Háskóli Íslands

Who's Got the Power?

Philosophical Critique of Social and Political Structures
Conference at The University of Iceland, Reykjavik
October 6–7, 2017

We live in interesting times. In recent years, we have been experiencing increasingly unequal distribution of wealth, both worldwide and on national levels, growing nationalism in Europe and North America, openly hostile racism, public support for fascist demagogues, and sexism is alive and well. At the moment, the outlook is enormously worrying in one of the world's largest democratic nations.
Perhaps prompted by the circumstances, analytic philosophers have in increasing numbers shown interest in various social and political issues. Social and political philosophy has always been present, but there has been growing interest in applying tools and concepts more traditionally associated with other branches of analytic philosophy to social and political issues.
The aim of the conference in Reykjavík is to gather together philosophers who are interested in pursuing these matters further.

Keynote speakers

+ Luvell Anderson (University of Memphis) - INFO
+ Lisa Herzog (Technical University of Munich) - INFO
+ Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield) - INFO
+ Jason Stanley (Yale University) - INFO

Call for papers

We invite proposals for 30-minute paper presentations (including discussion), addressing current social or political issues from any appropriate philosophical angle. 

To submit a proposal please send via email to the coordinators:

  1. A written proposal (max. 350 words) with a title and descriptive subtitle
  2. A short bio (200 words)

The deadline for proposals is April 21, 2017.


  • Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir (University of Iceland)
  • Gunnar Sigvaldason (University of Iceland)
  • Ericka Tucker (Marquette University)

The confernce is part of the Reality of Money research project which is hosted by the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Iceland. It is a metaphysical investigation of money and monetary value, dedicated to examining the ontological foundations of money as a powerful, existing object. See more at http://realityofmoney.weebly.com/


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