CfP: Boston University Graduate Student Philosophy Conference

Date: April 22-23, 2021

All sessions will be held over Zoom

Keynote Speaker:

Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)

The graduate students at Boston University are soliciting submissions for our annual graduate student conference in any area of philosophy of science, including philosophy of any of the specific sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.).

Submissions concerning the philosophy of data, especially relating to the work of our keynote speaker, are strongly encouraged. Topics may include (but are not limited to):


  • Metaphysics of data

  • Databases, data storage, data journeys, or data processing

  • Theory- or value-ladenness of data, compared to “raw” data

  • Data ethics

  • Big data

Information for submissions: 

  • Submissions will be accepted in either the form of a paper or extended abstract. Papers should be no more than 5,000 words with a 200-250 word abstract. Extended abstract submissions should be from 750-1,000 words. (Word counts exclude references, footnotes, captions, etc.)

  • Papers and abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review. Please omit any self-identifying marks within the body of the documents. 

  • Please email submissions to by December 21, 2020. The body of the email should include your name, contact information, and department.

  • Authors must be current philosophy graduate students, or philosophically-minded graduate students in any discipline.

  • Selected presenters will be given 30 minutes to present and will be assigned a commentator. 

  • Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of January.

  • Authors of accepted extended abstract submissions will be required to submit the complete paper by April 9, 2021 (so that commentators have time to prepare comments).

  • Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.


This conference is organized by the graduate students of the Department of Philosophy at Boston University. The conference is supported by the Boston University Department of Philosophy.