AAP Newsletter December 2021
  • Message from AAP CEO Stuart Brock 
  • 2022 AAP Conference
  • 2021 Postgraduate Conference Fund Recipient 
  • 2022 AAP Prizes – call for entries
  • UPJA – Issue 3 released & call for editors
  • Southern Summer Logic Day
  • Eurekamp Oz!
  • Newly elected Fellows to the AAH
  • Marsden Grants
  • Office closure
  • Acknowledgements and thanks

From Stuart Brock Chief Executive Officer

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you all! This year has been another tough one, and we all deserve a good break.  

I am very much looking forward to 2022. It will be a big year as we prepare for our 2023 Centennial year. The theme for the year will be: Celebrating Australasian Philosophy – Bridging the Past, Present, and Future. The AAP will be hosting its centenary conference in central Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University in conjunction with the  Dianoia Institute of Philosophy and the School of Philosophy. We hope it will be a big event! The Association will also be hosting other events throughout the year, and supporting yet other philosophy events across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. If you are planning to host a philosophy event in 2023 and you would like to promote it, please email the details to Eliza Goddard (elizagoddard@aap.org.au). In addition to some special initiatives which will promote the value of our discipline, we are exploring some other possibilities, such as putting together a time capsule to be opened in 2123 and launching a new journal. 

Before signing off, I would like to give special thanks to Stephen Hetherington, who has been editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy since 2014 and has decided it is time to hand over the reins to a new editor. Stephen has done an outstanding job in the role, and the journal’s reputation has grown under his leadership. While the last two years have seen an overall decline in University Library subscriptions to journals, this has not been true of the AJP. 2022 sees the publication of Volume 100! I am delighted to let you all know that the next Editor will be Antony Eagle (University of Adelaide). Antony has served for many years on the Board and Executive of the AAP as its treasurer. I can’t think of anyone better to take over from Stephen. Further acknowledgments appear after the notices below.

2022 AAP Conference

The 2022 AAP Conference will be held in Canberra hosted by the School of Philosophy at Australian National University from Monday 4 – Thursday 7 July inclusive. Keynotes are: John Sutton (Macquarie University), Gillian Russell (Australian Catholic University), Bryan Mukandi (University of Queensland) and Monima Chadha (Monash University). Bryan will also deliver the Alan Saunders Lecture at the National Press Club on Tuesday 5 July 2022. The Presidential Address will be delivered by Dirk Baltzly.

To enhance access and inclusion, and in light of continuing restrictions on international travel, the AAP conference committee has decided to offer an online conference event outside of the in-person event times – dates and keynotes will be confirmed early next year.  The in-person plenary presentations will be available at no additional cost to online participants, and participants who attend the in-person event will be able to access the online conference at no additional cost. 

COVID-19 Notice: If circumstances demand, we will be able to move the in-person event to a fully online conference.

Registrations will open in February 2022. Further information can be found HERE

2021 AAP Postgraduate Conference Fund Recipient 

Naomi Beecroft (University of Wollongong) has been awarded funding from the 2021 Postgraduate Conference Fund to support the hybrid conference ‘Social Justice and E-cognition: Paths forward’ to be held in mid June 2022 at the University of Wollongong. This conference will explore work at the intersection of e-cognition (embodied, enactive, extended, ecological and embedded approaches to cognitive science) and social justice philosophies (feminist, anti-racist, Marxism, disability, queer and decolonial theories). An open call for papers will be issued in the new year. 

The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia – Issue 3 & call for editors

The UPJA team is thrilled to announce that the latest volume of the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia has now been published. Volume 3 can now be accessed here: upja.online/volume-3

The prize for Best Paper in this volume was won by Monte Cairns (University of Melbourne), for the paper ‘Contingent and Inevitable Elements of Quantum Mechanics’, while the prize for Best Paper (Member of an Underrepresented Group in Philosophy) went to Christian Carbonell (University of Barcelona) for the paper ‘Actions of Trust and their Cognitive Motivation’. 

Applications to join the UPJA editorial team are now open. Students of all levels (and recent graduates) from across the Australasian region are eligible to apply. Further details are on UPJA website.

2022 AAP Prizes – Call for entries

Annette Baier Prize - The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an annual prize of $500 for an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman during the previous calendar year. 
The closing date for entries is February 28 2022 at 6pm AEDT.
Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form available HERE

AAP Prize for Innovation in Inclusive Curricula - The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an annual monetary prize of $500 for the development of innovative approaches to teaching philosophy.
The closing date for entries is February 28 2022 at 6pm AEDT.
Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form available HERE

AAP Media Prize - The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an annual prize of $500 for the best philosophical piece(s) published by a professional philosopher in the popular media in Australasia during the previous calendar year. 
The closing date for entries is February 28 2022 at 6pm AEDT.
AAP Media Prize Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form available HERE

AAP Media Professionals' Award - The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an occasional award of $500 to journalists and other media professionals for excellence in the presentation of philosophy or philosophical issues in the media in the previous calendar year. 
The closing date for entries is February 28 2022 at 6pm AEDT.
AAP Media Professionals' Award Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form available HERE 

Southern Summer Logic Day

With the purpose of celebrating the UNESCO World Logic Day, the Australasian Association for Logic will host a Southern Summer Logic Day. The event will take place on Zoom on Thursday, 13 January 2022 at 23:00:00 (UTC). Featuring keynote presenter Max Cresswell with four invited talks by John N. CrossleyIsabella McAllisterGillian Russell and Lavinia Picollo. More information HERE

Eurekamp Oz!

Registrations are now open for the Summer 2022 edition of UWA School Holiday Program, Eurekamp Oz!. Eurekamp Oz! is a collaboration of the University of Western Australia and PEiPL Ltd and is a Children’s University Learning Destination. 

Eurekamp Oz! Summer 2022 edition offers three types of camps, each running for a different age range over January.  

2021 Royal Society Marsden Fund

$660K Awarded to Associate Professor Zach Weber (PI) of Otago with Professor Jack Copeland (AI) of the University of Canterbury for the project: 'Paraconsistent Computability Theory'

$660K Awarded to Associate Professor Krushil Watene (PI) of Massey and Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi (PI) of the University of Otago for the project: 'Kaitiakitanga and Antarctic Narratives'

More here: royalsociety.org.nz

Newly elected Fellows 2021 to the Australian Academy of Humanities

Congratulations to Timothy BayneSusan Dodds and Wendy Rogers and who have been elected as Fellows 2021 of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and John Broome, who was elected as a Corresponding Fellow. 

Office Closure

The AAP office will close at 4pm on 23 December 2021 and will re-open on 10 January 2022.

Acknowledgements and thanks

As CEO I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work done by those who give time to the activities and running of the Association, including, but not limited to:

AAP President: Dirk Baltzly

AAP Patron: The Honourable Pamela Tate SC 

AAP Board: Catriona Mackenzie, Jeanette Kennett, Simon Keller, Adam Holloway, Katie Steele

AAP Executive: Katrina Hutchison, Sandra Field, Richard Menary, Krushil Watene, Tracy Bowell, Eliza Goddard

Impact of Philosophy: Fred Kroon and Neil Levy (Convenors), Miriam Bankovsky, Dalia Nassar, Paul Oppenheimer, Belinda Prakhoff, Andrew Withy

Higher Education: Dirk Baltzly (Convenor), Fiona Jenkins, Jakob Hohwy, Simon Keller, Jeremy Moss, Michael Pelczar

Status of Women in the Philosophy Profession: Louise Richardson-Self (Convenor), Lisa Ellis, Glenda Satne, Jennifer Ang Mei Sze, Suzy Killmister, Justine Kingsbury

Diversity: Adam Hochman (Convenor), Ushana Jayasuriya, Nicholas Drake

Philosophy in the Community: Rob Wilson (Convenor), Deborah Brown, Matthew Hammerton, Vanessa Schouten, Markos Valaris, Kara Vaughn, Nicolas Bullot 

Media: Patrick Stokes (Convenor), Antonia Case, Stephen Chadwick, Leigh Dayton, Tim Dean, Laura D’Olimpio, Ming Tan

AAP Conferences: Nicholas Munn and Joe Ulatowski (Convenors)

Postgraduates: Brigitte Everett (Convenor), Lucia C. Neco, Danny Wardle, Megan Moss, Jimmy Lewis-Martin, James Vlachoulis, Kathlia Piodos, Cohen Brown 

Undergraduates: Samuel Baron and Guillermo Badia (Convenors), Caroline West, Riley Sanders, Stephanie Collins, Ben Blumson, Will Cailes, Thomas Spiteri

Centenary 2023: Graham Oppy, Nicholas Munn, Joe Ulatowski

Editorial Team of the AJP: including Editor Stephen Hetherington and Deputy Editor Melissa Merritt and the Editorial Team of the APR: including Managing Editor Graham Oppy

AAP Secretariat: Eliza Goddard, Nigel Curtain-Smith & for social media, a special thanks to Ming Tan

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