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BNWP Workshop and Symposium in Imagination, Society, and Culture

The Bergen Network for Women in Philosophy (BNWP) at the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB) will be hosting its first graduate student workshop and symposium from January 17th - 19th, 2019. We will discuss the relationship between imagination, society, and culture, broadly construed; please see below for sample questions. Our keynote speakers are Sabina Lovibond (Oxford), Sandra Laugier (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac and Tel Aviv).

The event will comprise two kinds of sessions: Workshops will involve close discussion of a pre-circulated paper in small groups. Symposium presentations will be given by keynote speakers and interested workshop participants. These presentations will be open to the rest of the department and the general public.

We welcome submissions from women (inclusively defined) who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (masters or doctorate) or have completed a graduate degree within the past year. Submissions must be in English. We will be able to offer free accommodation to some participants and to provide all participants with some meals.

To submit a paper, please fill out this form by November 15th. Successful applicants will be required to send a full paper by January 1st, 2019. There is no registration fee.

Discussion will include, but is not limited to, the following:

-- What is imagination? What distinguishes it from other modes of thought? What limits exist -- or should (not) exist -- to imagination? How is one taught to imagine (something, in general)?

-- To what degree is one’s imaginative capacity bounded by societal expectation or cultural heritage? How does a society’s language bear upon the capacity of its people to imagine?

-- What aspects of ethical reasoning and behavior depend upon a relationship between imagination and socioculture? How do changes in imaginative capacity follow, or precipitate, sociocultural change?

We particularly welcome submissions in meta-ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of anthropology, philosophy of language, and political philosophy. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions!

Scientific organizers: Carlota Salvador Megias, Jasmin Trächtler

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Earlier Event: November 6
Belief, Imagination, and Delusion
Later Event: February 1
Resistant Imaginations