Category Archives: Conferences

CfP: Brave New World 2016

This year’s Brave New World is the twentieth annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. The conference will take place on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st of June 2016 at the University of Manchester.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers this year will be:

  • Carmen Pavel (King’s College London): ‘Why Do We Need International Law?’
  • Matt Matravers (University of York): ‘Blaming, Regulating, and Punishing.’

The Brave New World conference series is a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of postgraduate research in political theory. Participants will have the chance to meet and talk about their work with eminent academics, including members of faculty from the University of Manchester, as well as the guest speakers who will deliver plenary addresses.


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CFP: Tenth Annual Felician Ethics Institute Conference


The Tenth Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs will be held in the Educations Commons Building of Felician University’s Rutherford campus, 227 Montross Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070, on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9 am – 6 pm.

Plenary Speaker:
J. L. A. Garcia (Boston College)
“Grounding the Metatheory of Morals”

Submissions on any topic in moral or political philosophy (broadly construed) are invited, not exceeding 25 minutes’ presentation time (approximately 3,000 words). Please send submissions via email in format suitable for blind review by March 1, 2016 to Notification of acceptances by March 10, 2016.


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CFP: Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference- Feminism and (Political) Progress

Feminism and (Political) Progress

Fifth Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference

University of Oxford   |   May 13 & 14 2015

Keynote speaker: Lorna Finlayson (University of Essex)

The development of Western feminist thought is typically framed in terms of ‘waves’, implying progression within the movement. At the moment, because of a resurgence in feminist politics and activism some are arguing that a new wave of feminism is emerging. Yet, this so-called ‘Fourth Wave’ has been difficult to define. Proponents of Fourth Wave Feminism argue that this framing is necessitated by radical disagreements over what the aims of feminism, as a movement, should be. It is clear that a new intellectual configuration is emerging insofar as ‘Fourth Wave Feminism’ can be seen as an umbrella for the responses to both Second and Third Wave problematics – both in activism and the academy.


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Secularization and Toleration. International Conference

I am pleased to announce that the University of the Andes, Chile, will be hosting a conference on toleration and secularization.

Not long ago, secularization and toleration were integrated into narratives of progress and modernity, in which both of them were understood as deeply intertwined. More recent theoretical and empirical scholarship, including historical research and more nuanced accounts of secularization and desecularization, have seriously challenged oversimplified claims about linear development, and offered new and more subtle accounts of these complex processes.

In this context of changed scholarship, the conference seeks to further explore the relationship between secularization and toleration. The conference will be held 9 November to 11 November 2016, and it is open to both historical and systematic contributions from all the relevant disciplines. We are happy to receive proposals from those interested in giving a 45 minutes lecture. Confirmed speakers are Andrew R. Murphy (Rutgers) and Vyacheslav Karpov (Western Michigan University).


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Workshop, David Miler, Strangers in our Midst: the political philosophy of immigration

Workshop on

David Miller, Strangers in Our Midst: the political philosophy of immigration, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press

Institute for Philosophy, Hamburg University

March 18th, 2016, Room tbd

Organizers: Thomas Schramme, Christine Straehle


Registration: The workshop is open to everyone, but attendance is by registration and limited in number. RSVP by sending an email to

Format: Upon registration, participants will receive the manuscript. To maximize the quality of discussion, participants are expected to have read the manuscript beforehand. The workshop comprises four sessions dedicated to the manuscript. Each session will begin with brief critiques of chapters of the manuscript, followed by a brief response by the author and general discussion.


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Call for Abstracts: Workshop Justice and Legitimate Expectations

June 29th to July 1st 2016
University of Graz, Austria

Confirmed participants: Adriana Placani (University of Graz), Alexander Brown (University of East Anglia), Arthur Applbaum (Harvard University), David Miller (University of Oxford), Margaret Moore (Queen’s University), Martin O’Neill (University of York), Matthew Matravers (University of York), Rahul Kumar (Queen’s University), Stefan Arnold (University of Graz), Tim Waligore (Pace University), Wilfried Hinsch (University of Köln)

Submission Deadline: 31 January, 2016

Expectations are a pervasive feature of our lives. We generate expectations in other people by the ways we act and the things we say, and they are generated in us by others in the same ways. Intuitively, some of these expectations are legitimate and some are not. For example, while a person that was given a promise has a legitimate expectation for this promise to be kept (and is otherwise owed compensation, an apology or at least an explanation), a thief’s expectation not to get caught seems to lack such normative significance. Furthermore, and of particular interest in this workshop, the state generates expectations in its citizens, and some of these are profoundly important (for example that there will not be revolutionary and immediate changes in the tax system, or in state funding for various activities). Again, it is an open question which of these expectations should be considered legitimate, and why, and it is also an open question how the state ought to act with respect to legitimate expectations.


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