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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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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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The Politics of Social Protection

On Friday 18 January, 2019 CRASSH and the Cambridge Society for Social and Economic Development will host a conference entitled 'The Politics of Social Protection: Is it really the Citizens vs. the Vulnerables?'. Against a backdrop of rising tensions between the proponents of increased migration and the proponents of stronger welfare states, the conference explores the politics of social protection in both the global North and South. Click below for more information.

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Workshop: History in the Humanities and Social Sciences - January 11 2019

The first of three AHRC-Funded Workshops on the theme of "History in the Humanities and Social Sciences" , organised by Prof. Richard Bourke (Cambridge) and Prof. Quentin Skinner (QMUL) will be held on Friday 11 January 2019. Two further Workshops will follow on 22 March and 5 July. The first Workshop will be held at Jesus College, Cambridge, in Frankopan Hall, 9:30–18:15. For more 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 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 situate this within the context of his career.

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The Seeley Lecturer for 2019 is Professor Elizabeth Anderson (Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan). Prof. Anderson will lecture on "The Great Reversal: How Neoliberalism turned Classical Liberal Principles Against Workers" on 7, 9, 14, 16 May 2019.

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Our intellectual history podcast, run by graduate students at Cambridge. Interventions introduces intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics

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