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CFP: Voting: A History

Submission deadline: December 15, 2017

Conference date(s):
April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018

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Conference Venue:

George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions, Ohio University
Athens, United States

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The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary conference and subsequent edited volume on voting. Previous George Washington Forum conferences have resulted in edited books from the university presses at Cambridge, Oxford and Virginia.

The conference organizers seek papers that explore the political, intellectual and cultural implications of voting across a variety of time periods and world regions. The conference organizers are especially interested in the differing global conceptualizations of voting; the origins of voting procedures; the ethical dimensions of voting; and the philosophical and political responses to voting’s spread. The conference organizers welcome papers that deal with normative questions about who is included in the electorate or procedural questions on how voting is done, as well as papers dealing with voting’s history.

The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (13–14 April 2018). James Ceaser (Virginia), Alex Keyssar (Harvard), Yascha Mounk (Harvard) and Hedwig Richter (Greifswald, Hamburg) will deliver plenary lectures.

The conference organizers welcome the work of advanced doctoral students and both young and established scholars in the fields of history, political science, the history of political thought, law, economics, philosophy and other fields in which the history of elections is a topic of research.

Proposals should include a 500-word abstract, a brief curriculum vitae, and current contact information and should be sent by 15 December 2017, to the conference organizers.

Dr. Joshua Hill, Department of History, Ohio University (

Dr. Robert G. Ingram, Department of History, Ohio University (

Notifications will be sent by 1 January 2018. Some financial support available, especially for junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. 

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