Political Theory Graduate Conference 2020

Hosted by the Department of Government

Venue TBC, United Kingdom


Clare Chambers

Philippe van Parijs

The LSE Department of Government is pleased to announce that applications are now open for its sixth annual Political Theory Graduate Conference, to be held on the 12th and 13th of March 2020.   

We are delighted to announce that the conference will feature keynotes from Dr Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge) and Professor Philippe Van Parijs (University of Louvain).  

The aim of the conference is to give graduate students working in the field of political theory (broadly conceived) an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their projects from peers and LSE faculty, and build a wider community of graduate political theorists across the UK, Europe and beyond.

Attendance is free of charge, and lunch and coffee will be served along with a complimentary dinner. A limited budget based on need is also available for speakers requiring travel bursaries.

Papers on any theme or topic within political theory and political philosophy will be considered. We particularly encourage applications from women and other under-represented groups in these fields. 

If you wish to apply, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, free of any identifying information, and in PDF format, to by November 10th, 2019.  

Please also include, in the body of the e-mail, your name, institutional affiliation, and - if you wish to apply for a travel bursary - a brief paragraph describing your funding situation.

All abstracts will undergo a double-blind review process. We aim to notify all applicants about the outcome of their submission by late December.  

For any further questions, please contact:   Cain Shelley ( or Tom Bailey (

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