Understanding Cancer: Philosophical Explorations Conference Announcement and Call for Papers:
Sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology, and Society and the
Department of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina
March 15-16, 2024
This conference seeks to address the Philosophy of Cancer across a number of different disciplinary and methodological areas of philosophy, including the philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, ethics and political philosophy, philosophical anthropology, and the philosophy of religion. Papers are solicited for 50 minute sessions that should include no more than 30 minutes of reading time. We hope to collect select papers for a subsequent edited volume.
- Cancer and the Philosophy of Science and Medicine: We invite papers that address the
various questions of taxonomy, ontology, and epistemology surrounding cancer research.
Keynote Speaker: Marta Bertolaso, University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome
- The Ethics and Politics of Cancer: We invite papers on the ethical, political, and
public policy questions surrounding cancer research, screening, treatment, and patient
Keynote Speaker: Ruth Groenhout, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
- Cancer and the Human Condition: We invite papers that investigate the existential
and religious questions raised by cancer.
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Bishop, St Louis University
Conference Organizer: Chris Tollefsen, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina
Steering Committee: Agnes Bolinska, University of South Carolina, Sarah-Vaughan Brakman, Department of Philosophy, Villanova University, Adam Omelianchuk, Baylor College of Medicine Submission
Deadline: September 15, 2023
Please email submission of no longer than 4500 words, along with a 250 word abstract, to Christopher.Tollefsen@gmail.com. Paper acceptance will be confirmed no later than November 1, 2023. We expect to have a small number of modest travel fellowships for graduate students whose papers are accepted.
Inquiries may also be directed to Christopher.Tollefsen@gmail.com.