CALL FOR PAPERS
Graduate Conference in Political Theory
October 31–November 1, 2008
The Department of Government (FAS) at Harvard University will host its second conference for graduate students in political theory and political philosophy from October 31–November 1, 2008. Papers on any theme or topic within political theory—from the history of political thought to contemporary normative and conceptual theory—will be considered. Between seven and twelve papers will be accepted.
Each presentation should last no longer than 20 minutes; please limit your paper sub-
mission to 20 double-spaced pages. Please format it for blind review: the text should
include your title but also be free of personal and institutional information; and a
separate cover page should include your title; a brief abstract (100 words max.); and
your name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.
Discussion panels comprised of Harvard graduate students will accompany each accepted
paper. Each presenter will have a chance to answer questions during a general discus-
sion period after each panel discussion.
Food and housing will be provided by the Government Department and its graduate stu-
dents. Unfortunately, Harvard will not be able to provide funds for transportation.
Submissions are due via e-mail (in PDF) on August 1, 2008. Acceptance notices will
be sent by early September. Papers will be refereed by juries composed of current
graduate students in the Government Department at Harvard.
Questions, comments, and submissions should be sent to
For more information, please visit the conference Web site at