Conference 2015



Public and Private in the History of Political Thought

Sixth Annual London Graduate Conference

in the History of Political Thought

IHR, Senate House, University of London

5-6 June 2015

Keynote speaker: Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge)

Deadline for Proposals: 16 April 2015.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out on the 18th April.

Given the increasing blurring of the public and private in today’s society this conference invites proposals for papers and panels exploring the intersection of these spheres in the history of political thought. From the classical to the modern era, political discourse has grappled with defining this relationship. We encourage abstracts engaging with the definitions of public and private as well, particularly, as those considering the relationship between the two.

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

  • The role of non-state actors in national and international politics
  • The domestic, the household and civil society
  • Gender in the history of political thought
  • Privacy, security and surveillance
  • Habits, customs and codes of public conduct
  • Sociability and Society
  • The making of citizenship
  • Arts and culture as political discourse
  • Media, censorship and self-censorship
  • Corporations and economic structures as political actors
  • Civil associations and interest groups
  • Civil religion and the relationship between church and state
  • Sexual identities and sexuality in public discourse
  • Education and educational institutions
  • The concept of the individual

We invite proposals from a diversity of fields that deal with the intersection of public and private in a historical perspective, including the history of political thought, political theory, geography, anthropology, international relations, philosophy, literary studies, classics and other related fields.

To submit a paper, please email a CV and proposal of max. 500 words for presentations of approximately 20 minutes to Panel proposals will also be accepted.

Click here for the CFP in PDF format.