Call for Submissions: Indigenous and Non-Western Philosophy of Science (MAP Group Session at the PSA)
The Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) will hold a meeting in Pittsburgh from November 10-13, 2022, and MAP International will be running a Group Session on Indigenous and Non-Western Philosophy of Science. We are inviting submissions for brief, 5-10 minute presentations on this topic.
Possible topics for presentation include but are not limited to:
Abstracts should be no more than 800 words and in a PDF format. Submissions can be made using this Google form. The application is not intended to be selective -- we plan on accepting as many speakers as our session time allows.
Please note that, per PSA policy, no one is permitted to present more than once at PSA2022 (excluding presentations at the poster forum).
We particularly encourage submissions by members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, graduate students, and junior scholars.
For members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, the Underrepresented Philosophy of Science Scholars (UPSS) Initiative provides a travel grant to defray travel costs to attend the meeting.
Please send any questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading your submissions.
CFP: Philosophy of Disability & Illness, MAP-Penn, University of Pennsylvania Online, Apr. 8-10, 2022 (deadline: Jan. 3, 2022)
The University of Pennsylvania chapter of Minorities & Philosophy (MAP-Penn) is organizing a spring conference around the philosophy of disability and illness. Please circulate this call-for-abstracts to your graduate students and other early career scholars.
What: 6th MAP-Penn Conference: Philosophy of Disability & Illness
When: Apr 08, 2022, 11:30 AM EDT – Apr 10, 2022, 3:00 PM EDT
Keynotes: Havi Carel, Joseph Stramondo, and Jasmine Harris
Anonymized abstracts due: Jan 03, 2022
We are soliciting anonymized abstracts of 500-750 words on any aspect of Philosophy of Disability and/or Philosophy of Illness. This includes, but is not limited to, disability and/or illness-related conceptual and normative issues in philosophy of law, in medical ethics, in bioethics, in general ethics, in the history of philosophy, in social and political philosophy, in social epistemology, in one’s personal experiences as a philosopher, and in philosophy teaching practices.
Please send abstracts to email@example.com with subject line ‘MAP Conference’ by January 3, 2022. The abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review (i.e., please remove identifiers) and submitted in .pdf, .docx, or .doc format. Please specify your name, institutional role (if any), and institution (if any) in the body of the email.
Accessibility: The conference will take place on Zoom for a few hours each day and we will provide real-time captioning. More details are forthcoming. We aim to make the conference as accessible as possible: please contact us about any other access needs.
Volume 7: Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life
American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy is a peer-reviewed annual journal dedicated to publishing thematically focused volumes of original works on teaching and learning in philosophy. The thematic volumes include a range of contributions, from practical advice to theoretical discussions. Contributions are welcomed from anyone teaching philosophy, including high school teachers, graduate students, new faculty, and tenured professors.
The AAPT Studies in Pedagogy is soliciting original papers for consideration in our upcoming volume on Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life broadly construed.
Over the last decade or so, the way-of-life conception of philosophy has evoked an exciting and growing interest for reviving an ancient idea of philosophy as a guide to a good life. Though rooted in the work of Pierre Hadot, the aim of this volume reaches far beyond Hadot scholarship. Those who center the way-of-life approach value philosophy as a practice that can guard against the instrumentalization and economization of our day-to-day lives. Philosophy shapes how we attend to and engage our inner and outer worlds, while promoting individual and collective intentionality, reflection, and enlarged thoughtfulness.
We anticipate the final articles will run between 4000-9000 words, depending on the topic. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review. While not required for review of paper submissions, final papers will need to follow Chicago Manual of Style 17th ed. guidelines. In matters where CMoS allows for variable formatting we have a house style that is followed.
Deadline: November 1, 2021
To submit, go to https://aaptstudies.org/submissions
A former Cartographer and a founding director of MAP UK, Filippo Contesi, has recently started an important initiative that aims to improve the situation non-native speakers face in analytic philosophy. Filippo prepared a manifesto of commitments that can be seen at the link below:
About a week after its launch, the manifesto has been signed by over 400 academics in more than 35 countries around the world.
Please consider signing and distributing the manifesto further.
Thank you, Filippo, for this amazing initiative, and to everyone who has supported it so far!
It is taken for granted that we should often act in the best interest of our future selves, and even on behalf of future generations, but when should we act for the sake of past people, and even our own past interests? In a range of cases we find ourselves bound by our past decisions, or by the past decisions of people who have come before us. When is it okay to break from those bounds, and when are we required to abide by the decisions of the past, even when they conflict with our interests now? Our distinguished panelists will discuss cases of advanced medical directives, duties to vindicate the sacrifices of past generations, and duties to history.
· Rebecca Dresser, Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law Emerita, Washington University, St. Louis
· Tania Gergel, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, King’s College, London
· S.J. Beard, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
· Saul Smilanksy, Professor, University of Haifa, Israel
Hosted by Barry Lam, Associate Director of MSF and host of Hi-Phi Nation podcast.
To register for this event, please visit registration page HERE.
Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is looking for two new organizers to help run MAP International. MAP is a collection of students in philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. It is currently comprised of over 170 chapters worldwide and continues to grow and expand.
The role of International Organizers is largely to facilitate the success of MAP chapters and oversee the development of the larger organization. Thus, responsibilities include, but are not limited to, meeting regularly with the other International Organizers (roughly twice a month), making decisions regarding the growth of MAP regions and projects, coordinating with outside organizations (like the APA and funders), responding to chapter funding requests, updating the website and social media pages, advertising events, collating lists of chapter activities, touching base with chapter organizers, and more.
Additionally, MAP International Organizers work on projects meant to set the agenda for important interventions on behalf of marginalized groups in philosophy (such as our project on service work in 2019-2020 and our fundraising campaign in 2020-2021). In this capacity, Organizers have substantial freedom to propose and take up specific cause areas and are expected to be proactive. Some of the responsibilities associated with this dimension of the role include: collecting resources, running surveys, collecting input from MAP members, writing reports and blog posts, producing and distributing infographics and other social media materials, and hosting APA Group sessions (and sessions at other conferences). Organizers receive a modest honorarium for their work.
We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply to these positions.
Criteria for applying:
To apply, complete and submit this Google Form by June 25, 2021.
We will notify all applicants by July 8, 2021. Start date is approximately July 15, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Character and Structural Injustice
Thursday, May 27, 5:30 pm ET
This is a Zoom event. Registration is required HERE.
We live in a time when structural injustices and systemic problems abound, in public health, race relations, gender relations, and more. Policymakers and activists propose structural solutions targeting systems as a whole, like a sugar tax, liability insurance for police, school desegregation, or paid family leave. Policy solutions seldom include suggestions that moral and psychological traits of individuals are at fault or should be the focus of change, like moral education, empathy cultivation, or prejudice and bias reduction.
The Marc Sanders Foundation and the PPE Society invite you to this panel where the central question will be discussed: Is there a role for interventions targeting individual moral character or psychology to address at least some of the “structural” problems that we face?
Hosted by Barry Lam, Associate Director of MSF and host of Hi-Phi Nation podcast.
(Image Description: Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy. Penn State's Department of Philosophy is hosting our Fall CUSP Workshop, October 17-20, 2021, for students planning to apply for graduate school for Fall 2021. For more details including eligibility, please visit: https://sites.psu.edu/cusp)
Event Posting: A Category Theoretic Framework for Physical Representation, Sarita Rosenstock (ANU), March 26, 2021
March 26, 2021, 3:35 pm CDT (UTC-6)
A Category Theoretic Framework for Physical Representation
Sarita Rosenstock (Philosophy, Australian National University)Abstract: It is increasingly popular for philosophers of physics to use category theory, the mathematical theory of structure, to adjudicate debates about the (in)equivalence of formal physical theories. In this talk, I discuss the theoretical foundations of this strategy. I introduce the concept of a “representation diagram" as a way to scaffold narrative accounts of how mathematical gadgets represent target systems and demonstrate how their content can be effectively summarized by what I call a “structure category". I argue that the narrative accounts contain the real content of an act of physical representation, and the category-theoretic methodology serves only to make that content precise and conducive to further analysis. In particular, one can use tools from category theory to assess whether one physical formalism thus presented has more "properties", "structure", or "stuff" than another according to a given narrative about how they both purport to represent the same physical systems.
webinar link: https://z.umn.edu/IPDFMar21
First batch application deadline: March 5, 2021
Application form: https://forms.gle/VuS6ihdHowX7Tq3i8
Marginalized graduate students often face many obstacles navigating graduate school, and often left with inadequate support from within their own department. The faculty of their home department might not be familiar with the needs of minority graduate students to know how to best support them. In some cases, the graduate student body of their home department might not be sufficiently diverse, such that marginalized graduate students might have the need to find an external community in addition to their cohort in the department.
The purpose of this peer mentorship network is to build a support network by connecting marginalized graduate students in philosophy from different departments together. Getting perspectives from someone in similar situations but external to the department can provide a good source of support and guidance while they navigate this stage of their career.
Participants will have a non-judgmental space to meet people with similar experiences as a minority graduate student in philosophy academia. This network will enable participants to get perspectives on how students in other departments deal with issues affecting minority students, and to share and learn new languages and strategies to deal with concrete personal experiences.
Application and placement
The program is open to anyone who identifies as a marginalized student, is currently enrolled in a philosophy graduate program (MA or PhD), and will remain enrolled by March 31, 2021. There is no geographical restriction and you do not need to be in the US to apply. The program is not selective, and we strive to place everyone who applies into the program.
Each peer mentorship group consists of 6-8 students, ideally with a mix of participants in various stages of graduate school, as well as a mix of institutions represented. Placement in the groups will be determined by applicants’ response to a questionnaire in the application. Applicants will be asked about what factors they would like the administrators to consider when matching them with other participants into a group, including their racial or gender identity, disability status, international student status, and many others.
We will attempt to disperse students from the same institution into different groups. Ideally, for each group, there will be no more than one graduate student from the same department. This is for confidential reasons, and also to encourage students to use the network as a way to step out of the insular environment of their home department.
We will have several batch deadlines, approximately every two months. The first deadline will be March 5, 2021. Subsequent deadlines will be announced. Participants will be notified via email about their placement.
Structure and commitment
Participants will receive an email about group placement once they have been admitted. Group members are encouraged to meet with each other over video chat to clarify their expectations of the group, and to establish a communication plan.
Afterwards, there will be two parts to the network’s regular functioning:
Norms for engagement
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