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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

93rd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association

The Joint Session is a three-day conference in philosophy that is held annually during the summer by the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. It has taken place at nearly every major university across the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Since 1910, the Joint Session has grown to become the largest gathering of philosophers in the country, attracting prestigious UK and international speakers working in a broad range of philosophical areas. Inaugurated by the incoming President of the Mind Association, the Joint Session includes symposia, open, SWIP and postgraduate sessions, and a range of satellite conferences.

The 93rd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at Durham University, 19th–21st of July 2019.

Registration available here. Registration ends at midnight BST on Tuesday 4 July.


Inaugural Address

  • Jennifer Saul


  • Quayshawn Spencer (Penn) & Katharine Jenkins (Nottingham)
  • Seana Shiffrin (UCLA) & Christoph Fehige (Saarland)
  • Matthew Soteriou (KCL) & James Stazicker (KCL)
  • Peter Adamson (LMU) & George Boys-Stones (Durham)
  • Katharine Hawley (St Andrews) & Sarah Paul (Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Maria Baghramian (UCD) & Martin Kusch (Vienna)

Mind Research Fellows

  • Stephen deWijze (Manchester)
  • Mona Simion (Glasgow)

The Open Sessions

The Open Sessions take place during the Saturday and Sunday afternoons of the conference. There are a large number of places available, allowing room for an extensive and diverse programme of talks. There are no restrictions on the areas of philosophy which papers may address. The intention is to accommodate all philosophical material (so far as time and space in the programme allow) that is suitable for presentation. Each Open Session talk lasts up to 20 minutes and is followed by an additional 10 minutes for discussion.

SWIP Session
The SWIP Session is a special panel held on Saturday afternoon which draws together papers that further the aims of SWIP (the Society for Women in Philosophy UK) broadly construed. This includes papers on feminism and related emancipatory philosophies, on women in the history of philosophy, and on achieving gender justice and related forms of justice in the profession.

SWIP is committed to ensuring that financial considerations do not pose a barrier to participation. In the case of presenters who are not able to access institutional funding and would not otherwise be able to attend, we will cover the cost of early bird registration and contribute to the costs of basic travel and accommodation up to a maximum of £250.

Postgraduate Session
The Postgraduate Session occurs on the Saturday afternoon of the conference. A maximum of eight submissions are selected for presentation. Only current postgraduate students (including those who have obtained a postgraduate degree within the past year) can submit for the Postgraduate Session.

The selected postgraduate students will have their conference fee and accommodation expenses covered by the Aristotelian Society.


Submissions for the Open Sessions should be sent by email to no later than 23:59 BST on 1 February 2019.
Submissions for the SWIP Session should be sent by email to within the same time frame.
Submissions for the Postgraduate Session should be made directly to the Society using the form on this page, within the same time frame.

Further Details

  • Submissions should be PDFs meeting the following standards:
    • fully anonymized
    • states the submission’s subdisciplinary area on the first page
    • no more than 2000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, as well as an abstract of no more than 100 words
    • standard 12 pt font and single-spaced throughout, including references and quotations
    • one-inch margins or larger
    • pages numbered
  • One submission per individual
  • Submissions must be for only one of the Open, SWIP or Postgraduate Sessions. Rejected submissions for the SWIP or Postgraduate Sessions may be recommended for the Open Sessions.
  • Conference delegates must be members of either the Aristotelian Society or the Mind Association.
  • Please note that funding is not provided for standard Open Session participants.

Information for Conference Attendees

The main venue for the Joint Session is the Calman Learning Centre (and adjacent buildings).

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