Call for Abstracts: BSPS 2019 Annual Conference in Durham, 17-19 July 2019.


Call for Abstracts:

Submission is now open for abstracts of papers to be presented at the British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2019 Annual Conference in Durham on July 17th-19th 2019. Submissions are invited from anyone with a scholarly interest in the philosophy of science. Submissions from graduate students and people from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. (A limited number of graduate bursaries will be available.)

Papers may be on a wide selection of topics within the philosophy of science (see list below) and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion. Abstracts should be received no later than 4th February 2019. Abstracts will be anonymously refereed by the programme committee, and successful contributors notified by early April. We do not anticipate being able to share referees’ comments. Please see important information below on BSPS policy regarding multiple submissions.

List of topics:

1. General philosophy of science
2. Philosophy of the physical sciences
3. Philosophy of the life sciences
4. Philosophy of the cognitive sciences
5. Philosophy of the social sciences
6. Formal philosophy of science
7. Integrated history, philosophy, and social studies of science
8. Science and values

Submission Instructions

To submit your abstract, go to:

1. Log in (create an account if you do not already have one)
2. Select ‘New Submission’ and enter the requested information, including the title of your paper.
3. Enter your abstract (in plain text, of no more than 1000 words) into the Abstract box.
4. Please prepare your abstract for anonymous refereeing. Bear in mind that referees will have to reach a judgement based only the information provided in the abstract.
5. Please select the topic (or topics) that best describe the area of your submission.
6. Finally, select ‘Submit’.

For more information please email: .

Programme Committee:

Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge)
Valia Allori (Northern Illinois)
Sorin Bangu (Bergen)
Harjit Bhogal (Maryland)
Baptiste Le Bihan (Geneva)
Jonathan Birch (LSE)
Liam Kofi Bright (LSE)
Harvey Brown (Oxford)
Ellen Clarke (Leeds)
Karen Crowther (Geneva)
Erik Curiel (Munich)
Adrian Currie (Exeter)
Richard Dawid (Stockholm)
Natalja Deng (Yonsei)
Zoe Drayson (UC Davis)
Peter Evans (Queensland)
Matt Farr (Cambridge)
Luke Fenton-Glynn (UCL)
Samuel Fletcher (Minnesota)
Laura Franklin-Hall (NYU)
Henrique Gomes (Cambridge)
Carl Hoefer (Barcelona)
Vera Hofmann-Kolss (Cologne)
Nick Huggett (Chicago)
Andreas Hütteman (Cologne)
Alastair Isaac (Edinburgh)
Milena Ivanova (Cambridge)
Molly Kao (Montreal)
Elselijn Kingma (Southampton)
Dennis Lehmkuhl (Bonn)
Peter Lewis (Vermont)
Christian List (LSE)
Conor Mayo-Wilson (Washington)
Fred Muller (Erasmus)
James Nguyen (UCL)
Patricia Palacios (Salzburg)
James Read (Oxford)
Juha Saatsi (Leeds)
Simon Saunders (Oxford)
Samuel Schindler (Aarhus)
Elay Shech (Alabama)
Tuomas Tahko (Bristol)
Karim Thébault (Bristol)
Johanna Thoma (LSE)
Emily Thomas (Durham)
Kirsten Walsh (Exeter)
Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg)
Jon Williamson (Kent)
Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)
David Yates (Lisbon)
Lena Zuchowski (Bristol)

Local organiser: Wendy Parker (Durham)


Rules for Acceptance

Attendance at the conference is restricted to members of the BSPS. You may join the Society online at .

No one will be permitted to present more than once at BSPS 2019. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. Commentators that are part of symposia are considered to be presenting authors. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at BSPS 2019 only once.

All questions about submissions should be directed in the first instance to the assistant to the committee at .

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