22nd Annual AECDO Student Conference

April 1-2, 2022

Call for Papers

Dominican University College

(Ottawa, ON)

On Culture and Value

We invite graduate and undergraduate students in philosophy, and in theology to submit abstracts for blind review by March 26 [extended deadline].

The conference is organised by AECDO, the student association of Dominican University College. In its 22nd year, this is one of the longest-running student conferences in Canada. This year it will proceed both online, and in-person. The theme this year encourages participants to offer papers that relate to the conference theme, understood broadly.

Please find some general guidelines for your submission here. We also welcome papers from related disciplines. If you would just like to attend, please register here.

Papers should pertain to the theme, and may be as specific as you wish. Whereas this is not a conference on Ludwig Wittgenstein, we hope that his work and legacy provides the groundwork for some clarity during these strange times, and the backgrounder for a multi-disciplinary dialogue where the recognition of plurality is the impetus. Particularly in the Anglosphere, communication between different ideological-worlds has never seemed more difficult than now, and yet been more necessary for us. The United States, for example, was recently identified as a 'backsliding democracy' by one policy group. Rightly or wrongly, some people believe that the Covid-19 related public health measures that most countries have employed are unjust, or at minimum, disproportionate to the good achieved.

"Giving grounds...justifying the evidence, comes to an end; -- but the end is not certain propositions' striking us immediately as true, i.e. it is not a kind of seeing on our part; it is our acting, which lies at the bottom of the language-game." On Certainty. 204.

For Wittgenstein, of course, the language-games these kinds of controversies represent are irreducible to one another-- while the question of what we choose to do is ongoing. We may regard philosophy and theology as ongoing responses to the fact that we do not know what it is to be God, or to inhabit an all-things-considered and epistemically impartial standpoint, anymore than we know how to converse with a lion. Philosophy and theology seek to understand how our value-laden judgements affect the cultural horserace, and impinge on the question of what good we should pursue, and the assumptions we are entitled to hold. Hence, we invite presentations that seek not only to understand how philosophy or theology pertain to culture and value, but also how our culture and values affect the practices of philosophy or theology, for better and worse.

We invite presentations that seek not only to understand how philosophy or theology pertain to culture and value, but also how our culture and values affect the practices of philosophy or theology.

We hope that you will join us in this conversation.

Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Iva Apostolova

Iva Apostolova is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dominican University College. Her doctoral dissertation was on Bertrand Russell’s theory of knowledge under the supervision of Dr. Paul Forster at University of Ottawa. Her areas of competence are Analytic Philosophy, especially Early Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Memory, Philosophy of Mind, Feminist Thought, and Ethics of Care. Her research profile includes publications in Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, De Gruyter’s Metaphysica, and Bioethics. She has co-edited three volumes and has contributed to a number of chapter books, most recently a highly anticipated Oxford University Press volume on Feminist Philosophy of Mind. Her most recent work is focused on memory, the history of analytic philosophy, and epistemology. Dr. Apostolova has always enjoyed collaborative work with both colleagues and students alike, resulting in a number of co-authored publications.

Dr. Douglas Farrow

Douglas Farrow is Professor of Theology and Ethics at McGill University in Montreal and sometime holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies. He received his PhD from King’s College London and taught there before returning to Canada in 1998. He works in historical and systematic theology, theological anthropology and ethics, and political theology. His recent books include Ascension Theology; Desiring a Better Country; Theological Negotiations: Proposals in Soteriology and Anthropology; and 1&2 Thessalonians in the Brazos series. Professor Farrow writes actively on Substack as well as publishing in both academic and popular journals. He received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to public discourse on social issues and is a contributer to the forthcoming Oxford University Press volume on Christianity and Constitutionalism.

Dr. Stoyan Tanev

Stoyan Tanev, PhD, MSc, MEng, MA, is Associate Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management associated with the Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Program, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Dr. Tanev is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculties of Theology of St Paul University in Ottawa and Sofia University in Bulgaria. Before re-joining Carleton University, Dr. Tanev was part of the Innovation and Design Engineering Section, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Dr. Tanev has a multidisciplinary background including MSc in Physics (Sofia University, Bulgaria), PhD in Physics (1995, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, co-awarded by Sofia University, Bulgaria), MEng in Technology Management (2005, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), MA in Orthodox Theology (2009, University of Sherbrooke, Montreal Campus, QC, Canada) and PhD in Theology (2012, Sofia University, Bulgaria).

Dr. Tanev's current research interests are in the fields of technology entrepreneurship and innovation management, business analytics and text mining. His theological interests are in contemporary Orthodox theology, the science and theology dialogue, philosophy of religion, and comparative theology. Dr. Tanev is author of the book Energy in Orthodox Theology and Physics: From Controversy to Encounter, Pickwick Publications, 2017.



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