Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Undergraduate Conference 2019


Undergraduate philosophy conference: March 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and March 30 at Loyola University Chicago.


Deadline: Feb. 15th, 2019

Announcing the second annual Loyola undergraduate philosophy conference! This public conference, sponsored by the Loyola philosophy department, will feature the work of Loyola undergraduate philosophers as well as their peers in other Chicago-area institutions and will take place on March 30, 2019, on Lakeshore campus.

Please submit a proposal of 200-300 words for a presentation on any philosophical topic of your choice by Friday, Feb. 15th to yzhang45@luc.edu and jvukov@luc.edu. Papers written for class are welcomed and encouraged, as well as proposals for prospective papers. If you have an idea you’d like to share, please consider submitting it.

This year, we are also welcoming the Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) program into our conference lineup! MAP is a collection of students in philosophy departments nationwide that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy, and our Loyola chapter will be hosting a series of art-centered conference presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Chicago.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor at Marquette University specializing in Latin American philosophy, political philosophy, and the philosophy of race/ethics of racism. He has worked with the National Endowment for the Humanities (UCLA summer 2011, "Re-thinkining International Migration") and is a member of the APA Committee for Hispanics in Philosophy. Dr. Silva is currently writing on the problem of democratic exclusion, the dynamic nature of racism, and the challenges that undocumented immigration and the militarization of the border pose to mainstream political philosophy.

All Loyola undergraduate students with an interest in philosophy are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration. Presenting at undergraduate conferences is an excellent way to build your resume, get experience sharing your ideas, and (perhaps most important!) spend the day with others on campus who are interested in philosophy. Additionally, MAP will sponsor and award a $250 first-place prize and two $100 runner-up prizes for outstanding undergraduate essays to conference participants from underrepresented groups in philosophy. To be considered for the prize, send your full paper (maximum 3,500 words) to Rebecca Valeriano-Flores (mvalerianoflores@luc.edu) by April 15. 

Send your papers and any questions to the conference organizers: Yiran Zhang (yzhang45@luc.edu) and Joe Vukov (jvukov@luc.edu).