Brave New World 2023

This year’s Brave New World is the 27th annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT). The conference will take place on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th of June 2023 at the University of Manchester.

We are pleased to announce as our keynote speakers:

  • Marit Hammond (Keele University), whose work contains contributions to democratic theory and environmental political theory, with a focus on deliberative democracy, the concept of environmental sustainability, and its governance.
  • Carl Knight (University of Glasgow), who works on theories of distributive justice (egalitarianism, prioritarianism, sufficientarianism) and applied topics in distributive justice (global justice, climate change, healthcare, discrimination).

The Brave New World conference series is a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of postgraduate research in political theory. Participants will have the chance to meet and talk about their work with eminent academics, including members of the faculty from the University of Manchester, as well as the guest speakers.

Guest speakers in previous years have included: David Archard, Richard Arneson, Alice Baderin, Carla Bagnoli, Brian Barry, Simon Caney, G.A. Cohen, Roger Crisp, Cecile Fabre, Dorothea Gädeke, Jerry Gaus, Bob Goodin, Jules Holroyd, Peter Jones, Chandran Kukathas, Cécile Laborde, Annabelle Lever, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Jeff McMahan, Matt Matravers, Catriona McKinnon, Emily McTernan, Susan Mendus, David Miller, Onora O’Neill, Serena Olsaretti, Michael Otsuka, Bhikhu Parekh, Carole Pateman, Carmen Pavel, Anne Phillips, Joseph Raz, Andrea Sangiovanni, Ben Saunders, Samuel Scheffler, David Schmidtz, Quentin Skinner, Hillel Steiner, Adam Swift, Philippe Van Parijs, Jesse Tomalty, Leif Wenar, Andrew Williams, Stuart White, and Jonathan Wolff.

Submission guidelines

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words in PDF format to no later than Friday the 28th of April 2023. The document must not contain your name or institution, as they are reviewed blind, but please state your name and institutional affiliation in the email. Papers focusing on any area of political theory or political philosophy are welcome. Notices of acceptance will be sent by Friday 5th of May 2023.

Please note that we are asking all speakers and attendees to pay a registration fee of £20. The sole purpose of this fee is to ensure that we are able to provide a number of partial and full bursaries for speakers who would otherwise not be able to attend. As these bursaries will be allocated according to need, please include a brief description of your funding situation when submitting your abstract if you wish to be considered for a bursary.

For any questions, feel free to contact Dennis Pirdzuns at