Workshop Series

The John Locke Society (JLS) grew organically out of a series of Locke Workshops, with the first being hosted by Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin) at St. Andrews in 2012. Below you will find information about upcoming and past Locke Workshops. Regular workshops on different aspects of Locke’s thought have been important to the Society since its founding.

2023 John Locke Conference

June 13-15, 2023

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keynote Speakers:

Margaret Atherton, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Holly Brewer, Burke Chair of American Cultural and Intellectual History, University of Maryland.

The 2023 John Locke Society Conference will gather scholars interested in any aspect of Locke’s oeuvre, with the purpose of encouraging Locke scholarship and promoting interaction between experts in different disciplines, such as philosophy, theology, education, political theory, intellectual history, and economic thought.

Paper proposals concerning any aspect of Locke’s thought, his influences, and his impact are welcome. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts (roughly 500 words) is January 15, 2023.  Presentations will be 40 minutes. Please prepare your abstract for blind review. Notification of acceptance will be by mid-February. Abstracts should be sent to:

Attendance by those not delivering a paper is welcome and free. If you would like to attend, but not present a paper, or you would like more information, please contact Shelley Weinberg (

2022 John Locke Workshop (hybrid event)

2021 John Locke Workshop (online event)

2020 John Locke Workshop (postponed until 2021 due to COVID)

2019 John Locke Workshop

2018 John Locke Workshop

2017 John Locke Workshop

2016 John Locke Workshop

2015 John Locke Workshop

2014 John Locke Workshop

2012 (Oct) John Locke Workshop

2012 (June) John Locke Workshop

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