The Future of Inclusion

26th Annual Meeting


Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World

July 18th-23th, 2019 at University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR, U.S.A.

2019 Conference Program

We invite submissions for the 26th-annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW) to be held July 18th-23rd, 2019 at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR. While we welcome and encourage papers on any topic related to philosophy in the contemporary world (broadly construed), of particular interest are papers that engage with this year’s theme: the future of inclusion.

Given much of US and global public discourse on ideological polarization, identity politics, tribalism, and divisive political actions, it seems necessary and important for contemporary philosophers to address the question: What is the Future of Inclusion?

We welcome papers on all topics, from any and all philosophical traditions. SPCW is especially interested in, and invites contributions by those from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, as well as anyone working to expand the scope and quality of philosophical discourses beyond the conventional canon. In addition to traditional papers and presentations, SPCW welcomes diverse formats such as spoken word, script readings, performances, and other approaches that invite and broaden philosophical reflection. Hence, in addition to established philosophers, we welcome the fellowship of graduate students, nontraditional philosophers, and persons with other non-philosophical specializations. We aim to provide the atmosphere for a genuinely positive and supportive exchange of views.

Topics to be addressed could include (but are not limited to):

  • Altruism and Empathy

  • Assessing Bias and Prejudice in 2019: Failures, Successes, Future Directions

  • Being at Home in the World: Interpersonally, Socially, Spiritually

  • Democracy, Diversity, and Recognition

  • Entitlement: Ethical and Political Issues

  • Epistemology and Phenomenology of Belonging

  • Epistemology, Neurology, and Psychology of Generative People

  • Global Citizenship and/or Global Human Rights

  • Making People Count in Immigration Policy

  • Nonviolence and Resistance to Oppression

  • Policing (and Incarcerating) Black Men

  • Remaking Meanings of Manhood and Masculinity

  • Reviving Civic Culture and Social Capital

  • The Right to Have Rights

  • Tolerance: Moral Virtue and Political Necessity

  • White Fragility: Why Whites Can't Talk about Race

  • Afrofuturism and the Philosophy of Science

  • Can we have a responsible Ethics of Hope?

  • Moral Guilt or Responsibility: How Should We Respond to Ethical Failure

  • Inclusive Feminism and the Critique of White Feminism

  • The Future of Sexual Politics

  • Accountability, Reparations, and the Philosophy of Healing

  • Posthumanism and Radical Inclusivity

  • Becoming Ecologically Inclusive: Interdependency, the Environment, and the Future of Climate Change

  • Becoming Technologically Inclusive: Does the Future of Inclusion Lead Us to Cyborg Ethics?

  • Agonistic Politics and the Future of Democracy

  • Inclusion in the Public Sphere

  • The Revolution Will Be Accessible: Inclusivity and Disability

  • Neurodiversity, Neuroplasticity, and the Future of Philosophy of Mind

  • Liberation, Resistance, and Forerunners of Social Justice

  • HIV, AIDS, and Sero-Positivity in Philosophical Perspectives

  • Social Philosophy and the Limits of the Ideal, Nonideal, Possible, and Feasible

    1. Racial Justice, Anti-racism, and Liberatory Intersections

Standard submissions: papers with a maximum length of 3,500 words, and an abstract of 100 words or less. Alternative presentation and creative proposals will be given consideration. All submissions circulated for double-anonymous peer-review.

  • Submissions are due April 1, 2019

  • Authors will be notified by May 6, 2019

The Journal: Philosophy in the Contemporary World welcomes submissions from conference participants. There are two ways to submit your conference work to the journal. First, once you've edited and expanded your presentation, submit directly to the journal via our email at We will use your successful conference acceptance as one of two blind reviews in our review process. The second way to submit your conference work includes submitting to a special volume. In the past, we've enjoyed publishing some excellent special issues reflective of conference highlights. In order to make this process work, we ask that conference participants work together to identify a potential guest editor for the special edition. This guest editor may then contact potential contributors, and ultimately propose a set of thematically linked articles. 

Note to graduate students: SPCW considers all accepted graduate student papers for the annual Joe Frank Jones III Memorial Award for the best graduate student submission.


Send submissions prepared for anonymous review including a separate title page identifying the paper title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact email to:

Taine Duncan at or Paul Churchill at

You may also use this Google Form to submit.

Conference Site and Accommodations

Questions about the conference site, lodging, registration and other details should be sent to:

Taine Duncan at or Christian Matheis at