Call for Abstracts: Open Minds, Graduate Conference, Manchester

CFA: Open Minds XI

A student-led conference in all areas of Philosophy

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December 2015

University of Manchester


Keynote talks from:

Dr. Fiona Woollard (University of Southampton)

Dr. David Liggins (University of Manchester)


We are pleased to announce our eleventh Open Minds Philosophy Conference. After a very successful decade as a conference for PhD students (and recently awarded PhDs), we are expanding the format this year to include sessions devoted to papers from Undergraduate and Masters students.

Our goal is to provide a forum for discussing work done in analytic philosophy by aspiring philosophers at each of these early stages in their careers. From this, we hope that all who attend develop valuable philosophical skills and working relationships with other early stage philosophers. To this end we will also be running workshop sessions related to pursuing a philosophy as a career path; including guidance on how to apply for graduate courses and how to publish.


Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstracts for papers that are on any topic in analytic philosophy. We particularly encourage submissions from women and other under-represented groups in philosophy. Papers should be suitable for a twenty minute presentation, followed by ten minutes of discussion.

We request submissions of abstracts of 500 words.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Friday 23rd October 2015.

Please send abstracts in a form suitable for anonymous review. Please send via email to with the subject line ‘Submission’. Attached to the same email, please include a separate cover page that gives the following details:

Title of the paper

Your name

Institutional affiliation

Your ‘level’: e.g. Undergraduate, Masters, PhD

Contact details

Area of the paper: e.g. Philosophy of Mind.

Please send documents in PDF, Word, or Rich Text format. Submissions, and any further enquiries, should be sent to

All speakers will have their attendance at the conference dinner paid for. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided during the conference.

We will endeavour to assist with childcare arrangements where needed; please indicate in your submission if this is something you will require. This will not affect the likelihood of your paper’s being accepted.

All speakers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in a special edition of Manchester’s Praxis Journal of Postgraduate Philosophy, based on the conference proceedings. See for more details.

PhD Student Committee members: Andrew Kirton and Fred Horton

Philosophy at the University of Manchester subscribes to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. We also have a policy covering conduct at all of our events; please see


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