CFP: Concerned Philosophers for Peace, 36 Annual Meeting, Peace in the Face of Aggression: Responses to the Russo-Ukrainian War

Submission deadline: July 3, 2023

Conference date(s):
October 27, 2023 - October 28, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Pellissippi State Community College and University of Tennessee
Knoxville, United States

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Call for Papers

Concerned Philosophers for Peace

36th Annual Conference (October 27-28, 2023, Knoxville, TN)

Co-Sponsored by: Pellissippi State Community College and University of Tennessee, Department of Philosophy

Peace in the Face of Aggression:

Responses to the Russo-Ukrainian War

Keynote: Cheyney Ryan

  • Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP) seeks to find ways to promote peaceful, nonviolent transitions in all arenas of common life, and this year’s conference will focus primarily on peaceful and nonviolent solutions to the Russo-Ukrainian War. Based on discussions within the CPP, we recognize there are many different ways to frame and analyze the causes, methods, and solutions of the conflict. With this in mind, we ask authors to reflect on the variety of peaceful, nonviolent responses one might have to the Russo-Ukrainian War, including from the pacifist position. In addition to the main theme, we welcome papers on any topic related to peace and nonviolence, especially papers that promote diverse and decolonized ideas of peace and peace studies. Submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for papers related to this theme or to the overall mission of Concerned Philosophers for Peace. Possible Topics Include (but are not limited to):

·        Just War vs. Pacifist responses to war
·        “Peaceful aggression” causing violent conflict
·        Supplying weapons and aid as a nonviolent response
·        Economic sanctions as violence against the populace
·        “Insider” and “outsider” responses to inter-state aggression
·        “Old-school" and “new-school" responses to war and conflict
·        Technological responses to aggression: violent or nonviolent?
·        Role of technology in 21st century pacifism
·        How to proceed peacefully when we disagree
·        The future of peace studies and peace activism
·        Peace studies without activism
·        Diverse and decolonized sources of peace/peace studies: music, dance, art
·        Linguistic and status quo practices: barriers to presenting and publishing dissenting and diverse perspectives
·        Effective ways to communicate peace and peace studies
·        Diverse teaching sources of peace/peace studies
·        Overlooked historical figures/accounts of peace activists

CPP welcomes submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, professional academics, independent scholars, and anyone
willing to present persuasive sound argumentative positions in line with our theme and ethos. We also welcome submissions from a range of fields including philosophy, law, public policy, business, history, religious studies, political science, social science, or related fields. Submissions from teachers, researchers, or practitioners are also welcome, particularly insofar as those presentations could complement the theme of the conference. Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of violence and prospects for peace.  

  • Submission Guidelines: Deadline: July 3, 2023
  • Email your CV and an abstract of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review to Court Lewis, [email protected]. Write “CPP 2023 submission” in subject line. Include name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in the body of your e-mail. If you are a Graduate or Undergraduate student, please indicate so in your email. **There will be a cash prize for the best Graduate student paper and the best Undergraduate student paper.**

Bill Gay Award for an Early Career Scholar
The Bill Gay Award is for an early career scholar (defined as a scholar who is within 6 years of receiving their terminal degree) who has demonstrated their commitment to engaging with peace, peace studies, and peace and justice scholarship and/or activism. To be eligible for the award, a scholar must submit a full paper (5-7K words) at least two months in advance of the annual Concerned Philosophers for Peace conference. All submissions will be blind reviewed by the CPP awards committee. The award will be announced at the annual CPP conference by the awards committee chair, and comes with a $2000 prize, formal certificate of recognition, and paper publication (subject to editorial approval) in the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence.
Many thanks to Dr. Bill Gay, long-time CPP member, contributor, and activist scholar for peace and justice. His generous financial support is the backbone of this prestigious award, and CPP hopes that awardees will follow in Dr. Gay’s illustrious footsteps as lifelong champions for a more just and more peaceful world.

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