Call for Papers

We are proud to announce that the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association’s conference this year will be on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary philosophy. We welcome submissions from postgraduate students (masters level or PhD). There will also be a proceeding to be released after the conference offering presenters an opportunity to publish their paper. 

Conference Event Information

Topic:        Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary philosophy

Dates:         25th and 26th November 2021

Where: Online via Zoom

Keynotes:    Prof. Tina Chanter and Dr Elodie Roy

Workshops:    Careers advice for graduates and postgraduates

Call for Papers

Abstract: 500 words maximum

Paper: 4000 words maximum (optional journal submission)

Where: Online (Zoom)

Email to: interdisciplinarypostgradphil@gmail.com 

Deadline: 9th September 2021

** Please see Additional Details Section for required information before submitting. 

Conference Statement

Interdisciplinary research constitutes the synthesis of two or more academic disciplines. The history of education evolved in such a way that various modes of study are categorised into a discipline, and thus separated by either implicit or explicit boundaries. Interdisciplinarity is a revolutionary way of learning that involves thinking beyond these traditional boundaries. Beyond this, transdisciplinary work is that which seeks to overcome the distinction of said boundaries to transcend their very categorisation. 

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research can help provide important contributions to salient contemporary questions. Responding to issues like global warming, the development of AI, or the breakdown of industrial forms of working life requires a more holistic approach that can deal with the complexities of such states of affairs. Philosophy is complementary to a range of intellectual traditions and already often concerns contributions from the social, political, historical, economic, the aesthetic, and so on. As a discipline that concentrates on critical thinking and action, philosophy as a discipline is well poised for interdisciplinary thinking. We thus aim to showcase the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary potential of philosophy.

Additional Details Section

Presentation details

  • Papers are to be 20-minutes long
  • Online via Zoom

Submission details 

  • Please submit an abstract (less than 500 words) followed by a short bio.
  • It is not necessary to include a bibliography as part of your abstract.
  • Your bio should include your contact details and equality and diversity information, as listed below. If you prefer not to say, please answer with the acronym ‘PNTS’.
    • Name:
    • Email address:
    • Institution (or recently affiliated institution):
    • Highest level qualification (can be in progress):
    • Gender (or pronouns):
    • Ethnic origin:
    • Nationality:
    • Religion:
    • Disability:
  • If you wish to submit a paper for the proceedings that will be published online, please supply it in this document. This is optional.
    • Please use the titles ‘abstract’ and ‘paper’ to differentiate.
    • Papers for the proceeding have a 4000-word limit.
    • A full bibliography is required for papers. 
  • All abstracts will be blind reviewed by a team of post-graduates. The person in charge of the inbox will not be assessing applications to ensure anonymity, and your bio will be removed from the document before the reviewing process.
  • If you would like to amend your application, feel free to send in a second abstract and we will judge the latest version we receive. 

Contact details

  • Email us at interdisciplinarypostgradphil@gmail.com
  • If you would like to chat about your submission or get any advice on your application, please contact the above email with the word “QUERY” at the start of your email subject. 

Many thanks,

The Organising Committee.

The organising leads are following:

  • Hannes Ingo Torbohm
  • Zoe Waters