Interdisciplinarity and Philosophy: Training, Research, Teaching, and Service

April 17, 2019
Graduate Student Council of the APA

Westin Bayshore

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The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the APA is seeking panelists for our group session at the upcoming APA Pacific Division meeting. Our session, “Interdisciplinarity and Philosophy: Training, Research, Teaching, and Service” will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The goal of this session is to discuss some of the benefits and challenges associated with interdisciplinary work in philosophy or by philosophers. We want to hear from graduate students, recent graduates, and junior faculty members about their experience with interdisciplinarity, including (but not limited to) topics such as the following:

  • opportunities for interdisciplinary training, whether curricular (e.g., built into a philosophy PhD program) or extracurricular;

  • strategies for interdisciplinary research, including its execution (e.g., collaborating with scholars from other disciplines) and its reception by peers, administrators, the general public, etc;

  • interdisciplinary teaching, and the role that philosophy-specific content or skills can play in interdisciplinary courses, the role that content or skills from other disciplines can play in philosophy courses, etc.

  • interdisciplinary service, including initiatives within one’s institution or in external organizations.

To apply, send us a proposal of 100-200 words that describes what you would like to present. This can be a challenge that you overcame and how you overcame it, a positive feature of your experience that you think others could benefit from hearing about, or general advice you’d like to share.

The first part of the session will involve the panelists’ presentations (around 15-20 minutes each) and general Q&A/discussion. The second part of the session will be dedicated to more informal socializing, with the possibility of interested panelists and attendees going out for dinner.

Proposals of 100-200 words are due on Sunday, March 31. Please send your proposal to with the subject line “Proposal for GSC Panel at APA Pacific.”

Note that, unfortunately, we cannot offer travel funding at this time. However, panelists who cannot travel to the conference because of the travel ban or for reasons related to disability can participate remotely, and are especially encouraged to apply.

Feel free to contact us ( if you have any questions.

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