Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Date: February 23, 2017 -February 24, 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Gross Hall 270

Duke Political Theory Graduate Conference

February 23-24, 2017

Duke University, Durham, NC

Participant Schedule


Thursday, February 23

Morning-Afternoon: Arrive at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), check-in or drop bags at Hilton Garden Inn in Durham*

3:30pm: Duke graduate students will transport attendees to Gross Hall 270 at Duke University

4:00pm: Introductory remarks

4:15pm: Panel I: Democratic Theory, Radical and Realist

  • The Audacity of Anonymous; Ashley Gorham (Penn)
    • Discussant: Alex Kirshner (Duke, Political Science)
  • Reinhold Niebuhr’s Democratic Theory; Aaron Greenberg (Yale)
    • Discussant: Jack Knight (Duke, Political Science)

5:45pm: Break, water / coffee / snacks available

6:00pm: Keynote address: Boundaries of the International; Professor Jennifer Pitts (Chicago):

7:30pm: Duke graduate students will transport attendees to dinner at The Pit-Durham

8:00pm: Dinner at The Pit-Durham


Friday, February 24

8:30am: Duke graduate students will transport attendees to Gross Hall 270 at Duke University, water / coffee / snacks available

9:00am: Panel II: Greek and Roman Thought

  • The Ethoi of Tyranny; Jordan Jochim (Cornell)
    • Discussant: Ryan Johnson (Elon, Philosophy)
  • "I Tremble with My Whole Heart": Cicero On the Anxieties of Eloquence; Rob Goodman (Columbia)
    • Discussant: Jed Atkins (Duke, Classics)

10:30am: Break

10:45am: Panel III: Autonomy and Liberal Democracy

  • The Value of Liberal Autonomy and the Limits of Consent; Kaveh Pourvand (LSE)
    • Discussant: Ian MacMullen (Duke, Public Policy)
  • Corporate Personhood: Contextualizing the Autonomy Rights of Big Business; Katharine V. Jackson (Columbia)
    • Discussant: Wayne Norman (Duke, Philosophy)

12:15pm: Lunch on campus

1:15pm: Panel IV: The Roots of Modernity–Missing Perspectives

  • Divine Right and Secular Constitutionalism in Jesuit-Royalist Debates, 1580-1620; Nathaniel Mull (Columbia)
    • Discussant: Michael Gillespie (Duke, Political Science)
  • "W(h)ither Aristocracy?" – Tocqueville’s "New World" Aristocrats in Democracy in America; Alex Haskins (Chicago)
    • Discussant: Michael Lienesch (North Carolina, Political Science)

2:45pm: Break

3:00pm: Roundtable discussion on the future of political theory; brief comments by Professors Pitts, Gillespie, and Hanagan as well as three Duke PhD Candidates

4:00pm: Closing remarks

7:00pm: Dinner at TBD


Saturday, February 25

Morning: Duke graduate students will transport attendees to RDU

*Note: Please plan on arriving at RDU no later than 2:15pm on Thursday, February 23 as the airport is about thirty minutes from Duke’s campus.

**Note: If you are departing on Friday evening, please note that the earliest you could arrive at the airport is around 4:45-5:00pm.