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Call For Abstracts

British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) Annual Conference

University of Reading

14-16th September 2016

Keynote Speakers: David Papineau (KCL), Laurie Paul (UNC), William MacAskill (Oxford) and Brad Hooker (Reading).

Aim: To provide a unique opportunity to enable philosophy graduates throughout the UK to present and discuss their research with each other in a supportive and friendly environment. We intend to accommodate a diverse program of talks by graduate students. We will hold a number of graduate presentations over two days of the conference, in addition to our keynote speakers, and our hosting a public debate on the topic of Effective Altruism.
The last day of the conference will be a careers day which will be running workshops on the academic job market in the UK, Europe, and North America, on minorities within the profession, and more to be confirmed.

We request that 500-800 word abstracts for presentations no longer than 25 minutes, in any area of philosophy, should be sent to bppa2016@gmail.com no later than 1st June 2016 . Submissions should be anonymised for blind review, and should be in a standard file format, such as .pdf, .doc, etc. We invite and encourage submissions from under-represented groups.

We also invite delegates to volunteer to give brief (5 minute) responses to the presentations. If you are submitting an abstract, please also note whether you would like to respond to a presentation.

The committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Analysis Trust, the Mind Association, the Society for Applied Philosophy, and the British Society for Ethical Theory.

Kind regards,

The Reading 2016 BPPA Organisers

2016 Conference of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA)

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 conference for the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) will be held at the University of Reading. It will be held on the 14th-16th September 2016.

The BPPA conference is the largest and longest-running graduate philosophy conference in the UK. It will be a general philosophy conference, and so aims to include a wide range of talks from postgraduate students that span across the philosophical tradition. The conference aims to provide a friendly environment in which young scholars can share and develop their research with an audience of their peers, as well as benefit from the first-rate keynote addresses that the conference provides.

We are also excited to announce our keynote speakers for this year’s conference. Professor Laurie Paul (UNC, Chapel Hill) and Professor David Papineau (King’s College London) will provide the two keynote addresses for the conference. There will also be a public debate between Professor Brad Hooker (University of Reading) and Dr William MacAskill (University of Oxford) on the topic of Effective Altruism and Fairness. As a public debate, this session will be open to both delegates of the conference and the general public.

There will be a number of graduate student presentations held in the first two days of the conference, which provides an important platform for graduate students to both receive feedback on their current research, but also to develop their presentation skills.  The third day of the conference will then host a number of workshops focused on specific issues regarding developing a career in academia (and academic philosophy in particular).

Further details regarding the conference will soon be posted here on this blog. This will include a call for abstracts, registration details, accommodation details, and more.

If you have any questions about the conference, just get in touch via: bppa2016@gmail.com


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