PSA2020: Call for Symposium Proposals

November 19-22, 2020, Baltimore, MD, USA

Submission opens on October 10 for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA2020 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 19-22, 2020. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 10, 2020.

A call for contributed papers and a call for posters for the poster forum will be issued separately. The call for session chairs will be sent out in late summer 2020. The conference will begin at 8:30 am on November 19 and last through 3:00 pm on November 22. The PSA will once again be offering travel grants for early career scholars, onsite childcare services, and dependent care subsidies of up to $200.

A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 4-5, organized around a topic of interest in philosophy of science (broadly construed). The PSA2020 program committee is committed to assembling a program with high-quality symposia on a variety of topics and diverse presenters that reflects the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with current science, such as by including working scientists, or that make other connections outside philosophy, such as with history, sociology, or public policy, are warmly invited. We will not be considering ‘Author Meets Critics’ sessions, but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are welcome. 

At the time of submission, proposers may choose to have their proposals considered for the Women’s Caucus Prize Symposium; for more information please go here

Members of the PSA2020 Program Committee are listed here.

Call for papers

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to enable the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should be in pdf format and include:

  1. The title of the proposed symposium
  2. A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
  3. A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (up to 1000 words)
  4. A list of participants with institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses, including any non-presenting co-authors
  5. Titles and abstracts of all papers (up to 500 words for each title and abstract)
  6. Either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description for each participant, including any non-presenting co-authors (up to 1 page for each participant)

See the meeting website for more information and to submit a symposium proposal after submissions open on October 10. The site also has a discussion page, which can be used to help organize and find participants for symposium proposals. To post on the discussion page or submit a proposal, you will need to first create an account. (Click on “Create Account” on the top menu.) To submit a symposium proposal, click on “Submissions” once you log into your account. The full symposium should be submitted under “Symposium.” In addition, each presenting author of a symposium paper and each symposium commentator will need to create their own account and submit their own abstract under “Symposium Paper Abstracts.” Commentators should enter “Commentary” or the equivalent as a title, and “Commentary” or the equivalent in the abstract field if there is not an abstract for the commentary. All authors (whether a presenting author or not) are asked either to create an account or to log into their account (if one is created for them by a co-author) to answer optional demographic questions.

The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 10, 2020. Symposium organizers will be informed of the program committee’s decision prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers (March 6, 2020). Please see important information below on the PSA policy regarding multiple submissions.

After the conference, symposium presenters may submit their papers for review for publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The submission deadline for symposium papers will be announced at a later date. Papers will be evaluated for publication individually. Authors are encouraged to post their symposium papers as PSA2020 Conference Papers here (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting. Authors who subsequently submit their paper for review for publication are also encouraged to post those papers here, whether or not they are accepted for publication.

Please see more information here.

Deadline: January 10, 2020

Posted: September 30, 2019