Centre for Comparative Political Thought


The Centre for Comparative Political Thought is the home to the core research group for political theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.

Established in June 2014, The Centre’s primary purpose is to promote research and teaching in political thought, broadly and innovatively construed: we work beyond the canon of political theory, beyond the regions and traditions that have traditionally framed comparative work in political theory, but also think of political thought beyond the text itself, as something that reaches deep into the world and its practices. That is, we seek to look at the world, at cultural objects, at political action and much more, as part of the materials from which theory can emerge and be done.

The Centre is the home for the MSc Political Thought. It also hosts a reading group, an annual workshop, and other seminars and guest speakers. 

Our centre Chair says ...

The Centre for Comparative Political Thought seeks to offer a space for the doing and thinking of political theory, and specifically postcolonial theory, at SOAS. Housed in the Politics and IS department, it nevertheless seeks to be interdisciplinary in nature, and to open the bounds of political theory to wide conversation concerning political life.

We engage in a variety of activities—from guest lectures to various reading groups—which we aim to assemble in a democratic ways, with members and interested parties welcomed to take on ideas and shape them into collective inquiries or projects.


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