Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory, to be held on Monday 26th of April and Tuesday 27th of April 2021. Due to the special circumstances we live in, we have decided not to take an unnecessary risk and so, once again, the conference will be held online, hopefully for the last time.

We welcome submissions from graduate students in any area of political theory, including, but not limited to, critical theory, history of political thought, analytical political philosophy, continental social and political thought. Interested applicants should send anonymised abstracts of 500 words — along with a separate cover sheet detailing the applicant’s name, paper title, and institutional affiliation — to by 10 February 2021. Abstracts should include keywords to indicate the primary research areas of the paper.

Conference registration is free of charge. The registration deadline for those who wish to attend the conference without presenting a paper is 1 April 2021.

Please address any inquiries regarding the conference to the organisers at






This year we will have two keynote speakers. Adam Hosein will deliver the keynote on April 26th, and Loubna El Amine on April 27th.

Adam Hosein is Associate Professor of Philosophy and and Affiliate Professor of Law at Northeastern University. He recently published The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction (Routledge, 2019) and is currently working on a book about discrimination, including anti-discrimination law, entitled Discrimination, Inclusion, and Social Progress (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Loubna El Amine is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University. Her first book, Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation, was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. She is currently working on a second book, tentatively titled Beyond Freedom and Slavery: Status and Membership in the Ancient Confucian Political Community.


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Oxford OX1 1NF

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Nuffield College, founded 1937, is one of the 38 constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It is home to the Nuffield Political Theory Workshop, currently convened by Nuffield Chair in Political Theory, Professor Cécile Laborde.


2021 Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory

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