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Globalization and Global Justice @ Political Philosop-her

I just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to this nice discussion of Nicole Hassoun’s recent book, Globalization and Global Justice, over at Meena Krishnamurthy‘s awesome new blog showcasing work by women in political philosophy, Political Philosop-her. The discussion is an offshoot of a symposium I recently convened at the annual MANCEPT workshop in Manchester. Check it out – and hope you enjoy!

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Final CFP: First Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting papers to present at the first annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference (to be held at the University of Tampa from Friday October 18th-Sunday October 20th, 2013) is approaching. This conference will be unique in several respects:

  • Although attendance at the conference and participating as session chairs or commentators will be open to all members of the profession, paper presenters must be early-career philosophers — basically, anyone who doesn’t have tenure (e.g. graduate students, post-docs, VAP, TT Assistant Profs, independent scholars, etc.)
  • Due to the kinds of travel-funding issues that early-career philosophers often face, several paper sessions (the exact number of which will be determined later) will be reserved for Skype presentations in which the author will be projected, and field audience questions, in real time over the internet.
  • Although commentators and audience members are encouraged to present objections to papers, a guiding aim of the conference will beconstructive criticism, i.e. helping authors to improve problems (e.g. by not only raising objections, but offering and discussing possible solutions).
  • Because successfully navigating the publishing world is one of the most difficult capacities for early-career philosophers to develop, and typical conference-length papers are too short (3,000 words) to publish, we will welcome submissions the length of any typical journal article (20-30 pages double-spaced) — the aim being to help early-career philosophers develop full-length papers into publishable quality. As a rule of thumb, the longer the paper, the higher the standards for acceptance to the conference. Extremely long papers are discouraged.
  • In order to defray costs of attendance (once again out of concern for the needs of early-career scholars), there will be no registration fee, and consequently no official banquet, snacks, etc. Tampa is awesome, and there are many affordable places to meet, eat, and congregate around the university.
  • We hope to stream all talks live via the internet and, if time permits, take some audience questions from internet viewers by email.

To submit a paper to present at the PCPC, please email the following to marvan@ut.edu by July 1, 2013: (1) a blinded (i.e. anonymized) paper, (2) a separate title page with the author’s name, contract information, and brief paper abstract, and (3) a statement concerning whether you intend to attend the conference in person or only via Skype. Decision emails indicating whether your paper has been accepted will be sent out around August 1, 2013. Finally, please bear the following in mind: read more...

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CFP: First Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference

I am pleased to announce this call-for-papers for the first annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference (PCPC), which will be held at the University of Tampa from Friday October 18th-Sunday October 20th, 2013. This conference will be unique in several respects:

  • Although attendance at the conference and participating as session chairs or commentators will be open to all members of the profession, paper presenters must be early-career philosophers — basically, anyone who doesn’t have tenure (e.g. graduate students, post-docs, VAP, TT Assistant Profs, independent scholars, etc.)
  • Due to the kinds of travel-funding issues that early-career philosophers often face, several paper sessions (the exact number of which will be determined later) will be reserved for Skype presentations in which the author will be projected, and field audience questions, in real time over the internet.
  • Although commentators and audience members are encouraged to present objections to papers, a guiding aim of the conference will beconstructive criticism, i.e. helping authors to improve problems (e.g. by not only raising objections, but offering and discussing possible solutions).
  • Because successfully navigating the publishing world is one of the most difficult capacities for early-career philosophers to develop, and typical conference-length papers are too short (3,000 words) to publish, we will welcome submissions the length of any typical journal article (20-30 pages double-spaced) — the aim being to help early-career philosophers develop full-length papers into publishable quality. As a rule of thumb, the longer the paper, the higher the standards for acceptance to the conference. Extremely long papers are discouraged.
  • In order to defray costs of attendance (once again out of concern for the needs of early-career scholars), there will be no registration fee, and consequently no official banquet, snacks, etc. Tampa is awesome, and there are many affordable places to meet, eat, and congregate around the university.
  • We hope to stream all talks live via the internet and, if time permits, take some audience questions from internet viewers by email.

To submit a paper to present at the PCPC, please email the following to marvan@ut.edu by July 1, 2013: (1) a blinded (i.e. anonymized) paper, (2) a separate title page with the author’s name, contract information, and brief paper abstract, and (3) a statement concerning whether you intend to attend the conference in person or only via Skype. Decision emails indicating whether your paper has been accepted will be sent out around August 1, 2013. Finally, please bear the following in mind: read more...

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Call for Interest: Author-Meets-Critics Session, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2013

I will be convening an author-meets-critics session on Nicole Hassoun’s 2012 book Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations (Cambridge University Press) at the 2013 MANCEPT workshops at the University of Manchester this September 4-6th. I hope to publish the papers emerging from this session in a special journal issue (TBD). Anyone interested in contributing as a “critic” should send me their CV and/or a paper on Hassoun’s book (if you do not presently have a paper on her book, your CV will suffice for the time being). My email address is marvan@ut.edu. Those whose submissions are selected for inclusion in the session will be contacted with further details. Thanks for your time! read more...

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A Profession-Wide Invitation

I hereby extend a profession-wide invitation to contribute to a new blog I have created that aims to be “by and for” early-career philosophers (including social-political theorists): The Philosophers’ Cocoon.

This blog aims to be a safe and supportive “grass roots” forum for early-career professional philosophers — graduate students, post-docs, and entry-level faculty members — to discuss their work, ideas, and personal-professional issues.  Philosophers who are not in the “early” stages of their careers are also invited to become contributing members, as their experiences in the profession may, for obvious reasons, be very much relevant to the blog’s aims. read more...

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Reminder: CFP Deadline — MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, Session on “Ideal and Nonideal Theory”

9th Annual MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory

CFP: session on “Ideal and Nonideal Theory”

Where: Manchester Centre for Political Theory, University of Manchester

When: September 5-7, 2012

Conference Organizers: Chris Mills (workshop administrator), Thomas Porter, Jonathan Quong, James Pattison, Stephen De Wijze

Session Organizer: Marcus Arvan

Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2012

The MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory is an annual conference at the University of Manchester on selected topics in political theory. Each session will consist of a reading and discussion of 3-12 selected papers.  The present CFP invites full paper submissions for a session on “ideal” and “nonideal theory.” Potential paper topics include (but are by no means limited to) the following:What is the proper role of “ideal theorizing” in political theory?  How well do existing ideal theories apply to nonideal conditions?  Should nonideal theory be guided by, or independent of, ideal theory?  If nonideal theory should be guided by ideal theory, how? read more...

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