CFP: Association for Political Theory

2015 Association for Political Theory Call for Papers
Proposal deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015

APT Annual Conference
University of Colorado Boulder, October 22-24, 2015
Program Co-Chairs: Lilly Goren (Carroll University) and Peter Josephson (St. Anselm College)

The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites proposals for its thirteenth annual conference, to be held October 22-24, 2015, at the University of Colorado Boulder. We welcome proposals from faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students who have completed all requirements except for the dissertation. We will consider proposals on all topics in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, the history of political thought, and cognate disciplines. We also encourage faculty members to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants.

How to apply: Applicants must be members of the Association; membership is free. Please visit to submit a membership application before submitting your proposal. Because we must approve all application forms, please do not wait until the deadline to apply for membership. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due by midnight PST on Friday, February 13, 2015. To submit your proposal, go to: Please review the guidelines listed below before completing a proposal form. Each participant may submit one single-authored paper proposal and one co-authored paper proposal. Please note that the APT conference does not accept panel or roundtable proposals. Each participant is required to submit a proposal form, even if the proposal is for a co-authored paper.


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2015 TVA CFA


Fourth Annual Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) Conference

September 4-5, 2015 // The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Theme: Knowledge and Agency

Keynote Speakers:
Candace Vogler (David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, University of
John Schwenkler (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University)

Abstracts (of 2-3 double-spaced pages, prepared for blind review) due by May 15, 2015 by e-mail to EJ Coffman (
Much important and influential recent work in analytic philosophy lies at the intersection of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of action and explores some or other of the following broad questions:
– Are action-theoretic concepts central to the nature of knowledge?
– What must you know in order to act (rationally, intentionally, freely, accountably)?
– How can you know about what you do (rationally, intentionally, freely, accountably)?
Abstracts that engage these and allied questions concerning the relationships among knowledge and agency will be considered for the 2015 TVA Conference. Sessions will be 75 minutes long, with roughly 40 minutes for the presentation and 35 minutes for group discussion.
We aim to notify authors of selected abstracts by June 1, 2015. If your abstract is selected and childcare duties render your attendance difficult, conference organizers will try to find a way for your childcare needs to be met.
The TVA conference ( is an annual event aimed at encouraging philosophical conversation about topics pursued by established research clusters at The University of Tennessee Department of Philosophy.


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CFP: Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference


Political Theory at the Margins

Fourth Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference

University of Oxford   |   8th May 2015

Keynote speakers:

  • Humeira Iqtidar (King’s College London)
  • Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman (University College London)

What lies at the margins of political theory? Which histories, experiences, and perspectives have been excluded or been absent from mainstream political theory, and why? How, if at all, should political theorists respond to such exclusions and revise the way in which they conduct theoretical work? These are some of the questions we aim to address at the 4th Oxford Political Theory Graduate Conference.

A growing chorus of scholars have criticized contemporary political theory for its marginalisation of subaltern issues and perspectives. A common theme in these criticisms has been that the dominant perspective in political theory has been (and still is) largely white, male and western. This has contributed to the neglect and under-theorisation of the injustices and oppression faced by people of colour, women, and queer people. This substantive criticism has also often been linked to methodological concerns, particularly the (potential) problems associated with idealisation and ahistoricism. These contemporary concerns are also reflected in efforts to reshape the predominantly western and male focus in the study of the history of political thought.


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Call for Conveners: MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory

The MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory is an annual conference in political theory, organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. This year’s conference will be the twelfth event in the series and will take place on Tuesday 1st September until Thursday 3rd September at the Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. Over the last ten years, participants from over twenty five countries have come together in a series of workshops focussing on political theory/philosophy widely construed. Last year the workshops had more than 250 delegates, and the conference is now established as a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of research in political theory. We are now accepting applications for workshop convenors. Applications are made by submitting a short (500 word) abstract describing the subject of your workshop. The deadline for workshop proposals is Monday 2nd March 2015.


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CfP: Northwestern University’s Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP)






MAY 21 – 23, 2015

Keynote Addresses: Frances Kamm and Joseph Raz

Submission Guidelines: We welcome submissions from faculty and graduate students, as some sessions will be reserved for student presentations. Please submit an essay of approximately 4000 words. Essay topics in all areas of ethical theory and political philosophy will be considered, although some priority will be given to essays that take up themes from the work of Frances Kamm and Joseph Raz, such as authority, death and dying, duties, freedom, law, moral status, normativity, permissible harm and killing, practical reason, responsibility, rights, terrorism, torture, value, and war. Essays should be prepared for blind review in word, rtf, or pdf format. Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to; faculty submissions should be sent by e-mail to The deadline is February 15, 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 15. For more information, please contact Kyla Ebels-Duggan at the e-mail address above or visit our website:


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2nd CFA: Sciences Po 3rd Graduate Political Theory Conference

Keynote Speaker: Seyla Benhabib

We are happy to announce that the Third Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference is going to take place at Sciences Po, Paris, 11-12 June, 2015.
We welcome contributions from young political theorists across the board and intend to accommodate various approaches to political theory (analytical, historical, normative and critical). We also aim at geographic diversity, in that we shall try to foster a substantial academic dialogue between young political theorists from Europe and their peers across the world.
Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) will deliver the keynote address. The work of Seyla Benhabib covers a broad range of topics regarding feminist theory, democratic theory and critical theory. Benhabib wrote extensively on issues related to human rights, identity politics, culture and cosmopolitanism and the writings of Hannah Arendt and Jürgen Habermas. Contributions that touch upon any of these subject-matters are encouraged, but we welcome proposals on other topics as well.
Only graduate students who have not defended their PhD are eligible. Each two hours-long session of the conference will concentrate on two to three papers and will be chaired by a Sciences Po graduate student. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session open to the public.
Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will also be provided for the duration of the conference. Unfortunately, Sciences Po will not be able to provide funds for housing and transportation.
Submission Information


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