The Association’s aim is to promote the study of all branches of political thought. The study of political thought is interdisciplinary, encompassing work in political science, philosophy, history, law, sociology, economics, cultural and literary studies. The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought (APT) aims to enable researchers and scholars from all these fields and others to work together and exchange ideas.
2015 Cambridge University Press Graduate Student’s Prize
The Association 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 2015, to be held in Oxford January 8-10 2015. The academic convenors for the conference (Kim Hutchings, LSE and Patrick Tomlin, Reading) 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.
Papers, in Word format, should be about 5000 words in length, not including full citations and bibliography. A cover sheet should include author’s name and contact details, the estimated term of submission of your doctoral thesis, the name and contact details of your supervisor, the title of the paper, and an abstract. Deadline for submission of papers: June 30 2014. Papers should be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The decision on the winning paper will be made by October 31 2014. The judges’ decision will be final.
The Political Thought Conference
The Political Thought Conference has been held in Oxford, first at New College, now at St Catherine’s, annually since the 1970s. (Its history remains to be written! See our archive pages for more ….) Over that time it has become a vital part of the intellectual and professional calendar. Three things make it a unique occasion. Depth: At the APT conference all sessions are plenary. This means that papers can be full length, followed by vigorous discussion and debate. After-dinner presentations allow for lively polemics and engaged reflections on the state of the field. Breadth: The APT conference is strikingly and unusually pluralist. It attracts an international range of researchers from all the sub-fields of political theory: normative and critical; analytic and interpretive; historical and contemporary; Anglo-American and Continental European. Intensity: Taking place over three days and two nights at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, the Political Thought Conference is a chance to catch up with colleagues and to meet publishers, journal editors and research funders. It is an ideal opportunity for graduate students and early-career researchers to talk with established leaders of the field who are there to hear the newest voices.