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02/03/2022

Deadline extended! Call For Proposals: philoSOPHIA 15th Annual Conference

The 15th annual meeting of philoSOPHIA will run from the afternoon of Thursday June 2nd to the evening of Saturday June 4th 2022, at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

Virtual Keynote Lectures: Tiffany King (University of Virginia); Catriona Sandilands (York University)
In Person Keynote Speakers: Naisargi Dave (University of Toronto); Andrea Pitts (UNC Charlotte)
“Entangled Ecologies: the Climate of Justice”

We invite proposals for transdisciplinary philosophical work that explores the complex linkages connecting climate change and environmental devastation to the entangled legacies of transatlantic slavery and settler colonialism, the histories and presents of anti-Black racism and violence against Indigenous peoples, and the interwoven patterns of exclusion and inequality structured around gender, sexuality, race, class, embodiment, and trans-species relations. The conference will foreground work that confronts these linkages so as to excavate possibilities for accountability, reparation and response-ability, strange intimacies, transformative justice, and liberation. We hope this event will be an opportunity to think diversely and together about how these entangled histories and their afterlives have manifested in ecologies of resistance and radical care.



In keeping with the aims and commitments of philoSOPHIA, we invite submissions that extend the rich traditions of transformative feminist interventions and sociopolitical engagements, and that connect and create divergent feminist approaches, cultures, genres, and histories. We seek to cultivate discursive alliances with such areas as critical race, q***r, crip, trans*, Indigenous, decolonial, environmental, and critical plant and animal studies. We welcome proposals that reflect on the conference theme in transnational contexts, drawing on non-Western philosophical traditions, or in the context of the Covid-19 global pandemic. All submissions will be considered though work related to the conference theme will be prioritized.



Location: at present, we plan to hold this conference in person on the George Mason University Fairfax campus. The conference will feature both virtual and in-person keynote speakers, and selected parallel sessions may also be hosted in a virtual format to accommodate those unable to attend in person. Reasonably priced student accommodation on campus will be available for in-person participants.

We welcome proposals for both individual papers and three-person panel sessions.



Guidelines for Submission:

1. Submit one of the following: a) Individual abstracts of 500-700 words; b) Panel proposals (500 words) accompanied by individual abstracts for each paper (500-700 words each), collated into a single submission.

2. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review, with identifying information (name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a brief bio for each proposed participant) appearing only in your submission email.

3. Identify in your submission email whether you plan to attend in person if conditions permit; can only participate virtually; or would prefer to participate virtually.

4. If you are a graduate student or without institutional support for conference participation and would benefit from financial support to attend, please identify yourself as such in your submission email. If funding permits, travel or accommodation costs may be subsidized.



Submit all proposals electronically to: [email protected]

Submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee.

Extended deadline for submissions: February 7, 2022

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