Registration for the MANCEPT Workshops 2015 is now open!

We are delighted to announce that we have accepted 27 panels at the workshops this year. Please find details of the subject of each panel on the relevant pages (A-H) (I-P) (Q-Z).

Registration for the workshops is now open and can be completed here. The cost of registration is the same as last year (£220 for academics and £130 for graduate students). Registration will be open until the 25th July (after this time a late fee will be incurred).

We have, for the first time this year, 30 full bursaries available. Anyone who is not currently in full-time employment may apply and the bursary will cover the full cost of registration. The deadline to apply for a bursary will be 10th June and decisions will be made by the 15th. To apply for a bursary, please include the following information in a word document and email it to us at: – Name, Institutional Affiliation, Paper Title, Panel Title, and Reason for Application.




Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Friday, 27 March 2015


Location: Boardroom, Second Floor, Arthur Lewis Building (building no. 36 here), University of Manchester

Although there has been much written on the ethics of war by just war theorists, much less attention has been to the ethics of the alternatives to war (or ‘soft war’), including economic sanctions, diplomacy, nonviolent resistance, cyber war, propaganda, and ‘lawfare’. This workshop brings together some leading just war theorists and political philosophers to consider both specific alternatives and the alternatives as a whole.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ariel Colonomas, Sciences Po.
  • Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon
  • Christopher Finlay, University of Birmingham
  • Elizabeth Ellis, University of Leeds
  • Jessica Wolfendale, West Virginia University
  • Michael Gross University of Haifa
  • Sebastian Kaempf, University of Queensland
  • Tamar Meisels, Tel Aviv University
  • Valerie Morkevicius, Colgate University


Registration is free

Space is limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register here:

For any other questions, please contact the workshop organiser, James Pattison (

The workshop is hosted by MANCEPT (the Manchester Centre for Political Theory). For more information, see

MANCEPT Workshops 2015 – Call for Convenors

We are now accepting applications for workshop convenors. Applications are made by submitting a short (500 word) abstract describing the subject of your workshop. The deadline for workshop proposals is Monday 2nd March 2015. Please see ‎for more information on the way the workshops are run.

If you are interested in convening a workshop or require any further information then please email the workshop organiser Stephanie Rinaldi at

MANCEPT Workshops 2014: Registration now open

Registration for the workshops is now open, you can register by clicking here.

The deadline for registration is 25th July.

A dinner will be held on the first day of the conference  (Monday 8th) at the Midland Hotel. There will be a set menu, and accommodations made for any dietary requirements. Dinner will cost £30 for delegates paying the standard rate. For students, non-salaried and retired academics, the dinner fee is reduced to £20. The cost of dinner includes wine. Delegates who wish to attend the dinner should pay the fee when registering.

There is accommodation available to delegates paying the discounted registration rate. You can book accommodation when registering, unfortunately the bookings are non-refundable. Please do not book accommodation if you are not paying the discounted rate.

We have a small number of bursaries available for postgraduate students who are convening or presenting papers. Students awarded bursaries will only pay a £65 registration fee. The deadline for applications is 20th June. Successful applicants will receive a password that must be entered when completing on-line registration. For this reason, applicants should not register until they have been notified of our decision. A decision will be made by 23rd June. To apply for a bursary, please include the following information in a word document and email it to us at: – Name, Institutional Affiliation, Paper Title, Panel Title, and Reason for Application.

MANCEPT Workshops 2014

The MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2014 is an annual conference in political theory, organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. This year’s conference will be the eleventh event in the series and will take place on Monday 8th September until Wednesday 10th September at the Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. Over the last ten years, participants from over twenty five countries have come together in a series of workshops focussing on political theory/philosophy widely construed. Last year the workshops had more than 200 delegates attending, and the conference is now established as a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of research in political theory.

Please see the drop-down menu above for more information.

We are delighted to announce that we have accepted 34 panels this year; the most we’ve ever had! Please find details of the subject of each panel here (A-H), here (I-R), or here (S-Z).

Further information on panels in previous year’s workshops can be found here (2013), here (2012), or here (2011).


Upcoming FilmCEPT!

8 October we will be watching:



“In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot…”


Based on the famous graphic novel by Alan Moore, this film is sure to inspire some interesting discussion, so come along the 8th of October (19:00, room 4.059–but both time and place are subject to last minute changes)