Wednesday, July 30, 2008

2009 Conference

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Dates TBA


Submission Guidelines | Graduate and Undergraduate Essay Prizes | Panels and Workshops
Conference Program | Conference Location | Lodging and Travel Information | Important Dates

This is a call for papers for the 2009 South Carolina Society for Philosophy (SCSP) meeting, to be hosted by the Withrop University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Papers on any philosophical topic (ethics, politics, religion, science, logic, metaphysics, epistemology, language, etc.) are welcome. Papers should be designed for a presentation time of twenty to thirty minutes (ten or fifteen pages.) There may be special sessions with invited speakers, but the bulk of the sessions will be based on submitted papers. Papers will be reviewed by the program chair and two other referees.

Submissions from students are very strongly encouraged. If warranted, the program will include a session devoted exclusively to papers submitted by undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be 10-15 double-spaced pages in length, prepared with one-inch margins, and typed in a standard 12-pt font. Authors must be prepared to present their papers in time-slots of approximately 20–30 minutes (with a further 15 minutes allotted for questions after the paper presentation). A cover page should be attached to submissions, with the following information: title, an abstract of 150–300 words, author's name, affiliation, complete mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Graduates and undergraduates who want their papers to be considered for the graduate paper award or undergraduate paper award must state this explicitly on their cover page.

Two hard copies of the paper and cover page, suitable for blind review, should be sent to the Program Chair, to arrive no later than January 4:

Dr. Dennis Earl
2009 SCSP Program Chair
Department of Philosophy & Religion
P.O. Box 261954
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC 29528-6054


Papers will be reviewed by the program chair and two other referees. Authors will be notified of acceptances in early February. For notification purposes, be sure to provide your e-mail address in addition to your return surface-mail address.

Graduate & Undergraduate Essay Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for the best papers authored by a graduate student and an undergraduate student (restricted to South Carolina students). These winning papers will be included on the program for the annual meeting. Other student papers, in addition to the prize-winners, may also be included on the program. Submissions from students are very strongly encouraged. Those who teach promising students are asked please to encourage submissions from these students. Papers submitted for consideration for an award will be judged by two referees who are not from the student's institution.

Panels and Workshops

In addition to submitted papers, we invite proposals for special sessions, with invited speakers, on topics that may be of interest to SCSP members and/or on topics that are especially current. We also maintain a tradition of having a round-table discussion on a topic of professional interest to members. (In the past we have had round-table discussions devoted to various teaching-related matters, and to the issue of philosophy in the public forum). Each year we solicit suggestions for special sessions from SCSP members.

Proposals for special sessions, panels, or workshops should be sent to the Program Chair as early as possible. Early submission of these proposals is especially important for joint conferences with NCPS since we must coordinate scheduling with any proposals that might come from NCPS. Proposals must include names of each participant, the theme of the panel, and a 3-5 page abstract of each participant's presentation. These sessions may involve speakers from South Carolina, or colleagues from outside of South Carolina who would be willing to attend the meetings at their own expense. Unfortunately, the SCSP does not have funds to cover speaker expenses.

Conference Location and Registration

The 2009 conference will be hosted by the Winthrop University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Registration details will be posted and updated here as that information becomes available. The registration fee is usually around $15 (depending on conference costs), to be paid on-site when you register (cash or checks payable to the South Carolina Society for Philosophy). The banquet charge is usually around $25 to $35 per person.

Lodging and Travel

Lodging and travel details will be updated as that information becomes available.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: January 4, 2009
Lodging reservations: TBA
Notification of acceptance: early February 2009
Registration and banquet reservations: On site
Conference: TBA
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