CFP: Duke Graduate Conference in Political Theory, 2017-2018

The Political Science department at Duke University will host its annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory on February 8-9, 2018. We will consider proposals from graduate students in any related discipline, and on any topic in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought. We particularly welcome submissions which will engage a diverse audience.

In addition to building community among graduate students at different universities, this conference offers graduate students a rare opportunity to receive feedback on their work from eminent scholars in the field — each selected student paper will have its own faculty discussant drawn from the local political theory community at Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. We are also pleased to announce that John McCormick of the University of Chicago will join us as the keynote speaker for the conference.

Attendees will be provided with housing at a hotel in downtown Durham, shuttle service to and from Duke, and meals for the duration of their stay. We will also be able to provide substantial travel stipends, though the exact amount is yet to be determined. Participants are expected to attend the entire conference.

To apply, please submit a proposal of 700-1000 words as a pdf, formatted for blind review, via email ( Please include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and some key words to help us sort your submission — along with the title of your proposal — in the text of the email. Attach your proposal as a pdf, formatted for blind review and identified only by the title. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 17, 2017, and applicants will be notified of their status by mid-December. Accepted conference participants will be required to upload a complete paper by January 18, 2018.

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