Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Amsterdam invite PhD candidates in philosophy to register for the Graduate Conference in Political Theory to take place on 6-7 December, 2021. 


Organizing university

University of Amsterdam (Departments of Philosophy and Political Science)


December 6-7, 2021


University of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland Campus.

Type of activity

2-day Graduate Conference

Type of activity

For this activity PhD students and ReMa students can – after successful completion – earn a certificate. However, the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. The study load for this activity is as follows: 2,5 ETCS

Primary target group

PhD candidates

If places available, also open to

2nd year ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

Abstract submission: August 31, 2021
Registration open: September 29, 2021
Registration deadline: November 22, 2021

About the topic

This conference offers PhD candidates the opportunity to present their research in a vibrant intellectual environment. Each session will give those presenting a chance to receive feedback from a dedicated discussant, after which each author will engage in an extensive question and answer period with the faculty and PhD students from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as the keynote speakers, and other participants of the conference.

The topic for this year’s event is:

Politics in a Time of Crises: charting new normative directions in a context of economic, democratic, and environmental challenges.

This conference is aimed at researchers working on any subfield and/or tradition of Political Theory/Political Philosophy. We also welcome papers from interdisciplinary researchers (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science) whose work is at the intersection of normative and empirical studies of society.

Aim / objective

Presenting papers, writing papers.


Day 1:






Keynote 1:

10:45-11:00 Coffee break


Session 1:

12:30–13:30 Lunch break


Session 2:

15:00–15:30  Coffee break


Session 3:


Drinks at CREA


Conference dinner

Day 2


Session 4:

11:00–11:15 Coffee break


Session 5:

12:45–13:45 Lunch break


Session 6:

15:15–15:45  Coffee break


Keynote 2:


Wrap up, drinks at CREA

Key note speakers

Martin O’Neill, University of York 
Chiara Botici, The New School, New York 

Abstract submission

31 August 2021

Required preparations

All participants presenting a paper must submit their completed text well in advance. It is expected that all those who participate in the discussions will have read the texts in advance.

Certificate / credit points

For this course PhD candidates can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see

The study load for this activity is specified as follows:
1. Attending the course and writing a short paper (6,000 words maximum, excluding bibliography) after the course (submission deadline: 31 August 2021): 2,5 EC.


OZSW-members 30 euros
Non-OZSW members 40 euros

How to apply / register

Applications to present a paper must be submitted before 31 August 2021. Details of the submission procedure can be found here:

Registering for the conference is possible from September 29th 2021 until November 22nd 2021 via the form below. 

Registration/application form

Cancellation and registration policy


Political Science UvA: Valerie Schreur, Vera Vrijmoeth,
Philosophy UvA: Jasmijn Leeuwenkamp, Yonathan Listik and Gerrit Schaafsma

Contact info

Valerie Schreur (

Jasmijn Leeuwenkamp (

Yonathan Listik (

Gerrit Schaafsma (

Vera Vrijmoeth (

Conference website: