulés (Cum Laude and Extraordinary Prize). She accomplished predoctoral and postdoctoral research stays funded by different institutions in Italy (Istituto per gli Studi Filosofici and Università degli Studi di Verona), Germany (Hannah Arendt-Zentrum of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität of Oldenburg), England (University of Sheffield and Iris Murdoch Centre for Studies) and USA (University of Chicago, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality). She is also a member of the seminar “Filosofia i Gènere” (Philosophy and Gender) and of the consolidated research group “Creació i Pensament de les Dones” at the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on the conceptualization of political imagination, especially from the perspective of contemporary philosophers such as Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch, Edith Stein, Martin Heidegger, Cornelius Castoriadis or Paul Ricoeur. She has published several papers on these topics in books and scholarly journals and her first book is forthcoming in Editorial Afers. Within TRAMOD, she works on the concept societal self-understanding through its links with imagination.

Alice Guimarães

Universitat de Barcelona

Alice Guimarães holds a PhD in sociology (IESP-Uerj, 2010) and an MA in international politics (IRI-PUC, 2004). Her main area of work is social theory and political sociology, with an emphasis on state-society relations in modernity and in the Latin America region. In 2008-2011 she was an associated researcher at the Postgrado Multidisciplinario en Ciencias del Desarrollo (CIDES-UMSA, La Paz, Bolivia). Her publications include A Bolívia no espelho do futuro (co-organized with José Maurício Domingues, Áurea Mota and Fabrício Pereira da Silva, Editora UFMG, 2009), and articles in books and scholarly journals, dealing with different aspects of state-society relations in contemporary Bolivia (“The Socio-Economic Dynamics of Gas in Bolivia”. In: McNeish, John-Andrew; Logan, Owen, Flammable Societies. Pluto Press, 2012; “Pluralismo, Cohesión Social y Ciudadanía en la Modernidad: una reflexión desde la realidad boliviana”. In: WANDERLEY, Fernanda. El Desarrollo en Cuestión. Plural, 2011; “A Emergência das Identidades Étnicas na Bolívia Contemporânea: processos e atores”. In: Domingues, José Maurício et al. A Bolívia no espelho do futuro; “La capitalización de los hidrocarburos y la modernidad: un análisis de las ideas subyacentes al modelo de gestión y de sus críticas”. Revista Umbrales, Apr. 2010, among others). Presently, she has a postdoctoral fellowship from the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal of Superior Level (CAPES, Brazil) to develop her work within the TRAMOD project. Her current research analyses the trajectory of political modernity in Brazil, emphasizing the different political projects and interpretations of state, society and their relationships that emerged from the mid-eighteenth to the end of the nineteenth century.

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Andreas Kalyvas

New School for Social Research / Universitat de Barcelona

Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research and the Eugene Lang College and a chief co-editor of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. Presently, he is Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. He is the author of Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, Cambridge University Press (hardcover 2008, paperback 2009) and Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (co-authored with Ira Katznelson). His work has appeared in many scholarly journals on such topics as democratic theory, the relationship between democracy and constitutionalism, problems of popular sovereignty, representation, and political autonomy, on revolutionary breaks and constitution making, states of exception and emergency rule, and on citizenship and cosmopolitanism. His current research is oriented toward questions of constituent power and radical democratic politics on the one hand and on the conceptual overlapping of tyranny and dictatorship in Western political thought, on the other. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled “Constituent Power and Radical Democracy” while working on a second one, “Legalizing Tyranny: Constitutional Dictatorship and the Enemy Within.” His most recent publications include: “Solonian Citizenship: Democracy, Conflict, Participation,” Il Pensiero Politico: Rivista di Storia delle Idee Politiche e Sociali (forthcoming, 2013) and “On the Constituent Power: A Conceptual History” Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon (forthcoming 2013). Kalyvas has been awarded the Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political philosophy in 2002 and the annual Polity Prize for the best article published in the journal in 2006, among other distinctions. In 2009-2010 he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.


José Katito

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

José Katito holds a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences (University of Pisa, Italy) and a Master of Sociology and Social Research Methods (University of Trento, Italy). He completed his PhD in 2014 on the social sciences’ roles in Brazil and South Africa’s HIV/AIDS prevention activities.

The analysis is articulated on two levels: (1) knowledge production on the social aspects of the epidemic and (2) the social sciences’ involvement in HIV/AIDS prevention programmes, either carried out by government or civil society. It is hypothesized that such knowledge production and engagement have interesting epistemological implications for the social sciences, a third aspect under research in the present project. The whole discourse is articulated in the analysis of Brazil and South Africa’s projects of modernity and development, in which the roles of the social sciences cannot be ignored.

Nathalie Karagiannis

Universitat de Barcelona

Nathalie Karagiannis is a sociologist who also holds degrees in law and political science. Her interests have included the relation between the social and the political, the ambiguities of solidarity, democracy, tragedy and children and still include literature, poetry…and children. She joined TRAMOD in February 2013 and works on a part-time project on ‘Art and Crisis’ in South Africa and Greece. She hopes the end-result of the project will turn out to be half-documentary half-fiction or, in other words, that the arts will not only be written about but also simply written and performed in this context.


Aurea Mota

Universitat de Barcelona

Aurea Mota is an interdisciplinary oriented sociologist whose main research interests lie in social theory and comparative historical sociology. She studied Sociology at the Minas Gerais Federal University, Brazil (BA in 2004, MA in 2010) and her PhD is at the Institute for the Study of Society and Politics (IESP, formerly IUPERJ) in Rio de Janeiro (2012). She is a member of the Political Philosophy Group of the Latin American Research Council (CLACSO) and an associate researcher of the ‘Participatory Democracy Project’ (PRODEP/UFMG/Brazil). Aurea was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Sociology, Sussex University, UK (2010). She was the recipient of two awards from the Latin American Social Science Research Council (CLACSO) in 2006 and in 2010. Her publications are about Latin America, social participation in contemporary Brazil, and social theory.


Svjetlana Nedimović

Universitat de Barcelona



Svjetlana Nedimović did her PhD thesis on imagination and political action in Hannah Arendt’s thought at the European University Institute in Florence in 2007.

For several years she taught political theory and philosophy at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology where she was also closely involved in the establishment of the Department for Political Science and International Relations and designing the programme of studies.

For the last six years, Svjetlana has been engaged with the Open Society project Puls demokratije – originally an online magazine for critical analysis of social and political reality in BiH. The magazine has been transformed into an educational project which combines peer education and a mentoring approach to teaching critical analysis and writing to students from universities in BiH.

Within TRAMOD, Svjetlana works on questions of past-reckoning in post-conflict societies.


Riaan Oppelt

Stellenbosch University / Universitat de Barcelona

Riaan Oppelt is currently engaged in a one-year term with TRAMOD, having joined after the completion of his PhD in English Literature in South Africa. His research interests are in South African modernism, or the archival search for it, and he also studies literary representations of South African modernity, both pre- and post-apartheid. These provide an alternative avenue of exploration to the core sociological readings undertaken in TRAMOD, but are compatible nonetheless given the larger project focus on Latin American and southern African trajectories of modernity. Looking at literary representations of modernity in South Africa is to look at other articulations of crucial focus areas of TRAMOD’s initiative to speak to a world sociology of modernity.

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Gerard Rosich

Project Manager / Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Gerard Rosich studied Philosophy (Bachelor) and Economics (Diploma) at the Universitat de Barcelona. As a member of the TRAMOD research project, he has recently finished his PhD on the political foundations of Modernity, focusing on the concept of Autonomy. Located in the areas of conceptual history, political theory and historical sociology, his research is focused on the comparative historical analysis of the challenges and constraints that political globalization imposes on democracy, understood as collective autonomy, and on the possibilities of addressing historical injustice as a consequence of past global imperialism. He has recently co-edited with Peter Wagner, The Trouble with Democracy. Political Modernity at the XXIst Century (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and has authored two books: Autonomy. The Contested History of a European Legacy, (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018) and Independència i Autonomia. Una teoria històrica de la modernitat, (València: Editorial Afers, 2017).

Early Stage Researchers:



Sérgio Franco

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Sérgio Franco graduated from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Federal University of Minas Gerais/UFMG/Brazil) in 2004 with a Bachelor in Social Sciences. In 2007 he graduated from the same university (UFMG/Brazil) with a Master in Political Science with a thesis on political theory that examined political and economic dilemmas involved in the process of instauration of participatory city planning in the Brazilian metropolis of Belo Horizonte. Sérgio Franco also holds a Master in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona/UAB/Catalonia) with a dissertation on the relationships between work, migration and health conditions in contemporary Spain. Currently he is a PhD student in Sociology at the Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona University/UB/Catalonia) with a research project that aims to study the spatial dimension of modernity through a historical-comparative analysis of the modern urban-spatial configurations in Brazil and South Africa.

Sérgio Franco has research interests in the area of sociological theory, critical theory, urban sociology and postcolonial studies. His focus is on urban modernity, postcolonial spatialities and landscapes, social production of space in global South contexts, as in Brazil and in South Africa, and their relevance to social theory in general and specifically to the process of theorization about contemporary modernity.

His current PhD research intends to improve the understanding of contemporary modernity by approaching it in a comparative way and by developing a novel theoretical perspective that articulates modernity, space and postcolonialism. His main contribution to the TRAMOD Project is his PhD thesis.


Joyce Gotlib

Early Stage Researcher
Universidade Estadual de Campinas / Universitat de Barcelona

Joyce Gotlib graduated with a Bachelor in Social Sciences in the Universidade Federal Fluminense in 2007 with a thesis on the dilemma of agrarian reform in South Africa. In 2010, she graduated in Master of Law and Social Sciences in the Universidade Federal Fluminense, with a thesis on the implementation of land reform in South Africa. She is currently a PhD student in Social Sciences at the Universidade Estadual of Campinas, with a research project whose theme is the political projects and actions of individuals occupying positions in the state apparatus that perform restitution policies to rural black communities in the South.

Joyce Gotlib has research interests in the area of rural sociology and sociological theory. Her focus is on state actions for land reform, the relationship between state and civil society and interaction between governments and NGOs in Southern countries in the modern context, especially in Brazil and South Africa.


Bru Laín

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Bru Laín (Barcelona, 1982) holds a degree in Sociology at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a Master in Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is currently doing his PhD in Sociology as a TRAMOD researcher (in its economic research area) at the Department of Sociological Theory, Philosophy of Law and Methodology of the Social Sciences at the UB. Since the first stages of his academic career, he has developed several research projects at various institutions such as the Department of Sociology of Organizations (UB), the Department of Sociological Theory (UB), the City Council of Gavà and the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, among others.

He has been attending many conferences and seminars over the last few years, where he has increased his knowledge in different areas such as economy, philosophy, history and economic anthropology. His research interests are focused on social and political theory, political economy, theories of justice, cooperativism, basic income and the politic and economic implications of the commons.

His thesis tries to highlight how the modernization process has altered the link between democracy and property that was characteristic of republicanism, mainly during the French Revolution and the pre-constitutional era of the United States of North America.

Edgar Manjarin

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Sociology and master’s degree on Sociological Research at the University of Barcelona. The doctoral dissertation deals with freedom and democracy within the labour process. My research involves a conceptual review on Political Economy literature and it’s normative implications on the present, focusing the collective/individual sources of motivation and institutional settings in productive activities. On this basis I intend to develop an analytical framework to describe the material conditions, social mechanisms and explanatory foundations of collective bargaining and incentives within the emergence or reproduction of forms of cooperative action for the satisfaction of needs, with regard to the normative concepts of freedom, democracy and autonomy. This purpose entails an interdisciplinary perspective including behavioral aspects, institutional settings and cultural trajectories.


Rommy Morales

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Rommy Morales Olivares is doctoral researcher in TRAMOD. She is enrolled in the European PhD in Socioeconomic and Statistical Studies – PHD in Sociology at the Universitat de Barcelona.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology (Alberto Hurtado University, Chile) and a master’s degree in sociological research (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and she studied a Master in Applied Economics, Alberto Hurtado University – Georgetown University. She was a scholar at Ford Foundation Scholarships and she is scholar at the Becas Chile-Conicyt Programme. She taught courses in Sociology, Social Theory and Research Methodology in Universities of Chile. Her research interests are in social, political, and economic theory, economic sociology and public policies with a particular emphasis on comparative analysis. The current title of her research is “Emergence and change of economic institutions: Observation of the institutional architecture in the fiscal policy in Chile and South Africa, post-authoritarian period”.

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Samuel Sadian

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Samuel Sadian’s last received degree was an MA in political and international studies from Rhodes University in South Africa, for a dissertation focused on Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor’s contributions towards an ontologically informed critique of procedural versions of liberalism. He joined the TRAMOD team at the beginning of October 2012, and will complete his PhD over the remaining duration of the project. His PhD research will explore the extent to which an emerging consumer order in post-democratic South Africa may be located within prevailing patterns of social and economic inclusion and exclusion, as well as novel forms of political legitimation and contestation. He also aims to explore the historical antecedents of this consumer order in the pre-democratic period. His research will further consider the extent to which South Africa has developed a meaningful politics of consumption in response to these broad trends, and what a nuanced normative-philosophical interpretation of them might recommend for the understanding and possible further development of such a politics. In doing so, he will compare the South African experience with other countries of the global south where similar histories of consumption can be identified, attempting to discern the extent to which these unfolding consumer practices can be situated within distinctly southern trajectories of modernity.


Beatriz Silva

Early Stage Researcher
Universitat de Barcelona

Beatriz Silva is a sociologist from the Universidad de Chile. Her work has mainly focused on understanding how the structural changes that took place in Chile with the introduction of neoliberal reforms from 1978 to the present have transformed the role of the state, the class structure and the self-understanding of Chilean society. In 2007 she was awarded a scholarship from the Latin-American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) to conduct research focusing on the 2006 Chilean student movement (named the “penguins revolution”). In 2011 she studied a master’s degree in sociological research at the University of Barcelona, with the assistance of a Chilean government scholarship. Her research characterizes the emergence of these movements as a response to, and as a critique of, some aspects of the democratic system (in the 2006 movement) and as a critique (in the 2011 movement) that calls for a renewed relation between the state, the economy and the democratic system.

As a member of the TRAMOD project she is conducting research that tries to understand how the developmental projects that were imposed in Chile during the twentieth century have provoked different responses and critiques from different groups that legitimize new demands and conceptions about the democratic and economic system or articulate new forms of organization to contest the dislocation that those political or economic process have provoked.

Visiting Fellows:


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Ivor Chipkin

Researcher at Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) / Universitat de Barcelona
November, December 2013 and January 2014

Ivor Chipkin completed his PhD at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France and was based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) between 2001 and 2004. He received an Oppenheimer fellowship in 2005 and took up a position at St Anthony’s college at the University of Oxford. He spent 4 years in the Democracy and Governance Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council where he acquired an intimate knowledge of government departments and agencies. In 2007 he published “Do South Africans Exist? Nationalism, Democracy and the Identity of ‘the People’ ” with Wits University Press. Ivor has also published widely on questions of government, governance and the State in South Africa. He is currently finishing a new book on the history of public sector reform in South Africa and its consequences for development and democracy. He is currently the executive director of the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), an independent research institute based in Johannesburg.

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Gerard Delanty

Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought
University of Sussex / Universitat de Barcelona
March, April and May 2013

Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, University of Sussex. He was previously Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool. He has held visiting professorships at Deakin University Melbourne  and Doshisha University, Kyoto as well as York University Toronto and in 2013 at the University of Barcelona. He has written on various issues in social and political theory, European identity and the political and historical sociology of modernity. He is author of eleven books including Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality (Macmillan, 1995), Social Theory in a Changing World (Polity Press, 1999), Modernity and Postmodernity: Knowledge, Power, the Self (Sage, 2000), Citizenship in the Global Age (Open University Press, 2000), Community (Routledge 2003/new edition 2010) and (with C. Rumford) Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization (Routledge 2005) and the Cosmopolitan Imagination (Cambridge University Press 2009). He has edited many volumes, including the Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory (Routledge 2005), Europe and Asia Beyond East and West (Routledge, 2006), (with Stephen P Turner The International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory (Routledge, 2011) and The Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies (Routledge, 2012). Recent articles have appeared in the British Journal of Sociology and the Sociological Review. His most recent book is Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe (Palgrave 2013).


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José Maurício Domingues

IESP / Universitat de Barcelona
January and February 2013

José Maurício Domingues holds a degree in History from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (1985), an MA in Sociology from IUPERJ-UCAM (1989) and a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (1993). He was visiting scholar at the Open University of Berlin (1998) and Humboldt University, Berlin (2000), as well as visiting researcher at El Colegio de Mexico (2006), Cambridge University (2010) and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2009). He was researcher at IUPERJ from 2000 to 2010 and executive director of IFCS-UFRJ from 2005 to 2009. He is currently professor at IESP-UERJ. His main research interests are sociological theory and political theory, focusing on theory of collective subjectivity, global modernity, compared modernity, modernity in Brazil, Latin America, India, China, contemporary society, development, social movements and citizenship. He has published several books in Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Rubén Lo Vuolo

Senior Researcher
CIEPP Buenos Aires / Universitat de Barcelona
March, April and May 2013

He currently holds the position of director and principal investigator of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Public Policy (CIEPP) at Buenos Aires. His main research interests are social policy, labor market, economic theory and focusing on welfare regimes and basic income policies. His latest books include: Citizen’s Income and Wels Écoles en fare Regimes in Latin America, editor, 2013, Distribución y crecimiento: Una controversia persistente, 2009; Falsas Promesas: Sistema de Previsión Social y Régimen de Acumulación with coauthor Laura Goldberg, 2006; La credibilidad social de la política económica en América Latina, 2006; and Estrategia Económica para la Argentina: Propuestas, Siglo XXI, 2004.

He teaches graduate courses in different universities of Argentina and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amerique Latine, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III. (France).

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Angelo Pichierri

Università degli Studi di Torino / Universitat de Barcelona
From 15th September to 15th December 2011

Angelo Pichierri is Professor of Sociology of Organizations at the Università degli Studi di Torino, where he has been director of the Department of Social Sciences. He has been researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Cornell University and Bremen University. His main research interests are local economies, welfare regimes, collective goods and organisational studies. His main publications are Città stato. Economia e politica del modello anseatico (1997); Le regolazione dei sistemi locali (2002); Lo sviluppo locale in Europa. Stato dell’arte e prospettive (2005); and Sociologia dell’organizzazione (2011).


Tracy Strong

Distinguished Professor of Political Science
University of California-San Diego / Universitat de Barcelona
April and May 2012

Strong has broad interests in political theory and in related fields in political science, aesthetics, literature and other areas. He is the author of several books including Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of Transfiguration (currently in its third edition); The Idea of Political Theory: Reflections on the Self in Political Time and Space; and Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Politics of the Ordinary (second edition), as well as the editor or co-editor of Nietzsche’s New Seas, The Self and the Political Order, Public Space and Democracy, and The One and the Many: Ethical Pluralism in Contemporary Perspectives. He has written numerous articles and essays in a variety of journals. His most recent book is Politics Without Vision: Thinking without a Banister in the Twentieth Century (Chicago, 2012). He is currently working on a book on music, language, and politics in the period that extends from Rousseau to Nietzsche. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation, has been Visiting Professor at the Instituto Juan March in Spain and Warwick University in England, and was a Fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University (2002-03). From 1990 until 2000 he was Editor of Political Theory.