CFP: Time in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Philosophy

Submission deadline: June 21, 2017

Conference date(s):
September 11, 2017 - September 12, 2017

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Conference Venue:

Dept. of Philosophy, Durham University
Durham, United Kingdom

Topic areas


What is time? Is the past real? Does the present really move? These questions are debated by contemporary metaphysicians of time, and the debates are informed by work on time that occurred in the twentieth century, by philosophers such as J. M. E. McTaggart, Henri Bergson, and J. J. C. Smart. 
Two groups of thinkers are working on these kinds of issues - contemporary metaphysics of time, and historians of time in twentieth century philosophy - and this conference will bring both groups together. The larger part of the conference will allow cutting edge metaphysicians to share their work with cutting edge historians of philosophy. The smaller part of the conference will explore ways that historians and philosophers of time can achieve impact beyond the academy. 

The conference program will be comprised of invited speakers (philosophers and historians of time, and experts on impact) and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Limited funding is available for speakers’ travel and accommodation. 

Robin le Poidevin (Leeds)
Jonathan Tallant (Nottingham)
Giuliano Torrengo (Milan)
William Mander (Oxford)
Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick)
Liza Thompson (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Peter Adamson (KCL)
Thom Brooks (Durham)

Submissions are invited from early career researchers (a researcher within ten years of their PhD, including PhD students). Submissions may be from any discipline, and on any aspect of time in twentieth century or twenty-first century philosophy. The submission deadline is 21st June 2017. 

To submit for the conference, please email an abstract to the conference organiser, Dr Emily Thomas []. In the body of the email, please include the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). The abstract itself should be no more than 500 words, attached in a Word document, and anonymised for blind review. 

For further details - including suggested paper topics - please see the conference webpage:

The conference is funded by the British Academy, as part of Emily Thomas’ Rising Star grant. It is supported by the University of Durham, and the International Association for the Philosophy of Time (IAPT). After the conference, the Centre for Time (the European part of the IAPT) will post a series of blog posts and podcasts about the talks.

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