Message from the CEO

AAP Conferences and Events

2024 AAP Conference – Online 14 - 16 February

2024 AAP Conference – In Person UWA  7 - 11 July

AAP Prizes – call for entries

Annette Baier, Innovation in Inclusive Curricula, Media, Media Professionals’

Journals - Australasian Journal of Philosophy,  Philosophical Exchange – New Journal Launch

Activities and Events

Centenary Closing Symposium, Australasian Philosothon

Call for judges – Annette Baier Prize, Sagacity – a public philosophy magazine

Awards and Honours - Newly elected Fellows to the AHA

Jobs - calls for applications


Program Events  upcoming

Office closure

Acknowledgements and thanks

Welcome to the final newsletter for 2023. The end of the year brings the opportunity to reflect on our successes and look forward to forthcoming events and plans. Earlier this month we capped off a busy year of Centenary celebrations with a series of panel discussions during the CHASS event at Sydney University. Details of the event are included below. So on a more personal note - it was great to meet so many members and get amongst the Philosophy community for a few days. We saw well-attended and lively discussions from audiences both in person and online. My thanks again to everyone who participated as panellists, as panel convenors and as members of the audiences.  

The event also provided Eliza and myself with the chance to meet with a group of indigenous philosophers and allies to discuss the next steps in our work towards a Reconciliation Action Plan. Writing and implementing a plan is a commitment that the AAP made in response to recommendations of the Improving Indigenous Participation in Academic Philosophy report tabled at the 2023 AGM: aap.org.au/Indigenous-participation. I’m looking forward to working with members and community stakeholders on the plan in the coming year, and to working in other ways to increase the diversity and inclusion of philosophy and philosophers within Australasia. Next year we will also work on a new President’s project focussed on Critical Thinking and aimed at universities, schools and professional groups. The project will provide us with a platform to reassert the values of proper training in critical thinking and of philosophical training more broadly. 
I wish all of our members a happy, peaceful, and if you’re planning on getting some writing done, a productive, break. I look forward to meeting and working with more of you in 2024.  



 A A P   C O N F E R E N C E  2 0 2 4  -  O N L I N E   

14 - 16 February 2024

In addition to our annual in person July conference, the online conference is an opportunity to present current work to a critical and collegial audience. The conference is designed to give professional philosophers and philosophy postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss papers in all areas of philosophy. We particularly welcome philosophers from Oceania and Southeast Asia and Early Career Researchers. 

This year's theme is inclusiveness and diversity in philosophy. We welcome papers which address issues of inclusivity and diversity in philosophy, such as underrepresentation, marginalisation, discrimination, bias, and exclusion.


Cassandra Teodosio  University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines 

Christine Abigail Tan  Yale-NUS College, Singapore 

Billy Wheeler  VinUniversity, Vietnam

Registrations and Abstract Submissions:


Abstract Submissions Deadline: Thursday 25 January 2024 8pm AEDT

Early Bird Rate Deadline: Sunday 4 February 2024 8pm AEDT

More information: aap.org.au/Conference-2024-Online

Conference Organisers: Nick Munn and Joe Ulatowski


2024 AAP CONFERENCE in person  Sunday 7 - Thursday 11 July 2024

Hosted by the Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

KEYNOTES confirmed

Bronwyn Finnigan  Australian National University

Dean Rickles  University of Sydney

Anik Waldow  University of Sydney, Winner of the 2023 Annette Baier Prize

The Presidential Address will be delivered by Deborah Brown, University of Queensland.

Registration and a call for papers and streams will open in February 2024.

More information: aap.org.au/2024-Conference

Conference Organisers: Chris Letheby and Miri Albahari 


   2024 AAP PRIZES - Call for entries


Annual prize of $500 for an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman during the previous calendar year. 

Closing date for entries: February 28, 2024, 8pm AEDT

Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form: aap.org.au/Annette-Baier-Prize


Annual prize of $500 for the development of innovative approaches to teaching philosophy.
Closing date for entries: February 28, 2024, 8pm AEDT
Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form: aap.org.au/Inclusive-Curricula-Prize


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. 
Closing date for entries: February 28, 2024, 8pm AEDT
Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form: aap.org.au/AAP-Media-Prize


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. 
Closing date for entries: February 28, 2024, 8pm AEDT
Eligibility, Judging Criteria and online entry form: aap.org.au/MediaProfessionalsAward


Australasian Journal of Philosophy 

Current Issue: Volume 101.4 

Subscribe to content alerts  tandfonline.com/toc/rajp20/current

Twitter: @AustralJPhilos

Mastadon: @AustralasianJournalPhilosophy@fediphilosophy.org

Philosophical Exchange  New Journal

Launching 2024, our new online journal will publish open-access research in all areas, including Analytic, Continental and Asian philosophy focusing on publication of short-form papers with priority on discussion of others’ work and original research articles clearly situated in an existing debate.

The journal will increase the impact of recent work in philosophy by encouraging conversations and engagement in the discipline and beyond.

Editor: Stuart Brock   aap.org.au/Philosophical-Exchange


2023 AAP Centenary Closing Symposium 

The closing event for the AAP Centenary, a symposium on Australasian Philosophy: Bridging the Past and Present with the Future, took place 30 November - 1 December at the University of Sydney and was held alongside and as part of the 2023 Congress of HASS. Panel sessions over two days showcased distinctive themes concerning the future of Australasian philosophy on Methodologies, Indigenous philosophy, Philosophical progress, Environmental Issues, Philosophy for Children, and Philosophy and Ethics of AI. The symposium opened with a special event to honour the philosophical and personal legacy of Marion Tapper, co-hosted with the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. 

Full program here: aap.org.au/future


The 2023 Australasian Philosothon was held 29 - 30 September. Schools participated from Victoria,

New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. In junior and senior divisions, students participated in two days of enthusiastic discussions about big ideas in Community of Inquiry topics.

Thanks to Francis Nona UQ, Paul Stronach Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority,

Dr Brett Fulkerson-Smith University of Guam, and Guildford Grammar School & Philosothon Alumni

John Pervan UWA undergraduate, the students and teachers were treated to fascinating philosophical insights.


Overall Schools

1st Merici College ACT, 2nd Guildford Grammar School WA, 3rd Meriden School NSW.

Most Promising Philosophers

Qi Qi Liu, Willetton Senior High School and Benny Tang, from Guildford Grammar School. 

Full results: philosothon.org

The Australasian Philosothon is overseen by the AAP Philosophy in Community Committee.

Thanks to the Students, Teachers, Facilitators and Judges who participated and gave their time and expertise over the two days.

CALL FOR JUDGES – Annette Baier Prize

The Status of Women in the Philosophy Profession Committee is seeking nominations from interested persons to act as a judge for the Annette Baier Prize.

The committee aims to rotate the members of the judging panels regularly and in accordance with areas of specialty and competence. The committee is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion on judging panels, with specific concern to create mixed-gender panels where possible. 

Self-nominations are welcome from post-PhD persons working in philosophy, broadly conceived, and who are currently affiliated with an Australasian university.

Judges Nomination Form here


Sagacity – a public philosophy magazine

Postgraduate run and launched in 2022, with support from the AAP. 

Sagacity is a place for topical, public philosophy, and platform for postgraduates to write and engage

with important issues.

Winner of this year’s article competition:

Jorge Mendonca, UWA for his article "Are we all egoists deep down?"

Article will be available on the website soon.



Newly Elected Fellows 2022 to the AHA 

Congratulations to Kristie Miller and Catherine Mills who have been elected as Fellows 2023 of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and Julian Savulescu, who was elected as a Corresponding Fellow. 

 JOBS - Call for applications

Australian National University - Lecturer, Philosophy of Mind, School of Philosophy


Applications close: 2 January 2024

University of Notre Dame Australia, Freemantle - Lecturer in Philosophy, School of Philosophy & Theology


Applications close: 8 January 2024

University of Melbourne - Level B in Modern European Philosophy, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.  


Applications close: 21 January 2024



Patrick Alfred (Æ) Hutchings, Esquire 1933 - 2023

Patrick Æ Hutchings (Oxon), was a longtime Editor-in-Chief (Australasia) of Sophia. With a deep intellectual and academic history (with prior studies in the University of Wellington and Oxford University), Patrick was at the time of his passing an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.



Jennifer McMahon 1956 - 2023

A tribute to Jenny posted on the Australian National University College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CASS)/School of Philosophy website here:



Eastern Hemisphere Language & Metaphysics Network 

7th online meeting.  11 January, 2024  ehlm.org/events

Australasian Association for Logic Southern Summer Logic Day 

Celebrating UNESCO World Logic Day

11 January 2024 (UTC), 12 January AU/NZ, by zoom


Eurekamp Oz! 

A series of day camps that offers adventures in ideas for curious children at The University of Western Australia.  9 -10 & 15 -18 January 2024  eurekampoz.com.au


The AAP office will close 22 December 2023 and re-open 22 January 2024.


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 Deborah Brown

AAP Patron The Honourable Pamela Tate SC 

AAP Board

Dirk Baltzly, Lisa Ellis, Jorge Fernandez, Jeanette Kennett, Stephen O’Brien, Anthony Rodwell-Ball, Adrian Walsh

AAP Executive

Sam Baron, Jacqui Broad, Sandra Field, Eliza Goddard, Hsueh Qu, Krushil Watene, Jeremy Wyatt

Status of Women in the Philosophy Profession

Louise Richardson-Self - Convenor, Gopika Gurudas, Suzy Killmister, Justine Kingsbury, Cei Maslen,

Glenda Satne, Anne Schwenkenbecher, Moonyoung Song

Diversity Adam Hochman - Convenor, Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky, Nicholas Drake,

Ushana Jayasuriya, Christine Abigail Lee Tan

Philosophy in the Community

Kaz Bland - Convenor, Nicolas Bullot, Andrew Crowden, Peter Ellerton, Marco Grix, Matthew Hammerton,

Michelle Sowey


Sam Baron - Convenor, Antonia Case, Stephen Chadwick, Leigh Dayton, Tim Dean, Laura D’Olimpio,

David Rutledge, Patrick Stokes, Ming Tan

AAP Conferences

Nicholas Munn and Joe Ulatowski - Convenors


Megan Moss - Convenor, Cohen Brown, Tom Coghlan, Brigitte Everett, Gurleen Khandpur, Lucia C. Neco, Rasmus Pedersen, James Vlachoulis, Danny Wardle, Furkan Yazici


Guillermo Badia - Convenor, Ben Blumson, Stephanie Collins - Undergraduate Journal Liaison,

Patrick Girard, Lavinia Picollo, Sam Shpall and Undergraduate members Billie Angus, James Robinson, Jean Hew, Leon (Chenglong) Yin

Centenary 2023

Eliza Goddard, Graham Oppy, Nicholas Munn, Joe Ulatowski


Stuart Brock, Eliza Goddard, Antony Eagle, Graham Oppy, Stephen Hetherington, Stewart Candlish

Editorial Team of the AJP

Editor Antony Eagle, Deputy Editor Melissa Merritt, Editorial Assistant Jessica Pohlman and the team of Associate Editors

Editorial Team of the APR

Managing Editor Graham Oppy and Associate Editor Eliza Goddard.

AAP Secretariat

Eliza Goddard - General Manager, Nigel Curtain Smith - Technical Officer and Ming Tan - Social Media 

I would also like give special thanks to outgoing office bearers

From the Board  Stuart Brock (CEO)

From the Executive  Katrina Hutchison and Weng Hong Tang

From the Operating Committees  Rob Wilson, Convenor of the PiCC committee from 2019 - 23.


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