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Conferences, Calls for Papers and Scholarships


The Fifth Annual San Diego State University Student Philosophy Conference is now accepting submissions from graduate and undergraduate students! This year’s theme is Continental Philosophy, and we’re honored to have Dr. Mark Wrathall (UC Riverside) as our keynote. The conference will be taking place Oct. 17th 2015 in SDSU’s Aztec Union, in conjunction with the 3rd annual SoCal Philosophy Conference. Submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2015, and there is a possibility that some submissions may be accepted for publication. For details about the CFP, and more information about the keynote and our location, please visit our website:

Biennial Joint Meeting with the South Carolina Society for Philosophy

February 26 & 27, 2016
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker: L. A. Paul
Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill
Professorial Fellow in the Arché Research Centre at the University of St. Andrews


9th Annual Northern Graduate Philosophy Conference

November 20-21, 2015
Northern Illinois University

Keynote Speaker: Samuel Scheffler, New York University
Friday, November 20, Holmes Student Center University Suite


Submissions by graduate students of approximately 3,000 words in length on any topic in mainstream analytic philosophy are welcome. Submissions accessible to a general philosophical audience will be favored. Only one submission per person will be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Please send the following as two separate attachments in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format to

1. A cover page, containing the following information:
a. Author’s name
b. Institutional affiliation
c. Contact information (email, phone number)
d. Title of paper e. Topic area of paper
f. Word count
2. The paper itself, free from all identifying information. Please include a title page with an abstract (no more than 150 words).

Decisions regarding submissions will be sent by October 5, 2015.

Please direct all questions concerning the conference to the NIU Graduate Student Advisory Council in Philosophy:

We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship by the Department of Philosophy, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Northern Illinois University.

Bioethics: Preparing for the Unknown
March 17-19, 2016; Kalamazoo, Michigan

The theme of this conference, hosted by Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, highlights uncertainty as a fundamental factor in bioethics. Invited speakers include Insoo Hyun, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, and Richard Sharp, Director of the bioethics program at the Mayo Clinic.
Possible topics for submissions include unintended consequences of innovative medical technologies, public health planning for new diseases, incidental findings in clinical research and practice, prevention of medical error, and communication of risk. Papers on this general theme will be welcomed from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in relation to policy, practice, research, and communication in fields dealing with bioethics. These fields include, but are not limited to, bioengineering, biology, medicine, nursing, the social sciences, and scientific reporting.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions will be accepted in the category of formal papers and panel discussions. Submissions are welcome from academic faculty, graduate students, medical students, medical professionals and research teams consisting of any combination of these.

Submissions should be prepared for blind review; please inspect documents and remove personal information before submitting electronically in .doc/.docx or .pdf format to Corresponding authors should include names of all authors, as well as their affiliations, and the paper or panel title, on a separate title page. Completed papers or extended abstracts of 500-1,000 words will be considered for paper submissions. For panel discussions, submissions should include an abstract summarizing the overall topic of the panel, as well as separate abstracts for each author’s contribution, for a total of up to 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is November 16, 2015. Authors will be notified by December 18, 2015. Please direct inquiries to Center Co-Director Sandra L. Borden at

Submitted Papers
Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome.  Due to the volume of submissions, submitted papers must be no longer than 3000 words.  The deadline to receive papers is New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 2016. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in mid-late January.
All submissions should be formatted for blind review and sent to Matthew Brophy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and NCPS Secretary-Treasurer,<>
In the body of your email, please indicate your name, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation (if any). If you wish your paper to be considered for a prize (see below), please note whether you are an untenured faculty member, graduate student, or undergraduate.

All sessions will be on the campus of Appalachian State University. For those traveling by plane to the conference, Boone is located approximately two hours from the major international airports in Charlotte, NC (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport) and in Greensboro/High Point, NC (Piedmont Triad International Airport), and regional airport in Johnson City, TN (Tri-Cities Regional Airport.)

Panels and Workshops
Panel and workshop proposals on any topic in philosophy, including its pedagogy, are welcome. Proposals should specify issues to be discussed, format (including time to be allotted), and names of presenters, and should include brief abstracts of presentations.

Undergraduate Papers
A sufficient number of undergraduate submissions will allow for a session devoted to papers by undergraduates. Undergraduate submissions should be clearly labeled as such.

There will be a $200 prize for the best paper submitted by an untenured faculty member, a $150 prize for the best graduate student paper, and a $125 prize for the best undergraduate paper. Awarding of prizes is contingent on an adequate number of submissions.

Web site
Periodic updates about the conference, and information about the North Carolina Philosophical Society, can be found at Information about the South Carolina Society for Philosophy can be found at


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.

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).