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  • 13 May 2013 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    2013 AAP Annual Conference
    REMINDER: Call for papers & Registration

    NOTE: Please register before June 1st to take advantage of the early registration discount. Abstracts received after 1st June will not be considered.

    The 2013 Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference is being hosted by the University of Queensland and Bond University. It will be held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Queensland, Australia, 7th - 12th July. Registration for the conference is now open!

    The keynote speakers for this year's conference are:

    Simon Blackburn (Cambridge)
    Mark Colyvan (Sydney)
    Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt)
    Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie)

    To register or register and submit an abstract (max. 200 words), visit the conference website at:

    http://www.aap-conferences.org.au/ (Go to: Fees and Registration | Submit and Abstract)

    Papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Alongside the regular sessions, we will be announcing a small number of special streams on more focused topics as suggestions arise. So far we have:

    *         Advances in philosophy of the cognitive sciences
    *         Jack Smart

    These streams are open to all conference delegates.

    Abstracts received after 1st June will not be considered.

    Please register before June 1st to take advantage of the early registration discount!

    In addition to the conference dinner and opening night reception, there will be a commemorative event: Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture, held on Monday 8th July, at 7pm, ABC studios, Southbank.

    For more information, visit the conference website at http://www.aap-conference.org.au or contact the organizers at:

    AAP 2013 Organizing Committee
    Gilbert Burgh (UQ) and Damian Cox (Bond
  • 21 Feb 2013 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    2013 New Zealand Philosophy Conference
    (hitherto 'AAP NZ Division Conference')
    8-12 December, The University of Auckland

    This is an early notice that this year's New Zealand Philosophy Conference
    will be held at The University of Auckland (New Zealand) from the evening
    of Sunday 8th December to the afternoon of Thursday 12th December 2013.

    Due to legal/structural changes of the AAP, a number of formal details of
    the conference are yet to be finalised (including its title). Details of
    the event will be posted on our departmental website in late July, once the
    2013 AAP Conference hosted by The University of Queensland and Bond
    University has ended. We will also send a call for papers at that time.

    In the meantime, if you would like further details on arrangements, please
    feel free to contact the organisers at the following addresses:

    Denis Robinson: dj.robinson@auckland.ac.nz
    Marco Grix: m.grix@auckland.ac.nz

    Department of Philosophy
    University of Auckland
    Private Bag 92019
    Auckland 1142
    New Zealand

    (http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/philosophy)
  • 15 Feb 2013 7:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2013 Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference is being hosted by the University of Queensland and Bond University. It will be held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Queensland, Australia, 7th – 12th July.

    The keynote speakers for this year’s conference are:

    •       Simon Blackburn (Cambridge)
    •       Mark Colyvan (Sydney)
    •       Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt)
    •       Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie)

    Registration for the conference will be open soon through the 2013 AAP conference website.

    If you are planning to submit an abstract, these can also be submitted soon through the website. Abstracts must be a max of 250 words. We will try to accommodate all suitable abstracts received by 1st June, after which no more submissions will be considered (no exceptions).

    Website: www.aap-conferences.org.au

    Papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Alongside the regular sessions, we will be announcing a small number of special streams on more focused topics as suggestions arise. These streams are open to all conference delegates. So far we have:

    •       ‘Advances in philosophy of the cognitive sciences’

    In addition to the conference dinner and opening night reception, there will be a commemorative event: Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture, held on Monday 8th July, at 7pm, ABC studios, Southbank.

    For more information, visit the conference website or contact the organizers at:

    AAP 2013 Organizing Committee
    Gilbert Burgh (UQ) and Damian Cox (Bond

    Email: aap-2013@uq.edu.au
    Phone: +61 2 3365 6348
  • 14 Dec 2012 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAP Media Prize 

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an annual prize of $500 for the best philosophical piece(s) published by a professional philosopher in the popular media in Australasia. First awarded in 1999, the main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece(s) to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue. Consideration is also given to the quality of the philosophical discussion and to the size of the audience reached. Previous winners of the AAP Media Prize include Paul Biegler (2012) Peter Slezak (2011), Caroline West (2010), John Armstrong (2009) and Geoffrey Levey (2008). 

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from professional philosophers (including postgraduates and also retired academic philosophers) published in 2012. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. Entries may be submitted in either electronic or hard copy via email to elizagoddard@aap.org.au or post to GPO BOX 1978, Hobart, 7001, Australia. If providing hard copy, please provide 3 copies of your nominated piece(s). The closing date for entries is 30th March 2013

    Further information about the AAP Media Prize, including conditions of entry, can be found at: http://www.aap.org.au/AAPmediaprize

    AAP Media Professionals' Award 

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an occasional award of $500 to journalists and other media professionals for excellence in the presentation of philosophy or philosophical issues in the media. The main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue. Consideration is also given to the quality of the philosophical discussion and to the size of the audience reached. Previous winners of the AAP Media Professionals' Award are Natasha Mitchell (All in the Mind) and Alan Saunders (Philosopher's Zone). 

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from journalists and other media professionals. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. The AAP Media Professionals' Award is offered no more than once each year, and may not be made every year. Entries may be submitted in either electronic or hard copy via email to elizagoddard@aap.org.au or post to GPO BOX 1978, Hobart, 7001, Australia. If providing hard copy, please provide 3 copies of your nominated piece(s). The closing date for entries is 30th March 2013

    Further information about the AAP Media Professionals' Award , including conditions of entry, can be found at: http://www.aap.org.au/mediaprofessionalsaward

  • 04 Dec 2012 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are now welcoming all proposals by postgraduates to organize and host the 2012 Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference (APPC)

    The APPC provides the opportunity for postgraduate students studying all over Australasia to present their work, debate their ideas, and meet others around our region.

    For over two decades, we have sought to provide postgraduate attendees with programming suited to their needs, including public forums, discussions with graduates, philosophy 'superstars', and a publishing workshop with the editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Recent conferences have been in Christchurch, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne, and we definitely welcome bids from anywhere in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore that teaches postgraduate Philosophy.

    Our comprehensive guide to hosting the APPC can be sent upon request, and we are happy to assist organisers with any further questions that they might have.

    Bids close on January 15th, with the successful bidder notified by January 30th.

    Successful bids will likely contain a budget, brief details of local facilities and local accommodation, and a conference planning timeline. Further details concerning bid evaluation criteria are available upon request. Bidders are encouraged to be both realistic and creative with their bids!

    If you are interested in hosting the 2013 conference, or would like further information, then please contact Tad Davis at tdav105@aucklanduni.ac.nz

    For any general comments about the PGSC please contact the new Postgraduate Committee Chair, Paul Daniels at paul.daniels@gmail.com
  • 08 Oct 2012 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The philosophical community will be saddened to hear that Jack Smart died on Saturday (October 6). He was a figure of huge influence over many years in Australasian philosophy, and indeed in philosophy world-wide. In addition, Professor Smart's constant curiosity about, and interest in all manner of scientific and philosophical matters, and his open, cheerful and friendly disposition, made him much liked by all those who were fortunate enough to know him personally.

    There will be a full obituary published in a forthcoming issue of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy expresses its sadness at Professor Smart's death, and offers its condolences to his wife, Elizabeth and his family.

    Photo: Steven Morton

    The AAP hopes that this page can be used to collate and share thoughts about Professor JJC Smart. If you leave a post, make sure you add your name at the end, and your email, if you wish.





  • 06 Aug 2012 6:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Victoria University of Wellington will host the annual New Zealand AAP conference later this year. The conference will run from the evening of Sunday December 2 until the afternoon of Thursday December 6.   Details of the conference can be found on the following webpage: http://aapnzconference.yolasite.com/.

    Registration is now open and delegates are encouraged to give a paper. Abstracts must be received no later than November 13 (and preferaly by November 1). If you would like further details on the conference, please email Anton Killin at the following address: Anton.Killin [at] vuw.ac.nz.
  • 02 Aug 2012 7:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The National Philosothon was held on 13 and 14th July, on the Gold Coast on. The AAP sponsored two prizes - AAP Prize for the Most Promising Female Philosopher and the AAP Prize for the Most Promising Male Philosopher. For more information, including pictures, visit the Philosothon site here>>

  • 24 Jul 2012 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Council of the AAP seeks expression of interest from Australasia-based individuals or groups who may wish to take on the editorship of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

    The AJP is a very highly regarded journal, generally ranked well in the top ten non-specialised philosophy journals in the world. We seek a new editor or editorial team who will maintain the Journal's position. The present editor, Professor Stewart Candlish, will retire from the position at the end of 2013. The new editor should be decided and in place by mid 2013, so that there can be a period of overlap.

    Interested parties, who may be individuals, groups, or possibly whole departments, should contact the Secretary of the Association, Tim Oakley, who will see that immediate questions are answered, and who will provide details about the journal, the workload that an editor may expect, and information on the support, both financial and non-financial, available to the editorial office. We request such expressions be made by September 14, 2012. Shortly after this time, it is expected that those who have expressed interest will be asked to submit further, more detailed submissions, and further negotiations will take place.

    The Association reserves the right not to appoint any applicant, and also to pursue its own searches and headhunting activities independently of the above procedures.
  • 19 Jul 2012 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    QS World University Rankings by subject 2012 show that in the top 100 universities for philosophy, there are:
    • 40 from North America,
    • 38 from Europe (inc. UK),
    • 10 from Australasia,
    • 8 from Asia (mostly China),
    • 3 from Central/South America, and
    • 1 from the Middle East.
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