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This morning at the APA Pacific there was a wide-ranging discussion on the topic of diversity in philosophy journals. The session was chaired by Eric Schwitzgebel, who introduced it as possibly the largest panel ever at the Pacific APA, featuring 7 presenters including Manyul Im, and 15 journal editor-panelists including Franklin Perkins. The audience was also substantial. Continue reading →
I post this at Brad Cokelet’s request. Please note that the submission deadline for the 2019 Eastern APA is February 15, 2018.
Hello, fellow philosophers! This is my second year on the Program Committee for the Eastern Division APA, and I want to strongly encourage philosophers working on Asian traditions to submit 3000-5000 word papers for the 2019 Eastern APA, which will be held in New York City. I was surprised last year by the low number of Asian papers that I saw while serving on the Program Committee and I am sure more submissions would be warmly welcomed by everyone involved.
I am only speaking for myself, and not the APA or the rest of the people involved in the process, but I believe publishing philosophers working on Asian traditions and figures will have a very solid chance of acceptance if they submit a paper, especially one that contributes to an on-going debate. Like many of you, I would be excited to see more papers of this sort on the main program so that philosophers who do not work on Asian philosophy can come to appreciate the complexity of the ideas and debates in the field. Please consider working up a short paper to submit to the on-line system, which is now open!
Department of Philosophy
University of Kansas
The Fall 2017 issues of the various APA Newsletters have been published on-line, including the APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, the Table of Contents of which I post below.
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Since I have heard from some APA folks that they are keen to increase the diversity of traditions represented on the APA main programs, it makes sense to pass on the below reminder here.
Paper submissions for the 2018 APA Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, California, are currently open. Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on September 1. If you have a paper you would like to present, please you submit it as soon as possible at the paper submissions website. We urge you submit your paper before 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, September 1, after which there will be nobody available at the national office to provide technical assistance.
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CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS
2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
January 3-6th, 2018. Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.
Submission deadline: June 16th, 2017
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) group sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
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I have done my best to compile and organize chronologically all the Chinese Philosophy-related panels, lectures, and other events at the Pacific APA, coming up in Seattle next week. If you notice anything I have left out, please let me know. I did not include papers or panels that relate solely to other East Asian traditions — happily, there are several of these, but I decided to limit myself to Chinese philosophy for the purpose of this list.
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Amy Olberding has published an essay called “Degenerate Skepticism and the Thieves of Philosophy” on the “Department of Deviance” website. She explains the essay’s origin:
An essay presented at a special APA session on what Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary philosophy. There are increasingly many sessions at APA meetings pitched to offer the non-specialist an entry into “non-western” philosophy. Rarely are these attended by anyone who is not already a specialist in “non-western” philosophy. The essay here is not about how Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary debate. It is instead a polemic about the folly of this question in the current atmosphere within the discipline.
From Halla Kim:
The North American Korean Philosophy Association will hold a session or two at the Pacific Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle, April 12-15, 2017. We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations and panels.
This time we have not set any theme for the session(s) but it should be related to some aspect of Korean philosophy broadly conceived. For example, the concept of emotion in (a phases of) Korean neo-Confucian movement or the notion of emptiness in the Korean Zen tradition or in a comparative framework. Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length. Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150-word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150-word abstract for each of the papers. Include each presenter’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation. Graduate students and Post-docs are welcome to apply. The review will begin immediately and close on September 30. Since group sessions are determined on a first come first serve basis at the Pacific meetings, we encourage you to act quickly. Please send your abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org