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CFP: 2017 Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Call for Papers: Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory


The Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory will be held from April 21-22, 2017.

The Conference offers graduate students a unique opportunity to present and receive feedback on works in progress. Each session focuses exclusively on one paper. After receiving feedback from a Princeton graduate student discussant, each author engages in an extensive question and answer period with Princeton faculty, students, and guests.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Corey Robin of Brooklyn College/CUNY will deliver the 2017 keynote address.


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CFP: 10th Annual Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Harvard grad conference 2016

The Department of Government (FAS) at Harvard University will host its 10th annual conference for graduate students in political theory and political philosophy on October 21–22, 2016. Papers on any theme or topic within political theory — from the history of political thought to contemporary normative theory — will be considered. Between six and eight papers will be accepted.

Submissions are due via email in PDF form by August 1, 2016. Papers will be refereed by current Harvard graduate students, and acceptance notices will be sent by early September. Please limit each submission to 7,500 words (about 20 double-spaced pages). Essays longer than 10,000 words will not be considered. Each submission should include two PDF files: one with the paper formatted for blind review (free of personal and institutional information), and the other including a cover page with the title of the paper, an abstract (250 words max.), and your name, email address, and institutional affiliation. 


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Call for Papers: “The Crisis of Collectivity” (Northwestern graduate student conference)

The Crisis of Collectivity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Political Theory

Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference in Political Theory
November 4th, 2016 at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jason Frank (Cornell University)
Submissions Deadline May 15th, 2016

Collectivities appear to be in crisis in late modern capitalist democracies and everyday political life. Indeed, concepts familiar to political theory that evoke aspects of collectivity—including democracy, action, solidarity, plurality, identity, and the people—have come under increasing strain in approaching contemporary political developments. Can collectivities remain meaningful for political thought and practice?


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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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CFP: CUP Political Theory Essay Prize

CFP: Cambridge University Press Graduate Student’s Prize.

The Association for Political Thought invites graduate students registered for a doctoral degree at any university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, engaged in research in any area of the fields of political thought and theory, to submit a paper which will form the basis for presentation at the Political Thought Conference 2016, to be held in Oxford (January 7-9, 2016). The academic convenors for the conference (Leigh Jenco, LSE and Phil Parvin, Loughborough) will select one paper to be included in the conference programme. The winning candidate will be given free conference registration, accommodation, meals and travel expenses.


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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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