Call for Papers

The 72nd Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference

Portland State University
Portland, OR
November 12 & 13, 2021

Conference Description

The Northwest Philosophy Conference is held each fall, attracting philosophers from across the United States and abroad. The primary purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for philosophical work as a service to the profession. This has been the major professional philosophy conference in the region for the past 73 years.

We will be including the following options for submissions:

  • Individual Paper submissions
  • Panel submission (3-4 speakers not presenting individual papers, but rather engaged in a discussion on a specific topic)
  • Author meets critics sessions (one author of a recent book and 2-3 critics)
  • Lightning session: 5-minute presentations of recent work

We hope to hold the conference in person with an online option. Given the uncertainties of COVID-19, a final decision about meeting in person will be made by August 31st.

Keynote Speaker

David Boersema, Emeritus Professor, Pacific University

Paper and Panel Submission Guidelines

Papers, panels, and sessions on any philosophical topic are welcome:

  • Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (3000-word limit).
  • Lightning presentations should include an abstract.

Both papers and lightning presentations should be formatted for anonymous, peer review. We plan to have commentators for all papers. Authors of accepted papers may be asked to serve in this capacity.

  • Panel submissions should include a single abstract providing an overview of the topic and brief biographical information of the panelists.
  • Author meets critics session should include a single abstract and brief biographical information of the author and critics.

Submissions must be received by August 15th for full consideration. Late submissions will also be considered on a rolling basis. Notification of acceptance will be made via email in mid-September. Submissions should be sent as Word documents to <nwphilosophy2021@gmail.com>.

Send any questions to the conference director Alex Sager at that email address.

In the body of your email, please include the following:

(1)   the title of the submission
(2)   type of submission
(3)   an abstract (100 words maximum for paper submissions; 300 words maximum for lightning papers; 600 words maximum for panels and author-meets-critics sessions)
(4)   author's name
(5)   email address
(6)   academic status (professor, unaffiliated, graduate student) and institutional affiliation (if any)
(7)   your preference for in person or online attendance. (This information will help us make a final decision on the modality. 
(8)   (for paper submissions) word count -- 3000 words maximum

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