Just Theorising Workshop

University of Sheffield

9th-10th April 2018

Call For Applicants

We are delighted to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to apply to attend a two-day workshop at The University of Sheffield, on responsible and responsive philosophical research and the many epistemological and methodological issues surrounding theorising across social difference.

Rather than a traditional workshop format of presented papers we will instead invite participants to join us in reading a number (around 10) of papers that will help us think through the many pitfalls that accompany work that looks towards marginalised, oppressed and otherwise Other groups to which one does not belong, as well as those to which we do belong.

Specific problems we hope to address include the problem of speaking for others, how best to approach including others within our research, whether retreating from theorising about the injustices effecting others is a defensible position, how can best to amplify the voices of those speaking for themselves and more.

We intend for this event to have a relaxed and friendly environment conducive to discussions that aid in our becoming better researchers.

We seek to bring together postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore methodological and epistemological issues relating to responsible research that attempts to theorise across boundaries of social difference. We hope to be able to draw up a list of conclusions and recommendations following the event that we will publicise.

We welcome other considerate postgraduate students and early career researchers with similar aims, and at least half our spaces will be reserved for minority groups within philosophy.

Please apply via our application form.

Important dates

Application deadline: 25th February 2018

Notification of Acceptance: 9th March 2018

Papers distributed: 12th March 2018

Event: 9th -10th April 2018


In the event that we have more applicants than spaces, we will be accepting people on the basis of the strength of application and the apparent benefits of the workshop to their research. To aid in this, the application form asks for a brief bio of your research interests and a statement on why you think this event would benefit you.

We are reserving at least half of the spaces for members of groups that are underrepresented in professional philosophy. If you feel comfortable doing so please make sure to fill out the demographic questions on the application form. Your answers will be dealt with confidentially.

The Workshop

We will discuss a maximum of 10 papers over two days, in between discussions there will be tea, coffee and snacks. We will also be providing lunch. Please indicate any dietary requirements on the application form.

Successful applicants will be able to lead discussion sessions if they wish although there will be no obligation to do so.

We will go for an informal dinner together, where participants will have to pay for themselves, though we promise a cheap and cheerful venue.

Venue and Logistics

Jessop Building, University of Sheffield

There will be no cost for taking part in the workshop.

We hope to be able to provide some contributions towards travel, accommodation costs for those with no access to institutional funding. Please indicate on our form if you think you will require these. We ask that where you have access to other funding that you apply for this first.

We also hope to secure some funding to put towards childcare costs if needed, as well as any accessibility needs. We are also very willing to discuss the possibility of accommodating children at the workshop itself.


We are committed to making the workshop as accessible as possible.

This building has a ramp and a lift, and disabled toilets. We can also source a nearby quiet room that can also be used for prayer or time out if need be.

Other accessibility requirements can be provided, including but not limited to: a signer, a sighted guide, formatted materials (large print, Braille, etc.) and food and water for animals.

If you have any questions please contact Nadia at nmehdi1@sheffield.ac.uk or Rosa at rvince1@sheffield.ac.uk