Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen

Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen

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    • Political Theory

    Political theory and political intellectual history, especially democratic thought, the intellectural history of democracy, popular movements and new forms of political participation, the political theory and history of revolutions, theories of self-government and questions of sovereignty, the development of the state and the constituent power. I am a specialist in the history and theory of the Interwar council movement, in council democracy as well as in the political theory of Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis and Claude Lefort.


    PhD Project

    My PhD project (completed in the spring of 2018) analyzed various historical attempts to establish alternative, autonomous political communities beside and beyond the existing institutions of the state and representational channels of participation as well as the theoretical and political struggle on the interpretation of such alternative institutions and practices. Specifically, I engaged with the council democratic (council socialism or council communism) movement in interwar Europe as well as the 20th century political theory on the councils, especially in the political thought of Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis and Claude Lefort.

    My sypervisor was Christian F. Rostbøll.


    Post.Doc. Project

    I am employed as a Post.Doc. in COMPROMISE - Democratic Ideals and Realm Politics ( headed by Christian F. Rostbøll and Anders Berg-Sørensen.




    I have previously teached the course Political Theory and the History of Ideas several times. In the spring semester 2015 I taught the graduate course Radical Democracy and the Political Theory of Revolution. I have taught the summerschool Participatory and Post-national Democracy in the summer of 2015 and 2016 as well as the graduate course Democratic Challenges with Lars Tønder in the spring of 2016.


    I supervise bachelor projects and MA theses within political theory, especially on democratic theory, political participation, representation, the constituent power, revolution, political intellectual history, revolutionary political theory and praxis and Hannah Arendt. 

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