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Winter School of the Standing Group on Kantian Political Thought

Kantian Political Thought Today: War and Other Global Challenges

28 November – 1 December 2022

ECPR Harbour House, Colchester and Online

Registration has now closed.

Are you a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher interested in exploring the contemporary relevance of Kantian political thought for global challenges?

Our Standing Group on Kantian Political Thought invites you to meet top scholars and discuss key topics in the field at its Winter School. 

Organised in association with Keele University and the Jagiellonian University Krakow, the Winter School will feature insightful lectures delivered by leading academics in the field. It will also offer opportunities to present and reflect on your work in connection with the continued relevance of Kantian moral, legal and political thought.

Apply for the chance to connect with top researchers in the field of normative political theory and build an academic network with like-minded scholars.

This event forms part of the series of Schools in normative political theory/philosophy, previously organised in 2014–2016, 2018, and 2020-2021.

About the Winter School

  • Four teaching days
  • Eight 75-minute teaching sessions
  • Delegate presentations
  • Fora for additional questions and answers
  • Opportunity to join the Rousseau Annual Lecture and Conference at a discounted rate

You'll have the option of delivering a presentation on a topic pertaining to the theme of the Winter School, providing a unique opportunity to discuss your work and gain feedback from established scholars.

You must submit a Paper title and a 500-word abstract as part of your registration if you wish to present at the Winter School.

By the end of the school, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A critical understanding of some of the most recent approaches to Kantian political thought;
  • A thorough grasp of the main objections to these theories and some of the most effective responses;
  • Confidence in applying these theories to concrete cases of current global importance;
  • A capacity to adapt theories in response to specific objections and particular circumstances.

Issues to be considered may include:

  • Climate change, environment and sustainability
  • Artificial intelligence and its moral implications
  • Disinformation, misinformation and malinformation
  • Conspiracy theories and the problem of transparency
  • Migration, displacement and cosmopolitanism
  • Economic justice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Territorial justice, including in outer space exploration
  • Democratisation
  • Education and progress

This year we expect a special focus will be placed on the topic of war and peace in modern politics. Other themes include:

  • Media ethics
  • Climate change


Please note that your registration is not confirmed until your payment is received in full.

If the number of participants registered is insufficient, the event will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee paid.

If you wish to take part, you must register via this link by midnight UK time on Wednesday 5 October.

To complete your registration, you will also need to submit the following supporting documents via the form linked in your registration confirmation email:

  • Your CV in English and as a single PDF;
  • Optional: Abstract (max 500 words) of the proposed Paper to be presented during the Winter School.
Please do not book your travel or accommodation until you have heard from us on whether the event will be going ahead. This will be shortly after the registration has closed in early October.

The Winter School is open to all Master's and Doctoral students as well as early postdoctoral researchers working in the field of moral, legal and political theory/philosophy.

The Winter School will be delivered in English. You will therefore be expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

Colchester in person


Includes academic materials, facilities, access to ECPR's learning management system, and catering during the day. Travel and accommodation are not included.



Includes academic materials and access to ECPR's learning management system.

Good to know

The Winter School will be held at ECPR's home, Harbour House, a charming Grade II listed building dating back to the 1700s. Once known as the old Customs House, the building sits on the back of Hythe Quay, close to Colchester's town centre and the University of Essex campus.

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  • Sasha Mudd Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Howard Williams Cardiff University
  • Jakub Szczepanski Jagiellonian University
  • Sorin Baiasu Keele University
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