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Welcome to the Home Page of Political Thought in Cambridge

Through the links on this page you will find information on a wide range of activities in the History of Political Thought, Political Theory, and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge and beyond. These include the weekly seminar, individual lectures and conferences, and our graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Cambridge Seminars in Political Thought and Intellectual History

The seminars meet on Monday at 5.00pm - 6.45pm in the Old Combination Room, Trinity College, and are followed by a wine reception and dinner at Pizza Express.

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Visiting Scholars Scheme

The Centre for Political Thought is pleased to announce a new Visiting Scholars scheme. Applications from established academics and qualified postdoctoral researchers are welcome. Visitors are hosted for a minimum of two weeks, but usually apply to visit for one term. In exceptional cases Visiting Scholars accepted for up to three successive terms in a year. Visitors must be undertaking work of interest to the Centre.

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Legal Histories beyond the State

The Centre for Political Thought is pleased to advertise 'Legal Histories beyond the State', an initiative of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the Centre for History and Economics, and the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought.

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Global Intellectual History

The Global Intellectual History Seminar focuses on new work in this fast-developing area of international, transnational and global political thought and intellectual history. It meets periodically in Corpus Christi College.

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Reinhart Koselleck Symposium

This half-day symposium, which takes place in Cambridge on 17 May 2019, will focus on the recent publication of Koselleck’s Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories (Stanford University Press, 2018), offering the opportunity to discuss Koselleck’s work most recently translated into English, and to situate this within the wider context of his career.

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Quentin Skinner Fellow for 2019

Dr Emma Hunter (Edinburgh) will give this year's Quentin Skinner Lecture, 'Rethinking Liberties in 20th-Century Africa,' at 11:30 on 7 June, 2019, at CRASSH in the Alison Richards Building. Registration opens at 11:00. The lecture will be followed by an afternoon colloquium on the lecture's themes. For online registration and the programme, see here:

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The History of Political Thought at King’s: A Discipline in One College 1950-2019

An afternoon of talks reflecting on political thought at King’s College, Cambridge 1950-2019, as part of the celebration for 50 years of John Dunn’s fellowship. Speakers will reflect on the contribution of King’s to the study of the history of political thought. The event will take place on Saturday 4 May from 2.15–6.00 pm in Keynes Hall, and will be followed by a drinks reception.

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