15th Annual Michigan State University Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Conference
The Space of Possibilities: Resistance, Critique, and Imagination
Keynote: David Schweickart (Loyola University Chicago)
Followed by an MSU faculty roundtable with:
Marilyn Frye, Sandra Harding, Christian Lotz, and Kyle Whyte
March 21-22, 2014
Critical philosophers are often challenged to go beyond critique and
provide accounts of alternatives that can guide political action aimed
at achieving emancipatory social change. Today it is clear that such
change is necessary. However, it is less clear 1) what a better world
would be like, 2) what sorts of social and political changes are
possible, 3) how we should proceed in engaging with such questions, and
4) whether the development of alternatives is a challenge that critical
theorists should accept. This conference is intended to explore these
We invite submissions from any area of philosophy, with preference
given to papers from social and political philosophy (broadly
Possible topics include:
• Imagination and alternatives in feminist, race, queer, disability, Marxian, or other critical theories
• Politics and theory of resistance
• The history of social and political philosophy
• Critique of a given successor system theory (e.g. Schweickart’s Economic Democracy)
• Is the demand that critical philosophers offer constructive alternatives legitimate?
• What philosophical methodologies are important for resistance, critique, and imagination?
• What are the limits to imagination in transcending oppressive structures?
• Can Marxian thought still be valuable to feminist
philosophy, race theory, queer theory, or disability theory?
• How can critical and Marxian frames contribute to
bioethics, environmental philosophy, and other “engaged” philosophies?
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should be prepared
for blind review with cover sheet including author's name, university
affiliation, and email address. Papers should not exceed 4000 words.
They should be accompanied by a short abstract (up to 250 words).
Submission deadline: January 17, 2014
Notification of acceptance no later than: February 10, 2014
For additional information, including registration information and
information about accommodations and the conference itinerary, visit
the conference website: www.msu.edu/~philconf/.