Concerned Philosophers for Peace: Effects of Violence and Injustice on People, Politics, and the Environment

October 29, 2021 - October 30, 2021

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville


University of Notre Dame
Pellissippi State Community College

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Fragile Lands, Power Politics: Effects of Violence and Injustice on People, Politics, and the Environment

We're inviting papers that address the violence and injustice that make our world fragile and leave people, the environment, and non-humans vulnerable. We especially welcome those papers that help us to understand and create pathways to peace and justice. Papers in any philosophical tradition are encouraged.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

·       Political challenges for peace: authoritarianism, lawlessness, democracies under threat, territorial borders, failing international treaties, etc.

·       Environmental challenges: climate change, environmental justice, environmental racism, role of the government, violence of pseudoscience, habitat erosion, “invasive” species, resource extraction, speciesism, land management and use, ocean management and use,


·       Social challenges: homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, insecurity, systemic injustice, animal justice, gentrification and creation of “artificial” green spaces, hostile architecture, commodification of outdoor recreation, children in nature, etc.

·       Personal challenges: activism, inaction, fear, coercion, manipulation, privatization of environmental concern/action, raising children, etc.

·       Exemplars of nonviolence: exemplars of moral courage, good stewardship, successful nonviolent movements, peace-making, etc.

We welcome submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, and professional philosophers, as well as from a range of fields including philosophy, law, public policy, business, history, religious studies, political science, social science, or related fields. Submissions from teachers, researchers, or practitioners are also welcome, particularly insofar as those presentations could complement the theme of the conference. We also especially welcome proposals from women and minorities, and we are committed to making this year’s conference inclusive and welcoming to all.

**There will be a $200 prize for the best graduate student paper, plus a monetary prize for best undergraduate student paper ** 

(Please indicate if you are a graduate or undergraduate student when you submit your abstract)

Submission Guidelines

Submit: an abstract (with bibliography) of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review

Send to: Rachel Dichter ([email protected]) and Court Lewis ([email protected])

Write: “CPP 2021 submission” in subject line

Deadline: EXTENDED TO August 15, 2021

Format: submit only files in .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

Include: name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in the body of your e-mail (if you are a graduate or undergraduate student and would like to be considered for a graduate student award, indicate that in your email).

Acceptance notices will be sent by September 1, 2021

About Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of violence and prospects for peace. More information at Concerned Philosophers for Peace website:, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel.

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