Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought

The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought emerged to provide professional representation for, and heighten the visibility of, the diverse traditions that comprise the subject of political thought. It came into existence through the Political Thought conference, which has been taking place since the 1970s. The conference is traditionally held in January, and for many years was based in Oxford (originally at New College, then for many years at St Catherine’s).

A vital part of the intellectual and professional calendar, the association has now introduced a peripatetic format for the conference, in line with its aim to promote and represent political thought as studied throughout Britain and Ireland.

The 2024 conference will be held at Jesus College, Cambridge in January 2024. You can find further information about it here.

You can find further details of the programmes for past conferences in our archive.

About Us

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.

Recent News

Call for Papers: Spring Conference of the Section for Political Theory and the History of Ideas (GPSA) University of Rostock, Germany; 13–15 March 2024


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