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Calls for Papers, Proposals and Conferences

TRU PHP Conference - deadline for abstracts: November 30 ,2023

The Thompson Rivers University Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Research Conference (TRU PHP Conference) takes place annually in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The 17th annual conference will be held on TRU’s campus from January 19-20, 2024, with abstracts due on November 30th, 2023. The aim of the conference is to give undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research in a professional, yet inviting environment. The conference is concentrated around three disciplines: Philosophy, History, and Politics. However, they do accept papers from other subjects if there is a connection with one of the three main disciplines. The conference provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to share their original research. It allows them to develop meaningful connections, interact with peers who share similar interests, and spark further research ideas.

In the past sixteen years in which the conference has run, they have had student participants from universities across Canada and the United States. If funding is required for travel or any other reason, they encourage students to seek funding through their home university. Information on potential hotel deals will be made available at a later date should an opportunity arise.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organizers at tru.phpconference@gmail.com.


Please also visit the conference website for more information, including details on abstract submissions, which will open in November.

Epistemai (University of Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophy Journal) - deadlines: January 1, 2024 and February 15, 2024

Epistemai, a student-run journal at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is seeking submissions of original philosophical work from undergraduates for their Spring 2024 edition.

They are looking for excellent undergraduate papers from any philosophical tradition and discipline. Selections will be made based on originality, engagement with the source material, depth of argument, maturity of vocabulary, clarity, conciseness, and accessibility of thoughts and language. They welcome submissions from diverse philosophical backgrounds and on a broad variety of topics.

This year, Epistemai will be implementing a rolling-acceptance based model for submissions. This means that earlier submissions will receive priority in consideration, with the first formal deadline on January 1st, 2024, and a second and final deadline on February 15th, 2024. Submissions received prior to the first deadline will also be considered for the 2024 undergraduate conference, which will be held in mid-to-late spring. They currently plan to accept five papers for the conference and eight for publication in total.

Submission criteria and process:

  • Must be written by an undergraduate.
  • Length should be between 3000 and 6000 words (12 to 24 pages).
  • Include a 100-200 word abstract summarizing your paper and page numbers.
  • Chicago style citations are preferred for submissions, and will be required for publishing.
  • Cannot be published elsewhere.
  • Include a cover page with the following personal information (do not include a name or any personal information elsewhere in the paper): your name, your email, and your undergraduate institution name. 
  • Submit your paper electronically by February 15th, 2024 by uploading a .docx or .docs file (must be editable) to this form, or by email to epistemai@umn.edu. Submissions from those who would like to participate in the conference or are seeking priority consideration are due on January 1st, 2024.

All published papers will be chosen by early spring. Authors will be notified of the editors' decision by that time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the journal email at epistemai@umn.edu.

Download the call for papers [PDF]

Simpliciter (Brandeis University Undergraduate Philosophy Journal) - deadline: January 7, 2024

Simpliciter is a new undergraduate journal of philosophy at Brandeis University located in Waltham, Massachusetts. They aim to recognize excellent works of philosophy produced by undergraduates, and they are accepting submissions for their inaugural edition, to be published in the spring of 2024.

They are looking for philosophy papers from undergraduate students at universities around the world. They will consider papers that make novel contributions to fields such as aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, political philosophy, and more, across a variety of philosophical traditions, and are primarily interested in papers which address an audience trained in Western philosophy.

Why Simpliciter?

  1. Dedicated editing team. Their editing team is composed of Brandeis University undergraduates, who have studied under a highly-ranked philosophy department. They strive to give constructive feedback and to work closely and productively with authors whose submissions are accepted.
  2. Putting student works on the map. Too often quality undergraduate work in philosophy flies under the radar. At Simpliciter, they try to ensure that each author's work is appreciated by a wider audience.
  3. Spring conference. In addition to authors whose works are accepted into the journal, a larger number of authors may be invited to present about their work at a spring/summer conference. Details to be finalized at a later date.

Submission Guidelines 

Papers must be submitted here (https://forms.gle/chgZWjgSwKY6cQ5u7) by the end of Sunday, January 7th, 2024 to be considered for acceptance. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines below before submitting:

  • You must be a current undergraduate at a post-secondary institution, or you must have graduated from such an institution within the past six months.
  • Your paper should not be published or under review at any other sources.
  • Your paper should be no longer than 3000 words. At the top of your PDF, include an abstract of about 300 words.
  • Your paper should be written in English, in Times New Roman 12 point font, double spaced, and formatted as a PDF. No personal information (e.g., name, university) should appear within the PDF.

For more information about Simpliciter and some useful writing resources, please visit their website. If you have any questions or comments, reach out to simpliciter.brandeis@gmail.com. You can also sign up for their mailing list here to stay updated.

Download the call for papers [PDF]