Identity - 2020 UConn Graduate Student Conference

April 25, 2020
Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut

Storrs 06268
United States

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

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Brown University



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The topic of this year’s conference will be Identity.

This notion has preoccupied philosophers from antiquity until today. This preoccupation has manifested itself in many ways, through problems that span across most areas of contemporary philosophy. Metaphysicians wonder about diachronic personal identity or composition as identity, philosophers of mind have in the past proposed the mind/brain identity theory, while philosophers of mathematics and logicians have been concerned with the logical relation of identity, or identity among different mathematical structures, or the metaphysical identity of numbers. Socially inclined philosophers have sought to account for minoritarian identities in philosophical discourse, and how self- and community-identity are affected or determined by factors such as gender or race. Philosophers of language have grappled with the identity of co-referring terms and the resulting Frege puzzle, or vague identity.

The Philosophy Graduate Student Association of University of Connecticut at Storrs is very pleased to organize a conference in order to discuss the many and often problematic aspects of identity. We invite submissions on any of the philosophical areas mentioned, but also on topics that come from any other area as long as they are pertinent to the theme of identity broadly construed.

We are very excited and honored to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Richard Kimberly Heck from Brown University. Prof. Heck will talk on issues of gender and sexuality.

Important Information

The conference will take place on April 25 2020 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

The deadline to submit your paper ***has been extended*** to February 24th 2020. Please, limit submissions to 3000-4000 words for a 30 minute talk. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-March.

Submissions will be blind reviewed. Please submit an anonymized PDF of your document, along with a cover letter with your paper including your name, institution, email, paper title, paper word count, and an abstract for the paper (no more than 350 words).

For any further enquiries regarding submissions, please contact Eno Agolli ( or Michael Hegarty (


Thanks to the generous funding of UConn’s Graduate Student Senate, we are able to offer a limited number of travel support to our accepted participants. If you require funding, please indicate so in your submission email.

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