Call for papers: 2013 Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory, ‘The Politics of Equality’

Paper proposals are invited for the second Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory, to be held at the University of Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations on 25th-26th April 2013. The theme will be ‘The Politics of Equality’, which may be interpreted broadly from a range of approaches within political theory.

This conference aims to interrogate the concept, practices, and implications of egalitarian politics. Concerns with equality are increasingly prevalent in contemporary political discourse. Yet, the distinctively political questions of enacting egalitarian aims often receive little attention from political theorists. We invite submissions on any topic pertaining to the meaning, historical development, application, or critique of egalitarian politics.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The meaning of equality and reasons for pursuing it
  • Promises and limits of the state in pursuing equality
  • The relationship between markets and egalitarian aims
  • The implications of egalitarianism for the operation of the state and the economy
  • Egalitarianism and social movements
  • Engendering equality: gender, race, and sexuality
  • Tensions between equality and other principles, particularly liberty and desert

Accepted papers will be organized into themed panels, followed by discussion with Oxford graduate students, faculty members, and other conference attendees. Speakers will be provided with accommodation, subject to distance and availability.

Proposals of no more than 500 words are requested by 20th January 2013, with accepted papers to follow in full by 31st March 2013. Please submit abstracts formatted for blind review, along with your name and a brief academic CV, to oxford.poltheory.conference@gmail.com. Details for registration to follow shortly.

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