Edmund Burke Conference 2016


Edmund Burke’s Club (Australia) Inc is holding its second annual conference on the political philosophy of Edmund Burke at the Clifton Conference Centre in the Melbourne CBD on Saturday 19th of November 2016. The conference theme will be the state of conservatism in Australia seen through the framework of the thought of Edmund Burke. A dinner will be held at Melbourne’s Savage Club on the evening of the conference.

An examination of the state of conservatism in Australia is a pressing task. For some years, it has become apparent that some self-described conservatives have a deficient idea of what conservatism is as a political philosophy. The aim of the 2016 Edmund Burke conference will be to present a clear understanding of the political and philosophical issues. Edmund Burke’s historical context and the influence of his thought in Australia and on modern conservatives such as Michael Oakeshott and Roger Scruton will be examined.

CONFERENCE VENUE: Clifton’s Conference Venue 1440 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Registration fee for Conference: $40

CONFERENCE DINNER at the Savage Club, (Bank Place Melbourne CBD), on Saturday evening 19 November:  3-course dinner with drinks (wine, beer and soft drink) $110. The evening will include pre-dinner drinks and a welcome address and several short addresses and readings during the dinner. Dress: Jacket and tie for the gentlemen and the equivalent for the ladies.

Dinner Cost: $110

RSVP: Monday, 31 October 2016

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The Conference Program

All presentations will be followed by a plenary discussion and questions from the audience.

9:00 am – 10:00 am


10:00 am – 11:00 am

The historical and religious context of Edmund Burke
Dr Robert Andrews

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Morning tea

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The influence of Burke on nineteenth century Australian political thought
Dr Steve Chavura

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Edmund Burke and Economics
John Ballantyne

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Afternoon tea

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The thought of Michael Oakshott
William Church

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Plenary Discussion

Final comments

Please address any enquiries to Lucas McLennan (0407 789 038) or Lucas.McLennan96@gmail.com

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours – 1st class) at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle in 2007, with a double major in history and philosophy. He began tutoring in Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Notre Dame in his honours year, and went on to study a PhD in Church History at Murdoch University, which he completed in 2012. Dr Andrews has taught Church history, theology and ethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Murdoch University, and the Centre for Faith Enrichment. In early 2016 he took up the position of Lecturer in Church History at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Dr Andrews’s research interests are ecumenical and focus on Anglicanism and Catholicism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His most recent publication is the monograph: Lay Activism and the High Church Movement of the Late Eighteenth Century: The Life and Thought of William Stevens, 1732-1807 (Leiden: Brill, 2015). He is currently completing a monograph on John Henry Newman’s Mariology.

Dr. Steve Chavura
Stephen Chavura is a political theorist and intellectual historian. He has coordinated courses on a range of topics including the history of political thought, the philosophy of sociology, Australian history, religion and politics, and nationalism and self-determination. His research interests include the history of political thought, Australian intellectual history, philosophical issues relating to freedom of speech, and church and state. His book Tudor Protestant Political Thought (Leiden: Brill) was published in 2011, and his work has appeared in journals such as History of European Ideas, Journal of Religious History, and Australian Journal of Political Science. He is currently an ARC Senior Research Associate.

Will Church
Will Church is a doctoral student at the University of Queensland, with an interest in the late English philosopher Michael Oakeshott and (amongst other things) the sceptical tradition of British conservatism. His thesis is concerned primarily with Oakeshott’s political scepticism, and its relation to four other figures: Michel De Montaigne, David Hume, Thomas Hobbes, and George Santayana.

John Ballantyne
Biography to come