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North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information


June 23 – 29 2018

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

The eighth North American Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, from June 23 – June 29, 2018. The summer school is aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of Linguistics, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Logic, Philosophy, and other related areas. NASSLLI brings these disciplines together with the goal of producing excellence in the study of how minds and machines represent, communicate, manipulate and reason with information. The NASSLLI community recognizes that advances in modeling and analyzing these processes requires the contributions of multiple inter-related disciplines. NASSLLI provides a venue where students and researchers from one discipline can learn approaches, frameworks and tools from related disciplines to apply to their own work. Courses offered at NASSLLI range from intensive, graduate level introductory courses to inter-disciplinary workshops featuring prominent researchers presenting their work in progress.

NASSLLI 2018 will consist of a series of courses and workshops, most running daily from Monday June 25 – Friday June 29.  In addition, there will be intensive training in a small set of foundational topics the weekend prior to the start of courses (Saturday June 23 – Sunday June 24). Students will have the opportunity to present work at student sessions throughout the event; the call for student submissions will be circulated in early 2018.


We invite proposals for courses and workshops that address topics of relevance to NASSLLI’s central goal. We particularly encourage submissions which illustrate cross-disciplinary approaches, especially courses showing the applicability of computational methods to theoretical work, and the use of theoretical work in practical applications. Courses involving a hands-on component (e.g. actual experience with NLP tools, coding, or machine learning algorithms) will be very welcome. We also welcome proposals from researchers and practitioners working on relevant areas in the technology industries. NASSLLI welcomes a variety of approaches and methodologies (logics, cognitive and computational modeling, machine learning, experimental approaches) as long as the material is relevant to language, information or communication. All courses should be accessible to a heterogeneous audience of motivated graduate students. By default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five days. Classes may be co-taught by up to two people. (See below for more information on workshop organization.)

We encourage potential attendees and instructors to check out previous NASSLLI programs at:

Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may bridge multiple areas, or focus on a single area, in which case instructors should include introductory background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend some time discussing how the topic is relevant to other fields.

Workshop schedules are identical to course schedules, but usually consist of a series of presentations by different researchers; they may also include panel discussions. A workshop will be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week’s presentations. Please note that NASSLLI cannot provide reimbursement for travel and accommodation for workshop presenters. Workshop proposals must include information about how the organizers expect these expenses to be covered.

Course and workshop proposals from women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.


Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair and should indicate:

  1. Person in charge of the workshop/course and affiliation(s).
  2. Type of event (one week course or workshop).
  3. Course/workshop title.
  4. An outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words.
  5. Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course.
  6. A statement about the instructor’s experience in teaching (including in interdisciplinary settings).
  7. Anticipated travel costs.

Workshop proposals must include (a) acknowledgement of the organizers’ understanding that NASSLLI will not provide reimbursement for invited participants and (b) an explanation of how these costs will be covered.


September 30, 2017:   Course and Workshop Proposals are Due

October 1, 2017:         Review of Course and Workshop Proposals Begins

December 1, 2017:     Decision Notifications are Sent

The final program will be circulated in December 2017.


Course instructors and workshop organizers

All instructors and workshop organizers will receive a reduced rate for registration. We will aim to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for at most two instructors per course, and at most two organizers per workshop. In addition, we will make available appropriate accommodation for participating faculty, and will aim to cover the accommodation costs for instructors/organizers utilizing this accommodation, subject to the two-person per course/workshop limit. The availability of reimbursement will depend on available funding, which is still uncertain. We encourage all instructors/workshop organizers to fund their own travel and accommodation if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use more of our funding for students scholarships and for reimbursement for instructors without funding sources.

Please note that reimbursable travel is restricted to direct travel to and from Pittsburgh. (Instructors with more complex travel plans must contact the organizing committee before booking.) Due to federal mandates, we can only reimburse air travel booked on US-based airlines.

Additional information for workshop organizers

NASSLLI2018 cannot reimburse travel, accommodation or registration expenses for lecturers/speakers invited by workshop organizers. Registration for these invitees will be at reduced cost. Workshop proposals should include a plan to obtain funding for reimbursement of invitees, or should state that all invitees will fund their own travel and accommodation.


For questions relating to proposals and proposal submission, please email For questions relating to local organization, please email More information to come on our website


Rutgers’ undergraduate philosophy journal, Areté, to invite undergraduate students to submit papers to be considered for our Spring 2018 issue. The deadline for submission has been extended to November 10, 2017.

Res Philosophica Call for Papers and Essay Prize: New Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

Special Editor: Jonathan D. Jacobs

Deadline for Submission: November 1, 2017

Prize: $3,000

Call for Papers

Res Philosophica invites papers on the topic of new frontiers in philosophy of religion for the 2017 Res Philosophica Essay Prize and a special issue of the journal. The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of $3,000, and the paper will be published in the associated special issue of the journal on the same topic. Submissions for the prize will be automatically considered for publication in the journal’s special issue unless otherwise requested.


Submissions addressing any of the many philosophical questions along new frontiers in philosophy of religion are welcome. Papers at the intersection of philosophy of religion and, for example, new work in feminist philosophy or philosophy of disability or philosophy of race, or papers that address underexplored or underappreciated topics, including contributions to philosophy of religion from historical figures, are encouraged. But these are only a few of the many topics papers might address. Papers that address other topics along new frontiers in philosophy of religion are welcome.


Submissions will be triple anonymously reviewed. (First, authors do not know the identity of the referees, second, referees do not know the identity of the authors, and third, editors do not know the identity of the authors.) Please format your submission so that it is suitable for anonymous review. (Instructions are available here.)

We do not normally publish papers longer than 12,000 words long (including footnotes).

We prefer submissions in pdf format, though we will Microsoft Word documents. Papers may be submitted in any standard style, but authors of accepted papers will be required to edit their papers according to the journal’s style, which follows The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Style instructions are available here.

Please use the online submission form for submitting your essay, available here.

For more information, visit the journal’s website.



We are looking for contributors to write 2000 to 2500 word case studies for a Case Book to be published by Broadview Press.

The goal for the book is to provide students with detailed case studies that explore real life ethical issues that arise in business. We have included below a list of suggested case studies and links. We are also open to proposals on similar topics.

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2017.

If you are interested in writing a case study for the new edition, please send a copy of your CV and a writing sample along with the case studies you would like to write to

Fritz Allhoff and Alex Sager

Case Studies Sought:

  1. Profiting from Vice (e.g., marijuana or pornography as big business)
  2. Ethics and Entrepreneurship (e.g., The Ethical Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs)
  3. Social Media and Employment Decisions (e.g., the ethics of hiring/firing decision based on employees’ social media)
  4. Uber and Sexism/Sexual Harassment (e.g., Uber’s dismissive treatment of employee’s sexism claims is all too typical)
  5. Accommodation and Discrimination for Transgender Employees (e.g., Barnes & Noble is latest retailer to face transgender discrimination lawsuit)
  6. Employment Standards for Domestic Workers (e.g., “The Help” Gets Its Due)
  7. Leisure and work – the ethics of long work weeks/expectation that employers are remotely connected outside of work time, etc. (e.g., How to stop 24/7 email ruining your life )
  8. Big Data  (e.g., Senate Report Opens a Window Into Hidden World of Data Aggregators)
  9. Who Owns Traditional Knowledge? (e.g., Biopiracy: when indigenous knowledge is patented for profit)

Alexander Sager, PhD
Associate Professor, Philosophy/University Studies
Portland State University

Twitter: @aesager


Episteme is a student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs. Episteme is published under the auspices of Denison University’s Department of Philosophy. Beginning in 2011, the journal is being published at too, using a Creative Commons license.

Episteme will consider papers written by undergraduate students in any area of philosophy. Papers are evaluated according to the following criteria: quality of research, depth of philosophic inquiry, creativity, original insight and clarity.

Submissions to be considered for the twenty-ninth volume (May 2018) should adhere to the following stipulations:

1. Be a maximum of 5,000 words, a minimum of 2,000 words.

2. Combine research and original insight.

3. Include a cover sheet that provides the following information: author’s name, mailing address (current and permanent), email address, telephone number, college or university name, title of submission and word count.

4. Include a works cited page in the Chicago Manual of Style format. Please use endnotes rather than footnotes.

5. To allow for a blind review process, the author’s name should not appear on the submission itself.

6. Submissions should be sent electronically, formatted for Microsoft Word.

7. More than one article per author will not be accepted for review.

8. Please be courteous; submit each paper to only one journal.

Rolling submissions accepted. Submissions to be considered for May 2018 publication must be received by midnight, Sunday, December 17, 2017. Please send papers and cover sheets to Questions should be submitted to the Editors (

Call for Book Chapters

For the Book: Animals and Business Ethics

In the Springer Book Series: “Issues in Business Ethics” (Series Ed. Wim Dubbink and Mollie Painter-Morland)

Edited by Dr. Natalie Thomas (Evans)

University of Guelph-Humber, University of Guelph, Canada


This book provides a long overdue examination of the diverse and morally challenging issues that arise at the interface between animal ethics and business ethics. Animals, both in terms of their labor and their bodies, are a necessity within almost all economies. They are used for biomedical and product research, and as resources for food, clothing, and many of the products used by consumers on a daily basis. There is however, an increasing concern with the ways in which animals are caused to suffer for these purposes, and animal ethics as a field of study has given rise to a number of moral arguments and positions that obligate us to take this suffering seriously. Animal ethics provides us with reasons for why we ought to reevaluate our relationships with other animals and question whether or not animals ought to be considered as commodities or as valuable and morally considerable in themselves.

The goal of this book is to provide different views and arguments on these issues as they arise within certain business practices that may cause harm and suffering to animals, and also at times to the humans who carry out the associated work.  What sorts of moral obligations do we have towards non-human animals as they are affected by business practices?

We welcome book chapter contributions centred (but not exclusively) on the following themes:

  • Animals and the economy
  • Animal rights, animal welfare, and business ethics
  • Animals as stakeholders and corporate social responsibility
  • Animal and human labor within animal industries
  • Animals in marketing and advertising
  • Animals, the environment, and business ethics
  • Animals in international and global business
  • Animal ethics and profit


Submission Procedure:

Chapter proposal submissions are invited from researchers and academics on or before November 30, 2017. Proposals should be limited to between 1000-2000 words, explaining the issue and arguments of the chapter and how it fits into the general theme of the book.

Only electronic submissions in PDF or Word format will be considered. Please send your proposal to the following email:

Your submission must be made on or before the due date specified. Notifications regarding the status of the chapter proposal will be made available to authors by December 30, 2017.

Based on accepted chapter proposals, chapter submissions will be accepted on or before March 31, 2018. Two or more reviewers will review all submitted chapters.

Chapter submissions must be prepared in accordance with the submission guidelines ( and must not exceed 25 pages, including bibliography.

Please also refer to Key Style Points:

Manuscript Guidelines:

Once chapters have been reviewed, final chapters will be due within 2-3 months from the date they are returned to authors.

Important Dates

 November 30, 2017: Book chapter proposal

December 30, 2017: Accept/Reject notification

March 31, 2018: Full chapter submission

June 30, 2018: Reviewed chapters returned for revision

September 30, 2018: Final, revised chapters

Publication: 2019

Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal is produced and edited entirely by undergraduate students. We aim to enrich student learning by providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their original scholarly work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Episteme is a student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs. Episteme is published under the auspices of Denison University’s Department of Philosophy. We publish a journal in print each Spring. We are proud to announce the twenty-seventh volume of Episteme, which you can download from Episteme’s website. Specially requested print editions have been shipped. This year’s submissions spanned a diverse body of philosophical literature from philosophy of feminism to Kripke’s philosophy of language, and they included authors as far-flung from as the Kyoto University. We hope that an even broader host of students are encouraged to participate in the next volume.

Discussions is an undergraduate run, peer-reviewed research journal that publishes undergraduate research in all fields of study. Discussions publishes several times every year.

Lex Modestum is a student run undergraduate philosophy journal dedicated to providing opportunities to aspiring philosophers. We accept original philosophical works from undergraduate students in both Analytic and Continental strains of thought. Along with the traditional essay format, we are also interested in presenting unique philosophical ideas via original modes of presentation (e.g. dialogues, poems, artwork, and short stories).

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