The Centre for Political Thought is a home for those interested in engaging with political philosophy and the history of political thought at the University of Durham.
The centre exists to promote the study of political ideas, concepts, and theories both philosophically and historically. We are based in the School of Government and International Affairs, but membership is open to academics and students across the university. We support the development of each other’s research and seek to engage with the broader community on normative and historical questions relating to politics. We provide a collegial environment in which members are free to explore controversial ideas and difficult questions in a mutually supportive, respectful, and open environment. We seek to ensure our activities are accessible and the inclusion of students is a priority for us.
We run a speaker series, work-in-progress session, and two annual guest lectures the Alan Milne and Henry Tudor Memorial Addresses. We host conferences, reading groups, workshops and events at the request of members and are happy to support student-led events. Please get in touch with the directors to discuss how you can become involved in our activities.
We are rare among Politics Departments in the UK in containing a high concentration of expertise in British political thought.
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School of Government and International AffairsThe Al-Qasimi BuildingElvet Hill RoadDurhamDH1 3TUUK
Director Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 7182