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Sixteenth Annual Independent Meeting
28 April-1 May, 2016 in Portland, Maine
Co-sponsored by Colby College and the Ancient Philosophy Society
Honoring the richness of the American and European philosophical traditions, the Ancient Philosophy Society supports phenomenological, postmodern, Anglo-American, Straussian, Tübingen School, hermeneutic, psychoanalytic, queer, and feminist interpretations of ancient Greek and Roman philosophical and literary works.
Submit papers by e-mail attachment to email@example.com on any topic in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy.
Deadline: November 22, 2015.
For the first time this year, the APS will award two travel prizes of $300 each:
- The Diversity Prize: awarded to the best paper that is chosen for the program through the anonymous selection process written by a person from a group underrepresented in the discipline. Please self-identify in the body of your email when you submit your paper, saying, “I would like to be considered for the Diversity Prize after the program selection process.” Please keep your paper free of any identifying information.
- The Emerging Scholar Prize: awarded to the best paper that is chosen for the program through the anonymous selection process written by a scholar who is either ABD or up to 6 years post Ph.D. Please self-identify in the body of your email when you submit your paper, saying, “I would like to be considered for the Emerging Scholar Prize after the program selection process.”
- Please keep your paper free of any identifying information.
Scholars may be considered for both prizes but can only be awarded one.
The APS values diversity and particularly invites submissions from members of groups underrepresented in philosophy, including women, people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities. The APS conference is wheelchair accessible.
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Last year, the APA committee on inclusiveness in the profession established the Diversity and Inclusiveness Syllabus Collection, putting out a call for teaching materials in areas of philosophy that have traditionally been underrepresented. In response, over 75 syllabi were submitted, including courses specifically focused on diversity as well as courses with modules on diversity, covering a wide variety of areas and course levels.
The Diversity and Inclusiveness Syllabus Collection is available on the APA website. Use it as a resource to help you create more diverse and inclusive courses, and submit your syllabi to help others do the same.
By submitting syllabi, you will be helping to promote diversity in philosophy courses and in the profession. Thank you for participating in this important project!
This fund exists to subsidize travel for philosophers of color who would otherwise find it challenging to participate in APA meetings.
- The fund provides a maximum of $500 in travel subsidies per person per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
- Funding is provided through reimbursement, and only costs actually expended may be reimbursed. Receipts must be provided.
- Only APA members who are members of a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in the field are eligible to receive support from this fund.
- Travel support is offered only for participants of APA divisional meetings or other APA-sponsored conferences (such as the Diversity in Philosophy conferences sponsored by APA diversity committees).
- To be eligible for support from this fund, a person must be on the main program (as a speaker, chair, commentator, etc.) for the meeting in question.
- Those receiving travel support from other sources, such as their home institutions or other APA funds (graduate student stipends or special assistance from a divisional executive committee), for a given meeting or conference are not eligible to receive support from this fund for that meeting or conference.
To the extent possible, all those who request funding and are deemed eligible will receive funding. If funding requests exceed the amount of funding available, the executive director will determine, in consultation with other members of the APA leadership as appropriate, how much funding to award and to whom. Preference will be given to those most in the need, those without any institutional support available (as opposed to those who have exhausted existing institutional support), and those who have not previously received support from this fund.
Alumni of undergraduate diversity institutes such as PIKSI, the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy, and others are eligible for $500 in travel subsidies per year to pursue professional development opportunities. To receive funding, a person must be on the program as a speaker, chair, commentator, etc., for the philosophy conference or event in question, and must have participated in an undergraduate diversity institute in the past.
The blog “What is it like to be a person of color in philosophy?” contains important narratives of personal experiences of life in philosophy as a person of color and is an eye-opening read. To send a story, please click on the ‘Send a Story’ link.