Political Thought and Intellectual History

Seminar or event series

The Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar is the official research seminar of the Political Thought and Intellectual History Subject Group of the Faculty of History. It is an integral part of the History Faculty's PhD Programme in Political Thought and Intellectual History and the Inter-Faculty M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History, which is co-sponsored by the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Classics and the Department of Politics and International Studies.


The purpose of the seminar is to present frontline research in the History of Political Thought and related disciplines (Political Theory and Intellectual History) by senior scholars within and outside Cambridge, as well as by younger academics, post-doctoral research fellows and advanced graduate students. Further educational aims are to introduce students to the skills of advanced academic debate and to integrate them into the Cambridge academic community.


Further information and event details can be found on the website of the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought


Please note: Due to the limited capacity of the venues, we ask that students reserve their seats for each session via Eventbrite. Registration links for individual sessions will be distributed via the mailing list.




Roundtable: Hegel’s World Revolutions.

Richard Bourke (King’s College, University of Cambridge).
Commentators: Christopher Clark (St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge) and Lea Ypi (London School of Economics and Political Science).

The Pre-History of British Gramscianism. A Transnational Perspective.

Marzia Maccaferri (Queen Mary University of London).
Commentator: Peter Thomas (Brunel University London).

Slavery in the Society of Equals: Winstanley and the Diggers.

Teresa Bejan (Oriel College, University of Oxford).
Commentator: John Coffey (University of Leicester).

Time and the Political Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America.

Nicola Miller (University College London).
Commentator: John Robertson (Clare College, University of Cambridge).

Roman Law between Scholasticism and Humanism.

Magnus Ryan (Peterhouse, University of Cambridge).
Commentator: Joseph Canning (Queen’s College, University of Cambridge).

Des Moulins à Paroles. The Battle for the Meaning of Democracy in France, 1850–1851.

Lucia Rubinelli (Yale University).
Commentator: Matthew D’Auria (University of East Anglia).

Limits of Enlightenment: Frederick II, the Philosophes, and the Common People.

Avi Lifschitz (Magdalene College, University of Oxford).
Commentator: Adam Sutcliffe (King’s College London).

Violence against Women in Feminist Re-Readings of Marx in Socialist Contexts.

Zsófia Lóránd (University of Vienna).
Commentator: Celia Donert (Wolfson College, University of Cambridge).

At a glance

Lent Term
Mondays 5.00pm - 6.45pm
Old Divinity School Main Lecture Theatre, St John’s College
Dr Sylvana Tomaselli
Dr Christopher Brooke
Dr Fernanda Gallo
Dr Adam Woodhouse