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2011 York Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Realism in Political Thought


On Wednesday 16th November 2011, the postgraduates of the Political Philosophy Group at the University of York and the White Rose Association for Political Philosophy will host a one-day student-led conference on realism in political philosophy and the history of political thought. The aim of the conference is to address both the ‘realist’ turn in recent political philosophy and to offer graduate students an opportunity to present papers, receive helpful feedback in a friendly atmosphere, and exchange ideas with peers and working academics in the discipline of political theory. The conference will be student-led with support from working political theorists.

Graduate students interested in presenting papers should send their contributions (maximum 3000/3500 words in English) accompanied by an abstract (maximum 300 words in English) and a short CV, by no later than 30th September 2011.

Papers may focus on any aspect of political realism broadly understood; for example, realist theories of political legitimacy, non-ideal theory, and political action. Presentations should last no longer than 30 minutes, with another 30 minutes for discussion. Please note 30th September 2011 is also the deadline for registration for any person wishing to attend the conference without presenting a paper.

Conference registration will cost £15. Paper givers will be offered subsidised accommodation, travel, and dinner on Wednesday 16th November. Accommodation details will be arranged on an individual basis. Anyone who wishes to attend the conference without presenting a paper can write to check availability. Details regarding a provisional conference programme will follow.

To submit a paper and/or register, please send an email to Mr James Hodgson ( with ‘Registration’ in the subject line. In the body of the text, please ensure you include: the name you wish to go on the list of attendees; your institutional affiliation; and any dietary requirements.

Please address all correspondence (including paper submission and additional inquiries) to Mr James Hodgson (