CFP: Chapel Hill Public Philosophy Workshop

Submission deadline: March 20, 2018

Conference date(s):
May 18, 2018 - May 19, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, United States

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**Submission Deadline Extended: Submissions due by March 20**

Chapel Hill Public Philosophy Workshop 
We are delighted to announce a Public Philosophy Workshop at UNC Chapel Hill on 18 & 19 May 2018. 
All are warmly invited to attend. 
Keynote speakers will include Anita L. Allen (Henry Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy, and Vice Provost for Faculty at UPenn), David V. Johnson (Senior Editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review, former Opinion Editor at Al Jazeera and Web Editor at the Boston Review), Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside; contributor to SalonHuffPo, and LA Times; hosts for popular UnMute podcast), and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University and editor of OUP’s monograph series in public philosophy).
The event centrally consists in workshop sessions in which participants will offer critical responses to each other’s work with the assistance of our keynote speakers. There will be down-time for redrafting material, and subsequent workshops to address improvements. 
In between times, our keynote speakers will offer presentations on different aspects of public philosophy. We will round up the workshop with an ‘open slather’ panel session — an informal Q&A with workshop participants and keynote speakers, addressing questions that emerged throughout the workshop.

If, in addition to attendance at the event, you would like to have a piece of public philosophy workshopped at the event, please submit your essay to '[email protected]' by 1 March 2018. Submissions should be prepared for blind review according to the instructions below. Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 1 April 2018.

(Also, please note that while we don't have a strict definition of what constitutes 'public philosophy,' we are interested in essays that would be much better suited for e.g., The Stone, Boston Review, Aeon, Slate, etc., than for academic journals. To that end, we will not consider any essays well-suited for journals.)

We will offer several fellowships: three for graduate students and two for pre-tenure philosophers. These fellowships will cover a portion of the cost of travel to the workshop. Fellowships will be awarded on the merits of a piece of unpublished public philosophy, of any length, submitted to ‘[email protected]’ by 1 March 2018. Fellowship recipients will be notified by 1 April 2018. While we welcome entries in all areas of philosophy, we are particularly interested in entries that engage with issues at the nexus of ethics, social, and political philosophy. Fellowship submissions will be automatically considered for workshopping.

Please include the following information with your submission. In the subject, write “[SUBMISSION] UNC Public Philosophy Workshop”. In the body, list the following on separate lines: name, institutional affiliation (or ‘unaffiliated’), professional status (tenure, pre-tenure, graduate student, n/a). Attach a PDF, DOC, DOCX, or RTF.
(This workshop is made possible by generous support from Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, the Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Duke Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE) program, the Marc Sanders Foundation, and the American Philosophical Association.)

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