Brave New World 2018: Call for Abstracts

Brave New World 2018

This year’s Brave New World is the twenty-second annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. The conference will take place on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of June 2018 at the University of Manchester.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers this year will be:

• Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena & Reggio Emilia)
• Cécile Laborde (University of Oxford)

The Brave New World conference series is a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of postgraduate research in political theory. Participants will have the chance to meet and talk about their work with eminent academics, including members of the faculty from the University of Manchester, as well as the guest speakers who will deliver plenary addresses.

Guest speakers in previous years have included: David Archard, Richard Arneson, Brian Barry, Simon Caney, G.A. Cohen, Roger Crisp, Cecile Fabre, Jerry Gaus, Bob Goodin, Peter Jones, Chandran Kukathas, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Jeff McMahan, Matt Matravers, Emily McTernan, Susan Mendus, David Miller, Onora O’Neill, Serena Olsaretti, Michael Otsuka, Bhikhu Parekh, Carole Pateman, Carmen Pavel, Anne Phillips, Joseph Raz, Andrea Sangiovanni, Samuel Scheffler, David Schmidtz, Quentin Skinner, Hillel Steiner, Adam Swift, Philippe Van Parijs, Leif Wenar, Andrew Williams, and Jonathan Wolff.

Submission guidelines:

The deadline for submissions is 24th March 2017. If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 400 words in MS Word format and prepared for blind review to Please also state your name and institutional affiliation in the email. Papers focusing on any area of political theory or political philosophy are welcome.

Notices of acceptance will be sent by approximately 3rd April 2017.

We offer a limited number of bursaries for presenters depending on number attending. These will be allocated according to need. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please say so when submitting your abstract and state where you will be travelling from and any other sources of funding you have available to cover costs. For further details please contact us at

Information regarding registration will be available soon.


Is your workshop suitable to be a journal special issue? Representation, an International peer-reviewed Journal of representative democracy, will consider proposals that are within the scope of the journal (see “Aims and Scope”).

The editors are particular interested in proposals exploring ‘contemporary challenges to democracy’. Proposals can focus on theoretical diagnosis of the problems of representative democracy, suggested solutions, or a combination of both.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited by the Editorial Team to work as the Guest Editor(s) for the special issue.

Responsibilities of Lead Guest Editor(s):

  1. You need to arrange timely, quality controlled open peer review for the submitted manuscripts in collaboration with the Journal’s Associate Editor.
  2. You need to write an Introduction to be published in your Special Issue.
  3. Editorial office staff will always be available for you for any administrative and editorial assistance to make the whole process seamless and enjoying.


  • Title of the proposed Special Issue
  • Name, contact details and affiliation of the Guest Editor(s)
  • The rationale, scope and list of topics of the proposed issue
  • Background of the special issue
  • Suggested deadline of manuscript submissions and suggested publication month of the Special Issue
  • Kindly send your proposal and detailed CV with complete publication list to

To receive further information or discuss potential topics please contact the Editors

Dr. Stephen Elstub, Dr. Maarja Luhiste and Dr. Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca at