“The high level of international and intergenerational discussion was encouraging for the future of the subject”.
Tim Scanlon, Harvard University – Keynote speaker, PaviaGC 2012
“The Pavia Conference brings together the best graduate students of political philosophy in Europe and provides a marvelous setting for discussion and exchange. It exemplifies and fosters intellectual enthusiasm, curiosity and respect. I suspect it will reach deep into the future and help to shape the way the discipline is pursued in coming generations”.
Philip Pettit, Princeton University – Keynote speaker, PaviaGC 2013
“The Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy has emerged as one of the main fora for graduates to present their research and exchange ideas. From its very beginning, when I took part, it was an excellent platform for graduate students who wanted to discuss their work in a rigorous manner, in a very supportive and friendly environment and in the beautiful surroundings of a quaint, charming city”.
Adina Preda, University of Limerick – Participant, PaviaGC 2003
“I would recommend the Pavia Conference to any graduate student in political philosophy. I went three times and thought about not submitting my PhD so I could go again. A great opportunity to present your work and meet faculty and students from all over.”
Gabriel Wollner, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Participant, PaviaGC 2007, 2008, 2009
“I was keynote speaker at the first edition of GC (2003), together with Hillel Steiner. In spite of the fact that the initiative was then very unusual in the Italian context, the participation was impressive and the discussion lively. Through the years, GC has enlarged its audience, now completely international, and refined the quality of the papers and of the discussion. What makes the Pavia GC a fixed appointment for graduate students in political theory is the style of presentation and of the discussion which engages keynotes and participants for two days non stop. The best feedback of my last keynote address (2011) was a couple of mails I got from graduate students who informed me that they revised their paper following my critical remarks and that eventually their papers were accepted in top journals.”
Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli – Keynote speaker, PaviaGC 2001, 2011
“I attended the Pavia Graduate Conference twice as a doctoral student, in 2007 and 2008, and would have gone a third time in 2009, if I had been able. Obviously, part of the attraction of the conference is its setting; September is a particularly fine time of year to be in Italy. The conference though would be excellent even if it were held in a wet weekend in Coventry. The range of papers was wider because of the international appeal of the conference, while their quality compared very favourably with other graduate conferences I attended. Perhaps most importantly though, the setting combined with the level of the work being presented to create a richly stimulating intellectual environment which is a huge benefit to graduate students”.
Robert Jubb, University of Reading – Participant, PaviaGC 2007, 2008
“The Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy is one of those yearly meetings, somewhat rare in today’s academia, where the spirit of “disinterested interest” truly animates the participants and the debate. I’ve been a keynote speaker in 2008 and vividly remember the passionate engagement, the stimulating feedback, the cooperative and friendly atmosphere, the informal discussions around a cup of coffee… Definitively worth attending for anyone into political philosophy and neighboring areas.”
Alessandro Ferrara, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” – Keynote speaker, PaviaGC 2008
“The Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy is a great event. It has by now established itself as one of the regular academic meetings of its kind in political philosophy, and has gained an excellent reputation among students and faculty alike. I attended several of its editions, some as a graduate student paper-giver, one as an organiser, and some as an audience member (after I completed my PhD), and always got a lot out of it. Papers were of consistently good quality, graduate student presenters came from a large number of institutions in Italy, Europe and outside Europe, and the variety of approaches and themes covered was remarkable. In addition to the conference’s high intellectual quality, the settings (the very pretty city of Pavia), the catering (it’s Italy after all!), and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, always made for a wonderful social occasion. I remember talking to some friends several years ago about the graduate conferences we attended, and Pavia was their favourite. (And I don’t think they were just being polite because I am Italian!). I’d warmly recommend the conference to any graduate student working in the field of political philosophy.”
Laura Valentini, London School of Economics and Political Science – Participant, PaviaGC 2006
“The Pavia Graduate Conference is a fixture in political philosophy. The quality of the papers presented is excellent, the atmosphere very friendly, and the setting is beautiful. I strongly recommend this conference to all graduate students in political philosophy: it is an opportunity to meet lots of people working on similar topics, get good feedback on their own work, and form an impression of how the field is developing. The organisers of the conference have in the past been able to attract an impressive list of main speakers. For me, it was a great honour to have been invited and I very much enjoyed the event, especially the many discussions with both students and colleagues that I had while being there.”
Fabienne Peter, Warwick University – Keynote speaker, Pavia GC 2015