January 15, 2023

NEWS CfP Now Out for the First Joint Graduate Conference in Political Theory – Edinburgh-St Andrews

We are pleased to announce the first Graduate Conference in Political Theory co-organised by the University of Edinburgh and St. Andrews University, and entitled Justice, Oppression and Resistance. The conference will feature a roundtable on ‘Empire, Race, Nature’, and keynote lectures by Dr Ẹniọlá Ṣóyẹmí (Oxford) and Dr Rahul Rao (St. Andrews).

Call for Papers

Various scholars have pointed to numerous blind-spots in classic liberal theories of justice and as a result the world of normative theory has undergone significant changes. The scope of critique is far-reaching, coming from proponents of various traditions within political theory and beyond. Most notably, with the increasing understanding of the role of structural injustices stemming from, for example, centuries of economic, gender, and racial inequities, the idea of justice as resistance against oppression is becoming a central concern of critical normative theory. This conference seeks to explore the ways in which normative theories of justice are problematised in contemporary scholarship, and how this may enable the realisation of a more just world.

We particularly seek submissions related to the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Postcolonial, decolonial, and anti-racist critiques of global politics and ethics
  • Feminist perspectives on global justice
  • Environmental perspectives on oppression (e.g., ecofeminism and eco-Marxism)
  • Ableism, disability, and neurodiversity
  • Intersectional perspectives on global justice
  • The linkages between justice, oppression, and resistance
  • Intergenerational dimensions of justice
  • Economic justice and anti-capitalist critique
  • The role of research and critical pedagogical methodologies, across the globe, in shaping paradigms of justice

Those who are interested in applying to the conference are requested to send a 400-500 word (max) abstract prepared for anonymous review. Submissions are made via e-form. Applicants are asked to include their information (full name, position, affiliation, contact details) in a separate section of the e-form. Link to e-form:

The final date of submission is 20 March 2023. Applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their proposal by mid-April.

For any questions, please email the Organising Committee: