CFP: Setting the World on Fire: Research, Change, and Social Justice

The 11th Annual Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Symposium presents “Setting the World on Fire: Research, Change, and Social Justice.” The symposium is on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the Quinlan Life Sciences building. Here’s what they have to say on the CFP:

We welcome participants in all areas of knowledge in hopes of fostering a constructive and cordial dialogue across disciplines. In our current era, opportunities abound to “set the world on fire,” through engaging critically with the world around us, challenging ourselves to seek out and defend truth, and taking action to address inequality. Thus, the 2018 Symposium incorporates themes of change and social justice to direct attention to the ways that our research can make a positive impact on the world. As part of reaffirming Loyola’s commitment to diversity, this year the symposium welcomes presentations in Spanish. Paper or poster presentations are welcome in the following broad research categories:

  • Qualitative: the exploratory analysis of non-numerical data
  • Quantitative: the objective and systematic analysis of numerical data
  • Theoretical: analysis that applies speculative paradigms in exploratory ways
  • Mixed Methods/Other: analysis that draws on multiple methods (quantitative, qualitative,
    and/or theoretical)

Current graduate students within The Graduate School are eligible for monetary awards. Participants are invited to breakfast, lunch, and reception to follow presentations. Submit a 250-word abstract by March 2:

Email the Research Symposium Committee at with questions! Download a PDF version of the CFP here: Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Symposium CFA

Today: Ethics and Values with Robby Duncan

Today! Robby Duncan will discuss Aristotle at the Ethics and Values Symposia today at 3:45. Email Joe Vukov ( for more information.

CFP: International Social Theory Consortium at Loyola!

Loyola is hosting the 17th Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium! This year’s theme is “Modernity Between the Damaged Life and Sane Society: Social Theory in the Age of Urgency.” This event will be held May 17-19. Email your abstracts and session proposals to no later than March 15th. Find more information on the ITSC website.

Download a PDF of the full CFP here: International Social Theory Conference CFP.

Philosophy of Religion Research Group

Loyola’s theology department is hosting a philosophy of religion research group! See below for information.

A Discussion of Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer Series
with Adam Kotsko, translator of Agamben’s work.
13 February, 7:00–9:00 pm (Cuneo Hall 107)

Political Theology Roundtable
with Adam Kotsko (North Central College), Florian Klug (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), Stephanie Frank (Columbia College Chicago), and Colby Dickinson (Loyola University Chicago).
22 February, 6:00–8:00 pm (Crown Center 530)

Democracy at Stake? Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Parliamentary Democracy and US Politics
with Jeff Seitzer, translator of Schmitt’s work.
19 March, 2:00–4:00 pm (location TBD)

God as Immanent/Transcendent: Perspectives from Continental Philosophy of Religion
with Anné Verhoef, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
18 April (time and location TBD)

This Friday: Robby Duncan at the Ethics and Values Symposia

Robby Duncan (Loyola), “Is there Absolute Goodness in Aristotle? Homonymy, Comparability, and the Cosmic Hierarchy”
Friday, Feb. 9th from 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM in Damen Student Center 114 

This workshop series focuses on works-in-progress in the areas of ethics and values broadly construed. Our meetings are held at Loyola University Chicago on Friday evenings from 3:45pm-5:00pm. If you’d like to join the group or receive more information about it, please email Joe Vukov at

Download the PDF flyer here: Ethics and Values with Robby Duncan.

Future workshops:
March 16 with Stephen White (Northwestern)
April 13 with Vince Samar (Loyola)

Best Practices Workshops

This workshop is intended for PhD and MA students in the philosophy department at Loyola University Chicago.

Our first workshop, “Best Practices in the Department and Profession,” is focused on cultivating a successful culture in our department and carrying that forth into our next phases after Loyola. Some best practices we’ll be discussing include how to move from coursework into proposal writing, shifting writing style and approach from coursework to publication, transitioning from the MA thesis to a dissertation, making final papers relevant to your own research interests, and general etiquette relevant to the field.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 12: send RSVPs and any questions or comments to Robert Budron (

Download a PDF flyer here: Best Practices Workshop.

Women in Philosophy Potluck Dinner

Join us for a night in conversation and company with the women in the department! This event is open to Loyola Philosophy undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff who identify as women, trans, or gender non-conforming.

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:30 PM 

For the address and food sign-up, email Katherine Brichacek (

Call for Submissions: Feminist Theory Lecture Series

Loyola’s Women’s Studies and Gender Studies (WSGS) program is launching a monthly lecture lunch series for the Loyola community. This is a great chance to discuss your work in the Philosophy department and make connections with those studying feminist theory across disciplines. From WSGS:

In the spirit of community consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s, WSGS aims to create a space where community members facilitate dialogues and learn more from each other essential topics of contemporary feminism.

Each selected presenter will give a lecture and/or presentation for up to 30 minutes. They may choose to do a Q&A or provide questions for group conversation following their lecture.

We are seeking submissions from current and former graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, and staff. People of all disciplines are welcome to submit, as long as there is a feminist theoretical framework or methodology. Submit an application via our Google Form by October 31 at 6 p.m. E-mail WSGS graduate assistant Keisa Reynolds at with any questions.

The monthly series will occur every third Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the WSGS suite (Crown Center, Room 116) at the Lake Shore Campus. The dates for Spring 2018 semester are January 17, February 21, March 21, and April 18. Refreshments will be provided by the WSGS program. Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch.

Register for Undocumented Student Ally Training

From Loyola’s Share the DREAM: Undocumented Student Ally Training program:

The Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings provide the Loyola community with skills to understand the value and importance of exploring the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students; they aim to generate knowledge for self-learning; and they increase on-campus support for and the inclusion of undocumented students. Upon completing the training, trainees receive a placard that recognizes them as allies and as points of support for undocumented students on campus. The goal is that participants display these placards in their work area to invite questions and/or dialogue about the issues that impact this community.

The next training sessions for the Fall 2017 semester are:

Thursday, October 12th, 12-2PM (Water Tower Campus)
Tuesday, November 7th, 12-2PM (Lake Shore Campus)

Click here to RSVP, or visit the Share the DREAM training site for more information. This training program is only for Loyola students, faculty, and staff.

This Friday and Saturday: Dissent and its Discontents

Join us this Friday and Saturday for our graduate student conference! The conference will take place Friday, October 6 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturday, October 7 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Keynote speakers include Dr. Gabriel Rockhill from Villanova University and our own Dr. Joy Gordon. Presenters will speak on panels on discourse, decentralization, structural oppression, argumentation, community, political obligation, and (non?)violence. Click on Graduate Conference to view the full schedule!

Lack of Travel Funding Hurts Graduate Student Job Prospects

Claire Lockard, a PhD student in our Philosophy department, wrote about the lack of graduate funding in the Loyola Phoenix:

To be a competitive job applicant, students are usually expected to have presented research at multiple conferences. One can make the argument that conference presentations are required of graduate students, despite the lack of funding from Loyola.

Loyola doesn’t pay graduate students enough money to fund their own conference travel. And if the graduate school caps reimbursements at $400, and then doesn’t even have enough of those grants to go around, then all graduate students at Loyola are at a disadvantage when we apply for academic jobs.

Read more at the Loyola Phoenix!

Dissertation Fellowships: Woodrow Wilson Foundation

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has been proud to support more than 22,000 Fellows who collectively have an impressive record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence. Among them is a select group whose work advances the disciplines in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The Foundation’s offerings in these areas are designed to encourage promising scholars early in their career, helping them to complete their dissertation writing.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in all areas of human endeavor. Eligible proposals have religious or ethical values as a central concern. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as disability and modern medicine, technologies of famine relief, the normalcy of difference, and devotion and the formation of a new urban base. Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates in the humanities or social sciences who will be in the final year of dissertation writing during the 2018-2019 academic year may apply. The competition deadline is November 15, 2017.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as feminist technology design, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, and militarism, and the education of American women. The competition deadline is October 15, 2017.

Please see the website for further information:

Questions about the Fellowships may be sent to:
Newcombe Fellowship:
Women’s Studies Fellowship:

Monday: AGSP Meeting

Our first AGSP meeting will be held next Monday, October 2nd at 7PM. Join us to discuss department news, graduate student funding, unionization updates, tenure-track faculty hiring, and more!

This event is only open to Loyola Philosophy graduate students. There will be free pizza and wine! Bring a snack or dessert item to share (optional). This event is held off-campus. Contact Katherine Brichacek ( for the address.

Workshop: External Funding Grants

Wednesday, October 11 | 3-4pm (LSC, Cuneo Hall 117) 

Masters and Doctoral students from The Graduate School who are interested in applying for external funding, this workshop can help you get started.

We will:

  • Go over the eligibility guidelines for some upcoming national funding competitions
  • Learn about the Pivot search engine for grant funding searches
  • Explore strategies for seeking funding opportunities in your discipline or specialty

The workshop is being presented by Dr. Jessica Horowitz, Associate Dean, Graduate School and Lisa Knepshield, Fellowship Coordinator. Registration is required for the funding workshop and limited to graduate students in The Graduate School. Space is limited. Please register by 48 hours before the session. Click here to RSVP.

This Friday: Is Justice Burning? On Secrecy and the Death Penalty

Join the DePaul University faculty as they host speaker Peggy Kamuf (University of Southern California) this Friday, September 29, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Richardson Library (Room 300).

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Visitor parking is available at the Sheffield Parking Garage located at 2331 N Sheffield or the Clifton Parking Deck located at 2330 N. Clifton. The DePaul rate will be given if a validated ticket is presented to the attendant.

DePaul is also less than a block from the Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple line stop and 74 Fullerton bus.