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Summer School on Political Epistemology

27 – 31 July 2020, held virtually

Are you a student or postdoctoral researcher interested in exploring normative political theory? We invite you to meet top scholars and discuss key methods in the field at the virtual Summer School on Political Epistemology from 27-31 July 2020.

Organised in association with Keele University and the Jagiellonian University Krakow, the Summer School will feature insightful lectures delivered by leading academics and offer opportunities to present and reflect on your work with relevance to issues in political epistemology. 

Issues to be considered during the Summer School may include: the role of knowledge and justification in politics; the problem of deep disagreement; the role of force in a just society; epistemic injustice; deliberative democracy and its problems; the role of ideal theory in politically relevant epistemic processes; constructivist and contractualist accounts of justice; the role of sincerity and trust in politics; the epistemic value of electoral processes; the use of ignorance in political processes, including populism, propaganda and manipulation; climate change and its political implications; uncertainty and freedom of speech; international politics and the possibility of global justice. 

This event is part of a series of Summer Schools on methods in normative political theory/philosophy, previously organised in 2014–2016 and 2018. For more details, visit the Summer School website.

What to expect

  • Five teaching days
  • Nine 75-minute teaching sessions
  • Delegate presentations
  • Fora for additional questions and answers 

You'll be expected to deliver a presentation on a topic pertaining to the theme of the Summer School, providing a unique opportunity to discuss your work and gain feedback from established scholars. The paper title and a 500-word abstract must be submitted as part of your application. 


The Summer School is open for up to 12 Masters and Doctoral students, as well as early postdoctoral researchers, working in the field of moral, legal and political theory/philosophy. 

The Summer School will be delivered in English; you're expected to have a good command of written and spoken English. 

Publication plans: academic and delegate presentations to the Summer School sessions will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Public Reason. 

Participation fee and how to apply

The participation fee is £75 and includes tuition and supporting materials. Limited funding may be available. Contact us if you are likely to require support with your participation fee. 

Submit the completed application form, along with your CV and a brief cover letter (maximum one page) explaining how your research fits the scope of the Summer School, to Partial or incomplete applications will not be processed. The deadline for submissions is Monday 6 July 2020. Applicants will be notified about the outcome by email on or before Wednesday 8 July 2020

Summer School Instructors

  • Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij Birkbeck College
  • Sophie Grace Chappell Open University
  • James Gordon Finlayson University of Sussex
  • Attracta Ingram University College Dublin
  • Manuel Knoll Istanbul Şehir University/Universität München
  • Thomas Mulligan Georgetown University
  • John Roemer Yale University


  • Sorin Baiasu Keele University
  • Jakub Szczepanski Jagiellonian University Krakow

Summer School Convenors

Jakub Szczepanski Jagiellonian University Krakow & Sorin Baiasu Keele University

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Questions? Contact the Summer School Convenor Jakub Szczepanski, or our Events Team

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