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Conferences, Calls for Papers and Scholarships


April 8-10, 2016

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

The National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Case Western Reserve University will bring people together for education, inspiration, and for discussion surrounding the issues at the forefront of Biomedical Ethics. This event draws attendance from scholars and students from around the nation and highlights ongoing research within the field. This year, keynote speakers include R. Alta Charo, J.D. Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Paul Tesar, Ph.D Professor of Innovative Therapeutics from our very own Department of Genetics. There will also be a poster symposium featuring student research, panel discussions featuring members of the Bioethics/Biomedical Research Community of Cleveland, and a Bioethics Debate Bowl.   For more information, visit


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


Philosophy of Mind
9th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference, University at Albany-State University of New York
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Keynote speaker: Dr. Joseph Levine, UMass Amherst
Deadline for submissions: Monday, February 15th, 2016

Papers are invited from graduate students working in any area of philosophy of mind. Paper topics may include, but are certainly not limited to: materialism, dualism, epiphenomenalism, consciousness, free will, agency, knowledge arguments, AI, explanatory gap problems, models of the mind, functionalism, computational theories of the mind, mental causation, or the relationship between philosophy and brain science. Papers should be suitable for a 25 to 30 minute presentation (approximately 3,000-4,000 words).

All submissions should be prepared for blind review and should include a separate document containing the following information: your name, paper title, an abstract of approximately 100 to 250 words, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, phone number, and where you saw this call for papers. Please submit papers via e-mail with “2016 Conference Submission” in the subject line. Acceptable formats are MS Word documents, RTF files, or PDF files. Please send submissions to

Please note: Housing can be provided for graduate student speakers. In addition, conference registration and all meals on the day of the conference are free for all conference attendees.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 15th, 2016
For more information about the conference or about the submission requirements, please contact Sydney Faught at

The fourth Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be hosted by Prometheus, the International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal at Johns Hopkins University, and will take place on April 9, 2016. Undergraduates from all institutions are welcome to submit a paper on any topic of their choosing. Papers should be no more than 10 pages, double-spaced, and should include a 50-200 word abstract. Identifying information (name, school, phone number, and email address) should only be found on a cover page. The cover page should be submitted as a separate document. Please submit these materials to with “Conference Submission” in the subject line.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016.

Participants will give roughly one hour long presentations on their papers. This will consist of presenting, receiving a response, and a question and answer segment. (Further details to come)

The best paper will be considered for publication in Prometheus, the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.

The conference will also feature a presentation by a keynote speaker.

For more information and updates, please check:

Please send any questions about the conference to

21st Annual SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

April 8th-9th, 2016
Call for Papers:
Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers on any philosophical topic. This includes papers that draw on subjects such as cognitive science, environmental studies, political science, psychology, and religious studies.

Submitted papers should be anonymized and 10 to 15 pages in length. Presentations are to be 20 minutes long. Upon submission, please include in the body of the email:
– Your name
– Paper title
– Institutional affiliation
– An abstract of 100 to 200 words
Submissions are due by January 28, 2016 at 5PM (EST). Notifications will be emailed in late February. Please email anonymized papers in Word or PDF to:

The following awards will be recognized:
President’s Award: Best Presentation
Ninash Foundation Award: Asian & Comparative Philosophy
Matthew Grappone Prize: Philosophy of Science
Dominick Roda Award: Excellence as a discussant

Sponsored by the Philosophy Club, Student Association, Ninash Foundation,

SUNY Oneonta Philosophy Department, and Phi Sigma Tau Gamma Chapter

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:

The Canadian Journal of Philosophy announces a call for papers for a Special Issue edited by Rahul Kumar

Ethics and Future Generations

Traditionally, albeit with a few notable exceptions, moral and political philosophers have either neglected, or treated as a matter of peripheral concern, questions concerning our obligations to future generations.  But that is rapidly changing.  Faced with the now-vivid threat of catastrophic climate change, the public officials and social scientists involved in shaping climate-change policy increasingly look to philosophers for guidance. This has prompted philosophers both to take an active interest in how the tools of traditional moral and political theorizing can be employed and extended to help us better understand what we owe to future generations, and to develop new approaches for assessing what morality demands of us with respect to securing their interests.

The purpose of this volume is to bring together fourteen original papers that address a range of issues concerning ethics and future generations.   We particularly welcome submissions rooted in theoretical or applied ethics and political philosophy.   Theoretical questions of interest include: to what extent might the tools of ethical theory and political philosophy help us to formulate our obligations to future generations?  Are our current tools equal to this task, or do we need to approach the ethical implications of our current choices for future generations in wholly new ways?  Problem-based questions include: Do our obligations to future people extend beyond refraining from creating foreseeably miserable lives to include a positive duty to create lives of a high rather than just decent-quality?  Are there moral reasons to try and ensure a certain population size in the further future?  How should we weigh the interests of those who will live in the next few generations against those of distant generations in both moral theorizing and policy-making?

Submissions (10,000 words strict maximum) and a brief abstract should be submitted here. Follow the link for ‘Future Generations’. Submissions must be received by January 15th, 2016. Inquiries should be sent to Rahul Kumar at


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

The Department of Philosophy at University of Louisville is hosting the 15th annual Stephen Humphrey Colloquium, which is a one day undergraduate philosophy conference. This conference provide students with an excellent opportunity to present and get feedback on their work and with the generous sponsorship of Dr. Stephen Humphrey, all travel and accommodations are covered for students whose papers are accepted.

Eastern Michigan University’s 6th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy
March 5th and 6th, 2016
The Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy is now accepting papers for its conference to be held at EMU on Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th, 2016.  Papers selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minute presentation times, followed by formal comments and Q & A.  All papers in philosophy, broadly construed, will be considered for the conference; since this is an undergraduate conference, no papers by professionals, graduate students, or others holding an advanced degree (in philosophy) will be considered.

Papers submitted for the conference should be 8-12 pages in length and include an abstract approximately 250 words in length.

The deadline for submission is January 8, 2016, and only completed papers accompanied by an abstract will be reviewed.  We expect to announce the papers selected for presentation before the end of January.

We will also be using a formal commenter system; so, even if your paper is not selected for presentation, you may be considered for such a role.  Please let us know, along with your paper submission, if you are willing to comment.  This also means that all selected papers will receive formal feedback at the conference.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle Maiese, of Emmanuel College in Boston

Faculty Mentors:  We have enjoyed having faculty attend in a purely support role. We strongly encourage students to bring faculty mentors to the conference.  The dialog among professors, discussion of pedagogy, and expansion of mentoring opportunities for students, are among the desirable benefits of this conference.

Papers, abstracts, and questions should be submitted electronically to

Faculty Supervisor:  Dr. W. John Koolage,

Publication Opportunity:  The top (3 to 5) papers submitted will also be published in the upcoming edition of our undergraduate philosophy journal!

Conference Website:

*Papers submitted and/or presented at other conferences will be given equal consideration in our review process.



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).

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