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Hannah Arendt’s Lessons in Love and Disobedience

Lyndsey Stonebridge in conversation with Samantha Rose Hill

N.B. This is an in-person event at Conway Hall, London! 

The violent unease of today’s world would have been all too familiar to Hannah Arendt. Tyranny, occupation, disenchantment, post-truth politics, conspiracy theories, racism, mass migration, the banality of evil: she had lived through them all.

Born in the first decade of the last century, Arendt escaped fascist Europe to make a new life for herself in America, where she became one of the world’s most influential – and controversial – public intellectuals. She wrote about power and terror, exile and love, and, above all, about freedom. Questioning – thinking – was her first defence against tyranny. In place of the forces of darkness and insanity, she pitched a politics of plurality, spontaneity and defiance. Loving the world, Arendt taught, meant finding the courage to protect it.

This event brings together two of the world’s leading Arendt scholars, Lyndsey Stonebridge and Samantha Rose Hill, to discuss Arendt’s life and work and its urgent dialogue with our troubled present. Stonebridge and Hill will call on us to think our way, as Hannah Arendt did – unflinchingly, lovingly and defiantly – through our own unpredictable times.

Lyndsey Stonebridge is a professor of humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her previous books include Placeless People: Writing, Rights, and Refugees (2018, Oxford UP), winner of the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg (2011, Edinburgh UP). Her new book, We Are Free to Change the World: Hannah Arendt’s Lessons in Love and Disobedience, is published by Jonathan Cape.

Samantha Rose Hill is the author of two books: Hannah Arendt (2021, Reaktion Books) and What Remains: The Collected Poems of Hannah Arendt (co-edited with Genese Grill, 2023, Liveright). She regularly contributes to publications including Los Angeles Review of Books, Contemporary Political Theory and The South Atlantic Quarterly. She is currently writing a book on loneliness.


Thursday 22nd February

7pm-9pm (UK only)

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