Brave new world 2021

This year’s Brave New World is the twenty-fifth annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT). The conference will take place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th July 2021, held online using Zoom

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

  • Jesse Tomalty (University of Bergen)
  • Ben Saunders (University of Southampton)

The Brave New World conference series is a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of postgraduate research in political theory. This year will be the conference’s 25th anniversary. 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.

The conference’s 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, Annabelle Lever, 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, Quentin Skinner, Hillel Steiner, Adam Swift, Philippe Van Parijs, Leif Wenar, Andrew Williams, Stuart White, and Jonathan Wolff.


Wednesday 7th July

All times are in GMT+1 (British Standard Time)

9.30 – 10.00
Opening and Welcome

10.00 – 11.30
Opening Keynote by Ben Saunders:
“Licensing Voters without Exclusions”

11.45 – 13.10
Panel 1: Duties of and Duties to
Jake Lehrle-Fry: “Duties of Parental Partiality, a Loving Approach”
Dmitry Ananyev: “Imperfect Duties Can’t Curb the Demands of Beneficence”

13.10 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.25
Panel 2: Justice Before and After War
Riki Yamochi: “A Humanlike Collective as a Legitimate Authority:
The Impact of the Domestic Analogy on Just War Theory”
Camilo Ardila: “Justice After War, Victory and Coloniality”

15.35 – 17.00
Panel 3: Digital Democracies
Anda Zahiu: “Justice for Users: the Case for a Digital Universal Basic Income”
Alec Stubbs: “Imagining the Digital Commons: An Expansion of Economic Democracy”

17.00 – 17.30
Discussion and Drinks

Thursday 8th July

All times are in GMT+1 (British Standard Time)

9.30 – 10.00
Coffee Morning

10.00 – 11.25
Panel 4: Epistemic Issues in Political Theorising
Edmund Handby: “Assessing the use of Intuitions in Contemporary Political Theory”
Silvia Bacchetta: “The Motivating Power of Deliberation: Overcoming Climate Change Scepticism and Denialism”

11.35 – 13.00
Panel 5: Proportionality
Nathan Wood: “Rethinking Proportionality”
Jonas Haeg: “Law Enforcement and Proportionality”

13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.25
Panel 6: Preventing Harm and Preserving Health
Charlie Richards: “The Expressive Harms of Perfectionism”
Emma Dore-Horgan: “Do Criminal Offenders Have a Right to Neurorehabilitation?”

15.30 – 17.00
Closing Keynote by Jesse Tomalty
“Discrimination at the Border”

17.00 – 17.10
Closing Remarks