American Association of Philosophy Teachers Conference—Call for Papers

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) has issued a call for papers for its biennial conference, to be held at Saginaw Valley State University on July 27–31, 2016. They are especially interested in proposals on inclusive pedagogies. The CFP is reproduced below, and available at

The AAPT is a collegial community of engaged teacher-scholars dedicated to sharing ideas, experiences, and advice about teaching philosophy and to supporting and encouraging both new and experienced philosophy teachers.  They host a biennial meeting, sessions at the APA meetings, and other events open to all philosophers, including graduate students, who wish to explore and improve their teaching.


The American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw, Michigan
July 27–31, 2016

Proposals for interactive workshops related to teaching and learning philosophy at any educational level are welcome.  We especially encourage creative approaches to workshops or or panels on:

  • Innovative and successful teaching strategies
  • How work in other disciplines can improve the teaching of philosophy
  • Engaging students in philosophy outside the classroom
  • Innovative uses of instructional technologies
  • The challenge of teaching in non-traditional settings
  • Methods to improve student learning
  • Professional issues connected to teaching

Selected presentations will be considered for inclusion in AAPT Studies in Pedagogy, Volume 3, on inclusive pedagogies. Proposals on that theme are especially encouraged.

Proposals should include:

  • Session title
  • Length of the proposed session (60 or 90 minutes)
  • A one-to-three page description of what the session seeks to achieve, including an account of what participants will do during the session
  • A list of references, especially to relevant pedagogical literature
  • Descriptions of any useful handouts to be provided
  • Any equipment needed
  • Contact information for each presenter, including institutional affiliations, may be included in the email or in a separate cover sheet.
  • Please include a 100-200 word abstract suitable for the conference program.

To facilitate blind review, no identifying information should appear in the proposal.

Send submissions, via email, to Russell Marcus, by Monday, January 4, 2016.

Visit for some model proposals from past years and additional information about the AAPT or the workshop-conference.

CFA: Casualization in Academic Philosophy: SWIP UK Panel at the Hypatia 2015 Conference: Exploring Collaborative Contestations (28-30 May, Villanova University, Pennsylvania)

There is at least anecdotal evidence that casualization—increased use of adjuncts, part-time and temporary academic faculty—disproportionately disadvantages members of underrepresented groups (women, working class academics, disabled academics). For example women, on average, are more likely to have carer responsibilities during their careers, and are on average more likely to be the more junior members of their marriages/partnership, career- and earnings-wise; and because of this are often less mobile and less able to take up insecure temporary employment than their male counterparts.

We would like to explore the implications of this for academic philosophy. Should we conceptualise casualization as an equality issue, or is casualization’s disproportionate affect on women and other underrepresented groups better understood as simply a knock-on effect of wider social inequality? Can we justify the hiring of adjuncts and temporary teaching cover even in the face of inequality concerns? What could departments do to counteract the exclusionary effects of casualization? What structural aims should we have, in the academy, in order to foster equality ‘from the inside’? What would structurally-inclusive academic hiring practices look like, optimally or in the ideal?

We invite 300-word abstract submissions for our panel on casualization in academic philosophy at the Hypatia 2015 Conference: Exploring Collaborative Contestations (28-30 May, Villanova University, Pennsylvania). Presenters might draw insight from areas such as Political Philosophy, Legal Theory, Ethics, and practical experience. We welcome both theoretical and practical approaches to the issue, and encourage both junior and senior members of the profession to submit.

Please email your abstract, prepared for anonymous review, in .pdf, .doc or .docx  format, to Lindsey Porter at  by 15 January, 2015. Please include biographical information (affiliation, past or present, etc) in the body of the email. We intend to arrange at least partial funding for travel & accommodation to those in need of such funding.

October 2013 conferences

If you have travel funds and you’re just wondering, what to do with them?, then consider traveling for the entire month of October!  Let me know what I’ve forgotten.  What a list!

October 2013 conferences, an undoubtedly partial list:

Lehigh University Department of Philosophy, “The Last Chapter,” Inaugural Annual Conference, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Thursday, October 3 – Friday October 4, 2013

North American Sartre Society, The University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, October 4-6, 2013.

California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, Chicago, October 10-12, 2013

Women, Truth, Action. An International Conference. Helsinki, Oct 10-12 2013

Center for Cognition and Neuroethics, “Reason, Reasons and Reasoning,” 1st Annual Conference, Flint, MI October 11 – 12, 2013

FEAST (Feminist Ethics and social Theory), Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 17-20, 2013

SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), Eugene, Oregon, Oct. 24-26

CSWIP (Canadian Society for Women In Philosophy), Good Appetite/Bon Appétit, Peterborough, Ontario, Oct. 24-26

ASBH (American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities) 15th Annual, Atlanta Georgia October 24-27, 2013

17th Meeting of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, Eugene, Oregon, October 26-28, 2013

Another way to see that women participate: Apply!

I know, dear friends, that travel costs money, and that money may not be falling from the sky on you right now, but sometimes, at least in my experience, it’s best to try for an amazing conference in Europe first, and worry the details such as how to pay for the plane ticket second:

The Fifth Cologne Summer School in Philosophy on “New Perspectives in Epistemology” will take place in Cologne, August 23 – 27, 2010. This year’s visiting professor will be Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University, USA). The main focus is the intersection of epistemology, theory of action and philosophy of language. We will discuss foundational issues in epistemology (the analysis of knowledge and justification, the controversy between internalism and externalism), as well as more specific issues in the current debate: virtue epistemology, knowledge as a norm of assertion, is there a normative link between knowledge and action?, intuitions and armchair philosophy, the  philosophy of disagreement, and epistemic agency. The Summer School mainly aims at professional philosophers and advanced graduate students.

The attendance is free, but limited to 50 participants – on the basis of motivation and qualification. Online application is possible through April 30. Please add a brief letter of motivation where you explain your academic background and your main motivation for participating in the Summer School. Soon after the deadline we will inform you about the success of your application. 

Please send your online application to the following email address:
For more information visit our website:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Grundmann
Philosophisches Seminar
Universität zu Köln

Adoption Conference

Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies

A conference sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
at MIT, Cambridge, MA
April 29-May 2, 2010
For more, go here.