PTPS workshop for junior scholars

CFP: Political Theory in/ and/ as Political Science workshop for junior scholars
Stanford University, New York University, McGill University, and DukeUniversity are collaborating to sponsor a new initiative to support the work of junior scholars in political theory.

Among the social sciences, political science alone remains committed to the rigorous study of normative and ideational questions. Among normative domains of inquiry, political theory alone seeks to engage with the empirical social sciences. The academic study of politics at its best takes seriously that politics is a domain of both persuasion and coercion, of both ideals and institutions. Key concepts such as “legitimacy” and “equality” inform the empirical analysis of politics, but even as aspirations should reflect the real circumstances of politics.

While the most enduring contributions to political science reflect this connection between the normative and empirical, the demands of specialization and the intellectual division of labor can discourage younger political theorists from investing in the tools necessary to engage with empirical social science. To help counteract these tendencies and to encourage such border-crossing research, four universities – Stanford, NYU, McGill, and Duke – are collaborating to hold an annual Junior Scholars Forum, beginning in the fall of 2019. The goal of the forum is to highlight exciting research by junior scholars and to contribute to the development of their scholarship.

This first forum will take place at NYU on November 1-2, 2019, as part of a larger conference on democratic theory and institutions. We invite paper proposals from scholars with the Ph.D. in hand who hold postdoctoral fellowships, who have not yet held a tenure-track appointment, or who have held a tenure-track appointment for less than four years. Four to six article-length unpublished political theory papers will be accepted for presentation at a works-in-progress workshop, at which faculty from the four sponsoring universities will serve as commentators. Papers should recognizably draw on and/or contribute to empirical or positive modes of inquiry in political science. Co-authored papers are welcome, especially co-authored papers that represent a collaboration between normatively-oriented and empirically-oriented scholars.

To apply, please submit an abstract (no more than 500 words) and curriculum vitae to Melissa Schwartzberg (NYU) at ms268 [at] with Junior Scholars Forum in the subject line. The deadline is April 1, 2019.

NYU will cover travel expenses for authors of accepted papers.