[SPSP-members] CFP: Public Philosophy Network Conference, Feb. 8-10, 2018, UNT

Briggle, Adam Adam.Briggle at unt.edu
Wed May 3 12:24:00 UTC 2017

Greetings SPSP community,

Attached and below, please find a preliminary call for proposals for the 4th Public Philosophy Network conference. We hope that many of you can make it. Please distribute widely and feel free to write me with any questions.


Adam Briggle

‘Philosophizing Impact’
4th Conference of the Public Philosophy Network
University of North Texas   |   February 8-10, 2018
Submission Deadline: September 15   |   Notice of Acceptance: Oct. 1

The Public Philosophy Network<http://publicphilosophynetwork.org> invites proposals for its fourth conference on Advancing Public Philosophy. The 2017 conference theme is philosophizing impact: What philosophical practices improve the uptake of philosophy, both across the disciplines, and throughout society?
®This question will be pursued through PPN’s usual approach of topical investigations (e.g., climate change) and case studies.

We invite proposals related to understanding and advancing public philosophy, including the following:

  *   Accounts of philosophical work with other disciplines (e.g., STEM), as well as engagement with various non-academic publics – and of the impacts of such work;
  *   questions of how to define, evaluate, and measure impact of public philosophy;
  *   best practices in public philosophy;
  *   philosophical work on substantive policy issues (e.g., environment, LGBTQ, health, housing, economics, and many more);
  *   reflection on pathways to greater impact: How can philosophers increase the impact of their work? And the skills needed to engage in public philosophy;
  *   questions of audience, credibility, expertise, standards of rigor or excellence, responsibilities, and loyalties of the public philosopher;
  *   responses to the accountability or audit culture and neoliberal trends in the academy;
  *   the institutional dimensions of public philosophy (for example, tenure, funding, pedagogy, the structure of academic units and programs, etc.);
  *   reflections on how philosophy itself is transformed by turning outward: How does public engagement inform philosophical concepts and understanding?;
  *   Accounts of the relation between public and normal (‘disciplinary’) philosophy.

The 2017 conference is taking an experimental approach with the goal of making our meeting more participatory and interdisciplinary in nature. While details are still being worked out, the sessions may include (in addition to some of PPN’s traditional approaches, including workshops):

  *   Presentations by scientists, engineers, and policy-makers on how philosophers can better help with the philosophical aspects of their work (that is, perspectives on the ‘demand side’ for public philosophy);
  *   A reweighing of the proportion between speaking and conversation, with greater emphasis on the latter;
  *   A charrette, where proposals for philosophers’ involvement in topics will be vetted by a panel from the STEM and policy communities
  *   A discussion with university administrators on the changing place of philosophy within the university, and the increase of support for public philosophy
We encourage suggestions of new approaches by the PPN community as well.
Submissions: send a 300 word abstract with “PPN Submission” in the subject line by September 15, 2017 to philosophy at unt.edu<mailto:philosophy at unt.edu>. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words. Proposals will need to specify the format (e.g., workshop, organized panel, or paper). Details on the formats are still being worked out and will be announced in June. For queries in the meantime, please contact Adam Briggle at adam.briggle at unt.edu<mailto:adam.briggle at unt.edu>.

Adam Briggle
Philosophy Impact <http://philosophyimpact.org/>
Socrates Tenured<https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781783483099/Socrates-Tenured-The-Institutions-of-21st-Century-Philosophy>
A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking<http://books.wwnorton.com/books/A-Field-Philosophers-Guide-to-Fracking/>
University of North Texas
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