Brave new world 2020

This year’s Brave New World is the twenty-fourth annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT). The conference will take place on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd of June 2020 at the University of Manchester.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers this year will be:

  • Annabelle Lever (SciencesPo Paris)
  • Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary University London)

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 who will deliver plenary addresses.

Guest speakers in previous years have included

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, Jerry Gaus, Bob Goodin, Peter Jones, Chandran Kukathas, Cécile Laborde, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Jeff McMahan, Matt Matravers, 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, Samuel Scheffler, David Schmidtz, Hillel Steiner, Adam Swift, Philippe Van Parijs, Leif Wenar, Andrew Williams, Stuart White, and Jonathan Wolff.

Submission guidelines

The deadline for submissions is March 23rd 2020. If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 400 words in PDF format and prepared for blind review to Please also 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 April 13th 2020.

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 the conference. 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.

Information regarding registration will be available soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeannine Bringmann, Davide Pala and Molly Powell at