CFP: Living in Quarantine
Submission deadline: January 24, 2021
March 12, 2021 - March 14, 2021
The UMSL Philosopher's Forum, University of Missouri St. Louis
Saint Louis, United States
- Philosophy of Action
- M&E, Miscellaneous
- General Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Biology
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science
- Philosophy of Science, Miscellaneous
- Applied Ethics
- Normative Ethics
- Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
- Philosophy of Law
- Social and Political Philosophy
- Value Theory, Miscellaneous
The University of Missouri – St. Louis Philosophers’ Forum invites submissions from current graduate students (or those who have graduated during the 2020 Fall/Winter semester) that explore the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines, and social-distancing recommendations on individuals, institutions, and theories of epistemic and moral obligation. Broader philosophical engagement of other instances of social isolation or pandemics/epidemics/medical quarantines other than COVID-19 are also welcome. Papers on this theme from all variety of philosophical perspectives are welcome. Particular questions of interest include:
· What are the effects of social isolation on cognition, reasoning, productivity, and/or emotional well-being? Given those effects, should students, employees, and employers be held to different standards than those in place pre-pandemic?
· What are the effects of medical misinformation presented in authoritative formats? How can individuals protect themselves and others from misinformation and unwarranted conspiracy theories concerning research on COVID-19, viruses, and pandemics more generally?
· How should individuals prioritize the economic, relational, and bioethical obligations that they have in the midst of a global pandemic? How should individuals, collectives, and governing bodies respond to conflicts between those obligations?
· What kinds of knowledge and virtues ought to be prioritized in future policies designed to address pandemic situations?
· Has the inability to interact with others in-person resulted in increased political polarization and/or disagreement in online mediums?
· In what ways has this pandemic specifically affected members of marginalized groups? How should the difficulties afflicting members of minority groups be equitably addressed?
· Does boredom cause overall positive, negative, or neutral effects on individuals? Are there morally relevant differences between chronic/persistent boredom, and more temporarily boring circumstances?
· How should individuals value online relationships? Do relationships developed entirely online have the same value as those developed in-person?
Accepted papers will be presented in a live, online format with an opportunity for comments and Q&A in a manner that will be determined once we assess the number of accepted submissions. We do ask participants to attend other presenters’ sessions and contribute feedback/questions.
To apply, please submit:
1) A paper prepared for anonymous review, not exceeding 3500 words in length.
2) A separate cover sheet including name, institutional affiliation, contact information, paper title, word count, and an abstract of no more than 300 words to Michael Tofte ([email protected]) by January 24, 2021. Acceptances will be announced beginning February 15, 2021 and no later than February 22, 2021.
Those interested in attending the conference in a different capacity (as a commentator or as an attendee) should contact Michael Tofte ([email protected]) or visit our website for registration information.