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Note: We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2019 conference. Thank you for your interest.

The Department of Political Science at Duke University will host its fifth annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory on February 7-8, 2019. We are very pleased to announce that Professor Jason Frank of Cornell University will join us as the keynote speaker for the conference.

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.

Attendees 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, formatted for blind review, via email ( Please include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and some key words to help us sort your submission — along with the title of your proposal — in the text of the email. Attach your proposal as a pdf, formatted for blind review and identified only by the title. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 19, 2018, and applicants will be notified of their status by mid-December. Accepted conference participants will be required to upload a complete paper by January 18, 2019.

If you have any further questions, please email

Note: We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2019 conference. Thank you for your interest.