Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Building Bridges Conference: Regarding Desire

*Regarding Desire*
*16th Annual "Building Bridges" Graduate Student Philosophy Conference*
*Southern Illinois University Carbondale*

*October 18 -19, 2013*

​Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Willett
Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta , Georgia.

Deadline for submissions: September 7th, 2013

This fifteenth annual Building Bridges conference will be held at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale October 18th and 19th, 2013.

This year’s topic is the concept of “Desire” ̶̶ its nature, its work, and its meaning. How do we navigate and negotiate our desire in spaces and discourses where objectivity is privileged? How does desire come into play with ideas of freedom and autonomy? Why has desire loomed so fearfully in some mythologies? What is the role of *Eros* in the development of community? The topic is to be construed broadly and we invite papers and presentations from all areas of philosophy, as well as philosophically interesting papers from other disciplines.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers should not exceed 3000 words and should be prepared for blind review. Please do not include any personal information in the paper. On a separate cover page include the following items:

The paper's title
The author's name
Institutional affiliation
E-mail address
Word count (3000 words maximum)
An abstract (150 words maximum)

E-mail a copy of your paper and your personal information, as attachments, in MS Word format (.doc), (.docx) or in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) to Please name the file of your paper with an abbreviated paper title and title the file of your contact information with your last name and first initial.

Abstracts without papers will be considered. Full papers are preferred.

Conference Statement:

The purpose of “Building Bridges” is to bring into dialogue diverse elements not commonly associated. We seek interdisciplinary as well as intra-disciplinary themes that address problems from multiple philosophical
standpoints, from different traditions, or in which two or more thinkers not customarily brought into conversation are compared. Our goal is to provide a pluralistic forum for constructive and critical communication across boundaries. For more information visit our website:

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