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Calls for Papers


Submit to 'PhilonoUS'- The University of Sheffield's Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

We are very pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 edition of PhilonoUS, the University of Sheffield’s undergraduate philosophy journal! Philosophy students, from any department and at any level of undergraduate study, are invited to submit their work. We are looking for papers written on any area of philosophy, particularly if they argue for, or present, an original claim. 

Submissions should be between 2000 and 6000 words in length and need to be emailed to the following address:

The subject line must read “FAO EDITORIAL ASSISTANT – SUBMISSION TO PHILONOUS” and there must not be any identifying information present within the paper. A more extensive list of submission guidelines is available at the following link:

We are accepting submissions from now until 17:00 on Friday 26 February 2021.

If you have further questions concerning any aspect of the submission process, please feel free to get in touch with us at the above email address.

We look forward, once again, to reading all your excellent work!


Women’s History Network

The Women’s History Network (WHN) are seeking proposals from students working in women’s history, to present at our Inaugural Student Conference on 8 March 2021, International Women’s Day. This Conference will be a welcoming, supportive and inclusive space, offering the opportunity for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to present and discuss women’s history. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr Lucy Delap, Reader in Modern British and Gender History at the University of Cambridge.

The WHN seeks to support and nurture all students of women’s history, and this conference aims to celebrate the original and fresh perspectives they bring to the study of women’s history. The conference will be a one-day, online event, presentations will be 5-10 minutes long followed by brief questions.

All presentations must focus on women’s history, but there are no geographical or temporal limits on topics. There will be no conference fee, but all presenters should be student members of the WHN and will receive a £50 Book voucher after the event thanks to sponsorship from History West Midlands.

Please note the conference will take place via zoom and will be livestreamed on Facebook.

If you have any further questions or would like to submit an abstract of maximum 150 words for consideration please contact by 28 January 2021.


Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) 

Cultural Divides: Bridging Gaps and Making Connections, 4-6 March 2021
Virtual conference

The Humanities encompasses a vast story comprised of many stories. From the classics through the present day, from ancient times to the contemporary, the humanities as a discipline speaks through time, as a voice for many cultures, addressing many peoples. HERA invites research, papers, panels, and presentations embracing inclusivity in all aspects of the human conditions - including, but not limited to, race, class, gender, sexuality, age, veteran status, ability, power, ecology, sustainability. We encourage a wide and extensive representation of disciplines and interdisciplinary projects. Every field in the humanities, liberal & creative arts, and social sciences is appropriate. Our goal is to foster the sharing and expressing of the humanities as an urgently important human enterprise––helping to clarify the crucial immediacy of the humanities and why they should be encouraged, supported, and sustained.

Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities. Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops (150-200 words) must be submitted through the conference submission portal on HERA’s website

HERA's Undergraduate Humanities Prize
A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best undergraduate conference paper that addresses race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.  Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed. Undergraduate students applying for the prize, must indicate this on their submission abstract.

HERA Undergraduate Research Prize
A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best undergraduate conference paper (or divided among a panel of papers), sponsored by an attending professor (with a $500 prize awarded to the professor). See HERA’s website for more details. Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed.

Undergraduate students may apply for only one of the two undergraduate prizes. 

Questions may be directed to the conference organizer, Marcia Green (                                 

Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

Deadline for submission: no later than January 25, 2021.


Studying digital vulnerabilities, violence and resistance: methodological challenges and epistemological dilemmas in gender and sexualities research

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming symposium entitled ‘Studying Digital Vulnerabilities, violence and resistance: methodological challenges and epistemological dilemmas in gender and sexualities research’. The symposium is organised jointly by the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender and the Centre for Digital Media Cultures at the University of Brighton. This one day online symposium will take place on 31 March 2021.

This multidisciplinary symposium aims to bring together academics and professionals, to discuss, advance and exchange ideas on the use of Web-based methods to research social phenomena such as violence, social suffering, intimacy, activism, or inequality. The day will focus on epistemological discussions, methodological challenges, ethical dilemmas that scholars have encountered and how they have overcome them.

Keynote by Dr Debbie Ging (Dublin City University), co-editor of Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-feminism (2019).

Academics working on digital vulnerabilities and digital violence, as well as those working outside academia, involved in challenging inequality and discrimination (through activism, advocacy, art, etc.), are invited to attend and contribute. We invite proposals that explore, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  • Digital vulnerabilities
  • Digital violence (cyberbullying, doxing, etc.)
  • Sexual violence in digital environments
  • Other forms of gender violence in digital environments
  • Digital sexual practices
  • Circulation and representations of violent contents
  • New forms of e-discrimination
  • Digital intimacies
  • Toxic technocultures
  • Social practices on the Deep Web and Dark Web
  • Conflicts on the web (social media etc)
  • Digital activism

Presenters are encouraged to articulate their proposal around the methodological aspects of their research, which may also include epistemological debates, ethical problems, technical issues and innovative research methods. We call for potential speakers to submit a short proposal in English. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Please also include a short biographical note (150 words max).

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 February 2021.

Address questions and proposals to:

Elisa García-Mingo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Associate member of the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender)


Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD students

The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies of the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, invites PhD students to apply for the biennial Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD students in European-Jewish History and Culture 2021.

The Summer School brings together young researchers who are currently working on topics in Jewish history and culture (e.g. on Jewish religion and inner life, literature, culture, ideological movements, inter-religious and inter-cultural relations and everyday life, and antisemitism), giving them the opportunity to present and discuss their projects in an informal and friendly atmosphere with leading scholars in the field.

In doing so, the Summer School continues the efforts of previous events creating an interdisciplinary network of younger scholars engaged in areas of European-Jewish studies, thought and culture from the early modern periods to the present day. Applicants must be PhD students at the time the Summer School starts.

Dates: 27–30 June 2021

Venue: For the time being, we are planning to host the Summer School on the University of Sussex campus (Brighton, UK). Depending on the situation of Covid-19, the event might be moved partly or fully online. However, please do not book travel or accommodation until we confirm this. We will confirm whether the Summer School will be on campus or online by the end of April 2021.

How to apply:

Candidates are invited to send, via email, a 500-word proposal outlining their PhD project (not including references and short bibliography), a short CV and one reference from their supervisor or relevant scholar in the field to:

Katrin Steffen, Victoria Walden, David Jünger
Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies

All material must be in English.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2021

Travel and accommodation costs:

The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute will offer a travel allowance of up to £300 for candidates coming from Europe. Candidates from Israel, the United States and other non-European countries will be considered but may be asked to contribute towards their flight costs. Accommodation cost will be covered for all students.

Successful candidates will be notified in March 2021.


Hegel on Empirical Judgment

We are pleased to announce a conference on the topics of empirical judgment and cognition in Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. The conference will take place remotely, via Zoom, on June 4th and 5th, 2021.

Confirmed speakers include Dr. Julia Peters of Universität Tübingen and Dr. W. Clark Wolf of Marquette University.

Six slots are available for 30 minute presentations. There will be 10 minute comments on each paper; please indicate in your submission email if you are interested in being considered as a commentator should your paper not be included in the program. Please note: this is an international collaboration, and, while the remote format by nature cannot accommodate every time zone, we are hopeful that the format will encourage submissions from people for whom travel would otherwise be prohibitive. 

We are looking for papers that deal with Hegel’s account of empirical judgment, with special preference for treatments grounded in the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. Relevant papers dealing with the Logics, the Philosophy of Nature, and, in cases of extraordinary merit, the (Jena) Phenomenology, will also be considered.

Possible topics of interest include: 

  • Hegel’s position on the conceptuality of intuition 
  • The relationship between intuitions and empirical concepts 
  • The role of representation in judgment 
  • Non-conceptual content
  • Sceptical challenges to the justification, or to the possibility of empirical judgments
  • The relationship between the aetiology and justification of empirical judgments
  • Hegel’s logical treatment of cognition and his account of theoretical spirit

Abstracts should be 500 words or less and prepared for blind review. 

Please include your name, position, institutional affiliation, and, if applicable, interest in giving comments in your submission email. Abstracts should be submitted to no later than January 31st 2021

Please direct questions to the conference organizers: Robb Dunphy, University College Dublin, or Eliza Starbuck Little, University of Chicago,


Approaches to Migration, Language & Identity

In June 2021, the University of Sussex will host the third edition of the international conference 'Approaches to Migration, Language & Identity'. This conference aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to address the socially-relevant intersection between migration, language and identity. The topics include representations of migration, language practices and attitudes in migration contexts, and language policy. The conference will take place online from 9 to 11 June and is organised by Charlotte Taylor and Stuart Dunmore. The call for papers is now open and available on our website:  


Thomas Hardy Society Study Day

The annual THS Study Day takes place each April in Dorchester, and the subject for 2021 is Tess of the d’Urbervilles. This will be the fifth annual study day, a successful event which in 2019 saw over 100 delegates attending Far From the Madding Crowd. Deadline 28 February 2021

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