Call for Abstracts
The Second Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory
28–29 May 2020, John Stuart Mill College, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Keynote speakers: Laura Valentini (LSE), Karuna Mantena (Columbia)
The Second Annual Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory will be held on May 28–29, 2020 at the John Stuart Mill College of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
We are now accepting submissions of extended abstracts.
This conference offers PhD candidates the opportunity to present their research in a vibrant intellectual environment. Each session will give those presenting a chance to receive feedback from a dedicated discussant, after which each author will engage in an extensive question and answer period with the faculty and PhD students from the John Stuart Mill College of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, as well as the keynote speakers, and other participants of the conference.
We are excited to announce that we will have two keynote speakers:
We particularly welcome (without restricting ourselves to) submissions from interdisciplinary perspectives; for example, work that spans the disciplines of philosophy, politics, and economics.
Quite apart from offering the opportunity to reflect on political theorising, another explicit aim of the conference is to build a community and a network among those PhD candidates and postdocs interested in interdisciplinary research. The conference therefore aims to create an intellectually stimulating environment in which PhD candidates and postdocs can interact with their peers from around the world who share this interest.
Extended abstract submission deadline: February 24, 2020.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 24, 2020.
Format: Please format your extended abstracts for blind review, excluding any personal and institutional information. Furthermore, we require a short cover letter that includes your institutional affiliation, contact information, and a brief bio outlining your research interests.
Length: Abstracts must be between 500 and 800 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography.
How to submit: Please email your abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding: Regrettably we are unable to provide any funding for travel or accommodation.
Contact: Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Organisers: Sanne Groothuis, Stefano Merlo, Akshath Jitendranath, Steven Otterman, Marina Uzunova.
The Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory is a joint enterprise of PhD students from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (John Stuart Mill College), the University of Amsterdam (Departments of Philosophy and Political Science), as well as the Amsterdam Center for Political Thought.
Dr. Valentini's work is situated in the field of contemporary political theory and political philosophy. Her research interests include: global justice, democracy, freedom, human rights, political obligation, the methodology of political theory, and the relation between political theory, social ontology and the social sciences more broadly.
Dr. Valentini holds a first degree (“laurea”) in Political Science from Pavia University (Italy), and an MA and a PhD in Political Philosophy from University College London. She has been a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College (Oxford University), a postdoc at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University) and a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at UCL. She is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at LSE.
Professor Karuna Mantena specializes in political theory with research interests in the theory and history of empire, South Asian intellectual history, and postcolonial democracy. Karuna holds a B.Sc. (Economics) in International Relations from the London School of Economics (1995), an M.A. in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex (1996), and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University (2004).
Her first book, Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (2010), analyzed the transformation of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology. She is currently finishing on a book on M. K. Gandhi and the politics of nonviolence, tentatively titled Gandhi’s Realism: Means and Ends in Politics. She is also co-director of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought. .