Social Philosophy: Extension of CFP deadline

Thirty-Fourth International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy

with the Department of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago

July 13-15, 2017

Scholars maintaining boycotts of travel to the USA who had planned on submitting are being encouraged to submit their abstracts (we are extending our deadline by one week to February 22nd).  In the event of your submission’s acceptance, we are exploring the possibility of a limited number of off-site presentation slots (e.g., by Skype) being made available for those honoring the boycott.

Please submit a 300 word abstract at:

Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to:

Justice: Social, Criminal, Juvenile

Some possible paper topics include:

  • Justice and the law
  • Justice in law and public policy
  • Injustice
  • Children’s rights
  • Policing
  • Incarceration
  • Law and power
  • International criminal justice
  • Due process at the border
  • Legal responsibility
  • Restorative justice
  • Violence and resistance
  • Jury nullification
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Modern day “debtor’s prison”
  • Criminal law and ideology
  • Race and criminal justice
  • School-to-prison pipeline
  • Multiculturalism and the law
  • Micro-injustices
  • Criminal justice and gender
  • Wealth and justice (or injustice)
  • Adversary trials and truth
  • Justice and sexual assault
  • Justice for victims
  • Solitary confinement
  • Capital punishment
  • Care and social justice
  • Rights of felons
  • The prison-industrial complex
  • Charging juveniles as adults
  • Community policing
  • Reproductive injustice and prisons
  • Captivity and carcerality
  • Social and civil death
  • Prison abolition and reform

We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.

Submission Deadline:  Extended to February 22, 2017. Please submit a 300 word abstract at:


The Program Committee:

Joan Woolfrey, West Chester University of Pennsylvania (chair)

Kathryn Norlock, Trent University

Ann Levey, University of Calgary

Local host:  Heidi Malm, Loyola University, Chicago.

Members of the Program Committee may be reached at:
program at

NASSP Support for International Presenters

The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada.

NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students:

The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.

The winners of the annual prizes each receive $300. The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.

The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings.

Those who want to be considered for this award should send their full papers on or before February 22, to gradaward at – and they should also submit abstracts to the site by February 22, 2017.



2 thoughts on “Social Philosophy: Extension of CFP deadline

  1. This looks like a great conference! I haven’t pledged to avoid US conferences, but I’m wondering about whether using skype does honor such a pledge. This might particularly concern those living in the States.

  2. Yes, many of my Canadian colleagues have been excellently articulate about the ways in which using Skype honours a pledge to boycott travel to the USA. The refusal to benefit from the privileges of easy travel over the border while white is principled, and contributing to a conference on the theme of justice via Skype also contributes to resistance to injustice!

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