The Royal Institute of Philosophy offers sponsorship for three kinds of conferences: departmental conferences, conferences for schools, and postgraduate conferences. The conditions of sponsorship can be found here.

Departmental Conferences

Each year the Royal Institute of Philosophy offers sponsorship of up to £5,000 for a conference hosted by a university department of philosophy.  Philosophy departments will be able to submit proposals for conferences in 2019 and 2020 in 2018.

The 2017 Conference, Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice, will be hosted by the University of  Sheffield on 3 – 4 July.

“How we engage in epistemic practice, including our methods of knowledge acquisition and transmission, the personal traits that help or hinder these activities, and the social institutions that facilitate or impede them, is of central importance to our lives as individuals and as participants in social and political activities. In the past decade, sustained philosophical attention has turned to the various ways in which this practice can and does go awry, and the epistemic, moral, and political harms and wrongs that follow. This conference brings together theorists working on a diverse variety of topics to draw attention to the full range of these harms and wrongs, the ways in which they interact, and the ways in which they can be addressed.”

There are more details here.

Conference Proceedings

Since 1986, the proceedings of departmental conferences have been published by arrangement with the Cambridge University Press as supplements to the Institute’s journal, Philosophy.

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Past and Forthcoming Conferences:

1986 Belfast: Moral Philosophy

1987 York: Philosophy and Medical Welfare

1989 Glasgow: Explanation

1990 Lampeter: Human Beings

1991 Liverpool: Philosophy, Religion, and the Spiritual Life

1992 Birmingham: Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science

1993 Cardiff: Philosophy and the Natural Environment

1994 Bradford: Philosophy and Technology

1995 Ulster: Philosophy and Pluralism

1996 Reading: Thought and Language

1997 St Andrews: Philosophy and Public Affairs

1999 Edinburgh: Naturalism, Evolution and Mind

2000 LSE: Time, Reality and Experience

2001 Manchester: Philosophy and the Emotions

2002 Oxford: Agency and Action

2003 Durham: The Philosophy of Need

2004 Cambridge: Preferences and Well-Being

2005 Hertfordshire: Narrative and Understanding Persons

2006 Leeds: Developments in Contemporary Metaphysics

2007 UCL: Kant and the Philosophy of Science Today

2008 Liverpool: Philosophy as Therapeia

2009 Edinburgh: The Metaphysics of Consciousness

2010 Oxford Brookes: Human Nature

2011 University of the West of England: Human Experience and Nature

2012 Universities of Leeds and Nottingham: Aesthetics and Science

2013 University of Glasgow: Philosophy and Museums

2014 University College Dublin: Supererogation

2015 Heythrop College: Religious Epistemology

2016 University of Exeter: Moral Enhancement

2017 University of Sheffield: Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice

2018 UCL: Expressivisms, Knowledge and Truth

Schools Conferences

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is keen to sponsor conferences for teachers and students of philosophy in schools and sixth form colleges, and we sponsor several events run by departments of philosophy in the UK.

Conferences could be aimed at teachers or at students.  While some conferences might be appropriate for both groups, we recognise that each will have its own particular needs and interests, and we will be very happy to sponsor events aimed at just one of the groups.

In line with our current policy on conferences, we would be prepared to offer up to £5,000 for a fully residential event lasting over three days.  However, we recognize that for both teachers and students in schools and colleges shorter events (within a single day, for example) might be more appropriate and easier to arrange.  For shorter events, we will be prepared to offer amounts less than £3,000 but sufficient to cover travel expenses of speakers, hire of rooms, publicity materials, and other administrative costs on receipt of relevant costings.  Food, travel and accommodation may be provided for speakers,  and tea and coffee may be provided for attendees, but not meals or travel expenses.

Departments interested in organizing events for teachers and school students should email the secretary with a brief outline of what they are proposing to do, including speakers and topics to be covered, as well as a proposed budget.

Postgraduate Conferences

The Royal Institute of Philosophy sponsors postgraduate conferences hosted by university departments of philosophy.  Prospective postgraduate organisers are now invited to submit proposals for conferences in 2017 and 2018.  The deadline is 31 August.

Proposals should include some consideration of the approach taken to the topic and a list of potential speakers, including those who have agreed in principle to take part, as well as some idea of the provisional subject or title of their lecture, if possible.  We would also expect some endorsement and oversight from at least one member of the relevant department.