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Due to scheduling changes the 2020 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference will now be held at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia 9-11 December. Please note the change of date.

As borders begin to open and restrictions start to ease it is important to have a forum for philosophers to meet and discuss their work as a community. The conference will adhere to any Government guidelines as they exist at the time and all recommendations for social isolation will be followed.  

The ASCP conference provides a broad intellectual forum for scholars working within, or in communication with, European philosophical traditions. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to continental philosophy in Australasia.  The 2020 annual conference seeks to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas inspired by the diverse traditions of European thought (such as phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory, hermeneutics, feminism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, and so on), and to consider the broad and rich ways that these traditions drive philosophical inquiry into key questions for Australasian and international society. In addition to the conference proper, there will be sessions on a range of issues for professional academia, run by senior academics from a variety of institutions. These include issues of equity and diversity, career advancement, and career planning for post-graduate students. We invite papers that explore any aspect of European philosophy broadly construed.

The date for abstract submissions has been extended: 31st August 2020

Send your proposed abstracts (maximum 250 words) for papers, panels or streams, and a brief bio to [email protected]


  • Dr Simone Drichel (The University of Otago)
  • Associate Professor Ann Murphy (The University of New Mexico)
  • There will also be a plenary session honouring the work of Professor Alison Ross (Monash University)


There are several bursaries available for eligible participants.

The University of Queensland’s Women and Power Network, based in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and lead by Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch, is establishing a network of humanities scholars who research questions surrounding women and power. See: The network is generously providing funds to support interstate or trans-Tasman travel for a panel session for Australasian researchers on the theme of women and power at the 2020 ASCP conference. Preference will be given to panels that include researchers from different institutions. Suggested topics for panels are, but not limited to:

  • Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, and other continental feminist and women philosophers on the subject of women and power.
  • Panels on topics related to women and power, such as women in politics, violence, including domestic violence, the #MeToo movement, and wage justice
  • A book panel on a new publication related to women and power

Please submit an abstract for your panel and then the abstract with an estimated budget and expression of interest to the ASCP conference organisers to [email protected]

The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) provides a bursary for a limited number of conference participants who are either students or under-employed early career academics, in recognition of the significant contribution of these members of the ASCP. The bursary is named for a dear colleague and founding member of the ASCP who died in 2016.

HDR students and ECRs who submit an abstract are invited to apply by completing the application form (see the button below) and sending it to Richard Colledge [[email protected]]. Bursary applications will be assessed by an ASCP committee on the basis of a range of considerations including applicants’ access to forums in which to present their work, their stage of candidacy/career, the distance of travel required to attend the conference, and equity and diversity considerations.

Please refer to for information about the bursary and eligibility requirements.