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  • 18 May 2020 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Those in the Australasian philosophical community who knew Karen Neander will be greatly saddened by the news of her death. She died on 6 May 2020, after a long battle with cancer.

    Karen completed a BA (honours) at La Trobe in 1975, followed by the award of her PhD in 1984. In the 1980s she held positions in Philosophy at the Universities of Sydney, Wollongong, and Adelaide before becoming a postdoctoral and then a research fellow in the Philosophy Program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU. In 1996 Karen moved to a position at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. She took up a senior appointment in Philosophy at the University of California at Davis in 2002, and in 2006 became Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics at Duke University in North Carolina.

    Karen maintained strong links with Australasian philosophy, serving as a member of the AJP Editorial Board, attending the AAP conference when she could, and keeping in touch with former colleagues. Many philosophers here regarded Karen as a long-term friend as well as an academic colleague and her death is felt as a personal as well as a professional loss.

    Karen was a first-rate philosopher and internationally well-known for her contributions to philosophy of mind, biology, and cognitive science. Prior to her important book, A Mark of the Mental (MIT Press, 2017), there was an impressive list of publications in journals, edited collections, and major reference works. As David Papineau has recently written of Karen: "All her work was powerful, insightful, influential."

    Karen is remembered by many with great respect and with great affection.

  • 19 Nov 2019 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stephanie (Steffi) Lewis died at her home in Princeton on the 7th of November this year.  Steffi had a long association with the Australasian philosophical community and has been a longtime member of the AAP, attending most conferences since the early 1970s.  She visited Australia or New Zealand almost annually since 1970 with her husband David, and continued to regularly and frequently attend the annual conference after David’s death in 2001.  It is with great sadness that we note her passing. 

    STUART BROCK

    CEO | Australasian Association of Philosophy





  • 23 Sep 2019 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    The AAP would like to recognise the passing of Andre Norman Gallois. Andre spent many of his career years in Australia starting at Monash and then moving to UQ where he served as Chair of the Philosophy Department for 17 years. Andre also served as a member of the editorial board of the AJP. Obituary HERE

  • 28 Aug 2019 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    The AAP would like to recognise the passing of John Williams. John was a prominent, prolific, and much-loved member of the Singapore philosophy community. John was a mentor to many in Singapore, as well as a regular attendee at the AAP conference. http://michaelpelczar.com/?page_id=255

  • 05 Jul 2019 11:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We at the AAP would like to acknowledge the serious concerns raised regarding one of the talks scheduled at our upcoming conference at the University of Wollongong.

    By tradition and by policy, the AAP conference accepts all contributions received from academic philosophers in Australasia. Aside from the Presidential address and our keynote speakers, the contributors to the conference are not invited speakers, and as an organisation we do not endorse the content of any paper presented at the conference. Indeed, we encourage respectful but critical responses towards all papers presented at the conference, especially if they defend views that conflict with our commitment to support diversity in philosophy.

    The statement of aims on the conference website expresses our expectations for the conduct for all participants: “We aim to encourage a relaxed, professional, and safe atmosphere for the exchange of ideas and presentation of arguments. We ask all participants - whether they be speakers, chairs, or attendees - to take responsibility for creating a space where all feel accepted, respected, and heard.” We recognise that the aim of encouraging the discussion of arguments and ideas can conflict with the aim of creating a space where everyone is able to participate. We take this seriously, both in terms of the need to engage with arguments and in terms of the need for awareness of the impact those arguments can have. We value all members of the philosophy community, and we expect all participants in the conference to share these commitments.

    Professor Susan Dodds, Chair

    Professor Graham Oppy, Chief Executive Officer

  • 04 May 2019 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Philosophical Association and the American Sociological Association issued an open letter in response to President Bolsonaro’s proposal to defund philosophy and sociology programs in Brazil. The AAP is a signatory.

    https://www.apaonline.org/news/449877/APA--ASA-Issue-Open-Letter-on-Brazils-Plans-to-Cut-Philosophy--Sociology-Programs-in-Brazil-.htm

  • 29 Apr 2019 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The AAP would like to recognise the passing of Emeritus Professor Lauchlan Chipman: https://bond.edu.au/news/61111/emeritus-professor-lauchlan-chipman-bond-university-dies-aged-78
  • 19 Nov 2018 11:07 AM | Anonymous member

    Congratulations to Jeff Malpas and Jacqui Broad on their election to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Congratulations also to Pamela Tate on her election to the Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

  • 26 Oct 2018 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Australasian Association of Philosophy response to revelations of Ministerial Interference with Humanities Research

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy is gravely concerned by the political interference with Australian Research Council (ARC) recommendations uncovered during Senate Estimates by Senator Kim Carr. 11 Humanities and Social Sciences research proposals, which had been recommended by the Australian Research Council for funding, were rejected by Minister Birmingham in 2017 and 2018.

    The proposals – 6 Discovery Projects, 3 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and 2 Future Fellowships – were rigorously reviewed by expert peer reviewers, including international experts, and were deemed to be both eligible under the ARC funding rules and of outstanding quality before being recommended for funding. No reasons for the rejection of the recommendations were given. On what basis would the Minister be able to determine that these 11 proposals did not merit funding? It is unthinkable that the Minister would intervene in a similar way with proposals assessed by experts in physics or chemistry. Why would a Minister claim to be better able to assess the merits of humanities and social sciences proposals than the peer reviewers and panel experts in these fields?

    This interference with the ARC’s independence and its robust processes is a direct threat to Australian higher education, to research, to intellectual freedom and to our community, given that the outcomes from research inform public policy and our understanding of ourselves as a nation and our place in the world. Researchers accept that governments shape the funding priorities of funding bodies, like the ARC and NHMRC. Nonetheless, they rightfully expect that political interests should not impede the robust and independent peer review process. Such interference threatens the core of academic research, independent peer review.

    The impact of such interference on the careers of researchers whose proposals have been rejected after recommendation for funding from the ARC significant. DECRA and Future Fellowships support career-establishing and -sustaining projects undertaken by Australia’s brightest researchers. At least one of the DECRA applicants whose proposal was rejected has left Australia; a direct loss of research capacity for what was once hailed as a Knowledge Nation.

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy is dismayed by the arbitrary and unjust actions of the Minister.

    Professor Graham Oppy

    Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Association of Philosophy

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  • 30 Aug 2018 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 25th World Congress of Philosophy will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in July 2023. It will be hosted by the Australasian Association of Philosophy. 

    The decision to bring the World Congress to Melbourne was made at the General Assembly of FISP (the International Federation of Philosophy Associations), during the 24th. World Congress of Philosophy, held in Beijing in August 2018.

    The AAP wishes to express its appreciation to the Melbourne Convention Bureau -- and, in particular, to Marko Sanovic -- for support for the Melbourne bid. It also acknowledges the hard work of the members of the Local Organising Committee: Alan Hajek, Stuart Brock, Tan Sor Hoon, Karyn Lai, and Monima Chadha.

    More details about WCP25 will be made available in the coming months, including the precise dates. Please do put this into your calendar.

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