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Upcoming Conferences and other CFP's

Workshop on the German Revolution and the Radical Democratic Imaginary

The University of Exeter

24 May 2018

Deadline: 26 January 2018


In the wake of the First World War, workers and soldiers across Europe organised into democratic councils in order to challenge existing social hierarchies and strive towards self-government and workers’ control over production. During the 1918 German Revolution, a number of institutions and practices were proposed from within the German council movements to create a more participatory, democratic and worker-controlled society. Although there was much disagreement over specific proposals, council delegates were strongly in favour of deepening and extending existing forms of democracy beyond the limits of the bourgeois liberal state. Yet a hundred years on and political theory has drawn little from the discourses and practices of this significant historical era. Our aim with this workshop is to rejuvenate interest in political theorists and actors of the German Revolution and to place them in dialogue with conversations in radical democratic theory. We pose the question of how these political experiences should be theorised and what significance they hold for political practices today.


The workshop will be an opportunity for scholars from a variety of disciplines to form ongoing research networks based on shared areas of interest. Through the workshop, we will organise a number of research groups in which scholars will be asked to pre-circulate papers and provide feedback to another member of their group. The idea of the conference is to cultivate a space for in-depth discussion and collaborative research. We are open to scholars engaging with the German Revolution from a variety of perspectives including council communism, libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and radical democracy, among others. Papers could also contribute to broader debates in political theory on questions of democracy, agency, representation and power. We welcome papers from both a theoretical and historical perspective and anticipate the conference to spark discussion between political theorists and historians.


A limited number of bursaries will be available for postgraduate students to cover transportation costs. Please include a request with your abstract if you are a postgraduate student who would like to apply for such a bursary.


Deadline for submission of abstracts for conference papers (up to 300 words): 5PM, 26 January 2018. Send abstracts to


Workshop Date: 9:30AM - 6:00PM, 24 May 2018.

Workshop website:

Organised by James Muldoon and Martin Moorby, University of Exeter


Call for Proposals
Guides through the Political Theory Archive
Deadline: June 1, 2018

     Political Theory invites proposals from graduate students and postdocs for new “Guides through the Political Theory Archive.”  These guest-edited on-line volumes make use of the rich archive of essays published in Political Theory over its 45-year history. A collection of four or five articles revives a theme or thinker important in the past but now neglected, or addresses a debate or topic of importance today but perhaps unimagined at the time of original publication, or serves as a teaching or research tool, along the lines of a "best of" on a topic, thinker, or question. These Guides are available on-line without  a subscription. The first four guides in the series are can be found on the Political Theory website:

     We invite proposals for new Guides from collaborative teams of two or more graduate students and/or postdocs, preferably from more than one institution. Proposals should include an at most 500-word description of the theme of the Guide and a list of the four or five articles that it will discuss. Finished Guides will include an introductory essay of 4000-6000 words by the guest editors that explores the theme and the contributions of the selected articles. Political Theory’s Editor, Consulting Editors, and Executive Editorial Committee will select the strongest proposals and work with the guest editors on curating and polishing the guides.

     Proposals should be submitted by email to by June 1, 2018. Please write “Guide Proposal” in the subject line.  Please send any questions to the same address.


Stanford Center for Ethics in Society

Inaugural Junior Scholars Workshop

June 7-9, 2018

Submission Deadline: January 29, 2018


The Center for Ethics in Society will host an inaugural Junior Scholars Workshop at Stanford University on June 7-9, 2018. The workshop will feature the work of early career scholars in political philosophy, political theory, and moral philosophy, and is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and untenured junior faculty. This workshop seeks to highlight the work of emerging scholars, and to advance the Center’s mission of bringing ethical reflection to bear on pressing social problems.


For our inaugural workshop we are especially interested in scholarship in what might be called “interdisciplinary ethics.” Normative scholarship focused on issues like immigration, climate change, global poverty, and the governance of new technologies can benefit from engagement with the social sciences, law, and life sciences. We especially encourage submissions that bring relevant empirically-oriented scholarship to bear on normative questions and analysis. Yet we welcome submissions from political philosophers, political theorists, and moral philosophers that address any normative issue, whatever the methodological approach or topic. Papers will be evaluated by multiple readers and on the basis of quality alone.


Papers selected for the workshop will be pre-circulated and read in advance by all participants. We aim to select 8-10 papers, and each paper will be assigned one or two discussants.


Submission Details: Authors must be graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or untenured junior faculty within 5 years of their PhD. Papers should be unpublished manuscripts, must centrally address a normative issue, and be no longer than 10,000 words, including a brief abstract, notes, and references. Papers will be reviewed by a committee of philosophers and political theorists. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by mid-March, 2018.


Funding will be provided to pay for participants’ travel expenses and accommodations.


Submission deadline: January 29, 2018.

Please submit all materials online at:

Submissions will not be accepted via email. If you have any questions, please email:


Political Theory Symposium on Topic of "Native"
Deadline: March 1, 2018

Political Theory invites 50 to 5000 word submissions for a symposium on the topic of “native.”  We are thinking of the term within and beyond its meanings as “belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature, indigenous, local, homegrown.” We seek to publish innovative contributions inspired by our current political moment: is there a relation between being a “native” and being nativist? between nativity, nature, and natality? The word count range is expansive so that we can publish pieces of varying lengths and kinds and see conversations develop among them. Regardless of style, we are looking for pieces that challenge and expand the concept as it names persons and/or peoples, an attribute, a state of being or becoming, a field of study, an ecological relation, and/or a political policy. Consulting Editors Lori Marso and Jill Frank will co-edit this symposium, and submissions will undergo the journal’s regular review process.  Go to the journal's homepage for submission information.


Rethinking the History of Modern Political Concepts:
Race and Division of Labor in Global Western Empires, 1791-1888

Graduate Conference of the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures,
and the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory
(University of Virginia, University of Bologna, Duke University)

March 16-18, 2018
Deadline: December 10, 2017

This conference aims to rethink the history of political thought by “provincializing” its Eurocentric canon. We invite contributions that rethink the (re-)formation of modern political concepts, particularly in relation to race and division of labor, during a dynamic 19th century. Drawing on global history and the history from below, the conference will focus on the worldwide metamorphosis of European empires and the U.S. beginning with the Haitian Revolution (1791) until the abolition of slavery in Brazil (1888).
The ideological innovations and political transformations brought by the “Age of Revolutions” pushed global empires to reformulate the authority/obedience relationship within a new conceptual framework of formal liberty and equality among citizens. On the one hand, the first abolition of slavery achieved by enslaved Africans in Haiti compelled European powers to rethink the division of labor. On the other hand, the notion of “race” emerged as a historically specific lens through which empires rearticulated conceptions of “liberty”, “equality”, “citizenship”, and “humanity” and laid the foundations of European theories of sovereignty. Calling into question the binary opposition between European rule of law and its colonial exception, as well as examining the liberal myth of violence as a mere “colonial” technique of government, the conference welcomes contributions focused on norms acting both within and outside the metropoles of globally extensive empires, and investigate the ways in which a racial division of labor worked on a global scale with varying modes of operation in specific contexts.
The conference also aims to highlight conflict and change, and explore emergent political challenges from below that forced administrative authorities and emerging political subjects to reformulate political concepts at a time of political transformation. Moving from the colonial interplay between racialization and division of labor, we intend to host a dialogue on the theoretical relevance of “imperial history” and “global labor history” for a critical theory of modern political concepts. History of political concepts still appears detached from the material dimension implied in the concrete practices of imperial administration as well as from innovative discourses on freedom developed by emergent and oppositional political subjects of this period of history. The roots of such an intellectual operation should rely on a dialogue between scholarly efforts and nonacademic “subaltern” historiographies, carried out by political movements and traditions such as Latin American Marxism, the black radical tradition, and other anti-imperialist discourses.
We invite graduate student papers on topics including, but not limited to:
• Race, gender, and class struggle
• Colonial administration and management
• The birth of “free” labor: French and British abolitionist debates
• The Haitian Revolution
• Indigenous peoples in colonial and postcolonial Latin America
• Imperial borders and the production of space
• Control, policing, and profiling on/of workers’ mobility
• Labor and citizenship
• Genealogies of global governance, finance, and division of labor
• Provincializing the Atlantic: slavery and forced labor in Indian & Pacific oceans
• Conceptions of race and labor before and after the U.S. Civil War
• Reframing the archives: subaltern historiographies
Interested graduate students are required to complete and submit the application form and upload an abstract (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute presentation along with a short CV (max. 2 pages):
The deadline for submission is December 10, 2017 at 3.00 pm (GMT +1)
Selected applicants will be notified by December 31, 2017.
Limited grants are available to assist presenters with travel, room, and board. Please mention in your application if you wish to be considered for a travel bursary, and if your participation is contingent upon receiving one.
For further information:
Organizing committee:
Matilde Cazzola (Unibo)
Swati Chawla (UVA)
Martino Sacchi (Unibo - Paris 1)
Can Evren (Duke)
Lorenzo Ravano (Unibo)
Advisory board:
Raffaele Laudani (Unibo), Lawrie Balfour (UVA)
Marcus Rediker (Pitt), Prathama Banerjee (CSDS)
Sandro Mezzadra (Unibo), Prasenjit Duara (Duke)
Anthony Bogues (Brown), Verónica Gago (UNSAM)

The 2018 John Locke Workshop
Mansfield College, Oxford University
July 16-18, 2018
Deadline: November 15, 2017

The aim of the first official workshop of the John Locke Society (JLS) is to foster interactions among Locke scholars from different disciplines and encourage the development of new scholarship on Locke’s works. Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) on any topic pertaining to Locke are due by NOVEMBER 15, 2017 and can be sent to Antonia LoLordo (  Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words.  The full program will be made available in January 2018. Further information regarding the workshop, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time. 
Keynote Speakers: Lisa Downing (Ohio State University) and
Edwin McCann (University of Southern California)
For more information about the newly formed John Locke Society, please visit the JLS site:
2018 Locke Workshop Organizers:
Paul Lodge (Mansfield College, Oxford)
Antonia LoLordo (University of Virginia)
Jessica Gordon-Roth (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Journals, Book Series and Edited Volumes

Glocalism Issue, "Towards Global Citizenships"
Deadline: January 31, 2018
This Issue is scheduled to appear February 2018


The process of globalisation and the deterritorialisation of politics, rule and governance are reconfiguring the “state-centric” model of the 19th and 20 th centuries. This implies immediate consequences for those issues strictly linked to the nation-state organizational form, such as that of citizenship. The modern nation-state system has regulated membership in terms of national citizenship. In the global era, however, the idea of a bounded nation-state community appears to be, at the very least, problematic. We are facing a disaggregation of citizenship, the emergence of an international human rights regime and the spread of cosmopolitan norms. 

As globalisation proceeds, all of these phenomena challenge the three regulative ideals on which democratic sovereignty is based: the idea that people are the author and subject of laws, the ideal of a unified demos and the idea of a self-enclosed and autochthonous territory over which the demos governs. That is to say, the institutional developments of our contemporary era unbundle the three constitutive dimensions of citizenship: collective identity, the privileges of political membership and the entitlements of social rights and benefits.
Due to the global interconnections of human relations, we need a new reconfiguration of the institution of citizenship, open to subnational and transnational democratic iterations. Indeed, the new form of post-Westphalian politics of global interdependence suggests that democratic citizenship can also be exercised across national boundaries: in local, transnational and global contexts. But, the new meta-national citizenship has yet to be built: is it really possible to organise a democracy without borders? How can we reconcile cosmopolitism and democratic self-governance? Is there a contraposition between human rights (the rights addressed to humans as such) and citizens’ rights (the rights addressed to a specific human, member of a particular community)? It could be interesting to think of all these problems while also considering the possible need for new forms of citizenship conceived beyond the borders of each State before the realization of a better-defined concept of global citizenship. It could also be useful to reflect upon the current concept of citizenship and on its instability in the face of mass migration, incapacity of nation states to control their own borders and ever-increasing social inequality.

Constitutional Studies
Deadline: Ongoing

The journal Constitutional Studies seeks work of the highest quality that expands our understanding of constitutional democratic institutions and the bases for their legitimacy, practices of constitutional self-government, formal and informal constitutional systems, approaches to constitutional jurisprudence, and related subjects. We welcome submissions from a comparative, empirical, historical, normative, or analytic perspective from scholars across the range of the social sciences and humanities.

Interested authors should visit our website at for instructions on formatting and submission. Potential articles should be no more than 10,000 words.  All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review.  Questions about the journal or submissions can be sent to

The journal is supported by generous funding from the Bradley Foundation and the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy and published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Contemporary Anarchist Studies. Bloomsbury Publishing

Deadline: Ongoing



In association with the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, the North American Anarchist Studies Network, and AK Press

Launched in 2010 by members of the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, Contemporary Anarchist Studies is the first peer-reviewed monograph series in anarchist studies by a major international academic publisher. The series promotes the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times, showcasing research that exemplifies cutting edge, socially engaged scholarship, bridging theory and practice, academic rigour and the insights of contemporary activism.

All books published in the series are widely promoted and distributed internationally, and published under a Creative Commons (2.0) License which ensures that permission for non-commercial reproduction of the books is granted by the publishers free of charge to voluntary, campaign and community groups. The general format of the series is simultaneous hardback and paperback publication, with the latter priced affordably so as to reach as large an audience as possible.

The series editors welcome book proposals on a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to the following: anarchist history and theory broadly construed; individual anarchist thinkers; anarchist-informed analysis of current issues and institutions; and anarchist or anarchist-inspired movements and practices. Proposals informed by anti-capitalist, feminist, ecological, indigenous, and non-Western or global South anarchist perspectives are particularly welcome. So, too, are projects that promise to illuminate the relationships between the personal and the political aspects of transformative social change, local and global problems, and anarchism and other movements and ideologies. Above all, we wish to publish books that will help activist scholars and scholar activists think about how to challenge and build real alternatives to existing structures of oppression and injustice.

All proposals are evaluated strictly according to their individual merits and compatibility with the aims of the series. In accordance with this policy, we welcome proposals from independent scholars and new authors as well as from those with an institutional affiliation and publishing record. Titles accepted for publication in the series are supported by an engaged and careful peer review process, including impartial assessments by members of an international editorial advisory board consisting of leading scholars in the field.

We are currently seeking book proposals that fit the description above.

Please send proposals (using a Bloomsbury Academic Proposal Form, available for download here: to one or more of the series editors: Laurence Davis, University College Cork,; Uri Gordon, Loughborough University,; Nathan Jun, Midwestern State University,; Alex Prichard, Exeter University, We also welcome more informal inquiries. Further information about the series is available on the series website at

The Journal Foro Interno. Anuario de Teoría Política

Deadline: Ongoing

The Journal Foro Interno. Anuario de Teoría Política is currently requesting articles to be considered for publication in the upcoming issue (vol. 13, December 2013).

Authors interested in submitting an article may contact us at:

Foro Interno is open to receiving articles throughout the entire year. We seek top quality scientific articles in the field of Political Theory. We also accept manuscripts that refer to other areas of knowledge but that offer content relevant to political theory, such as history of thought, political psychology, political philosophy, cultural studies and literary criticism.

Articles are welcome in either Spanish or English language.

Articles should be sent in Microsoft Word format. The maximum length allowed is 35 pages in Times New Roman 12 font, with double spacing, and should include an abstract and a list of keywords describing the content. For more details on the publication rules, please go to:

Foro Interno is listed in several prestigious national and international indices that are computable for the ANECA point system. It is published annually in December, in both print and electronic format. All content published to date is available in full text format and free of charge on the Portal of the Complutense University Scientific Journals. This Journal may be accessed at:


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