The Centre for the Study ofthe History of Political Thought

Past Activities

This is a listing of all our past events and activities including lectures, workshops, conferences and colloquiums.

Past Events

Against War and Empire: half-day colloquium

Friday 17th May, 2013

2pm - 6.30pm, Arts Two Building, Room 3.20, QMUL

The Centre hosted a half-day colloquium on Richard Whatmore’s new book, Against War and Empire. Speakers: David Armitage, Béla Kapossy, Isaac Nakhimovsky, Michael Sonenscher, Richard Whatmore.

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New Perspectives on the French Revolution

Saturday 15th December, 2012

9.30am - 5.30pm, Arts Two Building, QMUL

A one-day conference was held on Saturday 15 December 2012, devoted to New Perspectives on the French Revolution. Speakers included: Charles Walton (Yale), Michael Sonenscher (Cambridge), Richard Whatmore (Sussex), Ultan Gillen (Teeside), William Doyle (Bristol), Colin Jones (Queen Mary).

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Conference: ‘The Patriotism of the Expatriates’

Wednesday 4th July, 2012

10.30am - 6.15pm, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, London

One day conference titled ‘The Patriotism of the Expatriates: Diasporas and national consciousness between Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond in the long 19th Century’.  The conference took place at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 39 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8NX.

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First Popular Sovereignty Project workshop

Friday 6th July, 2012

9.30am, Queen Mary, University of London

The first meeting of the Popular Sovereignty Project was held on 6 July 2012. The following papers were presented:

  • Melissa Lane: ‘Rethinking Offices: Athenians, Plato, and Aristotle on Popular magistracies and Political Knowledge’
  • Eric Nelson: ‘”The King is the Only Sovereign of the Empire”: Prerogative, Representation, and the American Founding’
  • Tim Stanton: ‘State Authority, Popular Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law: Weber, Schmitt, Kelsen, and the lessons of Weimar Germany’
    Please see Proceedings and papers for more details.

Graduate conference: Property, Dominium and Self-Ownership

Monday 14th May, 2012

From 12pm, Senate House

The 2012 London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought was held on 14-15 May, on the theme of Property, Dominium and Self-Ownership. The keynote was Eric Nelson (Harvard) with Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary University of London) chairing.

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Ideas of Power in the Late Middle Ages

Tuesday 3rd April, 2012

6pm, ArtsTwo, Mile End Campus

Queen Mary School of History was honoured to host Dr. Joseph Canning, Lecturer in History at Cambridge, in celebration of the publication of his latest work: Ideas of Power in the Late Middle Ages. Dr. Canning introduced the themes of his work, followed by a lively discussion chaired by Milan Zonca, PhD student in the School of History at QM, and a drinks reception. This event brought together over thirty graduate students and scholars in the fields of Medieval History and the History of Political Thought from QM, University of London Schools, Cambridge and even further afield.

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Jacob Levy on ‘Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom’

Wednesday 25th January, 2012

4.30pm, Laws 1.19 at Queen Mary's Mile End campus

Professor Jacob Levy (McGill University) presented a paper entitled ‘Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom’. Hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought.

Conference on Revolution and the Republic

Thursday 3rd November, 2011

French Institute

A one-day conference was held at the French Institute, London, to mark the publication of Revolution and the Republic by Jeremy Jennings.

Graduate Conference: Human Nature and Diversity

Monday 9th May, 2011

Senate House, Malet Street

London Graduate Conference on the theme of ‘Human Nature and Diversity in the History of Political Thought’. Keynote address: Noel Malcolm, with comments by Quentin Skinner, Jeremy Jennings and Serena Ferente.

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Conference on the Political Thought of the Risorgimento

Friday 3rd December, 2010

10.30am - 5.30pm, Senate House, Room 35

The Political Thought of the Risorgimento. A one day conference that was supported by ASMI, the Association of the Study of Modern Italy, and the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. The speakers and discussants were as follows: Anthony Howe, Carlo Capra, Eugenio Biagini, Francesca Sofia, Gareth Stedman Jones, Georgios Varouxakis, Jeremy Jennings, John Davis, John Robertson, Martin Thom, Maurizio Isabella, Roberto Romani.