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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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Literature & the Early Modern State

A major two-day conference that aims to explore how political writing, broadly conceived, interacts with early-modern theories of state. The conference will take place on 4-5 April 2019 in Magdalene College, Cambridge. For further details, including registration, click below.

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Quentin Skinner Fellow for 2019

The Quentin Skinner Lecture for 2019 will be given by Dr. Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh), 7 June 2019 on 'The History of Liberalism in Twentieth-Century Africa'. It will be followed by a symposium on themes related to Dr. Hunter's lecture. For further details see here:

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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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