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Upcoming Conferences and other CFP's

8th Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy
University of Minho
Braga, Portugal
June 8-9, 2017
Proposal Deadline: April 10, 2017

​The Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy have established a reputation for providing scholars with an excellent opportunity to present both advanced and exploratory work to a welcoming audience. Graduate students, junior researchers and senior scholars are welcome to submit their work.
This event is organized by the Political Theory Group of CEHUM, University of Minho (Braga).  We welcome proposals in any area of moral, political, or legal philosophy and in normative political theory. 
Keynote speakers this year will be:
Prof. Alison M. Jaggar (University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Birmingham, UK)
"Other worlds are possible—but which are gender just?"
Prof. Gustaf Arrhenius (Stockholm University/Institute for Futures Studies)
"The Democratic Boundary Problem"
Abstract submission:
Proposals must contain an abstract (400-500 words) prepared for blind review, along with 5 keywords.  Please provide your name, contact information, affiliation, and a short 2-3 line bio.
Proposals can be submitted at the conference website:  Further queries can be directed to
Deadline for notification of acceptance: April 30, 2017.
The official language of the conference will be English. For more information about other languages see the conference site (above).

“The Relevance of Philosophy to the Basic Income Movement”

Part of the 16th North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress
June 15-18, 2017
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
Proposals Due: January 31, 2017

The organizers of the 2017 North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress invite all philosophers with relevant interests to submit proposals for short (15-20 min) presentations to be delivered as part of a philosophy-oriented panel.
Proposals drawing from any branch of philosophy are welcome, provided that they have relevance to the contemporary discussion and debates surrounding basic income.
The annual NABIG Congress is co-organized by the United States Basic Income Guarantee Network and Basic Income Canada Network, with its venue alternating between US and Canadian locations. Each year, it brings together a wide variety of academics, researchers, policy advocates, social activists, government officials and other individuals interested in the idea and implementation of a basic income guarantee.
Topics of other sessions at the 2017 Congress may include (but are not limited to): past and present pilot studies, welfare rights, degrowth, technology and AI, model legislation for a BIG, labor perspectives on basic income, and race and gender issues as they relate to basic income.
Information regarding previous NABIG Congresses is available at ​​ Additional details about the 2017 Congress will be available soon at the same website.
Those interested in participating in the panel for philosophers s​hould submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Kate McFarland (​ by January 31, 2017.
Selections will be announced no later than February 15, 2017.


Journals, Book Series and Edited Volumes

Glocalism Issue, "Beyond Democracy: Innovation as Politics"
Deadline: August 31, 2017
This Issue is scheduled to appear October 2017

Innovation is increasingly shaping our world and the way we live. It is, to a greater extent, governing our biological, social and political life. Nanotechnologies, AI, robotics, ICT and biotechnologies – just to mention a few – are intertwined with our individual and collective dimensions, fundamentally and increasingly transforming the organization of our society.
The understanding of the current global transition asks to be rooted in the complex and liquid relationships between innovation and society, in which the causes and effects of the various changing phenomena are not immediately discernible. Innovation – and the management of innovation – is now far less in the hands of traditional politics. The time between research advances and the spread of new technologies is narrowing and new knowledge and power ecosystems are rapidly growing. The rate of innovation is dramatically increasing and much more effort is needed in order to assess the connections between the disruptive forces of highly transformative technological developments and the glocal dynamics that already have been afforded in the previous issues of this journal. From the contemporary divorce between power and traditional politics to the new features of smart cities, from the reforming significance of the human relations composing the “network society” to the changing role of governance or of new media.
All of these topics are densely entangled with the innovation of products and processes. Innovation, which we define here as the “realization of the improbable”, is hacking society at different scales of space and time and with different levels of indeterminacy. In order to overcome the apparent contradiction between the improbable and the regulation ex ante and in order to square the circle of reconciling democracy with expert techno-scientific knowledge, in the last decade, many important scholarships have proposed and encouraged approaches like the Public Understanding of Science and the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), grounded on the belief that robust innovation is socially founded and that a collective, proactive, future oriented path is needed. Ten years after the pillar publication “Taking European Knowledge Seriously”, several emerging issues – such as distrust towards expert knowledge or widespread populism – are breaking into the innovation debate. In this scenario, concepts like the coproduction of knowledge or public engagement, just to mention a few, need to be renovated and the innovation narrative urgently demands philosophical and political reorientation.
Now more than ever, it is clear that innovation is more than just technological invention and society as a whole is undoubtedly at a crucial juncture that is opening unreleased opportunities and risks at the same time. Scientific knowledge is sliding from the hands of ancient elites and contextually the public debates on new technologies increasingly tend to be polarized. A complex approach including the different aspects of innovation is strongly demanded, however dichotomized discourses seem to exceed the synthesizing ones.
In a technologically dense society, the relationship between innovation, knowledge, power and politics is at a turning point. Several authors agree that the governance of frontier research and emerging innovation is one of the major challenges facing contemporary democracies. Can the distrust in expert knowledge challenge or nurture deliberative democracies and innovation quality? How are disruptive innovations impacting the status quo and can innovation drive the development of new forms of tyranny? Who should decide upon innovation and how? Is the democratization of science still the way forward? Further theoretical perspectives and empirical exercises around techno-scientific ‘Innovation as Politics’ are needed. This is compulsory for contemporary society if we want to shape innovation instead of be shaped by it.


Constitutional Studies
Deadline: Ongoing

The journal Constitutional Studies seeks work of the highest quality that expands our understanding of constitutional democratic institutions and the bases for their legitimacy, practices of constitutional self-government, formal and informal constitutional systems, approaches to constitutional jurisprudence, and related subjects. We welcome submissions from a comparative, empirical, historical, normative, or analytic perspective from scholars across the range of the social sciences and humanities.

Interested authors should visit our website at for instructions on formatting and submission. Potential articles should be no more than 10,000 words.  All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review.  Questions about the journal or submissions can be sent to

The journal is supported by generous funding from the Bradley Foundation and the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy and published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Contemporary Anarchist Studies. Bloomsbury Publishing

Deadline: Ongoing



In association with the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, the North American Anarchist Studies Network, and AK Press

Launched in 2010 by members of the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, Contemporary Anarchist Studies is the first peer-reviewed monograph series in anarchist studies by a major international academic publisher. The series promotes the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times, showcasing research that exemplifies cutting edge, socially engaged scholarship, bridging theory and practice, academic rigour and the insights of contemporary activism.

All books published in the series are widely promoted and distributed internationally, and published under a Creative Commons (2.0) License which ensures that permission for non-commercial reproduction of the books is granted by the publishers free of charge to voluntary, campaign and community groups. The general format of the series is simultaneous hardback and paperback publication, with the latter priced affordably so as to reach as large an audience as possible.

The series editors welcome book proposals on a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to the following: anarchist history and theory broadly construed; individual anarchist thinkers; anarchist-informed analysis of current issues and institutions; and anarchist or anarchist-inspired movements and practices. Proposals informed by anti-capitalist, feminist, ecological, indigenous, and non-Western or global South anarchist perspectives are particularly welcome. So, too, are projects that promise to illuminate the relationships between the personal and the political aspects of transformative social change, local and global problems, and anarchism and other movements and ideologies. Above all, we wish to publish books that will help activist scholars and scholar activists think about how to challenge and build real alternatives to existing structures of oppression and injustice.

All proposals are evaluated strictly according to their individual merits and compatibility with the aims of the series. In accordance with this policy, we welcome proposals from independent scholars and new authors as well as from those with an institutional affiliation and publishing record. Titles accepted for publication in the series are supported by an engaged and careful peer review process, including impartial assessments by members of an international editorial advisory board consisting of leading scholars in the field.

We are currently seeking book proposals that fit the description above.

Please send proposals (using a Bloomsbury Academic Proposal Form, available for download here: to one or more of the series editors: Laurence Davis, University College Cork,; Uri Gordon, Loughborough University,; Nathan Jun, Midwestern State University,; Alex Prichard, Exeter University, We also welcome more informal inquiries. Further information about the series is available on the series website at

The Journal Foro Interno. Anuario de Teoría Política

Deadline: Ongoing

The Journal Foro Interno. Anuario de Teoría Política is currently requesting articles to be considered for publication in the upcoming issue (vol. 13, December 2013).

Authors interested in submitting an article may contact us at:

Foro Interno is open to receiving articles throughout the entire year. We seek top quality scientific articles in the field of Political Theory. We also accept manuscripts that refer to other areas of knowledge but that offer content relevant to political theory, such as history of thought, political psychology, political philosophy, cultural studies and literary criticism.

Articles are welcome in either Spanish or English language.

Articles should be sent in Microsoft Word format. The maximum length allowed is 35 pages in Times New Roman 12 font, with double spacing, and should include an abstract and a list of keywords describing the content. For more details on the publication rules, please go to:

Foro Interno is listed in several prestigious national and international indices that are computable for the ANECA point system. It is published annually in December, in both print and electronic format. All content published to date is available in full text format and free of charge on the Portal of the Complutense University Scientific Journals. This Journal may be accessed at:


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