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Call for Proposals: Activism and Philosophy

Thursday, September 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The Graduate Student Council of the American Philosophical Association invites proposals for a session on Activism and Philosophy at the 2021 Central Division Meeting of the APA.

Note: We have decided that the 2021 Central Division meeting will not be held in person. We are now developing plans to hold this meeting virtually. We will announce further details about the virtual meeting as they become available. If you are considering submitting a proposal, we encourage you to do so.

In a world marked by a global pandemic, crushing economic downturns, climate devastation, and increasing urgency to address longstanding patterns of systemic racism, what is the role of philosophy? How might philosophers participate in and contribute to social justice and labor movements? This session is dedicated to exploring both how activism functions within and beyond academic philosophy—from graduate student labor movements, to public philosophy, to academics working within grassroots movements—as well as how philosophy functions within activist contexts—through participation of philosopher-activists or the application of theory within activist projects.

The goal of this session is to discuss the relationship between philosophy and activism, broadly construed. This session aims to facilitate productive conversations on the role of activism in academic philosophy and the academy more broadly, as well as the role of philosophy within our own local communities. It is a space for honest engagement, reflection, collaboration, brainstorming, and strategizing.

The submission deadline is September 26, 2020. See the complete call for proposals for more information.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.


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