Annual Conference


BIPPA Annual Conference 2022 – ‘Gender, Race, Identity’


Every year, the British and Irish Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BIPPA) organises its Annual Conference, when we aim at bringing together postgraduate students from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland to present their work, meet their peers and strengthen the postgraduate philosophical community. The conference includes talks by graduate students, keynote addresses by senior academics, and the BIPPA Annual Careers Workshop. During the second day of the conference, participants will also have the opportunity to attend our BIPPA Annual Masterclass.

This year’s conference will take place in person at University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, on the 11th and 12th of November 2022. The theme of the conference is ‘Gender, Race, Identity’. We welcome proposals for talks that fall within this topic, broadly understood, from all postgraduate students in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We particularly encourage applications from all who identify as members of underrepresented groups in academia. People who have previously completed a postgraduate degree and are in the transition to another are also welcome, regardless of their enrolment status. Some topic suggestions for submissions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The social and political dimension of identity (including any philosophy that concerns the historical, political and economic constitution of race, gender, sexuality and class and potentially their overlapping) 
  • Philosophy of personal identity (including debates in Metaphysics , Phenomenology, Existentialism, Frankfurt school and beyond)
  • Feminist philosophy (including under-represented canonical figures in the history of philosophy, feminist readings of the history of philosophy, branches of feminist philosophy e.g. Poststructuralist feminists, Black feminism, Marxist feminism, Analytic feminism and also lesser-known feminist thinkers)
  • Transgender philosophy, Transphilosophy, and Queer Theory 
  • Afro-futurism, afro-pessimism, Africana critical theory/Black existentialism and Critical Race theory
  • Post-colonial, anti-colonial thought and Orientalism 
  • Non-Western approaches to gender, race, personal identity, and social/political identity

To submit an abstract, please fill in the form below. Abstracts should be around 500 words, and cannot exceed 700 words. We also offer nine travel bursaries of up to £250 for participants of the event who will not have their expenses covered by their home university or their funding institution.

In the form, you will be asked to answer the following information about yourself:

  • Name
  • Preferred pronouns
  • Affiliation
  • Postgraduate degree you are studying
  • Title of submission and abstract
  • Whether you consider yourself to be part of an underrepresented group in Philosophy
  • Whether you would like to be considered for our travel bursaries, and whether your university or funding institution could cover your travel expenses

The deadline for expression of interest is Wednesday 31st August 2022, 12pm BST. The selected candidates will hear back by the end of September. If you have any questions, please email

Please, note that participants at the conference will be asked to pay a conference fee of £20, in order to cover the costs of running the event. While we have tried to keep the fee to a minimum, we understand that some students may experience a difficult financial situation, so we will be happy to consider a fee waiver for these cases. 

We would like to thank the Royal Institute of Philosophy, as well as University College Dublin, for their generous support and the funding provided. We would also like to thank Kelly Louis Rexzy P. Agra (UCD) for her invaluable help in the organization of the event. 

Past Conferences​

Newcastle University (2021)

The 2021 conference, the theme of which was transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary philosophy, featured keynote speeches by Tina Chanter and Elodie Roy. The career day focused on employability and pursuing academic careers.

The University of Birmingham (2018)

The 2018 conference featured keynote speeches by Heather Widdows, Alison Jaggar, and Veronique Munoz-Darde. The career day focused on workshops on inclusivity.

The University of Reading (2016)

The 2016 conference featured keynote speeches by Laurie Paul, David Papineau, Brad Hooker, and William MacAskill. The career day featured a series of workshops tackling issues related to developing a career in academic philosophy.

The University of Southampton (2015)

The 2015 conference featured keynote speeches by Stephen Mulhall and Lucy O’Brien. The careers day featured sessions on publication, minorities in philosophy, CV writing, and the job market.

​The University of Leeds (2014)

The 2014 conference featured keynote speeches by Angela Hobbs, Ian James Kidd, and Naomi Goulder. The careers day featured sessions on CV writing, gender and philosophy in academia, getting published, and the job market in academic philosophy.

The University of Glasgow (2013)

The 2013 conference featured keynote speeches by Helen Beebee and Ernest Sosa.

The University of Edinburgh (2012)

The 2012 conference featured keynote speeches by Sarah Broadie, Brad Hooker, Christopher Peacocke and Duncan Pritchard.

The University of Reading (2011)

The 2011 conference featured keynote speeches by Derek Parfit, Crispin Wright, Emma Borg and Jonathan Dancy.  The careers day featured session on preparing for the job market, publishing, CV writing, teaching practice, and the role of philosophy in modern culture and the public sphere.

And many more besides…