30 Sep

The 2016 Annual Montreal Political Theory manuscript workshop award

Call for applications: The Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP), spanning the departments of political science and philosophy at McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, Concordia University, and l’Université du Québec à Montréal, invites applications for its 2016 manuscript workshop award. The recipient of the award will be invited to Montreal  for a day-long workshop in May 2016 dedicated to his or her book manuscript. This “author meets critics” workshop will comprise four to five sessions dedicated to critical discussion of the manuscript; each session will begin with a critical commentary on a section of the manuscript by a political theorist or philosopher who is part of Montreal’s GRIPP community. The format is designed to maximize feedback for a book-in-progress. The award covers the costs of travel, accommodation, and meals.


  1. Topic: The manuscript topic is open within political theory and political philosophy.
  2. Manuscript: Book manuscripts in English or French, not yet in a version accepted for publication, by applicants with PhD in hand by 1 August 2015, are eligible. Applicants must have a complete or nearly complete draft (at least 4/5 of final draft) ready to present at the workshop. In the case of co-authored manuscripts, only one of the co-authors is eligible to apply. (Only works in progress by the workshop date are eligible; authors with a preliminary book contract are eligible only if no version has been already accepted for publication).

Application: Please submit the following materials electronically, compiled as a single PDF file, in the following order: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a table of contents; 3) a short abstract of the book project, up to 200 words; 4) a longer book abstract up to 2500 words; and, in the case of applicants with previous book publication(s), (5) three reviews, from established journals in the field, of the applicant’s most recently published monograph. Candidates are not required, but may if they wish, to have two letters of recommendation speaking to the merits of the book project submitted as well. Please do not send writing samples. The PDF file name should be your last name followed by a space and your first name. Send materials by email, with the subject heading “2016 GRIPP Manuscript Workshop Award” to Arash Abizadeh <arash.abizadeh at mcgill.ca>. Review of applications begins 15 January 2016. Contact Arash Abizadeh <arash.abizadeh at mcgill.ca> with questions.

Evaluation Process: The final decision for choosing the winner of the GRIPP manuscript award lies with the GRIPP Jury. The Jury will seek to meet within the first two weeks of the rolling deadline for submissions. All bilingual regular faculty members of GRIPP have the right to participate as members of the Jury. Each regular faculty member of GRIPP has the right to suggest a short-list of up to five proposals for consideration by the Jury, but the final decision rests with the Jury itself. All elements of the Jury’s deliberations are confidential; unfortunately it is not possible for the Jury or its members to provide any feedback to applicants concerning the merits of their proposal. A full list of the regular GRIPP faculty membership is available at <http://grippmontreal.org>

Previous GRIPP Manuscript Workshops:

August 2015: Lea Ypi (LSE) [with co-author Jonathan White (LSE)], The Meaning of Partisanship

May 2015: Magali Bessone (Rennes 1), Réparer les injustices coloniales : Perspective transitionnelle sur la justice réparatrice

May 2014: Paul Gowder (Iowa), A Commitment to Equality: The Rule of Law in the Real World

May 2013: Alex Gourevitch (McMaster), Something of Slavery Still Remains: Labor and the Cooperative Commonwealth

May 2012: Daniel Viehoff (Sheffield), The Authority of Democracy

May 2011: James Ingram (McMaster), Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism

April 2010: Hélène Landemore (Yale), Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many

April 2009: Alan Patten (Princeton), Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Cultural Rights

March 2009: Kinch Hoekstra (UC Berkeley), Thomas Hobbes and the Creation of Order