CFP: Second EHS Biennial Conference (Amsterdam, May 14-16, 2018)

The Second Biennial Conference of the European Hobbes Society will be held at the University of Amsterdam from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th May 2018. The broad theme will be Hobbes’s De Cive, and the conference will include some invited speakers presenting draft chapters for Hobbes’s ‘On the Citizen’: A Critical Guide, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

The remaining papers will be selected from a blind-reviewed call for abstracts, and we thus invite abstracts of no more than 300 words (longer abstracts will not be considered) by the end of Sunday 7th January 2018. We welcome abstracts on any aspect of Hobbes’s thought, but preference will be given to topics that engage with De Cive. Abstracts should be emailed to in a Word file by the deadline.

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of January 2018. The conference will follow the usual format of the European Hobbes Society, with all papers pre-circulated in advance to allow for optimal discussion and feedback during the conference itself. With this in mind, successful applicants will need to have a full draft of their paper (no longer than 9,000 words, including all references) ready to circulate by Monday 7th May 2018. There is no registration fee for the conference, but, unfortunately, we are unable to cover travel or accommodation expenses of successful applicants.

Attendance at the conference is free and open to all European Hobbes Society members, but the number of places is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. All participants are strongly encouraged to have a look at the pre-circulated papers in advance of the conference. Places will of course be reserved for everyone presenting papers, but if you would like to attend in a non-presenting capacity then please email to reserve your place. Those not presenting are welcome to serve as respondents to one of the papers.

The conference is generously supported by the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought (ACPT) and the Challenges to Democratic Representation Research Group at the University of Amsterdam.

For further information or queries please contact the conference convenors:

Johan Olsthoorn (Amsterdam/Leuven):

Eva Odzuck (Erlangen-Nürnberg):

Robin Douglass (King’s College London)