CFP: Emergency in the History of Political Thought

This conference will explore how thinkers throughout history have considered emergencies and their political implications. We invite submissions from graduate researchers in intellectual history or related disciplines, drawing from different periods and places. Proposals for panels and papers may wish to consider the following themes:

  • Conceptual histories of emergency
  • States of emergency and states of exception
  • Historical narratives of emergency
  • The temporality of emergency
  • Environmental, climate, and health emergencies
  • Historical perspectives on the Anthropocene
  • Emergency as context in the history of ideas
  • Emergency as a methodological consideration

To apply, please email a C.V. along with your proposal to Abstracts should be no more than 500 words for papers of 20 minutes in length. Panel proposals should include the titles of individual papers and not exceed 1500 words in total. As this is a graduate conference, please note that we can only consider proposals from applicants who have not been awarded a doctorate.

The conference will most likely follow a hybrid format. While we hope to conduct some aspects in person, speakers will still be able to present virtually. Please let us know whether you would like to present in person, circumstances permitting, or online, and which timezone you are based in.

The call for papers will close on 26 March 2021 at 23:59 GMT. Successful applicants will be notified no later than 28 April 2021.

For the full Call for Papers, click here.

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