CFP : ‘Evil in Ancient Philosophy’ (The Tenth Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy)

The Tenth Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy

‘Evil in Ancient Philosophy’

6-7 March 2020

We are pleased to announce our call for papers for a conference on the topic ‘Evil in Ancient Philosophy’, to take place in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, on 6-7 March 2020.

Although one of the aims of many ancient philosophers was to define goodness and achieve the good life, the good’s opposite always loomed in the background. We are interested in fostering a discussion about philosophical conceptions of evil and badness across antiquity, including conceptions occurring in more literary and theological texts, such as Hesiod, tragedy, and the Church Fathers. We invite graduate students and early-career researchers (within three years of completion of their degree) from a variety of disciplines in the humanities—philosophy, literature, theology, political theory, reception studies—to submit philosophically-oriented papers on subjects including (but not limited to):

Origins of evil [e.g. Pandora]
Cosmogonical personifications of evil [e.g. Empedocles, Manichaeism]
Blame and guilt
Vice and sin
Natural ‘evil’, e.g. illness and natural disasters
Political discussions concerning evil in tyranny and war
Reception [e.g. Bernard Williams and Hannah Arendt]

We are also pleased to announce that our keynotes speakers will be Prof. Christian Wildberg (Pittsburgh) and Dr. Karen Margrethe Nielsen (Oxford).

Your paper should be approximately 3000-3500 words (suitable for a 30-minute presentation), though it need not be in its final form at the time of submission. We ask for both a PDF and a Word document, prepared for blind review. Please submit the paper, along with an abstract of no more than 300 words, to <>. Write ‘Conference Submission’ in the subject line of your email and include in the body of the email your name, departmental affiliation, email address, and the title of your paper (as well as the year in which your PhD was awarded in the case of early-career researchers).

The submission deadline is Sunday, 12 January 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 24 January.

Please note that successful applicants will be expected to send the final version of their paper (and if applicable, their handout) to their respondent by Friday, 21 February.

We look forward to your submissions.

The 2020 CGCAP Organising Committee

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