Three things make the conference a unique occasion:


Many sessions are plenary with full length paper presentations followed by vigorous discussion and debate. From 2020 plenary sessions will be interspersed with parallel panel sessions, round-table discussions, and workshop open sessions. After-dinner presentations allow for lively polemics and engaged reflections on the state of the field.


The 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.


A full programme over two or three days incuding evenings makes the Political Thought Conference 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.

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We are still working on the strong possibility of a physical conference in Oxford in 2021, as well as possible arra……