Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Summer Institute in American Philosophy

Announcing the 2013 Summer Institute in American Philosophy
July 8-13 (Mon-Sat), 2013
University of Oregon

This year's Summer Institute at the University of Oregon will feature a trio of plenary seminars (on James & Feminism, on Indigenous Philosophies, and on the Arts), a pair of keynote addresses by Richard Shusterman, and regular afternoon conference-style sessions (see the CFP/CFA below if you would like to present).


* Keynote Speaker: *Richard Shusterman* will give a two-talk keynote address (Monday evening and Thursday morning) on the relationship between pragmatism and somaesthetics. For more details, see the website.

* Plenary Panels: SIAP this year will feature three panels. Our 'Rereadings' series will focus on William James this year in the context of a plenary panel titled '(Re)reading William James through a Feminist Lens', led by *Erin C. Tarver* (James Madison University) and others TBA. Our 'Crossing Disciplines' series will focus on 'Philosophy and the Arts' with plenary panelists TBA. Lastly, we our excited to announce a plenary panel on 'American Indian Philosophy: Person, Place, and Sovereignty' with *Thomas M. Norton-Smith* (Kent State Stark) and *Lee Thurman Huster* (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma).

* Traditional Papers, Books-In-Progress, & Dissertations-In-Progress: see the CFP/CFA below.

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Call for Abstracts

Deadline: Monday April 15, 2013

We invite submissions to present papers in any area of American Philosophy at SIAP. Presentations may either be Traditional Conference papers or one of a variety of In-Progress presentations.

Submission Instructions: Please specify in your submission the type of presentation from the list below, according to instructions. Email your submissions to Colin Koopman at koopman@uoregon.edu. The subject line of your email should read: "SIAP 2013 Submission: [format type (e.g., Traditional Paper, Dissertation-In-Progress)]. Please include the complete text of your submission in the body of your email and do not include anything as an attachment. The submission deadline is Monday April 15, 2013 with decisions to be made no later than Friday May 3, 2013. If you absolutely need an earlier decision for the sake of securing institutional funding, please contact Colin Koopman beforehand, and we will see what we can do.

* *Traditional Papers*: Papers in all areas of American philosophy are welcome, but we will particularly favor papers whose topics are related to the themes of the plenary seminars and the work of our keynote speaker. Instructions: Please submit an abstract of 500 words describing the paper in detail. Final papers should be of a length suitable for a short presentation of about 20 minutes.

* *Books-In-Progress*: Those working on book manuscripts in some area of research pertinent to American philosophy are invited to discuss their idea with seminar participants. This includes fresh ideas for books just underway as well as books nearing completion, but does not extend to author-critics sessions on recently-published books. Instructions: Please submit a 500 word abstract describing your book manuscript, the content of your presentation, your ideas for the format of the presentation.

* *Dissertations-In-Progress*: Graduate students preparing dissertation proposals, in the dissertation-writing phase, or approaching their dissertation defense are invited to present their work at special dissertations-in-progress sessions. This is a regular tradition at SIAP and one of the most exciting venues to showcase new work that is being developed in American Philosophy at various graduate programs across the country and internationally. Instructions: Please submit a 500-word abstract describing the content of your dissertation. We will work with you in advance of the session on general guidelines for preparing the presentation and what to expect. In addition please note: we have a limited
number of travel grants available to graduates at the conference who will be presenting, so please indicate if you would like to be considered for a travel grant, which will cover the entire cost of room/housing as well as registration fees (leaving travel fees to you or your home institution funding). These grants are generously funded by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. (See the SIAP 2013 website for more information on the grants).

* *Experiments-In-Progress*: We invite presentations on projects, collaborations, group work, public philosophy forays, field philosophy work, and other philosophical experiments for the purposes of discussion at SIAP. Some examples: Michael Eldridge’s 2009 group discussion of Obama’s Pragmatism (and see the recent issue of Contemporary Pragmatism for some papers on the topic, some of which were initially formulated at this session), Donald Hood and Eric Weber’s 2011 presentation on pragmatism as public philosophy, a presentation on some in-progress interdisciplinary research collaboration including reflections on what is going right in the project and what unexpected blockages have come up, a roundtable presentation concerning the development of open access scholarship in American philosophy, discussions oriented toward the design of advanced or introductory courses in pragmatism using online resources and collaborative assignment. These sessions will be limited in number and are intended to provide opportunities for innovative forms of work, thought, and scholarship in the American tradition. Instructions: Please submit a 500-word abstract describing your project, the content of your presentation, your ideas for the format of the presentation, a justification of the project terms of larger issues of outreach and scholarship, and any a/v needs you might have.

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