CFP: Thirty-Eighth International Social Philosophy Conference

Submission deadline: February 15, 2021

Conference date(s):
July 15, 2021 - July 17, 2021

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Conference Venue:

North American Society for Social Philosophy
Aston Mills, United States


Thirty-Eighth International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy

Neumann University

Aston, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia)

July 15-17, 2021

*** As most of the 2020 conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, abstracts that were accepted for presentation in 2020 will also be accepted for the 2021 conference, if resubmitted, provided the author has not yet published work based on the ideas presented in the abstract. If submitting an abstract that was accepted for the 2020 conference, please attach a note flagging it as a resubmission. ***

Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to:

Revolutions and Reparations

Some possible paper topics include:

·          Protest as Revolution

·          Racism & Reparations

·          Antiracism & Equity

·          Privilege, Allyship, & Active Allyship

·          Black Lives Matter

·          Intersectional Justice

·          Racism, Policing, & Community Well-Being

·          Reclaiming Populism

·          Mass Incarceration, Prison Abolition & Criminal Justice Reform

·          Anger, Civility, & “Reasonableness” in Politics

·          Unjust Impacts of Covid-19

·          Relationships & Moral Repair

·          Civil Disobedience

·          Precarity & its Neoliberal Underpinnings

·          Truth, Propaganda & “Fake News”

·          Social Media & #Activism

·          Reparations for Migrants Fleeing Political and/or Military Instability

·          “Reform” vs. “Revolution”

·          Justice & Revolutionary Violence

·          Support for Nations Recovering from Military/Political Instability

·          Respect, Dissent & Allyship in Politically Polarized Times

·          Online Communities & Resistance

·          Antiracist Pedagogies

·          Misogyny & Misogynoir

·          Epistemic (In)justice & #MeToo

·          Title IX & Due Process in the #MeToo Era

·          Rethinking Masculinity

·          Sex & Consent

·          Implicit Bias & Political Communities

·          Sexual Harassment & Assault of Trans- & Non-binary Persons

·          Pornography

·          When is revolution morally justified? 

·          When is violent revolution morally justified? 

·          What's the difference between revolutionary war and non-revolutionary war? Does just war theory apply to revolutionary war?

·          How do we determine the success of revolution? 

·          What do we owe to those countries we have destabilized through U.S. political or military interventions? 

·          What do we owe to migrants fleeing countries that have been destabilized through U.S. political and/or military interventions?


We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and they wish to present at the conference.

Submission Deadline:  February 15, 2021. Please submit a maximum 300 word abstract at:


The Program Committee:

Matt Silliman, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (chair)

Maurice Hamington, Portland State University

Janice Moskalik, Seattle University

Members of the Program Committee may be reached at:

Local host:  Geoff Karabin, Neumann University

Papers presented at the conference are eligible for consideration for publication in Social Philosophy Today, a peer-reviewed journal published electronically and available for print on demand.  Although the main sections of articles published in Social Philosophy Today are based on papers presented at the conference, the journal is not a proceedings volume.  Only those articles recommended on the basis of peer review will be accepted for publication. 

NASSP Support for International Presenters

The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada. 


NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students:

The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.  The winners of the annual prizes each receive $300.  The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.  The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings. Those who want to be considered for this award should send their full papers on or before February 15 to – and they should also submit abstracts to the site by February 15, 2021.  Only those whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee will be considered for the graduate award.

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