CFP: Philosophy of Race: Engaged Philosophy After Trump

Submission deadline: March 1, 2021

Conference date(s):
May 22, 2021

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Department of Philosophy , University of Washington
Seattle, United States


Philosophy of Race: Engaged Philosophy After Trump

The philosophy department at the University of Washington, Seattle is proud to announce a Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Race: Engaged Philosophy After Trump to be held virtually on May 22nd (date may be subject to change). The keynote speaker is our own José Mendoza.

In the wake of a tumultuous four years under President Donald Trump, the white majority and the nation at large have been forcefully confronted with the stark reality of racism in the United States— long evident to many but ignored by many others. And these last four years have a body count: Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor-- black lives ended by police violence. This is not to mention the latin-x lives, among others, ripped apart by ICE raids; the caged children at the border; the rising rate of hate crimes; the highest amount of federal executions since the 19th century; or the frontline workers, disproportionately people of color, who lost their lives during a global pandemic. Yet, in a moment that seems to demand moral censure, individual accountability, and structural change, many continue to insist upon a policy of color-blindness. This conference is a call to action in the opposite direction. 

We welcome submissions in engaged philosophy of race, broadly construed. We particularly encourage marginalized or non-traditional perspectives stemming from intra-cultural discourse. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review: include a detachable cover page with the paper’s title, author’s name, mailing address, email, phone number, institutional affiliation, and word count; please omit any self-identifying remarks within the body of the abstract. Abstracts should be between 250-500 words.

Abstracts must be received by March 1st, 2021 and should be emailed to The format of this conference is pre-read, and so abstracts should be suitable for development into a paper befitting a 25-minute presentation. Acceptances will be announced in mid-March. Full papers are expected one week before the conference, to be circulated to attendees.

Possible topics include, but certainly are not limited to:

·        Activism

·        Allyship

·        Protest

·        Privilege

·        Oppression

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