2015 Summer Research Colloquium

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Colloquium

July 9-12, 2015 ● Chapman University, Orange, CA

The IHS Summer Research Colloquium is a highly anticipated academic conference for graduate students working on liberty-related research in the humanities and social sciences. This year’s colloquium will take place July 9-12, 2015 at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to present their working papers to top scholars and peers in an interdisciplinary setting and receive friendly, yet constructive critiques to refine their research and move the projects towards publication readiness.

About The Colloquium

The Summer Research Colloquium features concurrent student panel sessions and plenary sessions from leading classical liberal academics throughout the weekend. The first session begins at 4 pm on Thursday, July 9 at Chapman University, Orange, CA. All accepted participants will receive lodging and meals during the course of the conference.

The daily schedule will include sessions with 2-3 students presenting their research, followed by an evening faculty lecture and reception. Each student presentation will be 30 minutes in length with time for feedback and Q&A. During student sessions peers and faculty will carefully analyze participants’ presentations, theses, methodology and conclusions to help them improve both their presentation skills and the paper prior to submission for publication.

Eligibility & Application Process

The Summer Research Colloquium is open to all full-time PhD graduate students and MA students who are completing their coursework in philosophy, economics, political science, history, and other related social sciences and humanities.

Applicants’ working papers or 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.


All applications should be submitted through our online application system by March 31, 2015.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than April 13, 2015.


For more information or questions please contact Dr. Phil Magness or Ryan Zinski.