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Spindel Conference

Murray Spindel, who died of cancer on July 7, 1999, was a great friend to the University of Memphis and to the faculty members and students in the Philosophy Department who came to know him. In the fall of 1981, Murray gave an endowment to the University of Memphis that has been used by the Philosophy Department to fund an annual conference on varying philosophical topics. Directed by faculty, the conference is held each fall (usually late September or early October); the proceedings are published as a supplement to The Southern Journal of Philosophy. The Spindel Philosophy Conference has become an internationally renowned event, and the Spindel Supplements offer timely and important contributions to philosophy.

Recent and Upcoming Spindel Conferences
2014 Alternative Models of the Mind Website
2013 The Lives of Human Animals Website
2012 Freudian Futures Website
2011 Derrida and the Theologico-Political Website
2010 Empathy and Ethics Website
2009 The Sexes of Evolution Website
2008 Race, Racism, and Liberalism in the 21st Century Program
2007 Global Feminist Ethics and Politics Program

Support the Spindel Fund here.



Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

This topical conference is organized each year by the members of the University of Memphis Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA).

Recent and Upcoming PGSA Conferences
2015 Beyond Bars: The Future of Prisons Website, Poster  Program 
2014 Mental Illness and Power
2013 The Philosophy of Labor
2012 Feminism and Liberalism Schedule
2011 The Social Ontology of Race in the "Post-Racial" Era
2010 Contemporary Philosophers Reading the Moderns Program
2009 The Sacred and the Secular: Philosophy
and Religion in the 21st Century


Ida B. Wells Conference

The Ida B. Wells Conference is organized by the Ida B. Wells Association, founded by University of Memphis graduate students to promote discussion of philosophical issues arising from the African American experience and to provide a context in which to mentor undergraduates.

Recent and Upcoming Ida B. Wells Conferences
2014 8th Annual Poster 2014 Wells Poster Program 2014 Wells Program
2013 7th Annual Poster Program
2012 6th Annual Poster Program
2011 5th Annual  Poster Program
2010 4th Annual Poster Program
2009 3rd Annual  Poster Program
2008 2nd Annual Program
2007 1st Annual Program


Other Conferences

  2014 Dignity: The History of a Concept Website
  2014 Torture and Solitary Confinement Website


Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française

Founded in 1989 by Colette Michel (Northern Illinois University), the Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française (SAPLF) is “a forum for discussion of the diverse philosophical strains of French thought in all historical periods, with an emphasis on contemporary figures and issues and a commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives.” Prof. Pleshette DeArmitt (University of Memphis) serves as President of SAPLF. Currently, an annual meeting of the society is held at the Eastern Division of the APA with two to three invited speakers. It is customary that at least one of the speakers delivers a talk in French. Recent invited speakers have included Jean-Michel Salanskis, V. Y. Mudimbe, Leonard Lawlor, and Hugh Silverman.

Edited by John Drabinski (Amherst College), the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy (formerly Journal of French Philosophy) is affiliated with SAPLF. It is an open-access, peer-reviewed, semi-annual publication that publishes essays, book reviews, and critical notes in both French and English.

Greek Reading Group

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