Brave New World 2017

Brave New World 2017

This year’s Brave New World is the twenty-first annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. The conference will take place on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of June 2017 at the University of Manchester.

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

  • Emily McTernan (University College London)
  • David Schmidtz (University of Arizona)


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 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, 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, 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.

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About Liam Shields

Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. Research and teaching interests are distributive justice, sufficientarianism, equality of opportunity, justice and children/the family. Other interests Everton FC and beer. On twitter @philosopherliam.

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