2015 Conference

St Catherine’s College, Oxford 8-10 January 2015

The 2015 Conference of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought will be held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford from Thursday 8th January to Saturday, 10th January 2015. For preregistration please go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/political-thought-conference-tickets-4465416180

Academic convenors: Kim Hutchings, LSE, and Patrick Tomlin, University of Reading.

Draft programme is below.

Event timetable

Thursday 8th Jan 2015

2.30-4 PM Leigh Jenco (LSE) “What is the Revival of Confucianism Really Reviving? Towards a “creative engagement” with traditions in the Global Age”


4.30-6 PM Benjamin Holland (Nottingham) “On the Threshold of Modern Liberty: reconstructing the early Jesuit free-will defence”

6.30 PM Reception: sponsored by Contemporary Political Theory


8.30-10 PM APT Lecture sponsored by CRISPP: Joseph Carens (Toronto) “Some Questions about How to Do Political Theory”

Friday 9th Jan 2015


9.15-10.45 AM Cecile Laborde (UCL) “Who Needs Freedom of Religion?”


11.15 AM-12.45 PM Winner of the Cambridge University Press Graduate Essay Prize: Signy Gutnick Allen (QMUL, ) “‘Away then with all your niceties in law’: English Debates on the Nature of Treason, 1641-1651″


2 PM Session for graduate students with Susan Hanshaw Arts and Humanities Research Council: funding for political theory research,

Time for editorial meetings etc. (2.15 p.m. APT Executive Committee meeting)

3 PM APT and Conference AGMs (including roundtable discussion with Susan Hanshaw, AHRC).

4.30 PM Tea

5.00-6.30 PM Joseph Hoover (City) “The Special Ambiguity of Humanity”

6.30 PM Reception: sponsored by Cambridge University Press


8.30-10 PM APT Lecture sponsored by Contemporary Political Theory: Onora O’Neill (Cambridge) “Speech Rights and Speech Wrongs”

Saturday 10th Jan 2015


9.15-10.45 AM Tracy Strong (Southampton) “Christ, Antichrist and Christianity: on morality, religion, politics and love in Nietzsche”


11 AM-12.30 PM Ben Colburn (Glasgow) “Authenticity and Well-Being”

Conference ends

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