Saturday, December 18, 2010

Community Intersections

The Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Caucus


Community Intersections


The Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Caucus (UMIH-GSC) is inviting students to submit work to an e-journal that deals with questions of community: the boundaries and limits of community, the many ways community is formed, and the intersecting points of communities.

A wide range of topics is welcome, though we are primarily interested in those papers that approach questions of community from a humanities perspective.
This includes, but is not limited to, discussions of:

Global perspectives on community
Trans-cultural communities
Virtual or tele-visual communities
Urban and community development
Fractured, disrupted, or displaced communities
Mobile communities
Religious, historic, and political communities
Experimental or activist communities
Community and law
Community and Economy
The futures of community

Those students whose work is accepted will be invited to present their work (whether completed or in draft form) at an interdisciplinary workshop on February 24 & 25, 2011. This workshop is an opportunity for students to receive feedback from
graduate students in a variety of disciplines and to learn how to address
their work to an interdisciplinary audience.

Please send an abstract (maximum 300 words) plus relevant contact information and a short biography including your level of study to by
January 15, 2011. Include “Graduate Journal” in the subject line.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Human Rights Research Assistant Position
*Must be a full‐time student registered in the Faculty of Arts
Skills required:
‐Experience using web development software, HTML and content management
‐Excellent writing and editing skills and the ability to write for different audiences and
in different outlets (web, internal communication, etc.)
‐Good communication skills and the ability to take initiative on projects
‐Good understanding of Human Rights research and activities
‐Good organizational skills and attention to detail
Asset skills:
‐Experience with photography and photo editing software
‐Understanding of digital image file formats
‐Background in any of the following:  journalism, communications, media
Total hours of work expected:    30 hours
Hours per week:           first 2 weeks@10hrs/week, then 2hrs/week  
Hourly rate:          $12.00/hr
Start date:          December 6, 2010
End date:           March 31, 2011
Deadline for applications is November 26, 2010
Please submit application letter and CV to:
Eve Nimmo, PhD
Research Grants Facilitator
Social Sciences and Humanities
318 Fletcher Argue Bldg
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg,MB  R3T 2N2
Or by email:
For further information, please call Eve Nimmo at 474‐8096.

*Fourth Annual * York University *Graduate Student Philosophy Conference* May 5th-6th, 2011

Fourth Annual
York University Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
May 5th-6th, 2011
Keynote Address: Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Duke University (psychopaths and criminal responsibility)
Faculty Keynote: François Tanguay-Renaud, Osgoode Law School, York University (state responsibility)
Faculty Keynote: Brian Huss, Philosophy Department, York University (epistemic responsibility)
Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2011
The Philosophy Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA) at York University invites graduate students to submit
high-quality papers in any area of philosophy for our upcoming conference. We encourage submissions that
relate to the theme of responsibility, as well as the strengths of the York University philosophy programme.
These strengths include: Bioethics, Feminism, Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Mind & Cognitive
Science, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatism, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor in Practical Ethics in the Department of
Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Co-director of the MacArthur Law and
Neuroscience Project and co-investigator at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics.
François Tanguay-Renaud is Assistant Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School. Acting Director of the
Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at York University.
Brian Huss is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, York University. Areas of specialization include
Epistemology and Philosophy of Psychology.
Submission Guidelines:
1. Cover Letter:
a. Title
b. Author
c. Institutional affiliation
d. Email address
e. Interest in preparing a commentary
f. Abstract (max 150 words)
2. Paper:
a. Prepared for blind review (no author-identifying information)
b. Approximately 3000 words (20 minutes)
Only one submission per author will be accepted.
Please email your cover letter and paper to in .doc or .pdf format with subject line: PGSA
Conference 2011 Submission. Submission deadline is January 15, 2010.
Notification will be emailed in early March, 2010.
If you have any questions or for more information about the conference, please email with the
subject line: PGSA Conference 2011.

CALL FOR PAPERS The 2011 Harvard-MIT Graduate Philosophy Conference

We invite submissions of extended abstracts from graduate students for a
conference hosted by the Philosophy Departments at Harvard University and
MIT to be held on March 26th, 2011. We encourage submissions in all areas of

Keynote Speaker:
Mark Richard
Professor of Philosophy
Harvard University

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 10th, 2011.


o Send only extended abstracts (1000 words) to by January 10th, 2011. All submissions must be sent
as attachments in PDF or Word formats.

o Authors must be current graduate students in philosophy. Co-authored
papers are permitted if all authors are current graduate students.

o Successful applicants must produce their full-length paper by March
1st, 2011. Full-length papers should be no more than 4000 words and must be
suitable for a 40-45 minute presentation.

o Extended abstracts should be anonymized and accompanied by a
separate cover sheet including:
author´s name
institutional affiliation
mailing address
email address
phone number
title of paper
the topic area(s) of the paper

o Send all questions or concerns to

Hosted jointly by the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University, and the
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of

Students could win a trip to Brussels - EU Canada Young Journalist Award - deadline 28 January 2011

Students are invited to submit a composition on a current issue facing the European
Union or EU-Canada relations by Friday, January 28, 2011.

Compositions should be in the form of a piece that could be published or broadcast in
the Canadian media. Winners are selected by an independent jury and prior to the trip
to Brussels, the winners are invited to an award ceremony in Ottawa in May 2011.
The trip to Europe includes a one-week study tour to Brussels.

The Award is open to students in all Canadian universities and higher education
In order to be eligible, students must be:
- enrolled in a Canadian university or other higher education establishment, and
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Students are encouraged to prepare their entries as if they were intended to be
published in Canada in a newspaper or magazine, or broadcast on TV or radio.
Submissions should be prepared with a Canadian audience in mind. The jury will pay
particular attention to journalistic qualities and potential, including rigorous research
and factual accuracy.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 28 January 2011 (postmark).
For details, please visit:
or contact:

Terri-Ann Priel
Advisor, Political and Public Affairs
European Union Delegation - CANADA
Suite 1900, 150 Metcalfe
Ottawa, ONTARIO K2P 1P1
Tel.: 613 563 6353 * Fax: 613 238 5191


2011 Syracuse Philosophy Graduate Student Conference
April 15 & 16
Keynote Speakers: Michael Forster (UChicago) & Robert Van Gulick (Syracuse)
Paper submission deadline: Jan 15th, 2011
Send submissions to:

Papers should be suitable for a 25-30 minute presentation (no more
than 4000 words). SU philosophy graduate students will serve as
commentators on papers presented at the conference.

Submissions must be prepared for blind review and sent as either a PDF
or Word file.

In the text of your email, please include your name, contact
information, and a short abstract (max 150 words).

We welcome submissions in all areas of philosophy.*


Call For Papers

Hermes, the University of Ottawa's undergraduate philosophy journal, is seeking submissions for its Canada-wide edition in Spring 2011.

· Essays should be no longer than 5000 words

· All areas of philosophy will be considered

·Submissions may be written in either English or French

· Citations should be in MLA format

· On a separate page, please include the following:

Your home university, year of study, mailing address, email, phone number, and a short summary (100 words max) of your field of interest within philosophy.

Interested applicants should send both a hard and soft copy (Microsoft Word or compatible format, via email) to

Undergraduate Philosophy Students' Association

Attn: Hermes c/o Department of Philosophy

University of Ottawa

70 Laurier Avenue East, Room 234

Ottawa, Ontario

K1N 6N5


Submission deadline: January 22nd, 2011

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Philosophical Friday, November 19th, 2010

Gabrele Contessa from Carleton University will be unable to give a talk this Friday.

Michael Stack
from the University of Manitoba
Will give a talk on
"Postmodernism for Dummies"
Friday, November 19th, 2010
384 University College
2:30 p.m.
*All are welcome*

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Texas Tech University Graduate Student Conference

Topic: Contemporary Issues in Social/Political Philosophy
Keynote: Henry Shue, The University of Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War
Dates: 15-16 April 2011
Submission Deadline: 1 December 2010

The Texas Tech Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is looking for presenters for its graduate student conference. The conference topic is “Contemporary Issues in Social/Political Philosophy.” Papers on any subject within the general parameters of the topic will get consideration, but the following subjects will receive strong consideration:

Rawls’ critics, especially Communitarians, Perfectionists, and G.A. Cohen
Global Justice
Game Theory
Transnational Feminism

The Texas Tech PGSA will give every speaker an honorarium to help curb travel expenses.

Papers should be no longer than 3000 words, and speakers should plan on delivering a 30-minute presentation. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. All materials should be prepared for blind review.

To apply, please send the following to in .pdf, .rtf, or .docx format:

1. Cover letter including: author’s name, author’s institution, title of paper, word count, contact information.

2. The essay, prepared for blind review. Please include the title of the essay and the abstract at the beginning of the document.

For more information, please contact Thomas Noah, president of the TTU PGSA, at thomas.noah (at)

Charles Taylor Rescheduled for Nov. 23rd at the University of Winnipeg

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Call For Papers University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Philosophy April 15-16, 2011

 Call For Papers 

Freedom and Freedoms: Uniting State, Responsibility, and Will
The 11th Annual University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Philosophy
April 15-16, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Philip Pettit, Laurence S. Rockefeller University
Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University

What is freedom? Is there (or ought there be) a single, unified
understanding of 'freedom' across all areas of philosophical inquiry,
or does the meaning (and perhaps also the importance) of 'freedom'
depend on one's particular philosophical starting point? Why, to what
extent, and in what respects, should we be concerned with freedom? Who
has a sufficient degree of freedom and how ought we enhance the
freedom of those who don't have enough?

The philosophy graduate students of philosophy at the University of
Toronto invite papers exploring these issues for their 11th annual
graduate conference. We welcome perspectives from all fields in
philosophy, as well as those making connections to other disciplines.
Submissions engaging the history of philosophy are especially
encouraged. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

- The relationship between metaphysical freedom and moral or political
- The place of free-will with regard to reactive attitudes,
praiseworthiness or
- The relationship between the metaphysical, psychological, ethical, and
political senses of 'freedom'
- The relationship between freedom (or particular freedoms and democratic
- Early modern accounts of the relation between freedom, reasons and
- The relationship between freedom (or particular freedoms) and justice
- The interaction between Kant's accounts of metaphysical and ethical freedom
- Feminist conceptions of freedom, violence, and the other
- How ancient Greek philosophical notions of liberty (eleutheria), the
voluntary (hekousia), and what's up to us (eph'hemin) shed light on our
contemporary notion of freedom

The deadline for submissions is JANUARY 22, 2010.

Papers should be sent as an email attachment in either .doc(x) or .pdf
format to Submitted papers should not
exceed 4000 words (30 minutes) and must be prepared for blind review.
In a separate attachment, please include your name, academic
affiliation, email address, paper title, word count, and an abstract
of no more than 300 words. Limited travel stipends are available, with
special funds for exceptional papers in ancient and medieval
philosophy. Only one submission per author.

Website: /

For more information, please contact the conference chair, Mark
Schranz, at

Tuesday, November 2, 2010



Mark Moffett

University of Wyoming

"Non-Propositional Intellectualism."

Co-Authored with John Bengson

Friday, November 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

384 University College

Everyone is welcome!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Medieval Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg: THIS WEDNESDAY!

On Wednesday Nov. 3 at 4 - 6pm in room 2M70, Dr. Dominik Perler will
be giving his lecture: metaphysical limits to radical doubt: medieval
debates on skeptical hypothesis.

Monday, October 25, 2010


God Exists! Five Proofs for the Existence of God,
lecture by Fr. Gerard Rusak,
Oct. 26, 7 p.m.,
Room 386, University College, University of Manitoba.

This lecture will go through and explain the five proofs for the existence of God as set forth by St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest thinkers of all times.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor @ the University of Winnipeg

The Knowles-Woodsworth Centre for Theology and Public Policy ( is pleased to bring renowned author and philosopherCharles Taylor to Winnipeg. Taylor will be speaking onSolidarity and Diversity in a Secular Age. The event is open to the general public at no charge. “The change I want to define and trace is one which takes us from a society in which it was virtually impossible not to believe in God, to one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is one human possibility among others.” (Charles Taylor, A Secular Age) Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University. Taylor was the co-chair of the Taylor-Bouchard Commission on Reasonable Accommodation in Quebec. His books include A Secular Age, which highly respected sociologist of religion Robert Bellah called “one of the most important books to be written in my lifetime”.

When: October 28, 2010, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Convocation Hall @ the University of Winnipeg (515 Portage Ave.)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Call for Papers

Graduate Student Lecture Series 2009-10

Elizabeth Dafoe Library is proud to present the seventh in a series of
Elizabeth Dafoe Library Graduate Student Lectures.Once again, the series
will consist of 8 lectures presented by graduate students from the
Faculties supported by the Library and is intended to give graduate
students an opportunity to speak about their research in an informal,
lunch time setting. If necessary, we can schedule in more than 8
lectures which are scheduled on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

If you are a graduate student in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Human
Ecology, Kinesiology and Recreation Management or Environment, Earth and
Resources, Nursing, or Social Work, you are invited to submit a proposal
for a paper.

Last year the series included presentations by students from Sociology,
Religion, Psychology, Human Ecology and Environment, Earth & Resources
on a variety of topics such as Governing Human Biotechnology, Ethics and
Communicative Reason, Canadian Family Time Use and Youth Environmental

Please contact *Stella Rebling*, Elizabeth Dafoe Library, 474-9184, If possible, please respond by the end of

For more information, contact:
Stella Rebling
Reference Services, Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Phone: (204) 474-9184
Laurie Morris
Administrative Assistant
Department of Philosophy
447 University College
The University of Manitoba

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pre-doctoral Scholarships

Check this out:

for info on three pre-doctoral scholarships in Spain.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Undergrad Award

The Dr. Brian M. Keenan Prize Committee

The Dr. Brian M. Keenan Prize

A $1250.00 award for Canadian undergraduate students of Philosophy

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2010

Mission Statement: Students of Dr. Keenan have founded this award with a dual intention: first, to recognize Dr. Keenan's longstanding devotion to the importance and potential of ongoing philosophical education, inquiry and dialogue; and second, to provide recognition, reward and incentive for students who acknowledge and explore this potential, especially regarding the Philosophy of History, Philosophy of Law, and Social and Political Philosophy.

Submission requirements:

Minimum 2000 words

Papers should focus on either the Philosophy of History, the
Philosophy of Law, or Social and Political Philosophy. Special consideration
will be given to papers engaging with liberalism as a set of historical
practices or conditions

Papers previously submitted as term papers or major assignments will be accepted

Candidates should include their full name, contact information, year and place of study

The successful candidate will be a student enrolled in a Philosophy program at a Canadian university or college

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2010

Please email submissions to

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Info. Session

Copyright – What You Need to Know

Working on a thesis?
Placing course material online or to E-Reserves?
Using copyrighted material for your research?

Students, instructors and researchers are responsible for ensuring that materials they use for educational and research purposes do not infringe copyright, yet the issues related to these uses are often a source of confusion and misunderstanding.

Attend a session for an overview of the copyright guidelines from university perspective, for information on when copyright permission is required, how to obtain clearance, and more.

Online evening session

Fort Garry session

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Central Standard Time (CST)

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Central Standard Time (CST)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Connect from your home or office.

St. John’s Schultz Lecture Theatre

Email to pre-register
High-speed Internet and speakers or earbuds needed


Faculty of Arts

Berdie and Irvin Cohen Award in Peace and Conflict Studies

An award is offered to a graduate student who:

- is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, either at the Masters or Ph.D. level, in a program delivered by a Department in the Faculty of Arts;

- has completed the necessary course work towards the degree;

- has obtained approval for a thesis or dissertation proposal prior to undertaking the research funded by this award.

Applicants will be required to submit an application which must include a description of the intended use of the award, which may include travel (maximum three pages), certified true copy of undergraduate transcripts, certified true copy of the graduate transcripts (where available), letter of support from the thesis/dissertation supervisor(s), letter of support from the department head, or departmental supervisor of graduate studies, and a copy of the thesis or dissertation proposal.

Deadline – March 19, 2010

Applications to be submitted to Prof. Mark Lawall, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts

315 Fletcher Argue Bldg.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Papers - Grad Conference

McGill–CREOR Graduate Students’ Conference

Friday & Saturday, 26 – 27 March, 2010
Montreal, Quebec

Call For Papers

Keynote Speakers

Travis Kroeker McMaster University

Messianic Ethics and Diaspora Communities:
Upbuilding the Secular Theologically from Below

Johannes C.Wolfart Carleton University

Religion, Government and Political Culture in
Early Modern Germany: Lindau 1520–1628

Friday 12 Feb 2010
We warmly invite your
proposals for short paper
presentations (20 minutes).
Proposals should include the

Abstract (500 words max)

Biographical sketch or CV including your institutional affiliation and contact info

Technical requests, such as audio/visual equipment
Send proposals, questions & requests for further details to:

All applicants will be notified by Monday, 15 February 2010.

Publishing Possibility

To further promote the aims
of the conference, the
Journal of the Faculty of
Religious Studies of McGill
University (ARC), has offered
to publish a select number of
high quality papers
showcasing superior insight
and academic potential in
their contribution to the
conference and scholarship
at large.

Our Goal We have chosen a topic that is relevant to the interdisciplinary study
of religion, while providing a reasonably limited guide for discussion. The aim of
the conference is a) to give graduate students an opportunity to present research
papers in front of a sympathetic audience, b) to share and refine our research
with the larger graduate student community, and c) to become better acquainted
with our current and future colleagues. We also hope to foster graduate student
membership in the new and exciting multidisciplinary organization, The Centre for
Research on Religion / Centre de Recherche sur la Religion (CREOR), which aims to
create a broad academic platform to coordinate and support research on the
identities of the main religions of the world, their differences and their common
grounds, and how they contribute to a better understanding of past and present-
day culture, ethics and politics. We are interested in contributions from all
disciplines, including, but not limited to, philosophy, political science, religious
studies, law, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, ritual studies, art history.

The Problematic At first glance, religion might appear antithetical to
revolution. In fact, in the discourse of contemporary Western secularism,
religion is often spoken of as inherently conservative, in that it upholds outdated
principles and ideals, and so, does nothing to substantially disrupt the status quo.
Religions themselves often participate and help to shape this vision, painting
themselves as the last bastions of ‘traditional values’, islands in a sea of change.
A closer look at religious thought and practice reveals that they can and often
have been revolutionary, providing some of the most severe, sustained and
ground-breaking critiques of the prevailing social order. As such, both
contemporary and historical religious movements have, and continue to radically
reshape the social world, whether it be that of the individual practitioner, the
religious community, or society at large.

Though this conference takes as its starting point the Study of Religions, we
welcome and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to the problematic. Thus,
we are looking for papers that address questions such as: How have particular
religious movements challenged established worldviews through (re)education?
How have they provided a space to deconstruct and/or reconstruct identity? Can
religious conversion be thought of as revolutionary? In what ways has religion
involved itself in, or been usurped by revolutionary political movements? What
linguistic and methodological revolutions have been associated with religion?

Updates, downloads + more
We welcome all papers that duly engage with the study of religious
perspectives as revolutionary.

Papers - Undergrad Conference

The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

May 7th and 8th, 2010

Papers written by undergraduates on any philosophical topic are welcome. Entries should be a (recommended) minimum of 10 pages in legnth. Please remember to include contact information (e-mail and phone).

Submit papers via e-mail to:

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2010
All Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2010

For more information see our website at:

or by e-mailing us at the address above

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Philosophy of David Hume

To one and all:

Just in case anyone is interested, there will be created soon a directed readings course on the philosophy of David Hume for this Winter term. Professor Stack and I will be meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 12pm - 1:30pm in a location yet to be determined, and all are welcome!

We will be looking at two aspects of Hume's philosophy: his metaphysics and epistemology. In his metaphysics we will be asking, "what is his world view?", "what, according to him, is the nature of reality and the nature of the external world?", "what are his views on causality, i.e. cause and effect?", "what are his views on personal identity?", as well as "what are his views on space and time?". In his epistemology we will be asking "is Hume a skeptic?", and examining what grounds there are for thinking that he is or is not a skeptic.

If you're still interested, take a look at Hume's "A Treatise of Human Nature" Book I Part III. This will be our preliminary reading. To anyone interested in Hume, Empiricism, or Skepticism, you are most welcome!