Call for Papers: Sport, Animals, & Ethics Conference May 25-29, 2021 (online)

University of New Brunswick & Miami University (Oxford Ohio USA)

Abstract due date: Friday, January 29th, 2021


From Tuesday, May 25th through Saturday, May 29th, 2021, the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA will host a virtual conference on Sport, Animals, & Ethics. We are inviting papers focused on ethical issues related to the involvement of animals in the context of sport, recreation, or leisure. We welcome a wide spectrum of submissions; e.g., from direct use such as hunting animals to indirect involvement; e.g., the environmental/animal impact of golf courses. 


We invite a multidisciplinary audience. Those with expertise in philosophy, ethics, environmentalism, law, sport, recreation, leisure, and other fields are encouraged to participate with the understanding that the conference theme is focused on ethics and the interplay of sports and animals. Submissions are welcome from all academics, including graduate students and freelance writers. 


Due to COVID-19 the conference will be hosted online and presenters will be allotted 20-minutes to present, immediately followed by a 10-minute discussions session.


In order to participate please prepare an abstract in either .doc, .docx, or .pdf format that includes the following details and submit it to for consideration.


Email Subject Line:   Lead author’s surname: paper title

e.g., Smith: The Ethics of Recreational Fishing



Please include in the attached document: 

Title:                                      (Title)

Author(s) name(s):             Surname, Given name

Institutional affiliation:     (optional)

Keywords:                            e.g., environmentalism, snow skiing, wildlife

Abstract:                              250-words or less

Key citations:                      1-3 key references for the paper (any citation format)


Abstract due date:            Friday, January 29th, 2021

Decision notification:       Friday, February 26th, 2021


Please direct questions or inquiries to:


Gabriela Tymowski-Gionet

Faculty of Kinesiology

University of New Brunswick, NB Canada




Sam Morris

Sport Leadership and Management

Miami University, Ohio USA


For updates:

CFA: Values and Virtues in a Changing World; Cardiff; deadline extended: 15th February 2021.


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Call for Abstracts Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Philosophy Festival

Values and Virtues in a Changing World


The past few years have seen profound challenges to the way of life established in the Western world since 1945. The covid-19 pandemic has changed everything temporarily and seems likely to have lasting impacts on our everyday lives. Overwhelming evidence of accelerating climate change requires us to consider far-reaching changes to our economic structures and built environments. The internet now allows far greater individual connectivity than was previously possible, but this has brought with it widespread misinformation which threatens to undermine our political institutions. 

At the same time, knowledge of the personal impacts of illness and disability, of the fragility and importance of mental health, of the diversity of human minds, and of the sentience and sapience of other animals, have all increased significantly. We should employ this renewed and still developing understanding of ourselves and our relations to our world in our responses to the challenges that characterise our times. 

The festival's aim is to explore the values and virtues needed to successfully navigate and flourish in a rapidly changing environment that  constantly presents us with novel challenges. 


Our confirmed speakers include Dr Adam Carter (University of Glasgow), Prof Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University), Prof Berys Gaut (University of St Andrews), Prof Kristján Kristjánsson (University of Birmingham), Dr Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College), and Dr Lani Watson (Oxford University).


We welcome abstracts of no more than 700 words on any issue that fits the central theme and in any area of philosophy including, but not limited to Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science. 


Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their ideas and arguments through interviews, conversations, roundtable discussions, and short talks.


Cambridge University Press will publish a volume of essays from the event in 2022. Chapters will be 6000-7000 words long. Please indicate at submission whether you would like your abstract to be considered for this.


This event is funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy through its Public Philosophy Day initiative. It will take place over a whole day in September 2021 (day TBC) at the Senedd and Pierhead Buildings in Cardiff Bay. If the pandemic means an in-person event is impossible at that point, we will be hosting it online.


Deadline for abstracts: 15th February 2021, 5pm GMT.


Abstracts must be submitted here:



We will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for authors without access to relevant research funds. We will also aim to provide and pay for authors’ childcare, should it be required.


We sincerely encourage participants from groups underrepresented in philosophy to submit abstracts.


The conference is being organized in accordance with the BPA/SWIP’s Good Practice Scheme and their Guidelines for Accessible Conferences.


We aim to make this conference as accessible as possible, in line with the SWIP/BPA guidance for accessible conferences. 

Call for Abstracts: The Climate Futures Workshop 2021: Climate Solutions, Money, and Politics 

Asynchronous / Online / June 16-30

Deadline March 31 [See further dates below]

We invite problem-driven, practically-minded researchers from any discipline to submit a 300-500 word abstract describing a future work-in progress presentation (15-20 min video or 2,500-3,500 word written text). Work should be on the theme of climate solutions, money, and politics.


All solutions to climate change—whether mitigation, adaptation, or compensation—play out against a backdrop of domestic and global financial, economic, and political systems. Proposed climate solutions raise issues of justice as well as politics and finance. The complex interplay of these issues calls for conversation and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

Visions of a Just Transition, a Green New Deal, or a Green Recovery from COVID-19 have captivated imaginations: but to what extent should responses to climate change be intertwined with radical social, economic, or political transformation? Fossil fuel companies facing asset stranding have obstructed climate solutions: but do they hold the key to developing carbon dioxide removal technologies? Renewable energy remains generally capital-intensive: how can we incentivise breakthrough innovations? Future generations will benefit significantly from action on climate change today: should we “borrow from the future” to fund a clean energy transition? Facilitating conversations addressing such questions is the aim of this year's Climate Futures Workshop


We outline some other possible questions below:


  • What role should we take self-interest to play in climate finance and politics, and how should self-interested motivations be constrained and channeled? 

  • Is it feasible or desirable for future generations to bear any of the costs of current mitigation measures?

  • How do climate solutions connect with social movements for political and climate justice? 


  • Can fossil-fuel firms transform themselves from part of the problem to part of the solution? Can and should they be forgiven for their past roles in causing climate change and obstructing action to mitigate it? What kinds of constructive contributions can they offer? How can the various resources of fossil-fuel companies be redirected for developing climate solutions? 

  • Developed countries agreed in Paris to a goal of “mobilising” $100bn per year by 2020 in climate finance. How should “mobilisation” be understood? How can climate finance be made more effective? 

  • Can payments for ecosystem services such as natural carbon sinks be both just and effective?

  • What balance of command-and-control or pricing instruments will best achieve climate justice?

  • What role should economic measurements of the social cost of carbon play in setting climate policy, given the theoretical and practical difficulties of an accurate assessment? 

  • Is buying fossil fuel reserves in order to keep them in the ground a feasible strategy?

  • Can changes in corporate governance incentivise increased investment in climate change adaptation?


We especially encourage submissions by people from geographic, demographic, and disciplinary groups that are traditionally underrepresented in climate policy discussions. Submit your abstract for blind review via the form here.


Robert Keohane
John Broome
Rebecca Henderson
Michael Oppenheimer
Simon Caney
Alyssa Bernstein
Paul Kelleher
Rachel Kyte
Angel Hsu
Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh
Matto Mildenberger
Jessica Green
More will be added once the final program is confirmed.

Abstracts accepted until: March 31
Presentations due: June 12
Online workshop period: June 16-30


The Climate Futures Workshop 2021 is sponsored by the Climate Futures Initiative, the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Executive Committee
Ewan Kingston (Chair)
Kian Mintz-Woo
Sara Constantino
Alexander Gard-Murray

Contact Ewan Kingston ( with any questions.

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