Call for Panel Proposals 2020


Founded in 2003, the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) is a Canada-based international academic society that aims to promote rigorous scholarship drawn from the traditions of existentialism and phenomenology, broadly construed. In addition to theoretical work on core philosophical issues and figures, we are especially interested in providing a forum for showcasing practical and applied research, as well as cross- and interdisciplinary developments of existential and phenomenological themes.

Our 2020 meeting will be held in the first week of June at the University of Western Ontario in London (Ontario), in conjunction with the annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

If you are interested in organizing a panel in any area relevant to EPTC’s areas of interest, please:

  1. Prepare a brief description of the panel (no more than 250 words) that includes a description of the topic to be addressed and a justification for the topic’s relevancy and timeliness, particularly with reference to EPTC’s mandate.
  2. Suggest how many papers will be included in your panel (maximum 7, but normally 3 or 4). Please note that if your panel is accepted, EPTC may not be able to accommodate your request, but you will be notified, along with your panel acceptance, of how many slots have been allotted to your panel.
  3. Submit the above in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to no later than September 30, 2019.

Decisions will be made and communicated no later than October 21, 2019.

Please note that panel organizers will be responsible for:

  • Drafting and circulating the panel’s CFP.
  • Collecting submissions and fielding inquiries.
  • Organizing and undertaking blind review of panel submissions.
  • Organizing chairs and commentators for your panel sessions.
  • Regularly updating program coordinators of the status of the panel and notifying them in a timely fashion of any changes to the panel. As a general rule, we will not be able to accommodate more paper slots than originally proposed and allotted.

While we understand that unforeseeable events may occur, please note that panel slots are coveted and competitive and that your submission of a proposal indicates that you feel reasonably confident that you will be able to fill your proposed slots with high quality papers.

Panel selection criteria:

  • Relevance and timeliness of proposed topic.
  • Thematic complementarity with other selected panels, and panels of previous years (i.e. avoiding redundancy but continuing and expanding fruitful directions of inquiry).
  • Panel organizer’s prior knowledge of, involvement in, and commitment to ETPC.

Follow this link to see previous programs.

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