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April 24-25

The Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory was established in 2016. Now entering our seventh year, we are excited to be hosting Andrea Sangiovanni and Lawrie Balfour as our keynote speakers. We welcome graduate students from all areas of political theory to attend the 2023 Conference. 

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The 2023 Conference

The 2023 Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory will be held on the 24th-25th April 2023 at Nuffield College, Oxford. 


As we enter our seventh year, we are honoured to host two keynote lectures to be delivered by Lawrie Balfour and Andrea Sangiovanni. 

At the 2023 Conference, we will also hear from 21 graduate speakers from a host of international institutions. Each speaker will present on their recent work, before opening to a public Q&A. The full schedule is available here.


The 2023 conference will be held in-person at Nuffield College, Oxford. Registration for those who wish to attend the Conference without presenting a paper is now open. Conference registration is free of charge. 

Please address any inquiries regarding the conference to the organisers at






This year we will have two keynote speakers. On April 24th Andrea Sangiovanni will deliver the keynote 'Solidarity as a Social Kind.' On April 25th, Lawrie Balfour will deliver the keynote 'More Beautiful Than Democracy: Toni Morrison and the Idea of a Shareable World.'

Andrea Sangiovanni is Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. His most recent book is entitled Humanity Without Dignity: Moral Equality, Respect, and Human Rights (Harvard University Press, 2017). He is currently working on solidarity, and has two forthcoming books on the topic: Solidarity: Nature, Grounds and Value (forthcoming with Manchester University Press), and an edited volume On Solidarity (with Juri Viehoff, forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

Lawrie Balfour is the James Hart Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Balfour works on race, gender, and democracy, and is the author of Democracy’s Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press) and The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell University Press), among other works. She has a forthcoming book titled Toni Morrison: Imagining Freedom due to be published with Oxford University Press in April 2023.

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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.

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