CFP: The Cologne Knowledge Router

Submission deadline: November 27, 2020

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The Cologne Knowledge Router: Call for a Commentator

The Cologne Center for Contemporary Epistemology and the Kantian Tradition (CONCEPT) organizes a monthly online talk series: the Cologne Knowledge Router. For each of the installments of the Router, CONCEPT invites established epistemologists to present their work on a topic within the scope of traditional, social and formal epistemology. By including early career scholars as commentators, the Router supports a horizontal knowledge transfer on all levels of experience. The main aim of each meetingis an interactive discussion on the presented topic.


The second installment of the Cologne Knowledge Router will take place on December 18, at 4 p.m. CET, and it will be held via Zoom.

Exactly as any of the other installments, it will consist of a talk by the keynote speaker and a commentary by an early career respondent. The keynote speaker will have about 45 minutes to present their paper. The respondent will then have about 15 minutes to comment on the speaker’s paper. The Q&A will be a further 30 minutes.

We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the second installment of the Cologne Knowledge Router will be Katherine Hawley (University of St Andrews).

She will present her paper entitled ‘What is Impostor Syndrome?’. Below is the abstract of her paper:

People are described as suffering from impostor syndrome when they feelthat their external markers of success are unwarranted, and fear beingrevealed as a fraud. Impostor syndrome is commonly framed as a troubling individual pathology, to be overcome through self-help strategies ortherapy. But in many situations an individual’s impostor attitudes can beepistemically justified, even if they are factually mistaken: hostile socialenvironments can create epistemic obstacles to self-knowledge. The concept of impostor syndrome prevalent in popular culture needs greater critical scrutiny, as does its source, the concept of impostor phenomenonwhich features in psychological research.


The commentator will be selected on the basis of a call for abstracts. We thus invite submissions of anonymized abstracts of a maximum length of 500 words. Submissions from academics from underrepresented groups in philosophy are especially encouraged. 

The submission deadline is: November 27, 2020.

Abstracts should be ready for double-blind review, we thus ask you to remove any identifying details from the abstract. We kindly ask you to send the author’s name, paper title, and affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

All submissions and inquiries should be sent

Expect notifications about the outcome by: December 4, 2020.

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