Conference 2012

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Property, Dominium and Self-Ownership 

The Third Annual London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought

Senate House, London

14-15 May 2012

Keynote speaker: Professor Eric Nelson (Harvard University)

Since antiquity, political associations, institutions and identities have long been tied to the possession and cultivation of property. The aim of this year’s conference is to consider interrelated themes of property, dominium and self-ownership in the history of political thought.

Proposals for papers and panels may wish to consider some of the following themes:

–          Definitions of property and their historical development

–          The concept of dominium, and the interplay between property and political authority

–          Ownership of the self and others

–          Property and freedom

–          Property and citizenship

–          Dominium and territory

–          Colonialism and postcolonialism

–          Ownership in feminist and minority discourse

We invite proposals from a diversity of fields that deal with the themes of property, dominium and self-ownership in historical perspective, including the history of political thought, intellectual history, political theory, philosophy, economics and human geography. We welcome submissions from classicists, medievalists and those working on non-Western traditions of thought.

In addition, as 2012 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of C. B. Macpherson’s groundbreaking work, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism, we are interested in receiving proposals for papers which consider the legacy and continued relevance of Macpherson’s work.

Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to publish their papers in our online, peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought.

Please email abstracts of max. 500 words for papers of 20 minutes with a CV to: or

Proposals can be submitted independently or as part of a panel of 2-3 speakers.

Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2012