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Association for Social and Political Philosophy (ASPP) Annual Conference: Call for Papers

Posted on 22 October 2019

The Association for Social and Political Philosophy Annual Conference is taking place at the University of York 18-20 June 2020. Our call for papers is now live,

Tensions between liberalism and democracy have long been a part of political philosophy. However, in recent years arguments over, for instance, the relationship between national sovereignty and individual rights, the boundaries of membership within democratic states, and forms of democratic self-binding ranging from constitutions to technocratic institutions have taken on greater weight and urgency. The theme of the conference is democratic challenges, broadly construed to include challenges to democracy, challenges posed by democratic practices to claims about –for instance– justice, liberty and equality, challenges within philosophical justifications for democracy, and more.

We invite submissions from any area of social and political philosophy, and we particularly welcome proposals engaging with the main themes of the conference–challenges to the idea of democracy, challenges to other values posed by democratic practices, and challenges within debates in democratic theory. Individual papers and panel proposals are both welcome.

Submissions should be sent to by 15 February 2020.

  • Paper proposals should include title, short abstract (300 words max), name and contact details of the author(s).
  • Panel proposals, including 3-4 papers, should consist of the above information for each paper plus a short rationale for the panel.

We will be happy to reply to any query you might have.