2015 Fall Research Colloquia


The Institute for Humane Studies is proud to announce two colloquium-style academic conferences for graduate students pursuing liberty-advancing research in the humanities and social sciences. The colloquia will take place on October 23-25 and November 13-15, 2015 at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, VA.

Continuing the IHS legacy of fostering young intellectual thinking in classical liberal academics, the Fall Research Colloquia allow graduate students to present their research in a conference-style setting to top scholars in their field. The colloquia present a unique opportunity to receive constructive feedback on your papers with an emphasis toward publication readiness.

Plenary sessions for the October Colloquium will feature lectures from the following faculty:

  • Dr. Jason Brennan, Georgetown University, Philosophy
  • Dr. Dan D’Amico, Brown University, Economics
  • Dr. Phil Magness, Institute for Humane Studies, History

Plenary sessions for the November Colloquium will feature lectures from the following faculty:

  • Dr. John Hasnas, Georgetown University, Philosophy
  • Dr. Josh Hall, West Virginia University, Economics
  • Dr. John Majewski, University of California- Santa Barbara, History
  • Dr. Phil Magness, Institute for Humane Studies, History


Participation in each Colloquium is by invitation only. All inquiries about eligibility should be sent to  Dr. Phil Magness.

Participants will be expected to deliver a brief presentation on an original research topic of an academic character. Proposals should address a subject of scholarly significance that draws upon the classical liberal intellectual tradition, explores the significance of human freedom both past and present, or furthers our understanding of the principles and characteristics of a free society.

Each colloquium will feature topics in philosophy, economics, political science, history, and other related fields in the humanities and social sciences. Papers that use interdisciplinary and mixed methodological approaches are also welcome, though not required. 

The conference format will consist of roughly a 30-minute presentation including Q&A.

Additional details:

  • To be eligible for consideration, participants must be either full-time PhD graduate students or MA students who are completing their coursework toward an eventual PhD.
  • Upon accepting an invitation, you will be asked to submit your proposal title, a 500 word abstract, CV, and a brief personal research statement describing the relationship of your research to the broader classical liberal tradition.
  • IHS will provide invited participants with hotel for Friday and Saturday and meals for the weekend
  • Invited participants will be eligible for a travel stipend to cover airfare or ground transportation to and from the colloquium
  • Each Colloquium will be held at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, VA
  • Each Colloquium begins at 4 pm on Friday and will conclude Saturday evening

What previous participants have said about the Research Colloquium:

“I met another graduate student who is in a similar line of research, we will definitely collaborate in the future!”

“I always get a wave of new ideas after [these types of] programs! It is completely invaluable to candidly bounce ideas around for a whole weekend.”

The conference benefits graduate students in so many ways: meeting and exchanging views with other graduate students and faculty, getting advice and feedback, getting to present your own work, and deliberating the opinions of scholars that come from different fields. All in an extremely friendly environment!”


For more information or questions please contact Dr. Phil Magness.