Research Colloquia

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Colloquium

The Institute for Humane Studies is proud to announce this fall’s Research Colloquia for graduate students pursuing liberty-advancing research in the humanities and social sciences.

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

We will offer two colloquia this fall at the IHS offices in Arlington, Virginia:

  • October 13-15, 2017 – faculty include Dr. John Hasnas of Georgetown University; Dr. Gary Uzonyi of the University of Tennessee; and Dr. Daniel J. D’Amico of the Political Theory Project at Brown University
  • November 3-5, 2017 – faculty include Dr. David T. Beito of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Dr. Jonathan Anomaly of the University of Arizona; and Dr. Bryan C. McCannon of West Virginia University

If you would like to be considered for the Research Colloquium please submit a paper abstract, CV, and brief personal research statement to

Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Participants will be expected to deliver a brief presentation on an original research topic. 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. Presentations should be no more than 30 minutes long, including Q&A.

The 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 welcome, though not required.

Additional details:

  • To be eligible for consideration, participants must either be full-time PhD graduate students or MA students who are completing coursework toward an eventual PhD.
  • The submission form will require 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 accepted participants with a room at a local hotel, shared with another participant, Friday night through Sunday morning, along with meals throughout the weekend.
  • Accepted participants will be eligible for a travel stipend to cover airfare or ground transportation to and from the colloquium.
  • Each Research Colloquium will begin by 4:00 pm on Friday and will conclude Sunday morning.

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Bill Glod.

Comments from Previous Participants

“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!”

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens at an IHS Research Colloquium?

IHS research colloquia are filled with both student and faculty research presentations, interesting lectures, lively discussion, and opportunities to socialize. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your research project from distinguished faculty and have a chance to further discuss your lingering questions and get advice on your graduate studies during meals, breaks, and evening hospitality sessions.

Who are the colloquium faculty?

IHS assembles top-notch faculty from universities around the United States. Faculty are producing current research in their fields and are eager to comment and give feedback on current students’ research. Our faculty can also offer advice in areas such as current trends in your field as well as journal submission and publication.

Who attends the Summer Research Colloquia?

Graduate students in beginning and culminating phases of study attend the colloquium. Early-stage graduate students receive ideas, guidance, and inspiration for dissertation topics; late-stage students have the opportunity to present papers, build a professional network, and strategize about next steps toward careers in academia.

Why does IHS offer colloquia? Who pays for them?

The Institute for Humane Studies sponsors the attendance of students at its research colloquia to encourage the discussion and understanding of the principles of a free society. IHS is an independent, nonprofit, educational organization. Founded in 1961 by Dr. F.A. Harper to foster research and education about freedom, the Institute offers financial assistance, education, and career development to students who are interested in the study of liberty so that they can advance their research and careers in academia. These programs are funded through contributions to IHS from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

How do I apply to present a paper?

If you would like to be considered for the Research Colloquium please submit a paper abstract, CV, and brief personal research statement to