Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the scholarship of the broad academic theoretical work. To correct these biases — which have been critically denounced by the scholars from non-European continents — the post-colonial scholarship has made an effort in deconstructing the European theoretical referents, as well as developing new theories. The aim of this conference is to offer an opportunity for the discussion of broad issues concerning the reconsideration of the classical western thought in the post-colonial era, that is, a revision of the dialogues and tensions among European and peripheral epistemologies. With this purpose, we plan to center the discussion in two foci. On the one hand, the deconstruction of the global influence of the European classical and modern epistemologies during the past few centuries; and on the other hand, their present critical reception via a ‘non-Eurocentric’ or decolonial view. We hope that the conference will contribute to the good understanding of the post-colonial and decolonial standpoints.

The questions that will be mainly addressed are as follows: To what extent does the post-colonial scholarship from different fields add to contemporary philosophy by offering new insights? How are the European classical and modern epistemologies received and understood by the different postcolonial/decolonial theoretical approaches? How is this criticism made? Or what are the basic ideas developed in this criticism?



The Conference will be located in room G16, Cotham House, University of Bristol. The Conference will be divided in four panels (two panels per day). Every panel will count on the participation of two PGR speakers (20 min talks), which will be followed by a general discussion. After a break, we will count on the presentation of two Keynote speakers (30 min talks), which will also be followed by a general discussion.

Panel 1: Decolonising Classics, 6th June 10.00-13.30 hrs.

(Here, we expect to receive abstracts regarding the Postcolonial/Decolonial reflection on the process of the reception of Classics in non-European contexts)

Keynote speaker Dr. Mathura Umachandran, Department of Classics University of Oxford; and Dr. Justine McConnell, Department of Comparative Literature King´s College.

Panel 2: Decolonising movements in Africa and South Asia, 6th June 14.30-18 hrs. 

(Here, we would like to receive abstracts specifically focused on the intersection between African, South Asian and European thought)

Keynote speaker Dr. Foluke Adebisi, School of Law University of Bristol; and Dr. Su Lin Lewis, Department of History University of Bristol.

Panel 3: Enlightenment revised, 7th June 10.00-13.30 hrs. 

(Here we expect to receive abstracts focused on the Postcolonial/Decolonial criticism to the Enlightenment; or on the contrary, abstracts focused on answering, what could the Enlightenment offer to Postcolonial/Decolonial contemporary studies?).

Keynote Speakers Professor Gregor McLennan, School of Social Sciences University of Bristol; and Dr. Tzu Chien Tho, Department of Philosophy University of Bristol.

Panel 4: About Reparation, 7th June 14.30-18.00 hrs. 

(Here we wish to receive abstracts focused on ethical reflexions about reparation)

Keynote speaker Joanna Burch-Brown, Department of Philosophy University of Bristol.


To make an abstract submission, please send an anonymized abstract of no more than 500 words to by the 3rd of April, 2019 with a separate document with author information. Please note that while food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Unfortunately, we are at the moment unable to reimburse any travel or accommodation costs for graduate conference attendees, but we hope to be able to offer some bursaries to make the participation more accessible (we are applying for extra funding for this purpose).

This conference is generously sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Bristol, Marc Sanders Foundation and MAP UK (Minorities and Philosophy).

Conference on Gender and the idea of Autonomy Call for Abstracts!

Dear all,

The University of Bristol MAP Chapter is delighted to announce a one-day symposium on Gender and the idea of Autonomy, held on June 5th 2017, free for all participants.

We are looking for papers responding to our topic from within a variety of feminist schools. We are especially interested in the feminist perspectives of non-Anglo-American traditions, such as African, Islamic, and Chinese philosophy. Related themes include (but is not limited to):

-Relationality and individual agency
-Coercion and choice
-Concepts of freedom and liberty
-Oppression in socialization
-Religion and the role of feminism
-Multiculturalism and gender

Your talk should be confined to a 40-minute slot (which consists of a 25-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A) and accessible to any audience without specialist knowledge of your topic.

Please submit an anonymized 500 word (maximum) abstract, along with a separate document stating your name, level of study, and institutional affiliation, to our organizers at: before 31st March, 2017. We will notify the authors of our decisions by the following week.

Unfortunately we are unable to cover attendees’ travel or accommodation costs at the moment so we encourage you to seek other means of funding. We will, however, provide refreshments as well as lunch for attendees on the day.

We will release more information about our venue on our website as the event nears. Please notify us in advance, through email, of any concerns and needs you may have and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Updates for MAP @ Bristol

Dear all,

This past June, we hosted our very first MAP @ Bristol conference, ‘Philosophy from minoritized perspectives’.

The list of speakers and their presentations may be found below:

Caroline ChristoffLimits of the Social Model of Disability (University of Texas, Austin)
Emily DobsonBroadening the Scope of Contribution: Life-Value Ethics and Disability (University of Windsor)
Dorian MączkaWhy minorities perspectives matter- Feyerabend’s framework of pluralism (Jagiellonian University)
Francesco SturinoDeveloping a Clearer Understanding of the Significance of Groups in Inequality Assessment: A Response to Iris Young (University of Western Ontario)
Denise Vargiu- (University of Bristol)
Helen de CruzPrestige bias: The first and final hurdle for a more inclusive academic philosophy (Oxford Brookes University)

We would like to thank the grad speakers, our keynote speaker (Helen de Cruz), all the organisers of the MAP @ Bristol conference, and attendees. Special thanks to Analysis Trust, Minorities and Philosophy, and Marc Sanders Foundation for their generous support of the event.

We hope to be able to host more events like this in the future- stay tuned for more announcements!

Hope you are having a great summer.

MAP @ Bristol conference

We are excited to announce that the Philosophy dept. at the University of Bristol will be hosting a Minorities and Philosophy @ Bristol conference! Details below:

The University of Bristol Minorities and Philosophy chapter would like to invite postgraduate students- especially members from underrepresented groups- to submit abstracts (of no more than 1000 words) for our upcoming MAP @ Bristol conference. The conference will be held on June 10, 2016, in the Philosophy Department at the University of Bristol.

The event itself is free for all to attend, with no registration fees. Our theme is ‘Philosophy from Minority Perspectives’ broadly construed. Topics for presentations may include (but are not limited to):

-Feminist philosophy

-Philosophy of Gender,

-Philosophy of Race,

-Philosophy of Disability

-Non Anglo-American philosophies/philosophers, etc.

We ask that submissions be anonymised, with no identifying information in the body of text. They should be submitted by April 15, 2016 at

Partial reimbursements (up to 50% of accommodation costs) for attendees will be available with generous support from The Analysis Trust.

We’re committed to facilitating an inclusive event. Accessibility information for the event can be found on the conference’s page.

Link to philevents page:

For any further queries please e-mail:

MAP Bristol Documentary Screening

Dear all,

This week Thursday at 6pm we will be showing a documentary. Please come along to G2, Cotham House (Philosophy department) if you are interested. Check out the event description below:

MAP Bristol presents a short documentary reflecting the situation of female scientists in Austria. The documentary was made by female students from the Univesity of Vienna.

The Facebook event page is here.

Bristol Philosophy Department – Updates

Dear all,

We’ve had a great year so far at Bristol! Events and activities of interest to the MAP project will be announced and covered throughout the year. We’ve gathered a steady following on our Facebook page, where links to events and blog updates will be put up- thank you all for your support! Please give us a ‘Like‘ if you haven’t done so already and you’d like to stay posted!

Meanwhile, take a look at some of what has been taking place in our department, including upcoming activities:

Philsoc event- Film Screening & Discussion: Why is My Curriculum White?, 27 October 2015

-Talk on equality and diversity by Richard Pettigrew, 4 November 2015

-Women in Philosophy sessions:
Elizabeth Irvine (Cardiff), 9 October 2015
Stephanie Collins (Manchester), 27 November 2015

-Women in Philosophy reading group