Call for Proposals

The Department of Political Science at Duke University will host its sixth annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory on February 6-7, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be Eric Nelson, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Government at Harvard University. 

We seek proposals from graduate students on any topic in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, the history of political thought, or related disciplines. We particularly welcome submissions that will engage a diverse audience.

In addition to building community among graduate students from different institutions, this conference offers participants the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from scholars in the field. Each selected student paper will have its own faculty discussant drawn from the political theory community at Duke or the broader Research Triangle. 

Participants will be provided with lodging, transportation, and meals for the duration of their stay. We will also be able to provide substantial travel stipends, though the exact amount is yet to be determined. Participants are expected to attend the entire conference.

To apply, please submit a proposal of 700-1000 words as a pdf. The proposal should be formatted for blind review with no identifying information. The link to submit is here. (A Google account is needed in order to sign-in to the submission form; please email us with any questions.) 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 18, 2019, and applicants will be notified of their status by mid-December at the latest. Accepted conference participants will be required to circulate a complete paper by January 27, 2020. If you have any further questions, please email