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    *Call for Papers - Extended Deadline!*

    The Canadian Philosophical Association

    2021 Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

    May 31- June 3 2021

    University of Alberta

    Edmonton, AB


    The Canadian Philosophical Association invites submissions of papers, abstracts, and Invited Symposium proposals for the 2021 annual meeting. This meeting is part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and will take place alongside meetings of other learned societies. The CPA meeting will take place May 31 – June 3 and will include up to ten concurrent sessions. Every area of philosophy is represented, with several hundred philosophers attending from across the globe. The Canadian Journal of Philosophy sponsors a plenary keynote given by a distinguished philosopher. The program committee anonymously referees abstracts as well as full papers and will consider proposals for Invited Symposia. Submissions in all areas of philosophy are welcome. The Association is committed to organizing an accessible and inclusive meeting.

    The 2021 Congress will be virtual. For more information, visit

    The deadline for Invited Symposium proposals is midnight, November 30, 2020. The deadline for abstract and paper submissions is midnight, January 18, 2021. For detailed instructions, please visit

    Volunteers to chair or comment are encouraged. To volunteer, please visit











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    *Call for Papers*

    The Canadian Philosophical Association

    2020 Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

    June 1 – 4, 2020

    Western University

    London, ON 


     Le français suit.

    The Canadian Philosophical Association invites submissions of papers, abstracts, and Invited Symposium proposals for its 2020 Annual Meeting in London, Ontario. This meeting is part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and will take place alongside meetings of learned societies representing many sub-disciplines of philosophy as well as other disciplines of interest to philosophers. The CPA meeting will take place from June 1 – 4, with up to ten concurrent sessions, and every area of philosophy is represented, with several hundred philosophers attending from across the globe. The Canadian Journal of Philosophy sponsors a plenary keynote given by a distinguished philosopher. The program committee anonymously referees abstracts as well as full papers and will consider proposals for Invited Symposia. Submissions in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Child care is available and the Association is committed to the accessibility of its Annual Meeting. Partial subsidies of travel costs are available to students and underemployed philosophers.


    The deadline for Invited Symposium proposals is midnight, November 3, 2019. The deadline for abstract and paper submissions is midnight, January 12, 2020. For detailed instructions, please visit

    Volunteers to chair or comment are encouraged. To volunteer, please visit


    *Appel de Communications*

    L'Association canadienne de philosophie

    Le Congrès 2020 des Sciences humaines

    Le 1 au 4 juin

    L'Université Western

    London, ON


    L'Association canadienne de philosophie invite les soumissions d'articles, de résumés et de propositions de symposiums invités pour son congrès annuel de 2020 à London, en Ontario. Cette réunion fait partie du Congrès des sciences humaines et sociales et aura lieu en marge des réunions de sociétés savantes représentant de nombreuses sous-disciplines de la philosophie ainsi que d'autres disciplines intéressant les philosophes. La réunion de l'ACP aura lieu du 1 au 4 juin avec jusqu'à dix sessions simultanées. Chaque domaine de la philosophie est représenté, avec plusieurs centaines de philosophes du monde entier. Le Canadian Journal of Philosophy commandite une allocution plénière donnée par un philosophe distingué. Le comité de programme arbitre de manière anonyme les résumés, les résumés complets et examinera les propositions de symposiums invités. Les soumissions dans tous les domaines de la philosophie sont les bienvenues. Des services de garde sont disponibles et l’Association s’est engagée à rendre son congrès annuel accessible. Des subventions partielles pour les frais de voyage sont offertes aux étudiants et aux philosophes sous-employés.


    La date limite pour les propositions de symposiums invités est minuit le 3 novembre 2019. La date limite pour la soumission des résumés et des communications est minuit le 12 janvier 2020. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez visiter


    Les  bénévoles pour présider ou commenter sont encouragés. Pour faire du bénévolat, veuillez visiter  





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    Canadian Jacques Maritain Association 

    Annual Symposium Friday, November 5 to Saturday, November 6, 2021

    Theme: Maritain and the Metaphysics of Culture


    The fall 2021 conference of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association will explore the many dimensions of the metaphysics of culture. Jacques Maritain was a philosopher who was deeply interested in the role that culture plays in the life of human beings and was keen to think about its essence from a philosophical perspective. The metaphysics of culture engages an incisive reflection on the nature and foundation of culture. Although human beings live in and are shaped by their culture, it is another thing entirely to think about what culture is. The philosophical discipline of metaphysics touches upon perennial, timeless truths, whereas culture changes over time and deals with ephemeral aspects of life. To reflect on culture metaphysically is to straddle the divide between the permanent and transient elements of human life, and to think about those dimensions of human social existence that belong to our nature and those that change with time and place.

    Some of the topics that impinge upon this theme include: the interrelationship between culture, society and politics; how reason and rationality influence and are influenced by culture; the temporal and historical aspects of culture in their relation to transcendent, supernatural realities; how religion, art, education, leisure, sport, and science define culture; the economic nature of contemporary culture; secularism and the rise of atheism; prospects for the rehabilitation of culture.

    Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place, this year’s fall conference will be a hybrid meeting. The conference will take place in person at the Dominican University College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. However, the conference will be outfitted with technology for online participation as well for those who are unable to attend in person.

    All participants of the conference, whether in person or online, will have to register in advance, no later than November 4. The conference registration fee is $20 CAD per person. Registration fees can be sent by cheque by regular mail to Dr Nikolaj Zunic at the address below, or online by means of Interac e-transfer to Cheques should be made payable to “Canadian Jacques Maritain Association”.

    The CJMA welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in presenting a paper at its 2021 fall conference.

    We invite papers, in English or French, relating to the conference theme understood broadly. Papers may explore aspects of Jacques Maritain’s philosophy or other perspectives related to the metaphysics of culture. Selected papers will be published in Études maritainiennes-Maritain Studies.

    Those who wish to present a paper should send by e-mail a one-page abstract or proposal to:

    Dr. Nikolaj Zunic
    Department of Philosophy
    St. Jerome’s University
    290 Westmount Road North
    Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G3



    Deadline for submission of proposals: September 15, 2021

    Papers should not exceed 35 minutes reading time.

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    Open Theology invites submissions for a topical issue edited by Martin Koci (University of Vienna). see more


    for a topical issue of Open Theology

    After the Theological Turn: Essays in (New) Continental Philosophical Theology


    “Open Theology” ( invites submissions for the topical issue “After the Theological Turn: Essays in (New) Continental Philosophical Theology”, edited by Martin Koci (University of Vienna).





    This topical issue aims to explore, interrogate and reflect on the ways in which contemporary continental philosophy, and phenomenology in particular, unfolds and advances the development of philosophical theology. What does it mean to practice theology after the philosophical return to religion? During the last few decades, the renewal of theology has been much discussed in light of philosophical lectures that have revisited fundamental Christian concepts. However, the debate seems to be stuck on rather formal questions about whether the theological turn happened or not, whether it has been a legitimate or illegitimate development, and whether theology and philosophy can benefit at all from reconsidering their disciplinary borders. Moreover, from the theological perspective, crucial issues continue to be unresolved: What should the proper propaedeutic framework for theological work be in a secular context? How to formulate theologically valid as well as contextually plausible truth-claims? What kind of grammar should be employed in theology to create not only rational but also credible discourse? The working hypothesis behind this thematic issue is that philosophical—in particular phenomenological—engagement with theological concepts transforms the fundamental theological practice, revisits its rigor, and provides the possibility of developing an intelligible grammar for articulating normative theological claims. 

         We invite scholars in theology and continental philosophy of religion to address the following questions: Is phenomenology a suitable ancilla theologiae to provide theologians with sufficient philosophical grammar? Is it possible to develop, after the demise of metaphysics, a phenomenological theology? How does theology look after Marion, Henry, Chrétien, Lacoste, Falque et al.? Does theology benefit from philosophical reconsiderations of fundamental Christian concepts such as Revelation, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, etc.? The nerve and, at the same time, novelty of raising the question about after the theological turn is a critical application of explicit theological perspectives to thus test both the potential of and limits to philosophical reconsiderations of the theological for formulating plausible as well as credible theology.


    Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

    – transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

    – free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.


    Because "Open Theology" is published under an Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. 

    Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscripts. 



    Submissions will be collected by from September 1 to October 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at

    Choose as article type: “After the Theological Turn”

    Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:


    All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.


    Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Martin Koci at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at


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    for a topical issue of Open Theology


    Phenomenology of Religious Experience V: (Ir)Rationality and Religiosity During Pandemics

    Edited by:
    Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (UC Davis and Graduate Theological Union)
    Jason Alvis (University of Vienna)
    Michael Staudigl (University of Vienna)


    Open Theology ( invites submissions for the topical issue Phenomenology of Religious Experience V: (Ir)Rationality and Religiosity During Pandemics, prepared in collaboration with the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience (

    In the context of the current COVID19-crisis, the vexed relationship between religion, intuition, discursive reason, and instrumental rationality has become ever more complicated. Given resurgent appeals to the transformative (purifying, redemptive, liberating, etc.) force of religious resources in times of crisis “both manipulating and hopeful”we invite papers which explicate the involved aspects of (ir)rationality, on a societal, social, communal, and personal scale. Our working hypothesis is that the by now apparent lapses and discontents of secular reason contributed, if not lead to, the COVID19 pandemics. With the toll of deaths exceeding 286,000 in mid-May 2020, and industrial countries such as the United States leading the numbers, what does it tell us about the status of knowledge, consciousness, and their relationships with the power networks? Given the astounding denials of both trivial-ontic-empirical and scientific facts of epidemics and the gripping realities of global misinformation, the relationship between the reason in action, politics, press, local decision-making and the subjective dimension of religiosity stand out  in this new light, calling for phenomenological reporting and reflection, which must precede the care and the cure. While religious experience has been shown to have emancipatory value and enhance resilience and decrease stress, we'd like to clarify if this assessment still stands in this new situation.

    Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

    • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

    • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter's technology,

    • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,

    • complementary membership in the Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience.

    As a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. To view funding opportunities to cover APC please visit
    Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk( before submitting their manuscript.


    Submissions will be collected from September 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at
    Choose as article type: Topical Issue Article: Pandemics
    Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

    All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

    Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Olga Louchakova-Schwartz In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at





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    Deadline extended to June 30. Special issue: Philosophy and Landscape East and West see more

    CFP: Special Issue of The Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology

    Vol. 7, No. 2, 2020


    Guest Editor: Adam Loughnane (University College Cork)




    Submission Deadline: *extended to 30 June 2020*

    Send Submissions To:


    The landscapes we live within play a vital role in all aspects of human life and have become an important locus of phenomenological analysis. Often, landscapes are venerated for their beauty, sublimity, or their sacred status. Others, those too close to notice, the mundane landscapes of our everyday lives, hide themselves and in so doing are no less (or perhaps more) important for determining how we are as human beings, how we move, perceive, imagine, and think, perhaps even how we philosophize. We find ourselves as earthbound beings among the landscapes of the sacred and the mundane, the elevated and the everyday, the visible and the invisible. Inquiring between and beyond these binaries, the Fall 2020 volume of the Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology will explore the various thinkers and artists East and West who have disclosed the rich potential of landscape for philosophy. Submissions are welcome from all philosophical approaches and traditions exploring any number of issues or debates relating to and expanding the philosophies and phenomenological analysis of aesthetic issues relating to landscape; including, landscape art, painting, sculpture, landscape gardens, representations in cinema, virtual landscapes, topics relating to landscape and territory, migration, pilgrimage, religion, boundaries/borders, geophilosophy, the environment, as well as philosophies of place, environmental aesthetics, and issues arising from intercultural dialogue on landscape art and aesthetics.

    We welcome in particular submissions that are grounded in the phenomenological tradition. Of course, relevant papers grounded in other philosophical traditions are welcome, although we ask that authors show sensitivity to the journal’s philosophical orientation. The editors invite articles on these and other topics related to Landscape East and West.

    Submissions will go through a blind review process and four of them will be selected for publication by the guest editor.

    The maximum length of the article is 8,000 words. Please follow the journal’s style guidelines:



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    XXe colloque "Jeunes chercheurs" du CIREM 16-18 see more

    *Appel à communications*

    Sources antiques des Modernes
    et figures modernes des Anciens (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles)

    XXe colloque « Jeunes chercheurs » du
    Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la première modernité (CIREM 16-18)
    Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
    21-23 mai 2020

    La Renaissance est marquée par un renouveau artistique, culturel et scientifique que caractérise un retour à la pensée antique et à ses valeurs. Par-delà la chute de l’Empire romain et un Moyen-Âge souvent perçu comme barbare, ce retour aux Anciens enracine la culture de l’Europe moderne dans une mémoire savante qui, entre XVIe et XVIIIe siècles, se veut riche en modèles à imiter, en idéaux à reconquérir. La relecture d’auteurs tels Platon, Sénèque ou Cicéron, le souvenir de figures telles Socrate, Diogène ou Épicure nourrissent la vitalité inventive de la première modernité. L’héritage antique se manifeste aussi bien dans la dramaturgie du XVIIe siècle, inspirée par la redécouverte de la Poétique d’Aristote, que dans l’art néoclassique du second XVIIIe siècle, marqué par les découvertes archéologiques, notamment sur les sites d’Herculanum et de Pompéi. La question des rapports entre les Anciens et la modernité exige également d’interroger l’expérience du temps, tantôt en théorisant le sens historique des progrès qu’ont accomplis les savoirs philosophiques et techniques depuis l’Antiquité, tantôt en soutenant les thèses d’une anthropologie pessimiste pour lesquelles, par-delà des différences de surface, la nature humaine demeure toujours la même.

    En ce sens, cette opposition sans cesse dialectisée entre Anciens et Modernes invite aussi bien à renouveler la compréhension de l’héritage antique, notamment à la faveur d’un intense travail éditorial, qu’à penser les conditions de surgissement d’une culture nouvelle, l’expérience du passé s’affirmant alors comme indissociable de leçons à méditer et à dépasser. C’est pourquoi la première modernité se définit dans un double mouvement de célébration et de critique des Anciens, oscillant en permanence entre un sentiment d’actualité immédiate du passé et une exigence d’actualisation. Cette tension est même constitutive de la manière dont la philosophie moderne et l’imaginaire littéraire ou artistique se réapproprient l’Antiquité pour mieux réinventer mythes et textes gréco-latins, multiplier
    les parallèles entre Anciens et Modernes, faire renaître l’idéal républicain ou encore réécrire les philosophies hellénistiques, qu’il s’agisse du scepticisme, de l’épicurisme ou du stoïcisme.

    Dans tous les cas, le présent colloque entend aborder, dans toute la diversité de ses formes et de ses expressions, cette expérience que firent les Modernes de l’héritage antique. Aussi sollicitons-nous, à l’occasion de cette rencontre, des propositions s’inscrivant dans l’un ou l’autre de ces axes :

    1) Sources antiques de la pensée moderne (réappropriation/relecture modernes d’idées philosophiques, poétiques, rhétoriques ou politiques issues de l’Antiquité ; réinscription de mythes, personnages historiques ou symboles antiques dans un contexte moderne ; édition et annotation des textes anciens, etc.).
    2) Représentations et mise en scène des Anciens (dans la littérature, la peinture, la musique, les arts de la scène, le discours historique, etc.).
    3) Dialogues, entretiens et parallèles entre Anciens et Modernes (parallèles littéraires ou philosophiques entre des figures ou des événements antiques et modernes, dialogues des morts, etc.).
    4) Critique des Anciens par les Modernes, critique des Modernes par les Anciens (discours théoriques, philosophiques, politiques, où les Modernes critiquent la pensée des Anciens, ou dans lesquels, au contraire, la sagesse antique est mobilisée pour critiquer les Modernes).

    De nature interdisciplinaire, ce colloque du CIREM 16-18 est ouvert aux jeunes chercheurs (des étudiants à la maîtrise ou au master ainsi que des doctorants et postdoctorants) oeuvrant dans les différents champs des sciences humaines, de la littérature à l’histoire, en passant par la philosophie et l’histoire de l’art. Les communications, inédites et en français, ne devront pas dépasser les vingt minutes allouées à chaque participant. Les propositions de communication (titre et résumé de 250 mots, niveau d’études, ancrage institutionnel) doivent être envoyées au comité organisateur avant le 16 mars 2020 à l’adresse suivante :

    Les Cahiers du CIREM (Paris, Hermann) accueilleront les articles issus des communications après examen par le comité scientifique, formé des directeurs des Cahiers et des organisateurs du colloque.

    Comité organisateur :

    Nelson Guilbert
    Valérie Plourde
    Jacinthe De Montigny
    Kim Gladu
    André M. Rocha
    Xiayue Wu
    Kilyan Bonnetti
    Marie-Chantale Delaney
    Arthur M’Begnan

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    Culture and Dialogue provides a forum for researchers from philosophy as well as other disciplines who study cultural formations dialogically, through comparative analysis, or within the tradition of hermeneutics. For each issue, the Journal seeks to bring manuscripts together with a common denominator. Our first 2021 issue (Vol. 9.1) will focus on the theme of

    Music, Culture and Dialogue

    This Issue welcomes contributions from any areas of interdisciplinary philosophy of music, which include:

    • Music as dialogue, its role and significance as intercultural experience

    • Comparative philosophy of music, which may analyse one or more particular cultural perspectives (Eastern, African,

      Western, Indian etc.)

    • Philosophical reflection on modes of understanding the nature of music (anthropological, social, religious, political,

      psychological, scientific etc.)

    • Inquiry into the cultural dimensions of music from across the traditions of interpretive and analytic philosophies

      We welcome essays that address any of these topics from different cultural perspectives or philosophical traditions.

    Submissions to: admin[at]

    Notes for Authors:

    Deadline: 1st October 2020


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    ISUS is an international association for the study of utilitarianism and the utilitarian tradition. see more

    Call for Papers
    ISUS 2020 - Utility and Politics
    The 16th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies
    30 July - 1 August 2020 (Thursday-Saturday)
    University of Illinois at Chicago

    In a time when the regimes of democratic representation and scientific/administrative expertise that the classical utilitarians did so much to
    promote are under serious strain across the globe, ISUS 2020 will meet to assess the past, present, and future achievements and failures of utilitarian ethics, law,
    policy, and political economy. Although we invite paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to the study of utilitarianism, proposals that speak to the
    conference theme, Utility and Politics, are especially welcome.

    The following individuals have generously agreed to give keynote lectures:

    Frances Ferguson, Department of English, The University of Chicago
    Bart Schultz, Department of Philosophy, The University of Chicago
    Sharon Street, Department of Philosophy, New York University

    Please send your c. 400-word paper or panel proposal to

    The proposal deadline is 29 February 2020, with responses to be given by mid-April.

    Visit the conference website for more information:

    The International Society for Utilitarian Studies is an association for the study of utilitarianism and the utilitarian tradition broadly conceived. Scholars representing all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and panels on utilitarianism and its historical development, and on its contemporary relevance in various fields of thought and practice. Past conferences have included faculty and graduate students in philosophy, law, political science, economics, history, literature, and art.

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    UTSC's annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference showcases undergraduate work in philosophy. see more

    *Call for Papers*


    University of Toronto at Scarborough, Association of Philosophy Students 2020 Conference 

    Topic: Bioethics

    Keynote Speaker: Phoebe Friesen from McGill University

    Submission Deadline: February, 2nd, 2020

    Conference Date: March 7th, 2020


    The University of Toronto Scarborough’s Annual International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference showcases undergraduate work in philosophy. We will be selecting four papers for presentation. The papers are selected through a blind review process by University of Toronto undergraduates at the Scarborough Campus and, if selected, you will be expected to present a 15-20 minute talk followed by comments from a UTSC student and a Q&A period.

    This year’s topic is Bioethics, we will be accepting any papers from this subject area. Our Keynote speaker is Phoebe Friesen from McGill University who is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and Department of Social Studies and Medicine at McGill University. We are excited to have her.

    APS also offers students up to $500.00 CAD in expense reimbursements if they are selected for the conference!

    The APS is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for the duration of our conference. If you have any accommodation needs to ensure your full participation in the event, we will be more than willing to work with you, given adequate notice, to ensure those needs are taken care of. Please contact us at for any accessibility related questions or concerns.


    1. Include: (1) author’s name, (2) paper title, (3) institution, (4) mailing address, (5) telephone number in the body of the email, and (6) email address.
    2. Papers must be submitted with a cover page including only the title, and abstract the paper. Please do not place any of your personal information in the body of the paper, as your paper will be subject to blind review.
    3. Submissions must be titled and be accompanied by a concise abstract introducing the author’s topic and summarizing the paper’s central thesis, which should be around 150 words.
    4. Submissions should be under 3,000 words not including the abstract.
    5. Acceptable document formats for submissions include PDF and word doc
    6. Please email all submissions to
    7. Please email any questions or concerns to

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    APT invites paper proposals for its annual conference November 12th-14th, 2020 at UMass Amherst. see more


    The Association for Political Theory Annual Conference

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    November 12th-14th, 2020

    Program Committee Co-Chairs:

    Jennie Ikuta (University of Tulsa) and

    Kennan Ferguson (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)



    The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites paper proposals for its annual conference to be held November 12th-14th, 2020, at the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    We will consider papers on all topics in political theory, political philosophy and their cognate disciplines, from scholars working in any field at any institution. Any scholars who are ABD or who hold a terminal degree in their fields may apply; we also encourage faculty members to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants.


    How to Apply:

    (1) Proposers must be members of the Association. Membership is free; if you are not yet a member, please submit an application at: 

    by January 31, 2020.


    (2) Abstracts of up to 400 words are due by midnight PST on Monday, February 10, 2020 at:


    You must log in to your account to submit. Each member may submit one proposal and may be a co-author on one proposal submitted by someone else. The APT conference does not accept full panel or roundtable proposals.


    (3) Selection Process: all abstracts are anonymously reviewed and rated by members of the Program Committee. Authors are notified of their acceptance/rejection or wait list status by the

    end of April.


    Workshop Panels:

    Once again, the APT will hold up to four workshop panels on Thursday Nov. 12. Workshop panels consist of three presenters and a chair; instead of a traditional discussant, the panelists and pre-registered audience members will read all papers and prepare written comments for the presenters before the conference. At the conference, participants will spend approximately 30 minutes workshopping each of the papers.


    Presenters at workshop panels must be able to arrive for the conference by Thursday afternoon, November 12th. Please also note that participants in workshop panels may not able to attend some other pre-conference programming (such as pre-conference workshops, First Book Manuscript Workshop, etc.).


    If you are interested in participating on a workshop panel, please indicate this when you submit your proposal.  


    Additional Thursday programming will be announced closer to the date of the conference. As usual, there will be a welcome reception on Thursday evening, November 12th.


    Chairs and Discussants:

    If you are proposing a paper and wish to participate as a chair and/or discussant on another panel, please indicate your areas of expertise in the relevant box on the proposal form. If you are willing to participate as a chair and/or discussant without making a paper proposal, please fill out the form available at: Chairs and discussants must have a Ph.D.


    Pre-circulation Requirement:

    Presenters on Thursday workshop panels must submit their papers electronically to the paper archive on the APT website no later than October 22, 2020. All other presenters must submit their papers to the archive no later than October 29, 2020. The archive will be password protected so that access is limited to members of APT. Presenters who do not meet these deadlines will not be able to propose a paper for the following year’s conference.


    If you have any difficulties submitting a proposal, please contact APT at


    To learn more about the Association and its annual conference please visit the APT website at


    Emily Nacol

    Department of Political Science

    University of Toronto



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    An international conference to be held at Queen’s University May 8th - 9th 2020. see more



    The General and the Particular in the Contemporary World

    Philosophical, Anthropological, Theological, Aesthetic and Political-Economic Implications


    Announcement of an international conference to be held at

    Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario on May 8th and 9th 2020.



    In the age of globalization and transcultural networking, and of growing nationalism and isolationism, the dichotomy of universalism and particularism becomes a central focal point for scientific, cultural, political, religious and social debates. Are there universal values and rules that can be declared binding for all people worldwide, in all cultures, religions and societies? Or should we regard particularism and cultural relativism following the achievements of postcolonial theories as an opportunity for the co-existence of different worldviews, languages, cultures and denominations? Is there a universalism existent beyond all the cultural particularisms? And can particularisms assert themselves without being in relation to a universal measurement? How do we understand the problem of good and evil in the world? What are the local, national and international implications of identity politics on the left and on the right? How can we overcome the theoretical juxtaposition of universalism and particularism without either asserting an absolute or accepting a sort of postmodern ‘anything goes’? The philosopher, ethnologist and sociologist Lawrence Krader (1919–1998) devoted himself to these questions in various published and unpublished writings (for more information visit the homepage of the Krader Archive at Mills library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, The planned conference seeks to shed light on these issues from his and other perspectives and aims to tackle this question by means of describing and analyzing concrete historical, empirical, political, economic, ethical and aesthetic debates. We invite scholars from various disciplines to take up this question and address it from the viewpoint of their research fields, including topics such as human rights and theories of recognition, cultural relativism and postcolonialism, research on ethnic, cultural, religious and other minorities, multiculturalism, theories and concepts of deviance, federalism, centralism and the diaspora, international alliances and national aspirations, free trade and protectionism, gender binary coherence, queer theories and gender fluidity, diplomacy and belligerency, civil liberties and political correctness, applied ethics, questions such as genetic research, animal rights, abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty etc., aesthetics and art in theory and concepts. We are interested in papers which do not simply plead one side of an issue but take up the various sides of the debate on these issues, if critically. This conference respects sharp intellectual debate on these important issues. Ideally, we are hoping to foster a debate about the debate bringing together speakers from a variety of perspectives to argue over universalism and particularism as they manifest themselves in our world today and their significance for the future. The conference papers will be published in an edited volume.


    We will be inviting successful applicants to participate in the conference on the basis of abstracts (200-300 words in length) submitted before the end of the calendar year 2019 to the following members of the Krader Project:


    Prof. Rob Beamish

    Prof. Cyril Levitt

    Dr. Sabine Sander


    Successful applicants will be informed of the decision by January 31, 2020 and will have their travel costs and room and board covered by the Lawrence Krader Research Project. For more information please visit the homepage of the Lawrence Krader Research Project:

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    *Appel de communications*

    Congrès 2020, Western University
    London, ON., 30 mai – 5 juin
    ATELIER 10

    La « guerre des épistèmes » :
    le rapport entre littérature et science dans la fiction francophone contemporaine


    Le rapport entre littérature et science est sans doute l'un des plus épineux qui soit, ces deux modes de connaissance du monde étant généralement perçus comme diamétralement opposés. La littérature, subjective par essence, appartiendrait ainsi au domaine de l'imaginaire, alors que la science, réputée objective, relèverait quant à elle de la raison. Et pourtant texte littéraires et savoirs scientifiques ont bien plus en commun qu'on ne le croit. Nous pensons ici à ce que Mudimbe a appelé la «bibliothèque coloniale » (1988 : 181), cet ensemble de savoirs anthropologiques, ethnologiques, linguistiques, historiques, géographiques ou encore théologiques nés de l’entreprise coloniale et qui ont contribué à la légitimer.

    En effet, ces savoirs, qui avaient avant tout pour mission de servir les objectifs de la colonisation, relevaient davantage de la fiction que de la réalité. En ce sens, ils illustrent ce que Barthes appelle « l’une de nos servitudes majeures », à savoir « le divorce accablant de la connaissance et de la mythologie » (1957 : 63). Les savoirs qui peuplent cette bibliothèque et, plus largement, les disciplines qui les portent sont perçus comme étrangers non seulement parce qu’ils découlent de la colonisation, mais aussi par leur caractère étrange, fictionnel. Ils constituent ainsi un terreau fertile pour l'écrivain francophone dit « du Sud » qui partage avec le colonisé son statut d'être de fiction, de superstition mû par son imagination, alors que l'Occidental serait quant à lui du côté de la raison.

    Cet atelier se propose d'étudier la mise en fiction de ces savoirs dits « scientifiques » dans les littératures francophones contemporaines qui ont pour particularité de s'être constituées par rapport à ces derniers. L'objectif est d'interroger la manière dont les écrivains francophones contemporains cherchent à démythifier, à décoloniser le rapport aux savoirs dits « occidentaux » pour mieux les rejeter ou, au contraire, se les (ré)approprier par le truchement de la fiction. À l'ère médiatique de la désinformation et des « fake news », il nous semble particulièrement intéressant d'étudier la manière dont la fiction  francophone participe elle aussi à cette « guerre des épistèmes » (Maria-Benedita Basto, 2014 : 12).

    Nous proposons les axes de recherche suivants :


    1. État des lieux

    Analyser la mise en fiction des savoirs qu'ils soient linguistiques, anthropologiques, ethnologiques, historiques, géographiques, théologiques ou autres. De quelle manière ces derniers sont-ils traduits, incorporés, récupérés ou encore transmis par la fiction ? Dans quelle mesure, l'écrivain francophone participe-t-il à leur vulgarisation, leur popularisation, voire leur pérennisation ? Si la littérature a joué un rôle fondamental dans l'élaboration de l'imaginaire colonial (Fanoudh-Siefer, 1968), dans quelle mesure les littératures francophones contemporaines peuvent-elles être lues comme de nouvelles « fabriques à mythes » ?


    2. Déconstruire...

    Repérer les processus de déconstruction, de différenciation, mais aussi d'actualisation et de réappropriation du savoir sous toutes ses formes. Comment l'oeuvre de fiction francophone distingue-t-elle la réalité des faits de leur interprétation ? Comment traite-telle la question de l'institutionnalisation des croyances et des partis pris idéologiques, de leur internationalisation, mais aussi de la colonisation des savoirs et, partant, des esprits ? Comment cherche-t-elle à remettre, ou non, en question les frontières disciplinaires dans l'espace de la fiction et à privilégier la transdisciplinarité ?


    3. … pour mieux (re)bâtir

    Étudier la manière dont l'oeuvre littéraire francophone tente de réconcilier des visions du monde présentées comme opposées, telles que fiction et réalité, savoir théorique et expérience pratique, subjectivité et objectivité, culture et nature, science et imaginaire, raison et imagination, matérialité et spiritualité ou encore histoire et littérature. Quelles sont les stratégies mises en place pour dépasser ces systèmes d'opposition en synchronie (passé vs présent), mais aussi en diachronie (Occident vs le reste du monde) ? De quelle manière les littératures francophones (re)découvrent-elles et valorisent-elles des savoirs ancestraux ?Ces derniers sont-ils mis au service de la fiction car ils relèveraient davantage de la superstition, de l’imagination ? Ou bien la fiction est-elle mise au service d’une forme de légitimation de ces croyances ? Finalité esthétique ou agenda politique ?

    4. … l'avenir

    S'interroger sur les potentialités de l'acte fictionnel et le rôle de l'écrivain francophonequi se fait tour à tour mythologue, historiographe, épistémologue ou encore exégète. Quelles conséquences ces postures, qu'elles soient assumées ou non, ont-elles sur la forme du texte littéraire (langue utilisée, terminologie employée) ? Mais aussi sur les choix thématiques opérés (dimension méta-réflexive) ? La fiction francophone peut-elle produire de nouveaux savoirs sur le monde ? Si oui, en quoi lui sont-ils spécifiques et quelle relation entretiennent-ils avec le réel ? Les écritures francophones contemporaines vont-elles jusqu'à participer à la théorisation de nouvelles sciences (plus) humaines ? Dans ce cas, quelle est leur contribution au renouvellement du champ d'étude dans lequel elles s'inscrivent ?

    Date limite pour l’envoi des propositions (250-300 mots) : le 15 décembre 2019.

    Les personnes ayant soumis une proposition de communication recevront un message de l'organisatrice de l’atelier avant le 20 janvier 2020 les informant de sa décision. L’adhésion à l’APFUCC est requise pour participer au colloque. Il est également d’usage de régler les frais de participation au Congrès des Sciences humaines ainsi que les frais de conférence de l’APFUCC. Ils doivent être réglés avant le 31 mars 2020 pour bénéficier des tarifs préférentiels. La date limite pour régler les frais de conférence et l’adhésion est le 10 avril 2020. Passé cette date, le titre de votre communication sera retiré du programme de l’APFUCC.

    Vous ne pouvez soumettre qu’une seule proposition de communication pour le colloque de 2020. Toutes les communications doivent être présentées en français pour l’APFUCC, en personne, même dans le cas d’une collaboration.

    Responsable de l'atelier :
    Julia Galmiche (University of Toronto) –

    Barthes, Roland (1957). Mythologies. Paris : Éditions du Seuil.
    Basto, Maria-Benedita (2014). « Une main peut en cacher une autre : décolonisation des
    savoirs, histoire et épistémologie au coeur des écritures littéraires mozambicaines ». Études
    littéraires africaines, 37, pp. 53-72.
    Fanoudh-Siefer, Léon (1968). Le Mythe du nègre et de l'Afrique noire dans la littérature
    française (de 1800 à la 2e Guerre Mondiale). Paris : Librairie C. Klincksieck.
    Mudimbe, Valentin-Yves (1988). The Invention of Africa. Gnosis, Philosophy, and the
    Order of Knowledge. Bloomington : Indiana University Press.

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    *Call for Papers*

    Great Lakes Philosophy Conference

    Ethics in Action

    April 3-5, 2020

    Adrian, Michigan


    Deadline for Submissions: January 1st, 2020

    Notification of Acceptance: January 8th, 2020


    Any paper that relates to the theme of “Ethics in Action,” broadly construed, will be considered. Topics might include, but are not limited to, trends in ethics, interpersonal ethics, social ethics, ethics within and across disciplines and specialties, the intersection of ethics and politics, applied and professional ethics, metaethics, and ethical theory. 


    This year’s conference will also feature a special stream for presentations related to the topic of “The Crisis of American Democracy.” Our hope is to compile a selected number of papers from this special stream and submit them for publication as a collection of conference proceedings. Authors of papers accepted for this special stream will be invited to submit their fully completed papers, following a revision period after the conference, for consideration for inclusion in the publication proposal.  


    We hope to have an interdisciplinary event and welcome submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, and professional philosophers, as well as from a range of fields including philosophy, law, public policy, business, medicine, history, religious studies, political science, social science, or related fields. Submissions from active scientists, researchers, or practitioners are also welcome, particularly insofar as those presentations could complement the theme of the conference. We also especially welcome proposals from women and minorities, and are committed to making this year’s conference inclusive and welcoming to all.


    **There will be a $100 prize for the best undergraduate paper.**

    **There will be a $100 prize for the best graduate student paper.**


    To submit a paper for consideration, please submit an extended abstract of up to 500 words. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Please submit abstracts as .doc, .docx, or .pdf, at


    Final papers should be suitable for a 20-30 minute presentation. Presentations should aim to be accessible and lively as part of constructive, collaborative, informal sessions.


    Keynote Speaker:

    Professor Derrick Darby, University of Michigan


    The Great Lakes Philosophy Conference is being jointly hosted by Adrian College and Siena Heights University, with generous support from the Institute for Ethics at Adrian College and the Aquinas Forum at Siena Heights University. Send any questions to



     September 24, 2019
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    April 16-18, 2020
    The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College
    Washington DC

    The Arendt Circle meets annually to share research on any aspect of Hannah Arendt’s work.
    Deadline for Submission: December 1
    Submit a 750-word abstract, prepared for anonymous review, as a Word Document or PDF, to
    Our working groups meet on April 16 prior to the main program on April 17-18. For more information, contact:

     Arendt & her
     contemporaries--David Antonini (

     Arendt unbound--Katy Fulfer (
    2020 Organizing Committee
    Katy Fulfer, University of Waterloo
    Lucy Benjamin, University of London
    Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College
    Justin Letizia, Gettysburg College
     September 12, 2019