CFP: ISUS 2020

Submission deadline: February 29, 2020

Conference date(s):
July 30, 2020 - August 1, 2020

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Conference Venue:

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, United States

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In a time when the regimes of democratic representation and scientific/administrative expertise that the classical utilitarians did so much to promote are under serious strain across the globe, ISUS 2020 will meet to assess the past, present, and future achievements and failures of utilitarian ethics, law, policy, and political economy. Although we invite paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to the study of utilitarianism, proposals that speak to the conference theme, Utility and Politics, are especially welcome.

Keynote lecturers: Frances Ferguson, Bart Schultz, Sharon Street

Please send your c. 400-word paper or panel proposal to

Special events include a Saturday lunchtime student debate in partnership with the Winning Words program of the Civic Knowledge Project of the University of Chicago, as well as pre- and post-conference architecture tours at the Stateville prison panopticon (limited space only) and on the Chicago River.

The International Society for Utilitarian Studies is an association for the study of utilitarianism and the utilitarian tradition broadly conceived. Scholars representing all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and panels on utilitarianism and its historical development, and on its contemporary relevance in various fields of thought and practice. Past conferences have included faculty and graduate students in philosophy, law, political science, economics, history, literature, and art.

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