Welcome to Cambridge Graduate Studies in Political Thought and Intellectual History

This website is run by current Cambridge graduate students, on an independent and voluntary basis. It is intended as a general resource for present and prospective graduates, at Cambridge and beyond.

Graduate Conference

28 April 2022: COMMUNITY and CONFLICT in Intellectual History

Graduate Workshop
We convene a fortnightly Graduate Workshop with presentations by PhD candidates and Masters students, which is both inter-disciplinary and international. 2022 term cards are online now.

Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast
Check out our podcast series “Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast.” What do intellectual historians currently investigate? And why is this relevant for us today? These are some of the questions our podcast seeks to explore. It aims to introduce intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics. Do join in on our conversations!

Call for Papers: 2021 Graduate Workshop

Cambridge Political Thought & Intellectual History Graduate Workshop
Michael Kretowicz (mrk48@cam.ac.uk)
Elena Yi-Jia Zeng (yjz23@cam.ac.uk)
Aldri Cela (ac2343@cam.ac.uk)

Our workshop offers PhD and MPhil students the opportunity to present and discuss results from their current research in an informal and supportive environment. It is intended as a home for all graduate students whose work intersects in some way with the broad field of intellectual history, taken as the historical study of ideas, concepts, discourses, beliefs, and knowledge.

The workshop draws impetus from the diversifying scene of intellectual history at Cambridge, as demonstrated by recent graduate conferences on “Science, Certainty and Expertise in the History of Political Thought” (2020) and “Education and Educators in Political Thought” (2021), and the regular seminar series on Political Thought and Intellectual History, Early Modern Scholarship and Religion, and Global Intellectual History.

We welcome papers on topics from all periods and regions of the world that are engaged in intellectual history broadly construed, including papers on the history of social, economic, political, religious, cultural, or aesthetic thought, contemporary political philosophy, critical theory, the history of scholarship and the book, and beyond. We hope to run the workshop in a hybrid format (in-person & online), so non-UK-based graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit your abstract (250 words maximum), together with a short academic CV, to the organisers by Wednesday 22nd September.