CFP: Inclusive Philosophies, Purdue University Graduate Student Conference

Submission deadline: January 18, 2019

Conference date(s):
March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Women in Philosophy, Purdue University
West Lafayette, United States

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As our political climate has shifted and norms of communication have been broken, rebuked, and revised, the research of philosophers working on topics directly related to public discourse, social identities, oppression and liberation, and revolution is increasingly valuable. However, this value is not always recognized within the discipline itself. This conference aims to encourage diverse dialogues and provide a forum for philosophic work that is often undervalued by the canon or that connects the canon to broader contexts outside of philosophy ‘proper’. We hope that this conference offers a space for this work to be recognized, disseminated, and improved, as well as an opportunity for thinking about how we can collectively work toward continuing to transform the discipline so this work is valued.


The Purdue Women in Philosophy invite graduate student submissions of extended abstracts (750-1000 words) on the themes of the conference. Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review and submitted via email by January 18, 2019. Submissions should be made to Participants will be notified of decisions by February 8, 2019. Allotted presentation time for speakers will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. AV will be available for all papers.

Topic Areas:

Race, gender, sexuality, social ontology, social justice movements, revolution, feminist philosophy of science, feminist epistemology, inclusive pedagogy, meta-philosophic reflection on the discipline, new takes on long-considered problems, etc. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.

Graduate Student Travel Awards:

The conference will also award one or two $300 graduate student travel grants. The awards will be given based on need and merit. If you’d like to be considered for the travel grant, please submit a 100-300 word description of your support needs in the body of the email with your submission (you might note the unavailability of funding at your University, etc.). Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this support to every student.

Travel Plans and Hospitality:

If you choose to fly to the conference, the Indianapolis airport is the most convenient. We will provide transportation to and from the Indianapolis airport. We are unable to provide transportation from the Chicago airport, but there are shuttles available. We will also coordinate accommodations with graduate students for all accepted students.


The venue of the workshop is accessible. Our aim is to plan the conference in a way that permits all participants to enjoy the full benefits of participation. Further inquiries about accessibility can be made to conference organizers at the addresses listed below. If you have special accommodation needs (scent-free, AV restrictions, etc.) and plan on attending the conference, please let the conference organizers know as soon as possible.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Serena Parekh

Dr. Parekh works in social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and continental philosophy, and her most recent work is on the refugee crisis and our moral obligations with respect to refugees.

For further details or inquiries please contact Lacey Davidson at

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