Public Sphere and Private Life

The course deals with the problem of the relationship between public and private spheres, between collective and individual modes of existence, and between political and personal experiences. We will consider this problem through the lens of various theoretical approaches, from contemporary republican political thought (Hannah Arendt, Jurgen Habermas etc.), to sociology and social history. The course also considers recent empirical research of the public and private spheres in contemporary societies that challenge the initial theoretical assumptions.