38th Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Antwerp invite all to send in abstracts for the annual Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy

Organizing university

University of Antwerp


October 13th, 2018


Zuidpool, Lange Noordstraat 11, Antwerpen

Application/registration deadline

Abstracts: July 1st, 2018

About the topic

The Philosophy Department of the University of Antwerp, together with the Dutch Research School of Philosophy and Zuidpool organises the 38th edition of the Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy. This year’s theme is REVOLUTION! Keynote speakers are Walter Weyns (author of “Marx begrijpen. Een actuele inschatting van zijn denken”), Laura van Dolron (stand-up-philosopher), Herbert De Vriese and Karim Zahidi (author of “De paradox van Hayek”).

All academic philosophers, including doctoral students and Re-Ma students are invited to send in abstracts July 1 at the latest. Notification of acceptance will be mailed August 1 at the latest.


Exact programma TBA.

If you want to train your communicative skills and would like to try out alternative ways of communicating philosophical insights to a wide audience, you are welcome to participate in the workshop “Out of het box: communicating philosophy to a wide audience”. This workshop takes place June 4 in Antwerp. Four experts will share their experiences and knowledge about philosophy communication: Sara Uckelman (Professor in Philosophy and author of philosophical short stories and science-fiction), Fleur Jongepier (post-doctoral researcher in philosophy and editor-in-chief of Bij Nader Inzien), Katharina Smets (philosopher and creator of podcasts), Pieter De Buysser (philosopher and playwright). For information and registration, see: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/centre-for-ethics/news-and-events/workshop-4-june-2018/.

Abstract submission

“Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
How can philosophers change the world? How did they do this in the past? How do we see that now? And what will the future bring? Does society, or philosophy, need a revolution? Which one?

200 year after the birth of  Marx, and 50 years after May 68 the Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy is dedicated to the topic of revolution. Revolutions can take place in many fields, in many ways, so a wide variey of approaches to the central topic are welcome. In addition we also welcome presentations that are revolutionary in form and not only in content. Feel free to experiment with non-mainstream ways of communicating philosophy to a broad audience, such as podcasts (max 15 min), short stories (max 15 min reading time), theatre or performance (max. 15 min). Also the more classical (powerpoint)presentations  (max. 20 minutes) remain  welcome.

Abstracts should meet the following conditions:

  1. Philosophical content remains the most important selection criterion. Therefore each abstract should specify what claims will be defended on the basis of which arguments.
  2. Additionally one should specify in which form the argumentation will be presented (airing a podcast, staging a (theatre) performance, reading a short story, giving an oral presentation (with or without powerpoint))
  3. Abstracts should not be longer than one page
  4. Abstracts should mention your name + affiliation

Send in your abstract July 1 2018 at the latest by attaching a Word.doc to an email to Lotte.Spreeuwenberg@uantwerpen.be.

Especially young researchers, including PhD-students and Re-Ma-students are encouraged to present their research.

The event will be bilingual, English submissions are welcome. If you master the Dutch language though, it is preferred that you present in Dutch.

How to apply / register

Registration opens Augst 1st, 2018. Please register using this form.


Katrien Schaubroeck

Contact info

For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact Katrien Schaubroeck (Katrien.Schaubroeck@uantwerpen.be). For practical inquiries, contact secretariaat@ozsw.nl.