Understanding Impact: 4th Conference of the Public Philosophy Network

‘Understanding Impact’
4th Conference of the Public Philosophy Network
University of North Texas | February 8-10, 2018
Submission Deadline: September 15 | Notice of Acceptance: Oct. 1

The Public Philosophy Network invites proposals for its fourth conference on Advancing Public Philosophy. The 2017 conference theme is understanding impact: What practices improve the uptake of philosophy, both across the disciplines, and throughout society? This question will be pursued through workshops and papers, topical investigations (e.g., climate change) and case studies, and engagement with philosophers, STEM researchers, administrators, policy professionals, and journalists. Conference website: https://philosophyimpact.org/ppn2018/.

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics related to understanding and advancing public philosophy, including the following:

  • Questions of how to define, evaluate, and measure the impact of public philosophy;
  • Philosophical work on substantive policy issues (e.g., environment, LGBTQ, health, housing, economics, and many more);
  • Accounts of philosophical work with other disciplines (e.g., STEM), as well as engagement with various non-academic publics – and of the impacts of such work;
  • Best practices in public philosophy;
  • Reflection on pathways to greater impact: How can philosophers increase the impact of their work? And the skills needed to engage in public philosophy;
  • Questions surrounding the responsibilities and loyalties of the public philosopher;
  • Responses to the accountability or audit culture and neoliberal trends in the academy;
  • The institutional dimensions of public philosophy (for example, tenure, funding, pedagogy, the structure of academic units and programs, etc.);
  • Reflections on how philosophy itself is transformed by turning outward: How does public engagement inform philosophical concepts and understanding of audience, credibility, expertise, standards of rigor or excellence; and
  • Accounts of the relation between public and normal (‘disciplinary’) philosophy.

Toward the goal of making our meeting more participatory and interdisciplinary in nature, plenaries and sessions will include (in addition to PPN’s traditional approaches):

  • Presentations by scientists, engineers, and policy-makers on how philosophers can better help with the philosophical aspects of their work;
  • A discussion with university administrators on the changing place of philosophy within the university, and the increase of support for public philosophy; and
  • A plenary on the challenges of doing philosophy in the public sphere.

Submissions: send an abstract with “PPN Submission” in the subject line by September 15, 2017 to philosophy@unt.edu. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words. Please also specify in your abstract whether you are submitting a proposal for a workshop or an individual paper.

Details on these two formats are as follows:
Workshops (2 hour sessions). Proposals should include a workshop title and descriptions of the organizer(s)’ interests and experience with the subject matter and how the topic is of concern to philosophy or public life. Proposals should also include an overview of how the workshop will proceed, highlighting how it will be participatory and experiential, and indicating any non-academic participants you might invite. We anticipate that workshops will take different formats, depending on the issues being addressed and the number and type of participants.

The goals of these sessions can include 1) to foster partnerships and projects, whether new or ongoing, and, where appropriate, to spark substantive dialogue between philosophers and “practitioners” (public policy makers, government officials, grassroots activists, nonprofit leaders, etc.) or 2) to focus on how to do certain kinds of work in public philosophy. A second call will be issued later in the year inviting people to apply to participate in the workshops. Workshop organizers should help publicize this second call. Each workshop will be limited to ~20 participants.  Workshop participants chosen after the second call will be listed on the program as discussants, though they will not be expected to make any formal presentation.

Papers (to be grouped into 90 minute sessions). We are especially interested in papers that report on public philosophy projects or reflect on the practice of public philosophy. Proposals should include the title and a brief description of the paper. Presenters should plan for brief presentations followed by longer conversations.
Conference Website: Details about the conference are forthcoming on the conference website at https://philosophyimpact.org/ppn2018/.

Irigaray Circle 2017

2017 Call for Papers- Sharing of Speech: work on or inspired by Luce Irigaray

8th Conference of the Luce Irigaray Circle
Institute for Theological Partnerships
University of Winchester, UK
June 23-25, 2017

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: March 31st, 2017

Luce Irigaray’s work has inspired and influenced scholars in a broad range of disciplines such as philosophy, literature, art, religion, architecture, the natural sciences and law. This conference will examine the diversity of scholarship inspired and informed by the philosophy of Luce Irigaray. It will bring together academics and other delegates drawing on Luce Irigaray’s immense body of work and will offer a significant opportunity for sharing research and networking.
The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:
Ellen Mortensen, University of Bergen
Christine Battersby, University of Warwick
Yvette Russell, University of Bristol
Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary University
We welcome engagements with Irigaray in fields such as politics, philosophy, aesthetics, visual culture, linguistics, literature, media and cultural studies, psychoanalysis, religious studies, music, sound studies, architecture, education and legal studies.
In addition to the keynotes, the conference will include papers presented in 30 minute with 10 minutes for discussion. If you would like to participate, please send the following information to brenda.sharp@winchester.ac.uk by 31st March 2017.
The title of your paper
An abstract (max 300 words)
5 keywords
A list of no more than six references
We welcome submissions from graduate students as well as faculty. If you would like to discuss your contribution before formally submitting your abstract, please contact Brenda Sharp at the University of Winchester at the email address listed above.
In addition, the Irigaray Circle will sponsor the 6th annual Karen Burke Memorial Prize, awarded to the best paper submitted by a graduate student or recent PhD (PhD awarded in 2011 or later.) The winner of the competition will give the Karen Burke Memorial Prize Lecture at a plenary session of the 2017 conference. Complete papers should be submitted to irigaray06@gmail.com by March 31st, 2017.

International Rating Academy Congress: QUEST FOR BEAUTY IN SCIENCE, CULTURE AND ARTS 11th to 13th May 2017 Çanakkale, Turkey

Dear Colleague,
The main purpose of the International Congress on Quest for Beauty in Science, Culture and Arts is to question without ceasing; hope and everything that glows in geographies squeezed between war and peace. The Congress is an international cultural festival that scholars, researchers, writers and artists working in different fields will contribute their scientific and artistic studies. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference website.
Web address: http://www.ratingacademy.com.tr/bksgak/
Enquiries: bksgak@ratingacademy.com.tr
All accepted papers will be published as an electronic book with an editorial and ISBN (proceeding). The papers of the authors who desire will be published free of charge after the referee process is completed in the Rating Academy Journals in the international indexed journal status.
Conference Secretariat



24th – 25th May 2017
Phelan Room, 29 Merrion Square
National University of Ireland, Dublin 2

Invited Speakers:
Lilian Alweiss (Trinity College Dublin)
Anna Bortolan (University College Dublin)
Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston University)
Andreas Elpidorou (University of Louisville)
Lauren Freeman (University of Louisville)
Sara Heinämaa (University of Helsinki)
Niall Keane (University of Limerick)
Irene McMullin (University of Essex)
Nikola Mirkovic (Universität Koblenz-Landau)
Dermot Moran (University College Dublin)
Mahon O’Brien (University of Sussex)
Thomas Sheehan (Stanford University)
Jan Slaby (Freie Universität Berlin)
Gerhard Thonhauser (Freie Universität Berlin & Universität Wien)
Tatjana Noemi Tömmel (Technische Universität Berlin)

Organizer: Christos Hadjioannou (University College Dublin)

FREE AND OPEN to the public. To register: christos.hadjioannou@ucd.ie

For the full programme, visit: https://www.ucd.ie/philosophy/

Sponsored by: SEED Funding (UCD), College of Social Sciences and Law Scheme Funding (UCD), The Mind Association, the Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany Dublin, the School of Philosophy (UCD), and the Irish Research Council.


The fifth (and special) edition of the Summer School for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy will explore the complex network of relations existing between the phenomenological tradition and a large set of issues concerning the nature of art, art creation and fruition, art interpretation and evaluation, and the nature of aesthetic values in general. This exploration will be conducted both by commenting on the writings of the main figures of that tradition (from Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty, onward), and by analyzing specific works of art in light of phenomenological categories. The occasion for this encounter between phenomenology and art will be provided by the La Biennale di Venezia’s 57th International Art Exhibition. VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel, and by “Biennale Sessions”, La Biennale’s special affiliation program for Institutes of Higher Learning. Seminars and debates will cover three days, while an entire day will be devoted to a visit to the Art Biennale, followed by a round table in a seminar space located within the premises of the exhibition.

The seminars of the School will address different aspects of this broad theme. No previous background in phenomenology is required.

Applicants should send a CV and a sample of writing (optional) to


Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2017

Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2017

The event is organized and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University Venice.


Summer Seminars in Rome, Santa Barbara, and Oxford

Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information and to apply visit, https://www.lumenchristi.org/programs/seminars

June 22-28
“Is God Knowable by Natural Reason? Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the High Medieval Ages”
Mark Clark, Catholic University of America
Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America
In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.

July 9-15
“The Thought of John Henry Newman”
Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford
Merton College, Oxford
Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts

July 29-August 5
“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation”
Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
University of California, Santa Barbara
Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.

Conference: New Italian Thought: Challenges and Responses

Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, King’s University College
The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, Western University
London, Ontario, Canada


March 24-26, 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Presenters: Mirko Alagna, Juniper Alcorn, Jeremy Arnott, Abdullah Basaran, Silvia Benso, Alexander Bertland, Greg Bird, Kaveh Boveiri, Victoria Burke, Peter Carravetta, Andrew Case, Sophia Catalano, Gaetano Chiurazzi, Corrado Claverini, Paul Colilli, Vladimir Cristache, Stijn De Cauwer, Diane Enns, Michael Gardiner, David Guignion, Julian Haladyn, Andrea Lanza, Anna Mirzayan, Alessandra Montalbano, Pietro Pirani, Tilottama Rajan, Amanda Recupero, Elvira Roncalli, Jonathan Schmidt-Dominé, Rita Serpytyte, Jonathan Short, Alberto Siani, Bilgesu Sisman.

The Conference will take place at the Darry J. King Student Life Centre, King’s University College, London, Canada.

For further information or queries please contact
Antonio Calcagno (acalcagn@uwo.ca) and/or Silvia Benso (silvia.benso@rit.edu)

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy