CFP: Mid-South Philosophy of Science (MSPS) 2020 Meeting

Submission deadline: January 2, 2020

Conference date(s):
April 2, 2020 - April 4, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, United States

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Mid-South Philosophy of Science (MSPS) 2020 Meeting 

We welcome abstracts of 500-800 words on the theme "Public Philosophy of Science" from any areas of history and philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of technology, and bioethics. “Public” Philosophy of Science projects are broadly construed to include: 

socially engaged philosophy of science projects; 

work on science education and communication; 

work from philosophers “embedded,” or actively participating, in some scientific practices or applications; 

science/policy interface work;  

work on the roles of different values within particular applied sciences;  

work on the social costs or relevance of particular sciences or methods;  

and work on public goods resulting from philosophy of science projects. 

We especially encourage submissions that seek to investigate the roles of particular scientific disciplines in addressing broader social issues, coping with urgent issues confronting humanity (e.g. various global changes and environmental problems), or that employ a regional focus (e.g. projects on the opioid or energy crisis in the mid-South). 

The conference will take place on April 3-4, 2020 in Blacksburg, VA, on the campus of Virginia Tech. Registration will be free to all participants. We aim to provide travel and lodging stipends to participants, especially for early-career and untenured scholars. Presentations will take place all day Friday and Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, speakers will participate in a roundtable discussion on key Public Philosophy of Science issues broached during the conference and ways we, philosophers of science, can help effectively address those issues going forward.

The keynote speakers for the conference are Justin Biddle (Georgia Tech) and Gwen Ottinger (Drexel).

Submission Guidelines 

Abstracts of 500-800 words should be submitted through the MSPS 2020 EasyChair Webpage ( as a PDF prepared for anonymous review. Deadline for submission is January 3rd 2020.

Please direct questions to Justin Donhauser at [email protected] with "MSPS 2020" in the subject line. 

For local planning details contact Karen Kovaka at [email protected].

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