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CFP: “CONCEPT Graduate Conference” (Cologne, 11-12 June, 2020)

We are pleased to give notice that a call for papers is open for the CONCEPT Graduate Conference, that will take place at the University of Cologne on June 11 and 12, 2020.

The deadline for submitting a paper is on January 15, 2020.

Please find below more information on the topics of the conference and on the submission process.


The Center for Contemporary Epistemology and Kantian Tradition (CONCEPT) at the University of Cologne will host the CONCEPT Graduate Conference on June 11 and 12, 2020. The conference aims to bring together graduate students and established researchers to present their research on issues of interests to CONCEPT. As such, the topics covered by the contributed talks may include any topic within epistemology broadly construed, or themes from the Kantian tradition of relevance for contemporary epistemology. Some talks may also be relevant to research in meta-ethics, philosophical methodology, and the philosophy of mind.


The CONCEPT Graduate Conference will consist of eight talks by graduate students and two talks by keynote speakers. Graduate speakers will have 35 minutes to present their paper. Every graduate speaker will be appointed a respondent from the University of Cologne or a neighboring university. The respondent will have 15 minutes to comment on the speaker’s paper. The Q&A will be a further 20 minutes. Thus, each talk by a graduate student is allotted a total of 70 minutes. Keynote talks are allotted a total of 90 minutes including the Q&A.

We are excited to announce that our keynote speakers will be:

  • Anja Jauernig, New York University;
  • Brian Weatherson, University of Michigan.


The graduate speakers will be selected on the basis of a call for abstracts. Thus we invite submissions of anonymised abstracts of a maximum length of 1000 words.

Accepted graduate speakers will need to send a full version of their paper by April 30, 2020. Submissions from all the above-mentioned areas are welcome. Thus, possible themes include but are not limited to:

  • epistemic normativity;
  • epistemic and practical reasons for belief;
  • the normativity of logic;
  • transcendental arguments and methods in epistemology;
  • introspective knowledge;
  • skepticism;
  • social epistemology.

Submissions from academics from underrepresented groups in philosophy are especially encouraged.

The submission deadline is: January 15, 2020.

Abstracts should be ready for double-blind review, we thus ask you to remove any identifying details from the abstract. We kindly ask you to send the author’s name, paper title, and affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

All submissions and inquiries should be sent to:

Expect notifications about the outcome by: February 15, 2020.

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