Post-doc Development Workshop

The annual Post-doc Development Workshops in the History of Political Thought are events aimed at providing a forum for late-stage PhD candidates and early career academics in intellectual history and the history of political thought to discuss potential post-doctoral projects with their peers and faculty members from across the colleges of the University of London.

The rationale behind the Workshops is the fact that PhD students rarely get the opportunity to rigorously discuss or receive extensive feedback and constructive criticism on their plans for future research projects outside of their supervisory team. As a result, applicants for post-doctoral positions often do not have a chance to publicly speak about or defend their ideas for proposed projects before presenting them at job or fellowship interviews.

Our Workshops therefore seek to provide a platform for students and/or ECRs on the job market to present their ideas for potential post-doctoral research, and to discuss them extensively with other speakers, as well as the panel of discussants comprising senior intellectual historians, historians of political thought, and political theorists from across the colleges of the University of London. In so doing, the Workshops simultaneously draw on London’s strengths in intellectual history and the history of political thought, encourage dialogue between junior and senior academics, and establish a much-needed forum for friendly yet rigorous discussion of ideas for future projects.

The inaugural Post-doc Development Workshop in the History of Political Thought took place on Friday, 16 June 2017, at Queen Mary University of London. Speakers at this event were late-stage PhD candidates in intellectual history and the history of political thought from the LSE, UCL, and the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The discussants were Prof. Richard Bourke (QMUL), Dr. Angus Gowland (UCL), Dr. Mira Siegelberg (QMUL), Prof. Quentin Skinner (QMUL), and Prof. Georgios Varouxakis (QMUL). This programme for this Workshop may be viewed here, and those interested in presenting at future Workshops should get in touch with the convenors Shiru Lim (UCL) and Vanessa Lim (QMUL)