The International Conference for the Study of Political Thought

CSPT’s 2021 Conference “Democratic Representation: Acts, Aesthetics, Institutions,” will take place online on May 14 and 15.


2019 Spitz Prize Awarded to Cécile Laborde

The David and Elaine Spitz Prize is awarded every year for the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory published two years earlier. The 2019 Prize is awarded to Cécile Laborde for her book Liberalism's ReligionRead the committee's commendation here.

Spitz Prize 2020 Call for Nominations

Did you read an outstanding book of political theory published in 2018? Did you write one? Nominate it for the Spitz Prize!

Read the call for nominations here.

The International Conference for the Study of Political Thought is an international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars and informed citizens interested in preserving and encouraging a broad, humanistic style of thinking about politics. Founded in Toronto in 1967 by J.G.A. Pocock, Melvin Richter, and Neal Wood, CSPT is now composed of an extensive network of affiliated groups and scholarly organizations. The organization aims to hold one major conference each year on a topic of broad theoretical and political significance, drawing together scholars from intellectual history, political and social theory, philosophy and related fields. In addition to our annual conference, we plan to organize smaller gatherings – workshops, lectures, panels – on contemporary themes from a theoretically and historically sensitive perspective.

We are glad to announce that the CSPT Conference, Democratic Representation: Acts, Aesthetics, Institutions, will take place on May 14-15 2021. Given the likelihood that the COVID crisis will still be with us for some time, we have decided to hold the conference online. We hope this format will allow participants from farther afield to join us. Please save the date and we will provide more information soon.