EPS Events

The 2020 National Annual Conferences and Meetings

Support the EPS to expand its reach, support its members, and be a credible presence of Christ-shaped philosophical interests in the academy and into the wider culture! 
The 2020 national annual conference of the Evangelical Philosophical Society will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, November 17-19 (Tuesday-Thursday).
The EPS is pleased to welcome Calvin University's Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung as the EPS plenary speaker. She will address the topic, "What are you Guarding? Anger and its Antidotes from the Christian Tradition (2:00-2:50 pm, November 18th).
The annual EPS conference is held in conjunction with the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). The ETS theme is focused on "Christianity and Islam," and we too welcome papers exploring this theme. As always, we are happy also to receive paper submissions or proposals for panel discussions addressing the wide range of topics of interest to Christian philosophers.

Graduate Student Philosophy Paper Contest

As part of our initiative to help develop graduate student scholarship, the EPS will be awarding a $500 prize for the best graduate student philosophy paper. In order to be considered for the prize, full papers must be submitted. See additional information below.

Submission Guidelines:

Please note, presenters should be current members of the EPS or the ETS. If you are not a current member, please renew membership at epsociety.org/store.

Submissions must include the following:

  • Author’s name
  • Contact information (email and phone number)
  • Title of paper
  • Institutional affiliation
  • If you are a graduate student, please indicate this so you can be considered for the graduate student philosophy prize.
  • Time constraints / preferences:
    • Days and times you CANNOT read the paper
    • Days and times you would PREFER to read the paper
    • While we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, inflexibility with regard to possible reading times may make your paper more difficult to accept.
  • An abstract of the paper (100-200 words). Strong preference will be shown to submissions including full text of paper.
  • NB: In order to be considered for the graduate student prize, full papers must be submitted.
Deadline and Submission Process:
  • All proposals must be received by April 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Proposals received after that time will not be considered.
  • Proposals should be sent by email attachment to: epsblindreview@gmail.com  
  • Note: the EPS does not supply equipment for powerpoint/keynote presentations. If you wish to provide it, please work with the hotel for any logistical questions or concerns.
  • Please also indicate whether you are willing to serve as a moderator for the EPS sessions [see guidelines below].
Guidelines for Presentations
  • Paper should take no more than 25 minutes to read, leaving 10-15 minutes for discussion. The moderator will ask you to conclude if you are overtime.
  • Cancellation: Please communicate all cancellations to the moderator of your session. If you need to cancel your presentation and it has already been announced via the conference program, please plan to have a friend or colleague read your paper on your behalf.
Guidelines for Moderators
  • Introduce the presenter and make any relevant EPS announcements [information forthcoming].
  • Ensure that a session starts and stops on time, and that there is at least 10 minutes available for Q&A. Please ask a presenter to conclude if they are over their time.
  • If a presenter has to cancel their presentation after it has been announced, please work with the presenter to secure a copy of the paper so it is read on his/her behalf.

Guidelines for the Graduate Student Essay Prize

  • Graduate students who wish to be considered for the best graduate student essay prize are also required to submit the final draft of the paper as a PDF attachment.
  • The final draft of the paper should be approximately 3,000 words.
  • Papers should be prepared for blind review.
  • To receive the prize, the author must attend the National meeting. If the winning author is unable to attend, the committee will select the next-best essay.
Prepare for November
  1. Book your hotel and flights early. Conference discount on the Omni Hotel will become available by March.
  2. Please sign-up/renew for EPS or ETS annual membership. EPS membership includes a print subscription to Philosophia Christi. You must be a current member to register for the EPS conference.
  3. Plan for supplemental events:
    • EPS Reception at 8:30 pm, Tuesday, November 17th. Great time to network and meet EPS members.
    • EPS Business Meeting at 9:30 pm, Thursday, November 18th.
  4. Plan for other conferences the week of ETS-EPS. For example, we expect there to be EPS sessions at the 2020 AAR/SBL annual meetings in Boston, November 21-24. Call for Papers until May 15th.

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