Join our Symposium “Perpetually Toward? Revisiting Kant on Global Peace” at Johns Hopkins University

Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, 2024.

The symposium will offer the opportunity to discuss Kant’s Toward Perpetual Peace as one of his most timely contributions to political issues such as hospitality, cosmopolitanism, human rights, the inherent value of cultural and religious difference, the critique of colonialism, the essential role of a global public sphere, and international law.

Featuring leading scholars from a number of different disciplines, it will address fundamental questions about the ways in which a theoretical text can relate to the mode, time, and timing of its realization.


Thursday, April 4 

Mason Hall Auditorium, 101

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Inés Valdez (Hopkins): Toward Perpetual Peace and the Insufficiency of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism

Marc Redfield (Brown): The Grounds of Hospitality

Friday, April 5

Eisenhower Library, Academy Suite

9:30–10:30 a.m. [Keynote Zoom]

Tuba Turan (Essex Law School): Sustainable Peace in Theory and Practice: The Continuing Relevance of Kant’s Toward Perpetual Peace in the 21st Century

10:45–12:45 p.m.

Christiane Frey (Hopkins): The Inn and Out of It: Treaty, Satire, Peace

David Martyn (Macalester): The Pace of Peace

2:15–4:15 p.m.

Luke Beller (Hopkins): The Seeds of Peace in Kant’s Unsociable Sociability

Sari Kisilevsky (CUNY): Perpetual War and Perpetual Peace: Peace as a Moral Ideal in Kant’s Political Philosophy

Gilman Hall 132

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Thomas Schestag (Brown): Free Association

Chenxi Tang (Berkeley): Kantian Cosmopolitanism, a Transient Historical Phenomenon?

Saturday April 6

Hodson 311

10:00–12:00 a.m. 

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum): Eternal Peace, Cosmopolitanism, and the Spherical Shape of the Earth

Jan Mieszkowski (Reed): Woodwork: Filling Space, Killing Time

Gilman Hall 132

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Glen Gray (Hopkins): Quibbling Kings in Kant

Peter Gilgen (Cornell): What’s the Secret of Perpetual Peace?

Organized by Christiane Frey, Associate Professor of German Studies, together with Luke Beller and Glen Gray

Funded by the Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University

The Zoom-link for the Friday morning lecture can be requested at .