CFP: CSUB XIX Annual Philosophy & Religious Studies Undergraduate Conference

Submission deadline: April 10, 2023

Conference date(s):
May 5, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Philosophy & Religious Studies Department, California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, United States

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Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers in any area of philosophy and religious studies for presentatio­­n at CSUB’s Nineteenth Annual Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to present and discuss their best work.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 10th, 2023. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages), prepared for anonymous review, and submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to Prof. Jonathan Young, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, at [email protected]. Final decisions will be made by April 21st

Questions should be directed to Prof. Fran Fairbairn ([email protected]). We look forward to reading your submissions!


The 19th annual California State University Bakersfield Philosophy & Religious Studies Undergraduate conference will be held in person from 10.00am to 4.30 pm on May 5th, 2023. The conference will showcase the work of undergraduate students in both philosophy or religious studies and will offer a place for students to come together and discuss issues in their discipline with both professors and their peers. The conference serves as an excellent opportunity for students to widen their academic network and be exposed to work in a broad range of areas.

Our keynote speaker, Mark Fedyk, is an associate professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine Bioethics Program and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing where he teaches in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program and serves as a member of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Education Policy and Curriculum Development Subcommittee.Professor Fedyk’s research intersects with topics in cognitive science, ethics, and the social sciences. His works brings ethical questions to bear on questions about scientific progress, emphasizing the need for ethical considerations to play a prominent role in scientific research. He is the author of ‘The Social Turn in Moral Psychology’ which develops a novel ethical theory which allows for moral psychology to be more adequately influenced by the social sciences. He also co-authored ‘Protocol for a systematic scoping review of reasons given to justify the performance of randomised controlled trials,’ which argues that randomized control trails, when not scientifically necessary, can be ethically harmful

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