Midsummer Philosophy Workshop

18 June - 20 June 2017

The 2017 Midsummer Philosophy Workshop is a general interest philosophy conference to be held in Leeds, England from 18 June - 21 June.

Participation is by-invitation only on the basis of submitted abstracts and/or volunteering to comment or chair.


Submissions should take the form of a 1000 word abstract prepared for anonymous review. We welcome work on any philosophical topic, but because the workshop will be attended by participants in a range of areas of specialization, papers that are broadly accessible will have a better chance of getting accepted. 

The deadline is February 15, 2017. 

Because this is a generalist, pre-read workshop, completed papers must be no longer than, and preferably somewhat shorter than, 10,000 words.  

Volunteering to Comment or Chair

All those submitting an abstract are also invited to volunteer to comment or chair.   

We strongly encourage those who wish to attend but who do not have an abstract for submission to volunteer to comment or chair.  Please state your AOS and include a brief anonymized summary of your research.

The deadline is February 15, 2017.

Deadline for Submission and/or Volunteering: February 15.

To submit an abstract or to volunteer to comment or chair, please email the 2017 Program Committee at midsummerphilosophy@gmail.com.

We will try to get back to everyone who submitted or volunteered by early March. 

Our review and invitations policy is here.

The deadline is February 15, 2017.

What Are We Looking For in a Submission or a Volunteer?

The Midsummer Philosophy Workshop aims to promote discussion of new work in philosophy. Everyone is welcome to submit or volunteer.  We particularly encourage the participation of both early career researchers and researchers from groups underrepresented in the discipline, such as women and people of color.

The Midsummer Philosophy Workshop is a pre-read workshop. The papers will not be presented in whole or summary.   Sessions consist of two sets of comments, a response by the presenter and then a lengthy discussion period.  All attendees are expected to read all the papers ahead of time. Since we hope to stimulate discussion across all areas of specialization, participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Every year we also try to host an "underground" site where any workshop attendee can post a paper.  This allows participants to read each other's work regardless of who is presenting papers.

Because of the format of the workshop, participation will be restricted to those on the workshop program.

For a sense of the sorts of papers we're looking for, check schedules from previous MPWs.

For more on our review and invitations policy see here.

The organizers of the MPW are Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge), Matthew Smith (Leeds), and Nick Treanor (Edinburgh).