Call for Abstracts: "Self and Other" - The 21st Annual CUNY Graduate Philosophy Conference

Call for Abstracts: “Self and Other” – The 21st Annual CUNY Graduate Philosophy Conference

Below is the Call for Abstracts for this year’s graduate student conference,
“Self and Other”. Click here to download the CFA as a PDF.

The 21st Annual
CUNY Graduate Philosophy Conference

Theme: Self and Other

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University);
Dr. Daniel Kolak (William Paterson University)

Venue: Department of Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

Date: March 23, 2018

Deadline for submissions: January 5, 2018

We invite abstract submissions on any topic related to the conference theme, broadly construed. Descriptions of the self and our conception of the other – including the relationship between the two concepts – may be explored in any area of philosophy. Some topics for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social practices of othering – seen through the lens of gender, race, colonialism
  • Personal Identity—metaphysical explanations, ethical consequences of distinctions at the personal level
  • Boundaries and borders between and within individuals
  • Philosophy of mind and explanations of the “self”
  • Knowledge of self and other
  • The socially constructed “self,” the socially constructed “other”
  • Aesthetic perspectives on belonging or alienation
  • The politics and power of inclusion (or exclusion)
  • Reification of self or other in mainstream philosophy of language
  • Existentialism and the radical self
  • Deep Ecology and confounds for the self/other distinction
  • First personal perspective, third personal perspective and the relationship between them

Submission guidelines:

  • All submissions must be prepared for blind review, with identifying information (name, affiliated institution, email address) included only in the body of your submission email/as a separate cover sheet
  • Submitted abstracts must be between 250 – 500 words in length
  • Submitted abstracts must be sent as .doc, .docx, or .pdf files, to
  • Accepted papers will be announced by February 1st.

Selected submissions will be allotted 15-20 minutes presentation time, followed by Q&A.

Please direct any inquiries to