Stanford University, New York University, McGill University, and Duke University 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.
The first workshop in this series will be held November 2 at NYU: https://wp.nyu.edu/deliberationrepresentationlimitsofdemocracy/junior-scholars-forum/
The call for papers for the 2020 workshop will go out in the spring of 2020.