3rd Biennial Ideas in Politics Conference: Republicanism in the History of Political Philosophy and Today

Anglo-American University
Czech Republic
End Date

The current surge of political populism across the Western world may be interpreted not only as a sign of the collapse of the post-Cold War (neo-)liberal consensus but also as a symptom of a deeper crisis of representative democracy itself. This development invites us as political theorists and historians of political thought alike to reflect upon the intellectual foundations of liberal democracy as well as various alternative conceptualizations of free and self-governing political regime including the important, albeit for a long time somewhat neglected, tradition of republican political thought.

The present conference aims to bring together political philosophers, political theorists, intellectual historians as well as other scholars interested in republicanism, citizenship or constitutionalism to discuss the role of republican ideas in the history of political thought, as well as the various strands of the current (neo-)republican political theory. Such discussion should help to elucidate the roots of the current crisis of democracy and explore the potential of republican political theory to tackle this crisis.

The conference is organised by the the Institute of Political Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in cooperation with the School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Anglo-American University in Prague and the Centre for Political Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Charles University.

Keynote speakers
Richard Bellamy (University College London)
Christopher Kelly (Boston College)
Philip Pettit (Princeton University)

Call for Papers
We invite proposals of individual papers as well as panels (comprising of 3-4 papers) on the following broadly defined topics:

  • Historical roots and development of the republican tradition
  • The impact of the republican tradition on modern democracies
  • Variety of forms of current (neo-)republican political theory
  • Republicanism as an alternative to the prevailing liberal account of democracy
  • Constitutionalism, citizenship and political participation
  • Republican ideas and European integration.

Basic rules
Paper abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted by June 10th, 2017.
Paper abstracts and panel proposals should be no longer than 500 words.
Panel proposals have to be submitted together with abstracts of all papers included in the panel. Each panel must involve panellists from at least two different institutions.
Each person may submit only one paper abstract – either separately or as a part of a panel proposal. Please note that all papers will be assessed individually. We may hence reject a panel proposal but still accept one or two papers included in such panel.
How to Apply

To submit a paper or panel proposal, click here.

Publication Plan
Selected papers that pass the peer-review process will be published in a special issue of Acta Politologica – a peer reviewed journal published by the Institute of Political Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University.

Conference Fee
Standard rate: CZK 1200 (approx. € 45)
Student rate: CZK 600 (approx. € 22.5)