February Submission Deadlines
CFA: Special Issue on Women in Movement and Feminisms: Critical Materialisms & Environmentalisms,
Studies in Social Justice Submission deadline: 28 February
Guest editors: Renata Campos Motta and Marcela Suarez Estrada
As an example of a global model of devastating accumulation, Latin America presents extreme situations that challenge feminisms to rethink the very feasibility of nature, matter and life itself. Governments of both the left and the right in the region have opted for a model of extractive development based on the over-exploitation of communities and the environment (Arsel 2013; Schilling-Vacaflor 2017). Processes of migration (or expulsion) linked to poverty and violence have been exacerbated by the effects of climate change and environmental destruction. Furthermore, to the limited efforts of democratization and consolidation of redistributive policies is added the growing expansion of religious fundamentalisms as extreme forms of the cultural expression of a hegemonic neoliberal development model. In light of this onslaught on life itself, whose effects reverberate unequally and harm the most vulnerable populations, old and emerging anti-capitalist feminist struggles in the regionpresent new directions to rethink core elements of emancipatory politics under the current configurations of global entangled inequalities (Jelin, Motta, and Costa 2017).
In this context, there has been an increasing interest in turning to debates on critical materialisms to understand feminist struggles in the region, and to link body politics to diverse forms of labour and its exploitation, looking at various scales, such as communities, subaltern territorialities and various ecologies. Second, these feminist struggles appear to be increasingly intertwined with ecological ones. Third, and related to this, feminist movements also appear to be engaging in cross-movement alliances with non-feminist others, which are mutually beneficial (Conway 2017). Feminists are expanding their core agenda in directions such as environmentalism and food sovereignty, while also trying to sensitize other movements to feminist issues (Masson, Paulos, and Beaulieu Bastien 2017; Conway 2018). Fourth, situated knowledges, practices, and mobilizations in Latin America have revealed the diversity of feminisms in the region, rendering visible the intersections not only of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation, but also of categories of difference that inform important intersections such as nationality and spatialities – such as the diverse forms of rurality - that remain under-conceptualized. These account for the multiple global processes that result in specific forms of entangled inequalities in rural areas. These power relationships are best understood by combining discourses and material practices, inquiring into the role that these play in both the domination of bodies and nature, but also in their strategies of resistance in the rural context.
In this special issue, we wish to engage in a discussion on the possible contributions of a renewed critical materialism to feminist knowledge and struggles through an interdisciplinary dialogue and through the recounting of particular experiences of resistance to rural inequalities and processes in the region. We ask what a rereading of critical feminist materialism, situated in this moment of abysmal crisis, can offer?What are the new dimensions of politics, agency and difference? Are there openings, nuances, and opportunities for new thinking, acting and resisting in rural spaces? We suggest compiling articles that will address these questions and at least one of the following research problems.
First, we would like to call for contributions that incorporate the multiple relations of ruling (Mohanty 2003; Smith 1987)including power over bodies and environments. Debates on critical and new materialisms appear against this background as a helpful tool to analyze, understand and decry the injustices suffered by women*. We welcome papers that pay a renewed attention to the materialist approach centered on understanding capitalism not only as an economic system, but as a civilizational project with powerful social, gendered, colonial and ecological dimensions. In order to do so, we suggest that papers engage in a dialogue between critical materialism and the feminist analytics of intersectionality. This feminist contribution to discuss the multiple dimensions of inequalities originally called attention to the specific situation of black women within feminist struggles and antiracist struggles in the US (Crenshaw 1991)and is now deployed to critically invite the consideration of how inequalities are entangled and other dimensions should be also taken into account in new feminist materialism.
Secondly, the potential papers should incorporate the contribution of feminist epistemologies, including the commitment to recognize knowledge production as situated knowledge (Haraway 1991)that broadens the conception of materialism. The category “woman” should not be understood as an essentializing or universalizing unity nor as a mere ontological category. Rather, the situatedness in question is to be traced back to her location. The materiality of her experience has direct consequences on their theories and conceptions. This implies not only that knowledge production must take into account the context of the researcher, but also the need to make connections between differently situated struggles. In order words, a feminist science is committed to certain values, namely that of emancipation vis-a-vis relations of domination of gender, race, colonialism (Harding 1991). In this sense, it is necessary to inquire into how theories and concepts used to analyse agricultural food systems are embedded in eurocentrism and do not allow knowledge production from subaltern positions. For instance,“subsistence” is related to indigenous or peasant societies, making reference to pre-capitalist production systems but also to racist-colonial power constellations based on Eurocentrism. The concept has been prescribed since modernity as a pre-industrial societal characteristic; as “natural” and pre-modern.
Third, we wish to enquire into ways of conceptualizing and researching topics that lie at the intersections between feminist and environmentalist agendas. Feminist scholarship has often followed feminist praxis. Here, the concept of social reproduction is an important contribution of feminist agendas to social theories and social movements, including for the understanding of agrarian movements. Critical agrarian studies can learn not only from agrarian movements in theorizing domination and resistance, but also from feminism. Feminist political ecology is situated at the intersection of three theoretic strands. It avails itself of a classic Marxist perspective to consider the political-economic aspect, looks at feminist ecologies through the lens of post-structuralism, and turns to the debate of new materialisms, enquiring into the bodily experience of eating. At this intersection, food sovereignty can be theorized as an everyday resistance, against the background of globalizing neoliberalism. Food politics is a topic in which the combination of feminist and critical agrarian studies appears to provide the greatest insight.
Lastly, environmental issues, global dynamics of entangled inequalities affecting rural areas and their struggles seem to have grounded a profound link between a broad spectrum of social movements and materiality evident in feminist collective action and new means of embodiment. The relevance of analyzing these coalitions, co-operations and independent work focused on the shared goal of preserving and protecting the environment and creating feminist strategies of resistance, is evident against the background of movements. The question of the construction of coalitions is a very ambiguous one, especially considering the wide range of kinds of cooperation, let alone understanding how a collective action is established, and how different movements produce knowledge, conceive and relate to matter in new ways, thus offering a broader view of embodiments and body politics.
If you are interested in contributing to the special issue “Women in Movement and Feminisms: critical materialisms and environmentalisms”, please send your abstract to the guest editors at February 28, 2020. Submitted abstracts should not exceed 500 words excluding references. Length and other formatting issues for the ultimate versions of the papers will follow SSJ guidelines.
In case your abstract is accepted we will work according to the following plan:
Deadline: Call for abstracts: 28 February 2020
Decision on abstracts: 15 March 2020
First drafts: 1 September 2020
Editors comments to authors and possible workshop: 16 October 2020
Revised drafts for external review: 10 February 2021
Comments Returned: 10 May 2021
Final Version to editors: 30 August 2021
Revision and final submission: 15 September 2021
March Submission Deadlines
CFP: Vancouver Summer Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT OR VOLUNTEER: MARCH 1, 2020
The 2020 VSPC will be August 23–August 27. (Please note that these dates have changed)
The VSPC is different from many conferences in important ways. Conference attendance is limited to those on the program, the organizers and referees, and members of the UBC philosophy department. This is due to funding and logistical constraints, together with the fact that the VSPC is a workshop-style conference that involves in-depth discussions of works-in-progress.
There are four ways to participate in the VSPC: (1) have your paper selected for the program; (2) be a chair or commentator; (3) referee; (4) be part of the host department. The first three require submitting the form below by March 1. Everyone in the world is invited to submit a paper and/or volunteer to be a commentator, session chair, or program referee.
TO SUBMIT A PAPER
Papers must be submitted in PDF format, and prepared for anonymous review. Please include an abstract and a word count (including notes; excluding the bibliography) on the first page of the paper.
Papers on any topic in philosophy are welcome. (And "philosophy" is broadly construed!) Note however that the organizers will be looking for papers that will be of interest to all VSPC participants, so papers of broad philosophical interest that do not require specialized expertise to understand or appreciate are strongly preferred.
The strict word limit is 10,000 words, but shorter papers (under 7500 words) have a better chance of being accepted. (We are asking all participants to pre-read all nine papers, so a longer paper is more work for everyone. This can be justified, but it needs to be justified.)
The VSPC is a workshop-style conference: papers on the program are read in advance by all conference participants, whose feedback is intended to be used in improving the paper. For this reason, please do not submit published work, or work for which you wouldn't have a chance to incorporate feedback from the VSPC in any subsequent published version.
All participants, including authors, are expected to read all of the papers in advance, to attend all of the sessions, and to come prepared for discussion.
When you are ready to submit, there are two steps.
Step 1: complete the form below
Step 2: email your paper (pdf attachment) to
The deadline for submissions is the end of the day (Pacific Time) on March 1, 2020. Authors will be notified of the organizers' decisions by mid-April.
The other way to apply for the VSPC is by volunteering. We welcome volunteers who would like to referee, chair, and/or comment. Please use the form you can find at You do not have to submit a paper to volunteer. If you submit a paper, you won't be able to referee right away due to the conflict of interest, though if your paper is not selected we may still ask for your assistance with refereeing in later rounds. Volunteer referees should be willing and able to read 5-6 papers in their areas of expertise between March 15 and March 31, and send us brief reports on each.
For additional general information, contact the organizers: https://philpeople.org/profiles/jonathan-jenkins-ichikawa
CFA: Special Issue of Environmental Ethics: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Ethics
Deadline: 5pm, March 2 2020 Central Time (CT, i.e. Dallas, TX)
Settler colonialism intersects with environmental issues, e.g. land use, water management, traditional ecological knowledge, ethics of place, environmental justice… This connection is, however, sorely under-discussed in environmental philosophy. This special issue intends to breach this divide.
Abstracts/Proposals for papers can treat any topic in settler colonialism that connects with environmental philosophy broadly construed. Abstracts/Proposals are invited in English but translation options for parallel publication in other languages can be discussed
Proposals from voices in academically under-represented groups are especially invited. Non-academically-traditional approaches are also welcomed
Deadline: 5pm, March 2 2020 Central Time (CT, i.e. Dallas, TX) A detailed abstract (~500-700 words) should be submitted to Jeff Gessas at William.Gessas@unt.edu
Authors will be notified by March 31, 2020 Full submission: June 30, 2020
Queries can be directed to Jeff Gessas at:William.Gessas@unt.edu
CFA: Memorial University of Newfoundland Graduate Philosophy Conference: Evil, Guilt, and Forgiveness, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada
Submission deadline: March 7
The Department of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland is hosting a graduate conference entitled Evil, Guilt, and Forgiveness from May 1st to 3rd, 2020.
Priority will be given to abstracts that consider evil, guilt, and/or forgiveness, although abstracts on any philosophical topic will be considered. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
The metaphysics of evil
Platonic and Neoplatonic treatments of evil
Modern and contemporary treatments of evil (e.g., Leibniz, Kant, Arendt)
The im/possibility of forgiveness
The relationship between individual and collective guilt
The failure of theodicies
The phenomenology of forgiveness
Memory, trauma, and mourning
Environmental destruction and inhumane treatment of animals
Racism, slavery, and colonialism
War and genocide
Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words no later than February 15th, 2020 to Jordan van den Hoonaard: email@example.com. Speakers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Please include your name, paper title, and institutional affiliation in your email. Remove all identifying information from your abstract. Applicants will be notified of the results of the review process by March 7th, 2020.
CFA: 14th Biennial RPA Conference: Facing Catastrophe: Environment, Technology, and Media
Thursday-Saturday, November 12-14, 2020, San Jose, California, Host: San Jose State University
DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020
The Radical Philosophy Association Conference Program Committee invites submissions of talks, papers, workshops, roundtable discussions, and other kinds of conference contributions for its 14th biennial meeting.
CONFERENCE THEME: The possibilities of impending doom once reserved to the threat of global thermonuclear warfare have unfolded and multiplied in the present day. Today there are a wide variety of reasons to fear the end of civilization, humankind, and even all life on Earth. From environmental catastrophe, automation and the AI singularity, to the saturation of mass communication with propaganda, we seem to be balancing at the tipping point on a number of fronts simultaneously. This meeting of the Radical Philosophy Association is focused on ‘facing’ catastrophe in the senses of describing its features, owning up to it, and tackling it, though papers on any topic of radical philosophy are welcome. We are interested to hear from activists, organizers, philosophers, and those in other related areas of scholarship and struggle.
In the spirit of collaboration and in the recognition that radical philosophy often takes place outside traditional philosophical settings, we invite submissions not only from philosophers inside and outside the academy but also from activists, and those who engage in theoretical work in other academic disciplines – such as ethnic studies, women’s studies, social sciences, and literary studies – and from those engaged in theoretical work unconnected to the academy. We especially welcome contributions from those often excluded from or marginalized in philosophy, including people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and poor and working-class people.
In keeping with the spirit of radical thinking embodied by the RPA, we encourage submissions that employ formats and media that challenge the standard conference presentation. For instance, we urge presenters to use formats that allow for greater interaction between participants and audience (e.g. presenting an outline, rather than reading a paper) and that emphasize collective inquiry (e.g. organizing a workshop). Please note that participants will be selected for at most one presentation (talk, workshop, etc.) during the conference; submissions should be presented with this in mind. (This limit does not include chairing sessions.
NOTE: Please do NOT submit complete papers.
Please submit paper, workshop, or other proposals related to the conference theme or general themes of the RPA as an email attachment (pdf, docx, doc, or txt) to
Please provide all the information requested:
1. INDIVIDUAL TALK/PAPER/WORKSHOP/OTHER PRESENTATION
Address and email address
Affiliation or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
Title of proposal
Nature of proposal (talk, workshop, other)
Abstract of 250-500 words only
Equipment needs, if any
PAPERS BY GRADUATE STUDENTS: If you want to be considered for the Iris Marion Young Award for the best paper submitted by a graduate student, please indicate this on your submission
PAPERS BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: e are planning to have a special session with undergraduate students who would like to present work related to RPA issues. Please clearly indicate whether you are an undergraduate student.
2. GROUP SESSION
Note: Due to the length of sessions, we will consider only panels of no more than three people.
Name of the panel contact person and each panel member
Addresses and email addresses of all panel members
Affiliation or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc., for each member
Title of panel proposal
Titles of individual papers, if relevant
Nature of panel proposal (talks, workshop, other)
Abstract of 250-500 words only, if relevant
Equipment needs, if any
3. CHAIRING A SESSION
If you would be willing to serve as a session chair, please indicate this on your submission form. Session chairs are responsible for timing presentations and ensuring that each presenter gets their fair share of the available time.
For further information, contact the conference Program Committee:
Cory Wimberly, Program Committee Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlos Sanchez Conference Organizer: email@example.com
Cynthia Kaufman, Conference Organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Aragon: email@example.com
Mlado Ivanovic: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Pomeroy: email@example.com
Joseph Trullinger: firstname.lastname@example.org
CFP: Special Issue of Recerca: Ethics of Tourism in Times of Social Acceleration
Submission deadline March 15
Publication date April 1st, 2021
Languages Spanish, Catalan, English
Editors David Fennell (Brock University), José L. López-González (Universitat Jaume I)
Recerca is a biannual journal published in April and October each year by the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (Spain). It is a blind peer-reviewed journal that aims to attract articles of the highest scientific quality from researchers in Spain and abroad working in the fields of philosophy and critical sociology. The journal is indexed in SCOPUS, Sello de Calidad de la FECYT, Humanities Source Publications, Fuente Académica Premier, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), Philosopher’s Index, Erih-Plus, CIRC (category B in the area of humanities), erevist@s, DOAJ, Dulcinea and Latindex.
This issue looks for reflections that take into account conditions of social acceleration in which tourism takes place. Mobility of people and capital characteristic of space-time compression; different rhythms of life that arise from competitive societies, as well as functions exercised by tourism; reconfiguration of tourism caused by acceleration of technological changes or neoliberal imperatives, for which time is money; the imbrication of tourism practices with other social practices and their implications for the management of destinations, particularly in cities; and the desynchronization shown by classical institutions when it comes to regulating practices that are subject to social demands, are some examples of this approach. Within this context we want to suggest that, far from being a generalized acceleration towards progress, in tourism there are accelerating practices of some with decelerations and setbacks of others.
This constitutes an important ethical substrate that opens up to the analysis of issues of justice, as well as character and the good life, from which this issue seeks to incorporate research that allows the ethics of tourism to address current issues and look to the future. Through the articulation between ethics and social acceleration, some of the suggested topics include:
1 Tourism and social acceleration
2 Tourism and justice
3 Tourism and good life
4 Tourism and Critical Turn
5 Tourism and hospitality
6 Tourism and institutions (UNWTO, States, etc.)
7 Tourism and digitalization 8 Tourism and city
9 Tourism and the future of leisure
10 Tourism research
CFP: "Towards Climate Justice. Eco-Strategies for Survival” The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 58 (3/2020) Submission deadline: March 31
Editors: Thomas Dutoit (University of Lille, France), Aleksander Kopka (Jagiellonian University, Poland), Katarzyna Szopa (University of Silesia, Poland)
Now that the perspective of climate catastrophe is looming ever closer we are urged to think of the climate change radically and decisively. This demand however does not impose on us a mere change of climate in our social and political relations, but first and foremost, a radical change in perception, laws, and politics that should bear witness and respond to the environmental crisis and the loss of lives (across the multiple borders between vegetal, animal, and human). This compels us not only to rethink notions of pace, action, and practice in terms of what should inevitably become the eco-politics, but also of invention and implementation of political and juridical solutions that would no longer be compelled to render a justice essentially determined by its anthropocentric and capitalistic presuppositions. In fact, such a justice would be nothing more than a betrayal of justice.
And since, as Jacques Derrida argues, justice has always to address the unrecognized other, we should therefore focus on the eco-political situation of those lives (vegetal, animal, and human) deprived of their ‘rights’ (the term however may be anthropocentric), and place whose survival not only is inextricable from our own but should also become the most pressing ethical task. By “survival” however we do not mean a primitive striving of some privileged homogeneous group to immunize its life at the cost of the others, but rather affirmation of mortality and vulnerability of the other, and therefore of responsibility for the other.
We would like to examine how this environmental injunction should affect and transform the dominant philosophical and political concepts of community, democracy, property, and rights, but also, if it could serve as an impulse to a thorough critique of capitalocene, the epoch of massive exhaustion and extermination of the natural reserves. We are therefore open to eco-political strategies that represent a wide range of perspectives like ecofeminism, eco-marxism, deconstruction, biopolitics, postcolonial ecocriticism, environmental studies, environmental art, philosophy, literature, etc. What is more, we are interested how the work of contemporary thinkers can serve as instruments of shaping a just culture respectful of all underprivileged and endangered lives.
We invite Authors from various research areas to submit articles concerning the topic of ecology, climate crisis, and environmental humanities, or related to the following questions:
· environmental migrations: the question of climate migrants and refugees
· (dis)united Europe and its role in the infinite task of environmental protection
· inheriting and sharing the unshareable Earth in contrast to the politics of appropriation and capitalistic exploitation
· eco-critique of technological development
ecosystem as the new political community
· ecological economy and sexual/sexuate difference
· eco-critique in the perspective of postcolonial studies
· non-human labour and zoo-proletariat
· ecology and theory of common goods
· ecological deployment of feminist theories and actions against new forms of capitalist accumulation
militant art as eco-political activism
political consequences of anthropocentric portrayal of vegetal and animal life.
We accept submissions written only in English.
We would like to kindly ask all Authors to familiarize themselves with our guidelines, available under “For Authors” (http://pjaesthetics.uj.edu.pl/pja/do_autorow_ang.php) and to double-check the completeness of each article (including an abstract, keywords, a bibliography, and a note on the author) before submission.
Only completed papers should be submitted using the submissions page, which can be found here:
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The Polish Journal of Aesthetics is a philosophical-aesthetic periodical, which has been published quarterly since 2001 by the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. The journal has a long editorial tradition and is affiliated with one of the oldest European universities; simultaneously, it continuously grows through systematic development. The editors’ goal is to implement and maintain the highest international publishing standards and practices, resulting in the publication of eminently substantive articles and papers addressing important and topical issues concerning artistic performances and activities. Each year, four volumes of the journal are published devoted to specific issues of aesthetics and philosophy of art, prepared in co-operation with experts of a particular subject.
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June Submission Deadlines
CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Plant Sentience: Theoretical and Empirical Issues
Submission Deadline: June 1
Vicente Raja (Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
Miguel Segundo-Ortin (School of Liberal Arts, University of Wollongong)
Recently, scientists have started paying attention to a series of organisms that have traditionally deemed cognitively un-interesting. Plants are among these organisms. The current scientific evidence seems to show that plants are not merely reactive organisms and that the way they interact with the environment is far more complex than we initially assumed. We know, for example, that plants do not react to the environmental impingements on a one-by-one basis. Rather, they seem to be able to integrate information from multiple vectors, eliciting sophisticated responses (at the level of physiology, morphology, and phenotype) to maximize fitness (Trewavas, 2014). Plants seem to also be able to anticipate upcoming events (Novoplansky, 2016) and to show some communicative skills (Falik et al., 2012). Likewise, the empirical evidence suggests that they are able to memorize and learn from previous experiences, having found evidence of associative and non-associative learning in Mimosa pudica and garden pea (Gagliano et al., 2014; 2016). This scientific evidence has called the attention of philosophers, initiating the debate about whether plants can be considered intelligent in a proper, non-metaphorical way (Adams, 2018; Segundo-Ortin & Calvo, 2019).
A much less explored issue is, however, whether plants are conscious (whether they have subjective, phenomenal experience of the world). In 2017, Calvo [this journal] defended the possibility that plants could be subjectively aware or conscious of the world. Calvo argues that plants lack none of the functional structures supposedly needed to have phenomenal consciousness, and, then, that there is no solid reason to neglect, before serious engagement and investigation, such a possibility (see also Calvo et al., 2017). This idea has recently been further explored and challenged (see, e.g., Maher, 2018; Taiz et al., 2019), which shows that the topic of plant sentience/consciousness is currently a matter of controversy.
In this special issue, we seek to address the issue of plant sentience/consciousness from different disciplines that combine both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Some of the questions to be addressed in the special issue include the following:
· Plants exhibit interesting behaviors; does it entail they are conscious to some extent?
· What are the requirements for a living organism to be conscious? Do plants meet these requirements?
· What does the possibility of plant sentience/consciousness entail for the studies of the evolution of consciousness?
· It is just a categorical mistake to attribute consciousness to plants?
· Can we talk about different levels or degrees of consciousness?
Several authors have already confirmed their contribution to this special issue: Paco Calvo, Eva Jablonka & Simona Ginsburg, Monica
Gagliano & Pamela Lyon, and Chauncey Maher.
How to submit?
Please submit your papers (max. 9000 words including footnotes, references, abstract, etc.) to with subject “Paper Special Issue JCS”.
For more information, including bibliography and more detailed descriptions of the topics and questions to be addressed in the papers submitted to the special issue, please contact the guest editors at (Vicente) or (Miguel).