An invitation to the 2018 Intellectual Party

Lancaster’s Intellectual Party/Summer Conference is a fantastic opportunity to meet with research students from around the world, discuss your work in a friendly and encouraging environment and engage with some of Lancaster’s renowned academic staff.  The Intellectual Party is more than just another conference – it combines academic challenge with a lot of fun as well!

All participants have to present their research in either a themed or an open session. Presentations are for 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion.  If you opt for an open session you can present research on any topic.  Alternatively you can apply to present your work in one of the following thematic sessions.

Health, space and social practice
Infrastructures, governance and consumption
Laws, regulations, standards and ethics
Literature and music
Methodological moments
The arts and social change
Practice theory, actor network theory and related ideas
Things digital

We are offering a programme of workshops linked to some of these themes, plus open workshops on different aspects of writing, preparing research proposals and academic life.  If you want join these workshops you need to sign up when you submit your abstract.  More information about themes and workshops

There will also be:
Three minute thesis competition
A game of floorball
A mass book launch
A wine reception and BBQ
A spectacular Grand Finale

The registration fee is £65 for non-Lancaster students. This includes refreshments, BBQ dinner, wine reception and lunches during the two days of the conference.  Students registered at Lancaster University pay a subsidised fee of £20 (you may be able to claim this back from your department).

To participate in the intellectual party you need to submit a 250 word abstract or description of your research via the online system by the new extended deadline of 23rd April 2018.


If you have any questions, please contact us:

We look forward to seeing you in Lancaster this summer.
The Intellectual Party organising committee.

What happened at the 2017 Intellectual Party

You can find a copy of last year’s Programme and Book of Abstracts if you want to get more of a sense of the event.  We also have some great pictures from 2017, and from previous intellectual parties.

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