The course will be of interest to all students of political philosophy and political theory and in particular to those working on issues concerning democracy.

The two-day course will take form of a one-day seminar consisting of talks by internationally renowned experts in normative political and democratic theory followed by a day of PhD student presentations and feedback from the speakers of the first day as well as associate professor Simon Laumann Jørgensen and Professor Jørn Sønderholm.

The Keynotes and PhD students will be asked to circulate their papers in advance and the circulated papers will be expected reading for the course.

The course will aim at broadening the students awareness of contemporary discussions in political theory with special reference to democratic theory, strengthen their abilities to present and discuss arguments and thoughts within an international academic setting, strengthen their ability to communicate complex theoretical debates to an academic audience, and strengthen their writing skills.

Teaching methods:

The first day will have a seminar format with talks followed by Q&A. The keynotes will be asked to circulate their paper in advance. The second day will take more form of a workshop with shorter presentations of papers by students followed by feedback. The keynotes from day 1 will be assigned the task of giving in-depth comments to two PhD students within the area of their specific competences. The day will end with general advice from the keynotes on how to write and finish a PhD.


  • Associate Professor, Simon Laumann Jørgensen, Department of Political Science, CCWS, Aalborg University
  • Professor MSO, Jørn Sønderholm, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy, Aalborg University


  • Rainer Bauböck, Former professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence
  • Axel Gosseries, Professor at the University of Louvain
  • Robert Huseby, Professor at the department of Political Science, University of Oslo
  • Beate Rössler, Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam


4. Paper is mandatory


7th - 8th August

Kroghstræde 3, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark

Number of seats:


Registration deadline:
1. July 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses

We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 500 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted before 1st July 2019. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.