Sustainability and Environmental Ethics poster for the 2022 event.

Boston University Graduate Student Philosophy Conference 2022 to Cover “Sustainability & Environmental Ethics”

The Department of Philosophy is thrilled to be hosting the BU Graduate Student Philosophy Conference again this year on April 21-22, 2022. The topic for this year’s conference is Sustainability and Environmental Ethics.

The two-day, in-person conference features seven graduate student presentations and a keynote address, and will also offer a roundtable with philosophers for sustainability exploring environmental philosophy and the role that philosophers should play in public debate.

The event has been organized by Philosophy PhD students Federica Bocchi, Leticia Castillo Brache, Cansu Hepçaglayan, and Amber Sheldon. The event has been generously sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities, Society for Applied Philosophy (SAP), The Marc Sanders Foundation, the Karbank Fellowship through the Department of Philosophy, and Minorities and Philosophy (MAP).

The organizers write:

“The event will confront issues of sustainability, climate responsibility, and environmental justice from a philosophical perspective. As a philosophical community, we recognize the urgency of addressing the climate and ecological crises and wish to provide a safe and diverse platform for philosophers to discuss the conceptual, ethical, political, aesthetic, and spiritual dimensions of climate change and sustainability as it is perceived today. Our chief motivation for organizing this conference is to show how the challenges we face in light of the climate and biodiversity crises are scientific, technological, and social, but also deeply and fundamentally philosophical.”

The conference will offer opportunities for discussion on a monumental and international scale, with speakers from Canada, Scotland, South Africa, and Switzerland, as well as the United States. Speakers include:

  • Patrick Ben (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Robin T. Bianchi (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Jingsi Teng (University of Tennessee, USA)
  • Timothy J Schatz (Boston College, USA)
  • Danielle Douez (Concordia University, Canada)
  • Caleb Hylkema (University of Utah, USA)
  • Giles Howdle (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

The conference will also include a keynote address from Dr. Brian Burkhart (University of Oklahoma, USA), who will present “Indigenous Land-Based Anticolonial Philosophy and Climate Change” on Thursday, April 21. A reception will follow Dr. Burkhart’s talk.

Click here for the event’s full poster.

You can find the profiles of the speakers, abstracts, and more information here.