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2023 Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference

Monday April 17, 2023, 8:00 am - Tuesday April 18, 2023, 5:00 pm

The 2023 Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference is coming up, as always promising to offer food for thought, showcasing some of the best undergraduate research done in Philosophy at the current moment. The featured keynote speaker will be Sol Goldberg, an associate professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Please check back at a later date for the full schedule.

Interested potential student speakers should answer the call for papers, now open (see below).

Call for Papers

Submission deadline: March 3, 2023

The Conference

In mid-April of this year (April 17-18, 2023), the Department of Philosophy will hold its annual Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference. We are currently planning for the conference to be held in person on the St. George campus. There will be 10-12 spaces available for undergraduate students to present their research. Presentations will each be 25-30 minutes long, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A. This is an open call to all University of Toronto students, from all campuses.


We are seeking novel and clearly executed papers that can be made into interesting 25-30 minute presentations. Suitable papers will be around, but not over, 3,000 words in length. Anonymize your paper and email it as a PDF file to ugphilconference.uoft@gmail.com by 11:59pm EST on Monday, March 3, 2023. Please include a word count at the beginning of your paper. To ensure you have properly anonymized your paper, please review the “Guidelines for Anonymous Review” included on the website (courtesy of Noēsis). Results will be released.

A few notes:

  • If you do not have a completed paper but do have a suitably presentable work-in-progress in which all relevant ideas are resolved, feel free to send us an abstract or thorough outline.
  • If you have an interdisciplinary paper that you think has substantial philosophical content, you are more than welcome to submit You may include a brief note at the top of your submission if you would like to make a case for your paper’s philosophical merit, but this is not necessary.


As well as submissions, please send any questions to ugphilconference.uoft@gmail.com .The account will be monitored closely in the weeks leading up the deadline.

Preparing a Document for Anonymous Review

 To prepare your document for anonymous review, ensure you have taken the following steps to remove any identifying information from your paper and its file:

  • Remove your name, student number, professors’ names, and course codes from the paper itself. Places to look for this information are the top of the paper, a title page, and headers. Ensure that your name appears nowhere in the paper itself when it is identifying you as the author of the Your professors’ names should appear only in a citation of their lectures or written works.
  • If you are citing your own works, ensure that you do so in the third person and do not indicate that you are the author of that other In other words, avoid statements such as, “As I argue elsewhere,” to avoid the risk of detection.
  • The most difficult-to-detect form of author identification is in the paper’s digital Often a word processor will include authorship information from one’s computer with or without one’s knowledge, and it is important when submitting a file for anonymous review that such information is deleted from the file. The fix is simple: find the file in your computer’s files, click ‘Properties’, and delete any author/editor information that may be lurking in the file.

Following these steps and keeping a keen eye out for identifying information should ensure that your paper is eligible for review. If you have any further questions about preparing your documents for anonymous review, feel free to contact us at ugphilconference.uoft@gmail.com



Monday April 17, 2023, 8:00 am
Tuesday April 18, 2023, 5:00 pm
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