About Trevor Hedberg

Graduate student in philosophy at the University of Tennessee.

CFA – Private Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy, and Governance

Call for AbstractsEarth

Private Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy, and Governance
Edited by Jai Galliott

Forget about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Forget about the Russian Federal Space Agency (FKA). Forget about the entire Cold War-initiated space program, as we have known it. Instead, think private space travel and exploration. Abstracts pertaining to the ethics of space colonisation and exploration, the commercial space industry, space and the environment, bioethics for outer space and relevant aspects of risk assessment, design, responsibility and governance are welcomed for inclusion in this proposed volume. Subsequent papers must be philosophically rigorous but accessible to policy makers and upper-level students. Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Moral Case for Space
  • Abandoning Earth: Selecting the Select Few
  • Who Owns Mars? Land Use and Property Rights
  • Advertising in Space: Sales at its Outer Limits
  • Space Tourists: The Risks & Benefits
  • The Consequences of Privatising Space Transport
  • Do Rocks Have Rights? The Ethics of Asteroid Mining
  • Asteroid Defence
  • Militarising Space: Weapons in Orbit
  • Space Junk and Environmental Ethics
  • Medical Ethics for Mirco-gravity
  • Enhancing Astronauts: The Ethical, Legal & Social Implications
  • Animal Astronauts: On the Ethics of Animal Research
  • Houston, We Have a Problem: Risk Thresholds
  • HAL9000: Artificial Intelligence & Space Robotics
  • Autonomous Spacecraft: Ethical by Design?
  • Collective Responsibility for Armageddon
  • The Decline of the U.S. Space Program: Power, Technology and Responsibility
  • Space Law & Morality: Rethinking the Geneva Conventions

Submission Guidelines & Notes

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (200-500 words) and CV(s): September 15, 2013.

2. In principle agreement has been struck with Rowman & Littlefield International. All abstracts will be reviewed by the editor and those selected for inclusion will be forwarded to anonymous reviewers appointed by the publisher with a view to contracting the project.

3. Tentative submission deadline for drafts of accepted papers (5000-7000 words): July, 2014.

4. All submissions (in Word format) and inquiries should be directed to Jai Galliott at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia via jai.galliott@mq.edu.au.

CFP – Framing Degrowth: From Diagnosis to Development Alternatives




The degrowth movement has emerged in the last decade in some European countries. It is a movement built around a critique of the growth economy, which draws strongly on the “limits to growth” and strong sustainability debates of the 1970s. The underlying premises are that continuous economic growth is ecologically unsound and economically unsustainable and that it is no longer improving social welfare and happiness (Jackson, 2011). Degrowth was first launched in the beginning of the 21st century as a project of voluntary societal shrinking of production and consumption aimed at social and ecological sustainability (Demaria et. al, 2013) and quickly developed into a social movement. It later entered academic journals. This special issue aims at articulating the degrowth critique, proposal, and movement through a framework composed of four different axes: critique to growth societies, degrowth policies, actors and strategies for degrowth, and alternative world-visions.

(A more elaborate description of the degrowth movement’s history and progression can be found alongside the original, official call for papers.)


  • Demaria, F., F. Schneider, F. Sekulova and J. Martinez-Alier. 2013. “What is Degrowth? From an activist slogan to a social movement.” Environmental Values 22: 191–215.
  • Jackson, T. 2009. “Prosperity Without Growth?” Sustainable Development Commission.

CONFERENCE – The Lives of Human Animals

THE LIVES OF HUMAN ANIMALSThe University of Memphis __ Welcome __ University of Memphis

32nd annual Spindel Conference
September 26-28, 2013
University of Memphis


The problem of personal identity is one of the most bewitching puzzles in all of philosophy. Until very recently, most philosophers subscribed to the view first advocated by the 17th-century British philosopher, John Locke. Locke held that our fundamental nature is given by our status as self-conscious, rational agents (“persons”) and that the conditions under which we persist through time and change are thus to be accounted for in terms of psychological continuity. The main topic of the 32nd annual Spindel Conference will be an anti-Lockean view that has recently gained support amongst philosophers. According to this view, known as “animalism,” our fundamental nature is given not by our psychological capacities, but by our biological constitution: we are primates (Homo sapiens), and like all organisms, we persist just in case we continue living.

The overarching aim of this year’s conference is to provide a forum in which metaphysicians and philosophers of mind working on animalism are brought together with those who are presently engaged in pertinent debates in other areas of philosophy—including philosophy of biology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of religion. So, besides animalism in its own right, among the topics to be explored are the nature of organic life, the metaphysics and ethics of death, issues in animal cognition, the possibility of the afterlife, animal interests, etc.


  • John Dupré (University of Exeter)
  • Paul Snowdon (University College London)


  • Colin Allen (Indiana University)
  • Sam Baron (University of Sydney)
  • Carl Gillett (Northern Illinois University)
  • Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)
  • Steven Luper (Trinity University)
  • Robert Lurz (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
  • Neil Manson (University of Mississippi)
  • Eric Olson (University of Sheffield)
  • Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois, Chicago)
  • David Shoemaker (Tulane University)
  • Christina van Dyke (Calvin College)


CALL FOR PAPERS – Proposals for 2013 PAMLA Conference

PAMLACall for Proposals for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Location: Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California

Dates: November 1-3, 2013

Presiding Officer: Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia (hutchink@unbc.ca)

This CFP concerns a special session on ecocriticism co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). Papers can concern any aspect of ecocriticism, including (but not limited to) ecocritical theory, environmental ethics, environmental justice, colonial and postcolonial ecologies, gender and ecology, literary representations of non-human being, and interdisciplinary investigations of literature and environmental science.

Please review the Guidelines and Procedures before submitting a proposal. In particular, please note:

  • Members may only deliver one paper at the conference. You may submit more than one proposal, but as soon as you accept an invitation, you must inform the organizers of the other sessions that you are no longer eligible to present in their sessions.
  • Papers may not be read in absentia.
  • Participation in the conference requires payment of PAMLA 2013 membership dues by June 1 and the separate conference registration fee by September 15. A combined membership/conference fee is available for convenience, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this option by June 1.
  • Paper proposals of 500 words and a 50-word abstract, due by April 15, 2013, must be submitted via PAMLA’s Online Proposal Submission Form.

How to Submit

Submit proposals to any open topic area using the Online Proposal Submission Form. You will need to register and login to access the form (if you created an account last year, you can use it again; if you forgot your username or password, visit the Password Recovery page).


Questions about a specific session or topic area should be directed to the Presiding Officer listed above. Use these addresses for questions only. Proposals should be submitted using the online form. Completing the form will send an email to the Presiding Officer as well as gather other information we need to construct the conference program. Further information (including who to contact with other inquiries) can be found on the main page for this session.

INVITE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Food Issues: An Encyclopedia

foodThose with relevant expertise are invited to contribute to what may become the standard reference work on food policy. It is an ambitious, three-volume, one million-word encyclopedia on Food Issues. The editors seek experts on every possible food topic ranging from agricultural subsidies to GMOs, food deserts to nutrition guidelines, home cooking to fine dining and everything in between. These are topics about which students, the public, and policy makers need to be informed with balanced authoritative entries.

Below is a more in-depth project description and the list of the remaining available topics. If you are interested in contributing, contact the editors of the volume via email:

Project Description

This reference work explores the topic of food across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and related areas including business, consumerism, marketing, and environmentalism. A carefully balanced academic work focusing on social and policy aspects of food production, safety, regulation, labeling, marketing, distribution, and consumption, this work will draw contributions from across the social sciences and related fields. Through this 3-volume encyclopedia, students will be introduced to this fascinating, at times contentious, and ever-so-vital field. A sampling of general topic areas to be covered includes the following: Agriculture, Labor, Food Processing, Marketing and Advertising, Trade and Distribution, Retail and Shopping, Consumption, Food Ideologies, Food in Popular Media, Food Safety, Environment, Health, Government Policy, Hunger and Poverty.

Available Topics

  1. Agricultural Check Points
  2. Agriculture, U.S. Department of
  3. Alar
  4. Animal Feed
  5. Anti-Trust Laws
  6. Aquaponics
  7. Baby Food
  8. Bacillus Thuringensis
  9. Balance of Trade
  10. Bankruptcy Laws
  11. Bans
  12. Barriers
  13. Beverage Industries
  14. Big Box Stores/Walmart/Clubs
  15. Billboards
  16. Bioactive Food Components
  17. Biodiversity
  18. Body Building Diets
  19. Botulism Branding (stickers on fruit, etc.)
  20. Carbon Footprints of the Food Industry
  21. Catering Business
  22. Cattle Industry
  23. Chemical Fertilizers
  24. Chemical Fertilizers, Effect on Environment
  25. Cloning
  26. Clubs and Membership Cards (shopping)
  27. Commercial Food Processors and Manufacturers
  28. Consistency of Food Products/Ingredients
  29. Consolidation of Wholesale and Retail Firms
  30. Convenience Stores
  31. Cooking Temperature Recommendations
  32. Coupons and Groupons
  33. Crop Insurance
  34. Culinary Diplomacy
  35. Day-Old Sales
  36. Dead Zones (in fisheries as a result of agricultural run-off)
  37. Demonination of Origin Laws
  38. Deregulation
  39. Distribution Centers
  40. E coli
  41. Economics of Food Commodities and Commodity Prices
  42. Embargoes Employment: Mandatory Breaks, Hours, Shift Work
  43. Equal Opportunity Employment/Discrimination
  44. Exports
  45. Fats Role in Diet
  46. Federal Trade Commission
  47. Fiber
  48. Food Additives
  49. Food Aid
  50. Food Fairs/Festivals
  51. Food Lobbying
  52. Food Quality
  53. Food Safety / Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  54. Food Science Departments/Programs in Universities
  55. Food Service Industries
  56. Food Stamps/WIC
  57. Forestry Management
  58. Fraud
  59. Frozen Food
  60. Frozen Foods: Processing
  61. Generic Brands
  62. Genetically Modified/Bioengineered Crops and Animals (SAFETY)
  63. Heirloom Varieties
  64. Herbicide Resistance
  65. Hydroponics Import and Export Duties
  66. Imported Food
  1. Industry Labor/Unions
  2. Inspection and Testing
  3. Interstate Commerce
  4. Invasive Pests: Containment/Prevention of
  5. Inventory Management
  6. Irradiation
  7. Just-in-Time Delivery
  8. Lactobacilli
  9. Locust Infestations/Plagues
  10. Low-Fat Foods
  11. Milling
  12. Minerals, in Nutrition
  13. Mini-Marts (in gas stations, pharmacies, etc)
  14. Monopolies
  15. Multinational Conglomerates
  16. Natural and Artifical Flavors and Fragrances
  17. Online Advertising
  18. Online Shopping
  19. Packaged Foods and Preservatives
  20. Patents and Trademark Litigation
  21. Pest Control (rodents, birds, wild animals, etc)
  22. Pesticide- and Chemical-laden Produce, Safety of
  23. Pesticide and Fertilizer Run-Off
  24. Pesticides – from farmer’s perspective
  25. Plant Breeding/Hybridization
  26. PLU (Price Look-Up) Codes
  27. Pollinators
  28. Population and Food Supply
  29. Port Inspections
  30. Preservatives
  31. Price Fixing (Sherman Act)
  32. Price Wars
  33. Pricing and Price Volatility
  34. Produce
  35. Quick Response or QR Codes (for scanning with phone)
  36. Rationing Recalls (and systems of recall)
  37. Regulation (industry, government, self)
  38. Research and Development
  39. Retail/Groceries, Labor in
  40. Seed Banks
  41. Self Check Out in Groceries
  42. Self-Distributing Chains
  43. Sell-By Dates
  44. Seventh Day Adventist Food Practices
  45. Shelf Life
  46. Smuggling
  47. Soil Degradation and Conservation
  48. Sprouting (grains, beans, etc.)
  49. Standards and Measures
  50. Steroids in Food Subsidies
  51. Tagging and Tracking Foods (from origins to point of retail sale)
  52. Tampering Tarrifs
  53. Taxation: General
  54. Technology and Machinery of Food Processing
  55. Terrorist Threats to Food and Drinking Supplies
  56. Threats to Clean Drinking Water
  57. Torts and Civil Litigation for Damages/ Class Action Suits
  58. Toxicity Testing
  59. Trade Wars
  60. University-Industry Relationships in Research
  61. Urbanization of Agricultural Land
  62. Vending Machines
  63. Whole Grains
  64. Worker Safety
  65. World Trade Organization
  66. Xerophthalmia

PhD Studentships in Applied Ethics – University of Leeds

Leeds CenterPhD Studentships in Applied Ethics (broadly construed) at the University of Leeds

 The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IDEA CETL) at the University of Leeds offers three new PhD studentships for 2013-2014. All the details are available in the full advert for these studentships, but some of the important details are included below.


The IDEA CETL’s vision is to be a world-class centre for excellence in learning, teaching and research in inter-disciplinary applied ethics. Since its inception it has developed significant Research and Professional Ethics Consultancy activity and has a lively programme of research seminars, research workshops and conferences to which its PGR students are expected to contribute.


The IDEA CETL intends to offer three Studentships in Applied Ethics, broadly conceived, to high quality candidates for its full-time or part-time PhD programme. The studentships are tenable for 3yr (f-t) or 5yr (p-t) from September/October 2013 and have both tuition and maintenance components: the tuition component will be equivalent to the full EU PhD fee and the maintenance component will be equivalent to that of the AHRC Doctoral award.

Although the Centre has many particular research strengths (listed in the full advert),  candidates with interests in any area of applied ethics, broadly construed, are warmly encouraged to apply. The IDEA CETL currently teaches in a wide range of areas. We would expect the PGR’s research to contribute to our expertise in at least one of these areas.


Candidates for PhD in the IDEA CETL are able to take advantage of a professional training and development scheme for postgraduates. The Centre will require successful applicants to undertake teaching for the Centre, paid at an hourly rate in addition to the scholarship stipend. The normal expectation will be in the region of 40 hours teaching a year, but up to 80 hours a year may be available. Studentship holders will be also expected to take a full role in the life of the Centre. IDEA CETL offers its PhD students financial support for conference attendance.

Closing date for receipt of applications for the studentships is Wednesday 3rd April 2013. Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning May 13th.

Application Procedure

i) Complete an application to undertake PhD studies. This application requires 3 references. Please make it clear that you are applying to the IDEA CETL.

ii) Complete an application for the scholarship. Applications should be made by e-mail to Sarah Gelcich (s.gelcich@leeds.ac.uk) and must include:

  • a two page CV
  • a 500 word PhD-proposal
  • a 300 word statement setting out the ways in which they see themselves contributing to the life and broader success of the IDEA CETL

Also arrange for 2 academic referees to submit references directly to the Centre.

All applications and references for the Studentship Application should be marked Studentships in Applied Philosophy at the IDEA CETL, and sent to Sarah Gelcich, IDEA CETL; University of Leeds; 8-12 Fenton Street; Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.

If shortlisted, you will be asked to submit two pieces of written work.

For academic enquiries about Postgraduate study at IDEA CETL, contact Prof. Chris Megone (c.b.megone@leeds.ac.uk), Dr. Jamie Dow (j.dow@leeds.ac.uk) or Dr Rob Lawlor (r.s.lawlor@leeds.ac.uk), copying to Sarah Gelcich (s.gelcich@leeds.ac.uk).