SPCW 2020 Annual Meeting - Questioning 2020: What does philosophy in the contemporary world mean today?
27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW)

July 18th-23th, 2020, at Guilford College

Greensboro, NC, U.S.A.


For additional information please contact:

Taine Duncan at tduncan@uca.edu or Devon Hawkins at dhawkins10@uca.edu

Submissions Due: January 3rd, 2020


Please use this form to submit your abstract for review. Complete both sections.

Section 1 - Greeting and Overview (this page).
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Section 3 - Abstract Submission: Provide an abstract for anonymous review -- please do not include any identifying information in the Abstract Submission section.

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We invite submissions for the 27th-annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW) to be held July 18th-23rd, 2020, at Guillford College, Greensboro, NC. While we welcome and encourage papers on any topic related to philosophy in the contemporary world (broadly construed), of particular interest are papers that engage with this year’s theme: Questioning 2020: What Does Philosophy in the Contemporary World Mean Today?

We welcome papers on all topics, from any philosophical tradition. SPCW is especially interested in supporting, and invites contributions by, individuals from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, as well as anyone working to expand the scope and quality of philosophical discourses. In addition to traditional papers and presentations, SPCW welcomes diverse formats such as spoken word, script readings, performances, and other approaches that invite and broaden philosophical reflection. Furthermore, we welcome the camaraderie of graduate students, nontraditional philosophers, and thinkers from other disciplines or with non-philosophical specializations. Simply put, we seek to foster productive philosophical exchange in a constructive environment.

Topics to be addressed could include (but are not limited to):
● Altruism and Empathy
● Assessing Bias and Prejudice in 2020: Failures, Successes, Future Directions
● Being at Home in the World: Interpersonally, Socially, Spiritually
● Democracy, Diversity, and Recognition
● Bootlicking, Bad Faith, and False Consciousness
● Entitlement: Ethical and Political Issues
● Epistemology and Phenomenology of Belonging
● Epistemology, Neurology, and Psychology of Generative People
● Global Citizenship and/or Global Human Rights
● Making People Count in Immigration Policy
● Nonviolence and Resistance to Oppression
● Policing (and Incarcerating) Black Men
● Remaking Meanings of Manhood and Masculinity
● Reviving Civic Culture and Social Capital
● The Right to Have Rights
● Tolerance: Moral Virtue and Political Necessity
● White Fragility: Why Whites Can't Talk about Race
● Afrofuturism and the Philosophy of Science
● Can we have a responsible Ethics of Hope?
● Moral Guilt or Responsibility: How Should We Respond to Ethical Failure?
● Inclusive Feminism and the Critique of White Feminism
● The Future of Sexual Politics
● Accountability, Reparations, and the Philosophy of Healing
● Posthumanism and Radical Inclusivity
● Becoming Ecologically Inclusive: Interdependency, the Environment, and the Future of Climate Change
● The Environment, Agriculture, and the Politics of Food Crisis
● Becoming Technologically Inclusive: Does the Future of Inclusion Lead Us to Cyborg Ethics?
● Agonistic Politics and the Future of Democracy
● The U.S. 2020 Election
● Inclusion in the Public Sphere
● The Revolution Will Be Accessible: Inclusivity and Disability
● Neurodiversity, Neuroplasticity, and the Future of Philosophy of Mind
● Liberation, Resistance, and Forerunners of Social Justice
● HIV, AIDS, and Sero-Positivity in Philosophical Perspectives
● Social Philosophy and the Limits of the Ideal, Nonideal, Possible, and Feasible
● Racial Justice, Anti-racism, and Liberatory Intersections

Conference Submission
Standard submissions include papers with a maximum length of 3,500 words, accompanied by an abstract of 100 words or less. Alternative presentations and creative proposals will be given consideration. All submissions are circulated for double-anonymous peer review.

Submit using this form or send submissions prepared for anonymous review along with a separate title page identifying the paper title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact email to:
Taine Duncan at tduncan@uca.edu or Devon Hawkins at dhawkins10@uca.edu.

You may also use this Google Form to submit.

Submissions are due by January 3, 2020.

Authors will be notified by February 3, 2020.

Note to graduate students: SPCW considers all accepted graduate-student papers for the annual Joe Frank Jones III Memorial Award for the best graduate-student submission.

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