CFP: Philosophy & Science for Human Rights: The Political Brain

Submission deadline: February 10, 2023

Conference date(s):
March 3, 2023

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Conference Venue:

University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom

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We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the workshop “Philosophy & Science for Human Rights: the Political Brain", which will take place on March 3rd, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, at the Senate House building of the University of Bristol.

Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mentions the “right [...] to share in scientific advancement and its benefits," implying that there is a “Right to Science” (RtS). Inspired the idea of a Right to Science, this interdisciplinary conference will examine how a scientific understanding of the brain can and should ground democratic citizenship in the twenty-first century. It will invite philosophers, neuroscientists, and mental health researchers to explore this idea in a way that is accessible to the students and members of the public who will be invited to attend.

We are seeking abstracts that address any aspect of the right to science, including but not limited to:

• Theoretical foundations of the right to science

• Political and social implications of the right to science

• Applications of the right to science in fields such as psychiatry, public health, and education

• Case studies of the implementation of the right to science in different contexts

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with Science for Democracy (, a non-governmental organization that advocates for and monitors the right to science globally, and Dr. Dan Degerman’s Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Mortifying consciousness’.

We are looking for 5 to 6 abstracts for short sessions of presentation (20 to 25 minutes circa, including Q&A). We welcome submissions from researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, sociology, psychology, neuroscience, law, and clinical practice.

To submit an abstract, please send a 500-word abstract to [email protected] by February 1st, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and seeing you at the workshop!


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