Concordia University Graduate Conference
May 10-11 2014
The Concordia Graduate Philosophy
Student's Association would like to invite submissions for this year's graduate
conference, to be held May 10-11, 2014, at Concordia University in Montreal,
This year's conference is entitled Philosophy dans la rue!:
Activism and Philosophy in the 21st Century. The aim of this conference is to
provide a forum for graduate students to discuss the role they see for
philosophy in the public sphere. A graduate student conference is a particularly
fruitful occasion for a discussion of the future of the intersection of activism
and philosophy: such a conference is able to take seriously the notion that
philosophy's role can and will be determined both in and outside of the academy
by today's graduate students.
The history of 'public intellectuals' like
Socrates, Bertrand Russell, Mary Wollstonecraft, or Slavoj Žižek demands that
the next generation of philosophers take on the question of activism. The global
climate - politically and otherwise - represented in part by movements as varied
as 'Occupy', 'Anonymous', the 'Arab Spring', Idle No More, and accessible
education demonstrations across Europe and in Quebec provide us with a rich
context from which we may engage in this discussion today. Questions may
include, but are not limited to: What sorts of activities constitute activism?
Is there a role for philosophy within or alongside activism? Must philosophers
aspire to the actualization their own arguments? Is there a duty on the part of
philosophers to take on an active role in public affairs? We highly encourage
submissions from both the analytic and continental tradition, as well as from
other disciplines or alternate critical frameworks. Submissions in English and
French are both welcome.
Submission Deadline: March 14,
Keynote Speakers: Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University)
Norlock (Trent University)
Submission Guidelines: We are pleased to
accept abstracts (of between 200 and 400 words) for consideration. Each
submission should be prepared for blind review and accompanied by a separate PDF
which includes your name, paper title, e-mail address, and academic
Each speaker will be granted twenty minutes to present their
paper. Ten minutes available for questions will follow each presentation. As
such, completed papers should not surpass 3000 words.
be sent to concordiaugpsa at gmail dot com.