Paper Workshops

Academic Papers Workshop

About Our Papers Workshops

Papers Workshops 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. Workshops offer academics the opportunity to advance inquiry on important topics within the classical liberal tradition, strengthen specific research contributions, and form interdisciplinary and inter-generational networks of scholars with whom they can collaborate in the future.

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 or articles.

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As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in Research Workshops in the following general categories:

  • Liberalism and Its Critics, including engagement with and response to critiques from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
  • Key Challenges within a Free Society, such as tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and disruption, and freedom of speech and social cohesion.
  • Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, such as protections for minority rights, the pace of change in an increasingly digital and globalized world, and the cultural requirements of a tolerant and pluralistic society.
  • Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, including negative vs. positive rights, moral obligations within the liberal order, and contested meanings of liberal principles such as justice, equality, and democracy.

IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines, including economics, history, political science, philosophy, PPE, law, literature, business, sociology, psychology, and the visual and performing arts. Scholars can visit the pages listed above for more information and to apply directly to their program(s) of interest.

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

Upcoming Papers Workshops

Upcoming Papers Workshops are listed below. Scholars interested in making meaningful contributions to another academic’s work or having their own work reviewed should learn more about Manuscript Workshops with IHS.

October 3-4, 2020

Federalism Paper Workshop

Federalism Paper Workshop

This special journal issue aims to explore the regulatory policies of subcentral governments, both as they differ across regions within the same political system, and as responsibilities for them differ vertically between central and subcentral governments. To what extent do central governments constrain the regulatory autonomy of regional governments, or allow them to adopt independent regimes? What are the causes and consequences of these different approaches? Answering these questions is an important step toward developing a complete theory of the optimal design of federalism.

October 10, 2020

Building Trust Through Freedom of Expression Papers Workshop

Building Trust Through Freedom of Expression Papers Workshop

Authors will tackle issues related to the empirical investigation of civility and free expression online, on campus, and in society more broadly in short academic papers. The broad descriptions of the desired research areas, with example topics, are as follows:

  • Willingness to Censor, Censorship, and Self-Censorship
  • Content Moderation and Social Media
  • Civility
  • Evaluating Solutions