Manuscript Workshops

About Our Manuscript Workshops

Manuscript Workshops are moderated, round-table discussions bringing together scholars in order to provide valuable feedback from a variety of perspectives on a manuscript in progress. These manuscripts, submitted to IHS as a working draft months before it will be sent to the publisher, can either be a completed dissertation being turned into a book or an established scholar’s next book. These workshops offer junior and senior academics the opportunity to advance inquiry on important topics within the classical liberal tradition, strengthen specific research contributions, and form inter-disciplinary, inter-ideological, and/or inter-generational networks of scholars with whom they can collaborate in the future.

IHS also sponsors Papers Workshops which bring together authors contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue to workshop their individual contributions as well as identify themes and improve the work as a whole. Learn more about Papers Workshops here.

Program Format

Manuscript Workshops are typically 1-3 days long and vary in size, ranging from 4-14 commentators plus the author(s). The workshop typically takes place over 4-6 sessions: 90 minutes for in-person workshops and 75 minutes for online workshops. Each session covers about 1-3 chapters. At the start of each session, the author will give a brief overview of the chapters to provide context about their goals and areas they’d like to highlight for feedback, and then the floor will be opened for roundtable discussion, moderated by an IHS program director with a queue. 

Our in-person workshops are typically hosted at 4-star hotels in major metropolitan areas in North America and our online workshops are hosted on Zoom.

Commentators will receive a PDF copy of the manuscript about two months before the workshop and a physical copy about a month and a half before the workshop. Commentators do not need to prepare a formal presentation but are expected to read the manuscript in its entirety and prepare comments on each section to be shared during the moderated discussion. 

Interested In Having Your Work Reviewed?

IHS supports authors throughout their careers with these workshops, including assistance for those who wish to convert a recently defended dissertation into a monograph. If you are interested in partnering with us for a workshop for your manuscript, please apply below.

Applications will be reviewed during the following periods, with decisions announced after each period:

  • April 19-30, 2021
  • June 14-25, 2021
  • September 6-18, 2021
  • December 5-11, 2021 

If you have any questions, please contact us at Workshops@TheIHS.org.


As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in research and programs in the following general categories: Liberalism and Its Critics, Key Challenges within a Free Society, Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, and Liberalism in Times of Crisis. Learn more about the Discourse Initiative here.

IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines.

IHS also provides financial assistance in the form of research grants. Learn more here.

Upcoming Manuscript Workshops

Upcoming Manuscript Workshops are listed below. Scholars interested in contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue are encouraged to learn more about Papers Workshops with IHS.

Understanding Justice
Understanding Justice
Understanding Justice

Author: Prof. Greg Robson
“Understanding Justice” examines how knowledge of the principles and demands of justice is generated within a modern liberal democracy. The book focuses on three sources of such knowledge: (i) sociopolitical experimentation with diverse institutions and ways of living; (ii) the development and refinement of sociopolitical tradition; and (iii) the work of theorists of justice. These sources of our knowledge of justice are complexly related but mutually complementary. The main upshot of the book is an argument for the value of upholding functional political traditions within which citizens can engage in extensive social and political experimentation.

The Information Game: Citizens, Police, and the Fight against Criminal Violence
The Information Game: Citizens, Police, and the Fight against Criminal Violence
The Information Game: Citizens, Police, and the Fight against Criminal Violence

Author: Prof. Andrew Miller
"The Information Game: Citizens, Police, and the Fight against Criminal Violence” explores the challenging problem of promoting police-citizen cooperation in communities with criminal groups. Using original surveys and in-depth interviews, Miller investigates this problem in Baltimore, Maryland and Lagos, Nigeria to develop and test a theory that applies in both developed and developing contexts. Ultimately, the findings provide guidance for community efforts that aim to promote citizen information-sharing with the police while respecting citizens' individual rights.

Democracy Deferred: French Liberalism and The Politics of Suffrage
Democracy Deferred: French Liberalism and The Politics of Suffrage
Democracy Deferred: French Liberalism and The Politics of Suffrage

Author: Prof. Gianna Englert
“Democracy Deferred” traces the concept of “political capacity” (capacité politique) originally championed by nineteenth-century French liberals as an alternative to the discourse of democratic political rights. As a conceptual history, the book examines how liberals mobilized and modified the concept of political capacity to make sense of the progress of democracy, and uncovers an overlooked liberalism post-1848. As a work of political theory, it highlights the persistence of capacity language within rights discourse and intervenes in ongoing debates about the vitality of democracy.

Horizontal Rights: Constitutionalism and the Transformation of the Private Sphere
Horizontal Rights: Constitutionalism and the Transformation of the Private Sphere
Horizontal Rights: Constitutionalism and the Transformation of the Private Sphere

Author: Prof. Christina Bambrick
“Horizontal Rights” examines our understanding of horizontal effect, moving beyond doctrinal considerations of legal inquiry to show the political consequences of this constitutional phenomenon. In this vein, the manuscript compares and contrasts the constitutional-political histories of the United States, India, Germany, South Africa, and the European Union. Bambrick argues that we better understand the practical and political implications of such horizontal rights by studying them through the lens of republican political theory.

On the Ethics and Politics of Private Censorship
On the Ethics and Politics of Private Censorship
On the Ethics and Politics of Private Censorship

Author: Prof. J.P. Messina
Dr. Messina offers the first book-length philosophical treatment of private censorship. Censorship is often thought exclusively a creature of state, but there is nothing in the concept that rules out that private parties can censor. Indeed, there is good reason to believe that private parties regularly act as censors in troubling ways (sometimes promoting what Mill calls “the tyranny of the prevailing opinion”). As they will often have rights to engage in the kinds of behaviors constitutive of their censorship, the well-studied response to state censorship (prohibition) is not obviously applicable to their case. Considering various contexts in which non-state entities censor, Messina offers moral and political principles for understanding when and by what means they are constrained in exercising their considerable powers to shape democratic discourse.

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