Research Colloquia

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Colloquium

The Institute for Humane Studies is proud to announce this summer’s Research Colloquium for graduate students pursuing liberty-advancing research in the humanities and social sciences. The colloquium will take place on July 6-9, 2017 at Towson University in Towson, MD.

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

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

  • Robert Lawson – Director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom – Southern Methodist University
  • Daniel D’Amico – Associate Director of the Political Theory Project – Brown University
  • Anthony Gill – Professor of Political Science – University of Washington, Seattle
  • James Stacey Taylor – Associate Professor of Philosophy – College of New Jersey

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 Towson University, shared with another participant, Thursday 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.
  • The Research Colloquium will be held at Towson University in Towson, MD.
  • The Research Colloquium begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 6 and will conclude Sunday, July 9.

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