Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Philosophy Festival 2021
Call for Abstracts
The past few years have seen profound challenges to the way of life established in the Western world since 1945.
The covid-19 pandemic has changed everything temporarily and seems likely to have lasting impacts on our everyday lives. Overwhelming evidence of accelerating climate change requires us to consider far-reaching changes to our economic structures and built environments. The internet now allows far greater individual connectivity than was previously possible, but this has brought with it widespread misinformation which threatens to undermine our political institutions.
At the same time, knowledge of the personal impacts of illness and disability, of the fragility and importance of mental health, of the diversity of human minds, and of the sentience and sapience of other animals, have all increased significantly. We should employ this renewed and still developing understanding of ourselves and our relations to our world in our responses to the challenges that characterise our times.
The festival's aim is to explore the values and virtues needed to successfully navigate and flourish in a rapidly changing environment that constantly presents us with novel challenges.
Our confirmed speakers include Dr Adam Carter (University of Glasgow), Prof Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University), Prof Berys Gaut (University of St Andrews), Prof Kristján Kristjánsson (University of Birmingham), Dr Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College), and Dr Lani Watson (Oxford University).
We welcome abstracts of no more than 700 words on any issue that fits the central theme and in any area of philosophy including (but not limited to) aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of education, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their ideas and arguments through interviews, conversations, roundtable discussions, and short talks.
Cambridge University Press will publish a volume of essays from the event in 2022. Chapters will be 6000-7000 words long. Please indicate at submission whether you would like your abstract to be considered for this.
This event is funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy through its Public Philosophy Day initiative. It will take place over a whole day in September 2021 (date to be confirmed). We plan to hold it at the Senedd and Pierhead Buildings in Cardiff Bay. If the pandemic means an in-person event is impossible at that point, we will be hosting it online.
Deadline for abstracts: 1st February 2021, 5pm GMT.
Abstracts must be submitted here: https://bit.ly/VVCWsubmission
We will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for authors without access to relevant research funds. We will also aim to provide and pay for authors’ childcare, should it be required.
We sincerely encourage participants from groups underrepresented in philosophy to submit abstracts.
The conference is being organized in accordance with the BPA/SWIP’s Good Practice Scheme and their Guidelines for Accessible Conferences.