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2023 Conference

Oxford 5-7 January 2023
Conference Convenors: Elizabeth Frazer (Oxford), Gary Browning (Oxford) Conference Academic Convenors: Udit Bhatia (Sheffield), Maxime Lepoutre (Reading), and Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Queen’s). Conference Administrator: Maria Dede (University of Exeter)
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Political Thought Conference January 5-7 2023

The APT conference is the flagship event of the scholarly community of political theorists across Britain and Northern Ireland. Taking place annually in Oxford since the 1970s, it brings together scholars working across the whole field of political thought. Past plenary speakers have included Onora O’Neill, Quentin Skinner, G.A. Cohen, Lois McNay, Melissa Lane, and Rainer Forst. This year’s plenary speakers are: Duncan Bell (Cambridge), Lisa Herzog (Groningen), Jan Kandiyali (Durham), Catherine Lu (McGill), Suzanne Whitten (Queen’s Belfast), and Lea Ypi (LSE)

We also invite proposals from political theorists, philosophers, and historians of political thought in the following formats:

(1) Panel proposals of three papers per panel (please include panel title, authors, plus paper abstracts, up to 1000 words);

(2) Individual paper proposals (please include paper title, author, and abstract up to 300 words; the academic convenors may organise some mixed panel sessions if sufficient papers are submitted);

(3) ‘Author meets critics’ roundtables (please include book title, publisher and year, and description, including provisional list of critics and their affiliations, up to 500 words); and

(4) Book manuscript workshop, where monograph manuscripts will be presented by authors and discussed with selected respondents (please submit a description of your manuscript and a list of up to 4 provisional respondents, up to 1000 words. At least one respondent should be confirmed; the Academic Convenors are happy to contact other prospective respondents if desired.

We look forward to a conference that represents a diverse set of intellectual traditions, including analytic and normative political philosophy, the history of ideas, all traditions of critical theory, as well as comparative/global political theory. Panels that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and submissions from graduate students are especially welcomed. Please submit proposals via email at The final deadline for submission is Thursday June 30, 2022. For any questions, please do not hesitate to write us at

We look forward to seeing many of you at the conference!

Udit Bhatia, Maxime Lepoutre, and Ashwini Vasanthakumar