CFP: Philosophy's History, Today's Challenges

Submission deadline: February 22, 2023

Conference date(s):
April 15, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Philosophy Graduate Student Association, University of Kentucky
Lexington, United States

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On Saturday, April 15, 2023, the University of Kentucky Philosophy Graduate Student Association will host its 25th Annual Graduate Student Workshop.  We invite graduate student paper or abstract submissions that use the philosophical tradition to address contemporary ethical and political challenges.  Our workshop intends to bring together a small group of graduate students interested in rigorously and creatively appropriating the history of philosophy to better understand pressing issues of our time.

Participants should expect to recieve substantial and useful feedback on their projects, as well as provide such feedback to other participants.  Each participant will receive a time slot of 50 minutes: 15-20 minutes dedicated to a presentation of the material, followed by 30-35 minutes of questions and open, constructive discussion.  The workshop's ethic is one of mutually supportive collaboration.  With that in mind, accepted submissions will be circulated before the workshop, the expectation being that participants read their colleagues' work in advance to promote thoughtful, helpful discussion.  See below for submission guidelines.


This year, our keynote event is with Dr. Gregory Fried and Mr. Derek Burrows of Mirror of Race.  It will consist in a screening of Mr. Burrows' 2016 documentary film, Before the Trees Was Strange, which tells a complex story of how his family experienced race and racism in the Bahamas and the United States.  The screening will be followed by a talk-back session, in which audience members share experiences and discuss meanings with a panel, including Mr. Burrows and Dr. Fried.  This event is made possible by the generous co-sponsorship of the Commonwealth Insitute for Black Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Fried is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, and his recent work focuses on Heidegger, Plato, and Frederick Douglass.  Mr. Burrows is a professional storyteller, musician, and educator.  In addition to performing around the world, he has led workshops on cross-cultural understanding and conflict resolution.

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The keynote event will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Taylor Education Auditorium in the Taylor Education Building at 597 S. Upper St., Lexington, KY 40506.


Please, submit either

(1) a paper of approximately 3,000 words prepared for blind review, or

(2) an extended abstract of approximately 700 words prepared for blind review,

with a cover letter containing your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and submission's title.

Please, email your submission, as either a Word document or PDF, to [email protected] with the subject line "2023 Workshop Submission."

Submissions due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Acceptance decisions announced by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

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