Fragile Lands, Power Politics: Effects of Violence and Injustice

October 29, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Department of Philosophy, Pellissippi State Community College and University of Notre Dame

Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville 37933
United States

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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I am writing to invite you to submit an abstract for our CPP 2021 ConferenceThis year’s conference is all virtual, and is taking place October 29-30, 2021.  

The conference’s theme this year is:
Fragile Lands, Power Politics: Effects of Violence and Injustice on People, Politics, and the Environment

This year’s conference is being hosted by Court Lewis ([email protected]) and Rachel Dichter ([email protected]). Please find attached the Call for Abstracts, and I hope to see you all (virtually) this fall! Cheers,

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, etc. · 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: August 16, 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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