Utrecht Philosophy Graduate Conference 2022

Universiteit Utrecht logoThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the students of Utrecht University invite MA students and PhD candidates in philosophy to register for the 2022 Utrecht Philosophy Graduate Conference to take place on the 13th and 14th of May 2022.

Organizing university

Utrecht University


May 13-14, 2022


Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Type of activity

2 day graduate conference

Primary target group

ReMA students & PhD candidates

Application/registration deadline

The deadline for the abstract is February 28, 2022.

Registration will open March 20, 2022
The deadline for registration is April 24, 2022

Aim / objective

The two-day —and, hopefully, in person— conference will be entirely devoted to the presentation of graduate students’ research papers. The main objective of this conference is to serve as a venue for young scholars to come together and discuss their philosophical research interests. We welcome submissions suitable for 20 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q&A from graduate students—i.e., MA students, PhD candidates & recent PhD graduates— in any area of philosophy. Together with an abstract, authors are encouraged to submit either a draft or a full paper version of the presentation. A selection of these will be published in Junctions, Utrecht University’s graduate journal of the Humanities (https://junctionsjournal.org/).


Please find the Booklet with abstracts here.
Please find the Conference Programme here or see below.

Conference Programme
12th of May (Thursday)
9.00 – 9.20
Room JK15A | Registration
Room D25 | –

9.20 – 9.30
Room JK15A | Welcoming words
Room D25 | –

9.30 – 9.55
Room JK15A | Maja Griem (Ruhr University Bochum): “Animal Play Signals as a Form of Intentional Communication in a Weak Gricean Sense”
Room D25 | Sam Hafkenscheid (Utrecht University): “Natural Selection: Cause, Feature or Dead End.”

10.00 – 10.25
Room JK15A | Ludmila Reimer (Ruhr-University Bochum): “Gesture as Feature Highlighting by Exemplification”
Room D25 | Claudio Davini (University of Pisa): “Explanation, Normativity, and Biological Functions. The Rivalry Between the Etiological Theory and the Causal Role Theory.”

10.30 – 10.55
Room JK15A | Michaela Fikejzová (Charles University): “How Does a „Normal“ Speaker Refer?”
Room D25 | Lara Maassen (University of Oxford; TU Delft): “Negotiating sex: the role of negotiation in sexual ethics”

10.55 – 11.15
Coffee break

11-15 – 11.40
Room JK15A | Sofía Meléndez Gutiérrez (Cambridge University): “Fictionalism and Empty Names”
Room D25 | Myriam Bellamine (Utrecht University): “Beyond consent: taking into account the specificities of the intimate sphere in sexual ethics”

11.45 – 12.10
Room JK15A | Denis Kazankov (Central European University): “Meta-Semantic Normative Encroachment”
Room D25 | Joost Wijffels (Utrecht University): “Selective Sexual Preferences and the Limitation of Sexual Autonomy”

12.15 – 12.40
Room JK15A | Matteo Nizzardo (University of St Andrews & University of Stirling): “Singular Reference & Indiscernible Entities”
Room D25 | Femke Reniers (Utrecht University): “Pandora’s Lab: Queering science and story through Classical myth”

12.40 – 13.40
Lunch break

13.40 – 14.05
Room JK15A | Cécile Rosat (University of Neuchâtel): “Actional Theory of Adam Smith Sympathy”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Roxane Pret Théodore (University College Dublin): “Rethinking Political Organization from a Feminist Standpoint: Politicizing an Ethics of Care and Vulnerability”

14.10 – 14.35
Room JK15A | Robin Timothée Bianchi (University of Neuchâtel): “The disappearing agent problem revisited”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Joseph Conrad (University of Edinburgh): “The emotions-responsive corporation”

14.40 – 15.05
Room JK15A | Giulia Schirripa (University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling): “Classical Extensional Mereology, Social Groups and the Coextensionality Objection”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Eline Gerritsen (University of St Andrews & University of Groningen): Conventional Norms: The blind spot of metaethics”

15.05 – 15.20
Coffee break

15.20 – 15.45
Room JK15A | Roos Geerse (Utrecht University): “A neurophilosophical account of thinking for oneself”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Charlie Blunden (Utrecht University): “Are Our Moral Progress Judgements WEIRD, and Is It a Problem”

15.50 – 16.15
Room JK15A | Caroline Stankozi (Ruhr University Bochum): “Gut Microbes and Human Cognition”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Jenny Zhang (University of Edinburgh): “A new direction for moral psychology”

16.15 – 16.35
Coffee break

16.35 – 17.00
Room JK15A | Saga Norrby (Utrecht University): “Meditating on Fichte’s I”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Migdalia Arcila-Valenzuela (Cornell University): “The Recalcitrant Body: Chronic Pain and Moral Agency”

17.05 – 17.30
Room JK15A | Taku Uchiyama (Georg-August-University Göttingen): “The Capacity View of First-Person Reference”
Room JK 2 – 3 | Lily Tappe (University of Marburg): “Are there Moral Reasons to Suspend Judgement on God’s Existence”

13th of May (Friday)
9.00 – 9.30
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Registration
Room JK 2-3 | –

9.30 – 9.55
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Fengyuan Liu (Utrecht University): “The Concept of Individual in Spinoza: A Dynamic System?”
Room JK 2-3 | Karl Landström (Coventry University); “Research funding as domination: Epistemic Freedom and Resistance”

10.00 – 10.25
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Harmen Grootenhuis (Groningen University): “All for one and one for all; how a theory of grounding explains Spinoza’s monist metaphysics”
Room JK 2-3 | Miguel Rudolf-Cibien (Groningen University): “Economic Exploitation as Structural Domination”

10.30 – 10.55
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Alberto Cavallarin (Utrecht University): “Mystical Ontology: Can Mystical Experiences Ground Metaphysical Claims?”
Room JK 2-3 | Ervin Kondakciu (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen & Universität Hamburg): “On Rawls’s model of disobedient politics: can there be disobedience under near just conditions”

10.55 – 11.15
Coffee break

11-15 – 11.40
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Samuel Ferns (University College Dublin): “Epistemic Recognition or Epistemic Freedom? Two Paths to Social Epistemology in Honneth’s Work”
Room JK 2-3 | Shervin Mirzaeighazi (Manchester University): “Punishment and Revenge”

11.45 – 12.10
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Giorgia Foti (University of Bologna): “Monitoring goes social: a new account of epistemic vigilance in the epistemology of testimony.”
Room JK 2-3 | Nadia ben Hassine (University of Cambridge): “Empathy and Impartiality: On the Limits of Perspective-taking”

12.15 – 12.40
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Yasha Sapir (University of Southern California): “Deliberative inquiry”
Room JK 2-3 | Jonathan Seim (University of Bochum): “Two conceptualisations of political responsiveness. An intervention”

12.40 – 14.15
Lunch break

14.15 – 14.40
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | William Gopal (Amsterdam University): “Toward An Account of Epistemic Trust Suitable for Humans and Artificial Epistemic Agents”
Room JK 2-3 | Hrayr Manukyan (Amsterdam University): “Enacting the new social contract: civil disobedience in Armenia”

14.45 – 15.10
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Haggeo Cadenas (University of San Diego, California): “Cultural Evolution and Epistemology”
Room JK 2-3 | Alexander Murphy (University College London): “Why digital objects won’t help virtual realists”

15.15 – 15.40
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Thomas Mitchell (University of Edinburgh): “Norms of trust”
Room JK 2-3 | Eve Judah (École Normal Supérieure): “From Outside the Estate: The Symbolic Language of Philosophical Canon-Formation.”

15.40 – 16:05
Coffee break

16.05 – 16.30
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Christian O. Scholz (Amsterdam University): “Time in Dreams”
Room JK 2-3 | Santiago de Arteaga Gallinal (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile): “Søren Kierkegaard and Carl Jung on freedom to become oneself”

16.35 – 17:00
Room Sweelinckzaal Drift 21 | Angelos Sofocleous (University of York): “The depressed individual as a ‘non-participant spectator’”
Room JK 2-3 | Lucas Gronouwe (Radboud University): “Doing justice to poetry: Gadamer and Derrida on reading Paul Celan”

Abstract submission

Please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words (excl. references) to utrechtconference2022@protonmail.com. The abstract should be in either .docx or .pdf format, and should be anonymized. We accept submissions in any field of philosophy, but especially welcome pieces engaging in philosophy outside the canon (for example, decolonial and feminist philosophy). Authors should also include the following information in the body of the email: name, institutional affiliation, level of studies (or PhD), title of the presentation, and its philosophical area. Since we want to promote dialogue and the exchange of ideas, we also welcome co-authored abstracts with up to a maximum of three co-authors. We accept one abstract per author/group of authors.

The deadline for the abstract is February 28, 2022.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent on March 20, 2022.

Certificate / credit points

For this course PhD students and ReMa students can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see https://www.ozsw.nl/request-certificate/.

The study load for this activity is:
1. Attending both days of the conference and holding a presentation: 2,5 EC
2. Sending full paper for consideration to the journal: 1,5 EC


There are no registration fees.

How to apply / register

You can register for the conference here.
The deadline for registration is April 24, 2022

For more information visit https://utrecht2022conference.wordpress.com/

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to secretariaat@ozsw.nl. Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.

Cancellation and registration policy


Danique van Houte, Utrecht University
Santiago Vrech, Utrecht University

Contact info: utrechtconference2022@protonmail.com