SJP Workshop (The Ethics of Big Data)

April 2, 2020 - April 3, 2020
Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis

The University of Memphis
Memphis 38152
United States

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  • The Southern Journal of Philosophy
  • Wiley Publishing


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The Southern Journal of Philosophy proudly presents:

The 2020 “Workshop Issue”

An annual conference and published proceedings

The Southern Journal of Philosophy, in conjunction with The University of Memphis and Wiley Publishing, announces the second annual workshop aimed at bringing cutting edge thinking to both classical and contemporary topics, with an eye to encouraging bold new directions in philosophical thought. These workshops combine keynotes by world famous scholars with competitively selected work. Additionally, 2-4 graduate students are selected in a parallel competition to deliver lighting round talks during the workshop. The main proceedings are published in the final issue of the corresponding volume of the journal.

Participants will spend a day and two nights in Memphis, with all room and board costs covered. Participants must arrive Thursday before the opening keynote at 6PM. They may depart at their leisure after the concluding banquet Friday evening.

The 2020 theme is: “The Ethics of Big Data”

Dates: April 2-3

Keynote Speakers: Michael Lynch and Josh Fairbanks, with a special panel on the ethics of A.I. featuring Amanda Sharkey and David Gunkel.

Submission deadline: Nov. 15, 2019

Instructions for main program: Selection is based on long-form abstracts. Abstracts should include a title and be between 750-1000 words. They must be prepared for anonymous review with an eye to avoiding unnecessary jargon. Bibliographic material may be placed at the end and does not count toward the word count. A separate document with the author’s name, affiliation, contact information, and paper title should be included with every submission. Email both documents (either as doc. or pdf. files) to the Managing Editor, Ms. Cathy Wilhelm, at [email protected] The subject line of this email should read, “2020 SJP Workshop Submission.”

Instructions for graduate student presentations: Follow the same instructions as above, but change subject line of email to read, “2020 SJP Workshop Graduate Submission.” Master and Doctoral students who are currently enrolled in a philosophy graduate program are welcome to apply. Winners will be given 10 minute slots to present 5-minute lighting presentations and field 5 minutes of Q&A.

Note 1: Submission indicates your intention to include final versions of papers in the published proceedings; but acceptance does not guarantee publication. Final work must pass external review. Graduate presentations will not be published.

Note 2: The editorial team is not responsible for reviewing abstracts for proper preparation. Submissions which are not properly anonymized or formatted may be rejected without notice.

Note 3: Additional travel support may become available. Winners will be notified as needed. However, we do not expect to be able to fund additional travel costs of graduate winners beyond room and board.

Direct inquiries to the Editor, Remy Debes, at [email protected]

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