March 11-13, 2010


Queens University of Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 


The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy cordially invites the submission of papers and proposals for its 37th annual meeting, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of the conference is: "What is ‘American’ in American Philosophy.” Papers in all areas of American philosophy are welcome.




One does not need to be a member to submit a paper, but one must be a member in order to present his or her accepted paper.  To become a member, please visit the Society’s web page,, and click on the membership form.  The Society’s Treasurer is William Myers, Birmingham-Southern College, BSC Box 549013, Birmingham, AL 35254, 205-226-4868,


DEADLINE for submissions is September 1, 2009.  This is a firm deadlineAs all submissions should be done electronically, we will stop accepting submissions at midnight Pacific Standard Time on September 1.  Please submit your paper or proposal following the guidelines below.


Electronic Submissions: All submissions must be submitted electronically.  DOC or .RTF preferred.


It is preferred that submissions be sent as an attachment to an email.  If you cannot, contact the Secretary, Michael Eldridge, to determine method of submission.  If you send it through email, as preferred, please put one of the following in the subject line, as appropriate, in order to facilitate processing:


2010 SAAP paper submission

2010 SAAP discussion paper submission

2010 SAAP panel submission

2010 SAAP author meets critics session

2010 SAAP breakfast discussion submission

2010 SAAP poster presentation submission


NOTE: Submissions not using this exact wording in the subject line may be missed by the Secretary’s reception program.


Submissions for Papers, Discussion Papers, and Panel Discussions must include TWO FILES:

(1)   A file set up for anonymous review, entitled ANON SUBMISSION, which includes an abstract, the title, the paper, and the type of submission.

(2)   A file that includes the title, type of submission, and author information.  In addition panel submissions, should designate a lead participant or the panel organizer with whom the secretary can correspond as needed.


If you are submitting an Author Meets Critics Session, Poster Presentation or Book/Article Discussion, send only one file including author information.


Please note that, as described below, only Book Discussions, Poster Presentations, Author Meets Critics, and Panel Proposals can submit with only an abstract.


Please also include any AV needs with your submission.


Confirmation: All persons making submissions with the appropriate subject line information will receive automatic confirmation of receipt of their submission.  If, by 15 September, there is no personal confirmation, the submitter should contact the Secretary directly either by email or phone, whichever works.  If you have not received notification regarding the Program Committee’s decision regarding your submission by 15 November, please contact the Secretary.


Scheduling: The Program Committee assumes that it may schedule a paper or session at any time between Thursday, 11 March, at 2:00, and Saturday late afternoon. 


Number of Submissions: Please note that individuals will not be allowed on the program more than once except when the Program Committee finds it necessary to do so to fulfill its responsibilities.  This means that multiple submissions will not be accepted and that persons participating in invited sessions may not submit to the regular program.


General Formatting:


(1)    All submissions should be double-spaced.  Avoid headers/footers because they often contain information that breaches anonymity.

(2)    All submissions sent by email should be saved and sent as an attachment in either “.html,” “.doc” or “.rtf” format.  Do not send submissions in “.zip” format.

(3)    Please use a standard format such as, Arial, Times New Roman or Courier.


Anonymity: Papers, Discussion Papers, and Panel Proposals must be suitable for blind review.  Please refrain from making references to your own work, your location, or anything obvious that could reveal your identity.  If the author’s identity can be determined through self-references, endnotes, etc., the submission may be disqualified.


Commentators and Session Chairs: Persons interested in serving in these capacities should contact the 2008 Program Co-Chairs, Doug Anderson and Jim Garrison and indicate areas of interest.


Student Travel Funds: Limited travel funds are available to assist students whose papers are accepted for the program.  Please Contact Bill Myers, SAAP Treasurer, for more information.


Greenlee Consideration: If you are currently a student or within five years of having completed your Ph.D, you are eligible for consideration for the Douglas Greenlee Prize.  If you fit within these qualifications, please indicate this in (a) the body of the email that you use to make your submission and (b) in the file with your author information.


Prizes: Only papers that are accepted to the regular program, that is, not panels or invited group presentations, are eligible for the Greenlee, Blau, Mellow, and Addams Prizes. There is also a prize to encourage original work.

Original Work in the Spirit of the American Tradition:

1) The Program Committee invites submissions of "original work in the spirit of the American tradition."
2) Those wishing their work to be so considered must indicate such with their submission.
3) A special review committee will be established by the SAAP President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, to evaluate works submitted in this category.
4) Chosen paper/s will be presented at the annual meeting under the designation of "Original Work in the Spirit of the American Tradition."
5) The author of the best paper in this category will be presented with an award at the annual banquet.

Publication Possibilities: SAAP will plan to publish selected papers from the annual SAAP conference.  If your paper is accepted for the annual meeting, it will be considered for publication  unless you indicate in your email submission that you do not wish this to be the case.  Only those papers that are complete at the time of submission will be considered for publication.


Submissions that do not meet the following guidelines will not be considered or returned.





Paper: Papers should be no longer than 3500 words.  Submissions must include a 100-150 word abstract.  Longer papers, unless labeled as Discussion papers, will not be considered.  Accepted papers will be presented in their entirety by the author during a session and, in most cases, will be followed by a ten minute commentary and a period of open discussion.


Discussion Paper: Papers should be no longer than 6000 words.  Submissions must include a 100-150 word abstract.  Discussion papers accepted for the program will be made available on line prior to the meeting.  Those who attend discussion paper sessions are expected to have read the paper in advance.  Presentation is limited to a ten minute summary or introductory statement.   The remaining session time will be devoted to an invited commentary and open discussion. The Program Committee may have to limit the number of discussion paper sessions due to space constraints in the overall program and will attempt to anticipate which papers will have sufficient interest to be read in advance.


Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion proposals should include a title page, an abstract of 450-600 words for the panel as a whole, and either complete papers (of no more than 3500 words) or abstracts (of no fewer than 600 words) for each paper in the panel.  The title page in the second file should include the title of the panel and a list of all confirmed participants and their institutional affiliations.  The title page in the file for anonymous review should include only the title of the panel and the number of confirmed participants.  The proposal should include a description of the issue that the session will address, an explanation of the relevance of this issue to the study of American philosophy or to wider social and philosophical issues, and an indication of how each paper in the panel addresses this issue.  A panel discussion should provide an opportunity to examine specific problems or topics from a variety of perspectives and should do more than present a set of related papers.  Please do not send a separate file for each panelist.


Author Meets Critics proposals must include:



The committee anticipates a very limited number of these sessions, perhaps two.


Poster Presentation: Proposals for Poster Presentations should be in the form of a description of the research project to be presented.  The description should not be longer than 2600 words and should include a description of its relation to issues in American philosophy or wider social and philosophical issues.  The proposal should also include a brief summary of materials to be included in the visual display.  Poster Presentations will be on display throughout the meeting, with presenters available in the display area for a designated time during the meeting.  Presenters may provide accompanying papers for distribution in the display area.


Book/Article Discussion: Proposals should include a brief summary of the book or article to be discussed and its general relation to American philosophy or wider social and philosophical issues.  Proposals should not exceed 1500 words.  All accepted book/article discussions will be scheduled as round-table discussion breakfast sessions at the hotel restaurant.


If you have ideas for special sessions beyond the categories indicated in this CFP, please contact the Program Committee by June1.




Michael Eldridge (strongly recommended)

 or (if necessary in case there are problems with the UNCC address);

do not submit to both simultaneously


Or, if email submission is not possible:


Michael Eldridge

Department of Philosophy

UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Boulevard

Charlotte, NC 28223





For all correspondence regarding the program content, contact the Program Co-Chairs:



Doug Anderson

Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Jim Garrison

Virginia Tech Univesity



Local Arrangements and Conference Host:


Mark Sanders

Department of Philosophy

UNC Charlotte