Call for Abstracts

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    2nd international conference of The West Network, a multidisciplinary research network. see more

    * Call for abstracts : The West Network *


    University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    June 5-7, 2019


    The West Network, an international and multidisciplinary research network coordinated from the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä, is organizing its 2nd international conference titled:



    If we look at ‘the West’ as a group of states, we can say it has been globally hegemonic in many areas of life, such as scientific innovation, the economy and consumption, military force, medicine, technological development, press freedom, political regimes and ideology. In addition, there are views according to which the West has imposed its own vision of the world by having hegemony over the production of knowledge in intellectual domains, such as philosophy, political science, and sociology, the West has imposed its own vision of the world. This is how the ‘Western paradigm’ has been built. Adopting this paradigm has long been held as a global criterion of success. However, as long as there have been Western hegemonies, there have been contestations of them.

    History did not end in the triumph of Western liberal democracy, and there are societal developments in the US and Europe that are seen as undermining (the unity of) the West. It is feared that the era of Donald Trump will disengage the US from the Western and global political arenas. The imminent separation of Britain from the European Union is raising concerns about the unity of Europe. The overall rise of right-wing populism is seen to jeopardize such core Western values as internationalism, liberalism and solidarity. Increasing individualism and identity politics, racism, toxic masculinity, unemployment or a lost sense of purpose are seen to erode Western society from the inside by dividing people into different sides of cultural wars.

    Moreover, the so-called emerging countries, China in their lead, are often seen as a threat to Western geopolitical, economic and cultural hegemonies, if not to the contemporary world order. Western military ventures have been seen as the source of deep fractures, not only between the West and other countries, but also within non-Western societies, since they have helped to cause the rise of militant Islam and the unleashing of wars in these countries. This interventionism, however, has not been without consequences in the West as well, for these wars have caused flows of refugees, and brought crowds of immigrants into Western countries. This situation has fueled further political conflict within Western societies whose people debate about the nature of Western civilization and its role in helping others.

    Will the ‘non-West’, the emerging countries, or China surpass the West? If so, in which areas of life? Can the West hold on to its hegemonies in science, liberal democracy, economy, civil liberties, and the military sphere? Or is it bound to become one of many equal players - or a relic - in a new multi-polar world order? At the same time, the West - and all of humankind - is developing further in terms of technology, health, human rights, democracy and peace, and many think there is no reason to believe the West would lose its hegemonies.

    If one holds that the West is mainly an imagined community, one can doubt that it ever could have exercised any concrete domination. One can thus easily problematize the basic concepts of ‘the West’ as well as its ‘hegemonies’. In contrast, the very notion of hegemony invites explorations in specific areas in which one can postulate a hegemonic or dominating position of the West, today or in the recent past. If one accepts that the West enjoyed a strong leadership in certain domains, one may ask why and how it occurred. Or one might, enquire about the present and future of this domination. Will it come to a close? If so, why and how - politically, culturally, socially or narratively?

    We invite scholars, particularly from social sciences and humanities, to present empirical or theoretical papers on the topic of the conference by focusing on the following sub-themes, issues and/or phenomena or other topics relevant to the theme of the conference (the list is not exclusive):

    Brexit, Christianity, civilization, climate change, Cold War, collectivism, democracy, dystopia, energy, ethnicity, economy, emerging countries, ethnicity, fragmentation, freedom, gender, geopolitics, identity, imagined communities, individualism, Islamism, leadership, the Left, liberalism, nationalism, NATO, Occidentalism, Orientalism, popular culture, political ideology, populism, post-WWII, protectionism, race / racialization, regional powers, religiosity, science/scientism, secularism, super powers, technology, terrorism, tribalism, utopia, Whiteness.

    Keynote speakers:

    - Prof. Riccardo Bavaj, University of St Andrews,

    - Prof. Cecelia Lynch, University of California, Irvine,

    Roundtable discussion lead by Dr. Marie-Josée Lavallée. Participants will be announced later.



    - Abstract proposals (300-400 words) 6 January 2019

    - Accepted presenters will be notified by 5 February 2019

    - Extended abstracts (800-1200 words) 30 April 2019


    Participation fees:

    - Basic: 80 euros, including lunch, refreshments, reception buffet

    - Basic + dinner: 115 euros (dinner on 2nd day)

    - Basic + dinner + cruise: 160 euros (lunch cruise on Lake Jyväskylä on third day)


    More information on transactions in February 2019. Unfortunately, no travel bursaries can be granted to participants.


    Abstracts + inquiries:


    Organizing committee: Jukka Jouhki & Marie-Josée Lavallée, Pertti Ahonen, Antero Holmila, Matti Roitto


    Useful links:


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    - University of Jyväskylä:

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    36th International Social Philosophy Conference, University of San Francisco July 11-13 2019 see more


    Thirty-Sixth International Social Philosophy Conference

    Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy

    with the Department of Philosophy, University of San Francisco July 11-13, 2019


    Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to the theme:

    Home: Sanctuary, Shelter, and Justice


    Some possible paper topics include:

    • Membership in families

    • Membership in communities

    • Group identity

    • Transnational identities

    • Identity, immigration, and assimilation

    • Caregiving and care receiving

    • Care and Justice: Compatibilities and Incompatibilities

    • Philosophical perspectives on welcoming and openness

    • Philosophical perspectives: What it means to be at home and/or homeless

    • Homeless in the academy: Conservative political philosophy

    • Future society and/or technology in reference to the meaning of home

    • Collective activity and/or collective care

    • Proper citizenship

    • Neoliberalism and social responsibility

    • Philosophical perspectives on discrimination

    • Sanctuary and “homeplacing”

    • Sanctuary, shelter, and living “in-between” worlds

    • Sanctuary, shelter, and justice as related to gender

    • Feeling at home/homeless in reference to gender

    • Recreation, play, and social concerns• Leisure and the common good

    • Classical philosophical perspectives on the meaning of community

    • Educating for social justice and/or citizenship

    • Educational rights in reference to immigrants and the homeless

    • Educational levels and feeling at home within society

    • The ethics of social practices

    • The status of community and home in an age of political division

    • Citizenship and civic obligation

    • Religious belief and the feeling of home/homeless

    • Religious belief and security, justice, and/or shelter

    • The connection between food, water, and security

    • The effects of health and well-being on security

    • Public institutions security

    • Philosophical perspectives on sanctuary, shelter, and/or justice


    We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.

    Submission Deadline: February 15, 2019. Please submit a 300 word abstract at:


    The Program Committee:

    Geoff Karabin, Neumann University (chair) Roksana Avali, University of Oklahoma Laura Kane, University of Tampa

    Local host: Jeff Paris, University of San Francisco David Stump, University of San Francisco Ron Sundstrom, University of San Francisco

    Members of the Program Committee may be reached at:

    NASSP Support for International Presenters

    The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada.

    NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students:

    The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.

    The winners of the annual prizes. The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.

    The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings.

    Those who want to be considered for this award should send their full papers on or before February 15 to – and they should also submit abstracts to the site by February 15, 2019.

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    The Hannah Arendt Circle invites abstract submissions for the 13th Annual Meeting, April 11-13 2019. see more


    13th Annual Meeting of The Hannah Arendt Circle

    April 11-13, 2019

         University of Alberta, Edmonton



    Please submit an abstract formatted for anonymous review (750 word limit in .doc or .docx format) on any aspect of Hannah Arendt's work.


     Send as an email attachment to 

    Please indicate "Arendt Circle Submission" in the subject heading of your email. 
    Deadline: December 1, 2018 Program decisions announced by January 10, 2019. 




    Yasemin Sari 

    University of Northern Iowa

    Katy Fulfer 
    University of Waterloo 

    Andreas Stuhlmann 
    University of Alberta 




    The Arendt Circle also hosts two working groups, which will meet on Thursday, April 11, 2019. 
    For more information on the format and how to participate, please contact the working group coordinators by email: 

    1. "Arendt Beyond Borders": Lisa Stenmark, San Jose State University @ 

    2. "Hannah Arendt and Her Contemporaries": David Antonini,ClemsonUniversity @


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    International Development Ethics Association 2018 Conference, 17-18 May, 2018 Chişinău, Moldova see more




    17-18 May, 2018

    Chişinău, Moldova


     Hosted by:

    Universitatea de Stat din Moldova (The State University of Moldova)

    Organized by:

    The State University of Moldova

    The Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Moldova

    UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR)

    Moldova School of Public Health and Management

    The Department of Philosophy & Anthropology at MSU

    The International Development Ethics Association


    Conference theme: 

    The Universitatae de Stat din Moldova and the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation at an international, interdisciplinary conference for scholars, development practitioners, government policy makers, and representatives from local and regional marginalized groups.

    The conference will explore the ethical dimensions of international, national, and community development by and for marginalized populations, with an emphasis on human rights and democratic participation.  The concept of marginalization recognizes the myriad ways in which individuals and groups might be economically, socially, or politically excluded, and the developmental, democratic, health, and ethical consequences of that exclusion.  Presentations will address the challenges to marginalized populations and ethno-cultural minorities, as well as other economically or geographically isolated groups, in the region and in Moldova especially, but also beyond, where there are valuable insights and lessons to be learned. 


    Keynote Speakers (third to be announced):

    Dr. Beatrice Ioan, ​Chair of the Committee on Bioethics, Council of Europe & ​Professor of Legal Medicine and Bioethics at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iaşi, Romania

    Dr. Chloe Schwenke, Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion at the International Center for Research on Women (USA), former Obama Administration Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Africa Bureau of USAID, former Vice President for Global Programs at Freedom House.


    Conference Format:

    Plenary sessions and individual presentations composed into panels.  Presentations in English, Romanian, and Russian with simultaneous translation available.

    Topics might include, but ARE NOT limited to, the following:

    ·         Theorizing, Mapping, and Assessing Marginalization

    ·         Ethics, Governments, and Marginalization

    ·         Corruption as a driver of Marginalization

    ·         Marginalization and the Right to Health

    ·         Local Norms, Group Rights, and Universal Rights

    ·         Marginalized Groups and Democratic Transitions

    ·         Development Ethics and Autonomy Movements in Moldova and Eastern Europe

    ·         Autonomy and Self-Determination as Tools of Cultural Freedom

    ·         The Process Aspect of Self-Determination

    ·         Democratic Approaches to Conflicts of Culture

    ·         Minorities within Minorities

    ·         Intersectionality and “Universal” Rights

    ·         Language, Culture, and Identity Rights

    ·         The Rights of Linguistic Majorities and Minorities

    ·         Marginalization and Displacement by Development

    ·         Human Rights and Targeting Marginalized Groups

    ·         “Mere Words?” – Indigenous, Minority, First, and/or Marginalized Peoples?

    ·         Social, Economic, and Cultural rights in the Republic of Moldova

    ·         Human Trafficking as Cause and Consequence of Marginalization


    In addition to papers on the conference theme, papers on all core IDEA themes are welcome:

    ·         the nature of ethically desirable development

    ·         ethical means for achieving development

    ·         ethical dilemmas arising in the practice of development.


    IDEA Bordeaux Fellowship:

    We anticipate that the conversation will not end in Chişinău.  This conference will be held one month before the IDEA Congress in Bordeaux, France (June 25-27, 2018).  In keeping with IDEA’s commitment to supporting local and marginalized scholars and practitioners, organizers hope to select two or more participants—from the State University of Moldova or other local or regional universities or groups—for a fellowship to attend the Bordeaux IDEA Congress.  The fellowship will pay the conference fee, and travel and lodging expenses.  If you wish to be considered for the IDEA Bordeaux Fellowship, please indicate this in your submission.  Selection will be based on the merit of the proposed papers and relevance to the core objectives of the conference.


    Program Committee and Conference Chairs:

    Dr. Gheorghe Ciocanu, Rector, State University of Moldova

    Dr. Rodica Gramma, Bio-Ethics, School of Public Health and Management (Moldova)

    Dr. Stacy J. Kosko, Development Ethics, University of Maryland (USA), Conference Chair

    Dr. Angela Popa, Philosophy, State University of Moldova

    Dr. Amandine Sabourin, International Relations, State University of Moldova

    Dr. Eudochia Saharneau, Philosophy, State University of Moldova

    Dr. Valentina Teosa, International Relations, State University of Moldova, Conference Chair

    Ms. Natalia Visanu, Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Moldova


    How to Submit Your Proposal:

    Presentation can be made in English, Romanian, or Russian.  However, submissions should all be in English, and include the name, email, and affiliation of the presenter(s), an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a statement of whether you wish to be considered for the IDEA Bordeaux Fellowship.

    * Organizers especially encourage participation from members of marginalized groups, including but not limited to European minority and indigenous peoples and sexual and gender minorities. * 

    Submissions should be send to: Prof. Stacy J. Kosko, by 1st March, 2018 -- EXTENDED to March 15

    Conference Registration Fee Schedule:

    On-line conference registration will open around April 2018.

    Fee includes coffee and tea breaks, lunch both days, and evening reception.

    • Professional, high-income country, early (€100)

    • Professional, high-income country, standard (€125)

    • Professional, low- or mid-income country, all (free)

    • Student, high-income country, early (€25)

    • Student, high-income country, standard (€50)

    • Student, low- or mid-income country, all (free)

    • Low- or mid-income country, Journal subscription and postage (€35)

    Please note that the registration fee does not include a year's membership in IDEA, which is compulsory for conference attendance for individuals from high-income countries.  Membership may be secured at

    For those not required to pay a registration fee, IDEA has set aside a grant to support one year’s membership for the first 20 registered conference participants from low and middle-income countries.  Membership includes a year’s subscription to the Journal of Global Ethics.


    Important deadlines:

    March 15, 2018 - Submission of abstracts

    April 1, 2018 - Announcement of acceptance/rejection

    April 15, 2018 - Deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates

    May 1, 2018 - Submission of full papers (if applicable – not required from practitioners)

    May 1, 2018 - Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates


    Journal of Global Ethics:

    We encourage papers presented at the conference to be submitted for publication in the Journal of Global Ethics. This IDEA-affiliated journal is a peer reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal on all aspects of the theory and practice of global ethics as well as ethics in the context of globalisation.  See the journal webpage for more information on the journal and on how to submit your paper:


    For more information contact:

    Prof. Stacy J. Kosko, (English, French)

    Prof. Valentina Teosa, (Romanian, Russian) 

    International Development Ethics Association *