The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) in the United States welcomes applications for the IHS Discussion Colloquia for graduate candidates in 2022.
IHS Discussion Colloquia are structured for advanced graduate candidates and faculty members looking for comprehensive discussions about specific topics in the classical liberal tradition. Their Discussion Colloquia make use of a roundtable discussion model and occurs during a weekend with around 15 peers, a collective set of readings, and a professional discussion leader. During the program, partakers will have the chance to discuss deeply interesting and challenging topics with their colleagues, network together, share their research, and improve their classical liberal scholarship with fresh ideas, viewpoints, and tools.
Contributors will obtain readers approximately two months in advance of the event and should come completely ready to deliberate on the material. The conversation will be Socratic—that is, question-driven—and will comprise a variety of expertise levels. Discussion Colloquia do not contain any workshops, lectures, or presentations. They depend completely on the quality of argument every member brings to the table and the questions provided by the discussion leader. A complete Discussion Colloquium is comprised of six sessions of one and a half hours each, and contributors are expected to attend all sessions and also all social events (and meals).
Worth of IHS Discussion Colloquia
- IHS offers accepted candidates all meals and shared housings for the length of the seminar, on the basis of dual-occupancy with another candidate of the same gender.
- Accepted candidates will be qualified for a travel allowance to provide airfare or ground transportation to and from the conference.
- IHS Discussion Colloquia offer unique chances for candidates to explore classical liberal concepts at an advanced level, inspiring and informing additional research.
Eligibility for IHS Discussion Colloquia
- To be qualified for consideration, candidates have to either be full-time PhD candidates or faculty members at a degree-awarding college or university.
How to Apply for IHS Discussion Colloquia
- You can submit an application for the IHS Discussion Colloquia online
- Candidates can apply to any of the programs specified below.
Liberalism, Nationalism, and Community
February 4, 2022 — February 6, 2022
Quite often, present day’s liberals from all over the political and intellectual spectrum seem to find themselves relatively adrift in an ever more nationalistic world. As part of their forthcoming “Advanced Topics” series co-sponsored with Liberty Fund, the IHS will host a Discussion Colloquium on the significance of comparing and contrasting liberalism and nationalism on the subject matter of community-building and maintenance.
A diverse audience of faculty and late-stage graduate scholars will discuss texts from contemporary liberals and conservative nationalists to the history of the Sephardic Jewish diaspora and that community’s efforts to remain related over great distances during the Early modern period. The discussion will be headed by Professor Jonathan Jacobs of the Central University of New York and will be held in the DC area.
Liberty, Equality, and Redistribution
March 18, 2022 — March 20, 2022
As political and intellectual contests between Classical Liberals, Progressives, and a range of conservatives continue to fester (and sometimes boil), the subject of economic redistributionism is only more prominent. To offer a variety of liberal interpretations, critiques, and authorizations of redistributionism, the IHS and Liberty Fund will be hosting an Advanced Topics discussion roundtable which should both challenge discussant’s assumptions and better inform their research on this crucial topic moving forward.
The mainly graduate student audience will talk over texts from Hayek’s early interpretations of social justice and redistribution, modern philosophers—both Classical Liberal and otherwise—on different methodologies to the topic, and discussions over the Universal Basic Income from the likes of Peter Boettke and Matt Zwolinski. The discussion will be facilitated by William & Mary’s Professor Chris Freiman and will be held in the DC area.
Liberty’s Claims on Man and Citizen in the Life and Writings of Albert Camus
March 25, 2022 — March 27, 2022
Among the 20th century’s most significant, interesting, inspirational, challenging, and distinctive philosophers was Albert Camus. He did not fit easily within Existentialism (labelling himself a medieval absurdist), contemporary politics, or the American propensity to draw a clean boundary between the individual and the rest of our social world. This workshop, co-sponsored by the IHS and Liberty Fund, will gather together advanced graduate scholars and faculty to explore the life and works of Camus and the influence his work did, could, and should have had on Classical Liberalism and the modern world. The discussion will be facilitated by Chapman University Professor of Political Economy and Philosophy, Michael Moses, and it will be held in the DC area.
Applications are ongoing. For additional information, get in touch through [email protected].
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