CFP: PGSO 2020: Urgent Voices in the Anthropocene

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020

Conference date(s):
April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida
Tampa, United States

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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Casey Rentmeester- Bellin College

About the Conference:

In 2000, atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen proposed the term “anthropocene” to describe a new geological era in which humankind is the greatest geological force on the planet. Since then, the term has been the center of debates regarding when the holocene ended, whether the distinction is geologically significant, and whether “anthropocene” is really the best terminology to describe our current era (Capitalocene, Plantationocene, and Chthulucene have also been suggested). Philosophical discourse regarding the anthropocene centers on our current climate crisis and the interrelated forces of global politics, economic inequality, systems of oppression, and problematic conceptions of the human-nature relationship that have persisted in Western philosophy.

The University of South Florida Philosophy Graduate Student Organization would like to invite graduate students to submit abstracts for our conference “Urgent Voices in the Anthropocene.” We are interested in philosophical explorations of the Anthropocene which relate to: technology, the climate crisis, feminism, systems of oppression, post-modernity, post-humanism and political thought. This list is far from exhaustive, and we welcome other papers in line with these considerations.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review, 200-300 words, and can be submitted to The deadline for submission is January 31st, 2020. The committee will contact presenters by the second week of February. We do ask that a draft of the accepted papers are submitted to the committee by March 20th. Finished papers should be no more than 3500 words and should be suitable for a 30 minute presentation with a short Q&A to follow.

All questions about submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or [email protected]

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