Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference 2021

The Society has taken the decision not to hold its annual conference in-person in 2021 due to global pandemic. The event, which was to be hosted by University of Antwerp next July, has, therefore, been cancelled.  Instead the SAP Annual Conference 2021 will be an online conference taking place over the dates scheduled for the Antwerp event (2 – 4 July).  The SAP hopes to host its Annual Conference in Antwerp in 2023.

(Invited participants will be able to confirm or decline participation here.)

Papers will be given on a wide range of topics across the field of applied philosophy.

The keynote speakers will be Alison Hills (Oxford) and Philippe van Parijs (Louvain)

Postgrad Essay Prize | Keynotes | Programme | Registration

Open themed event
The event will be an open themed applied philosophy conference (papers will be given across a wide range of topics in applied philosophy).


A prize of £500 will be awarded to the best postgraduate essay submission.

Chair persons
Chair persons will be required for some of the sessions at the conference.  Chair persons are responsible for introducing speakers during one (or more) of the concurrent sessions, ensuring the session begins and ends on time, and for chairing Q&A after the speaker’s presentation.  Chair persons must hold or have held an academic position in philosophy or have completed or be a completing a PhD in philosophy.

If you are interested in being included in the programme as a chair person for one (or more) of the sessions please contact (please state academic position, etc. and institutional affiliation).


Persons and pictures: the value and status of works of art
Alison Hills
(University of Oxford)

How easy is it to be a philosophe engagé? Temptations and pitfalls
Philippe van Parijs (UC Louvain)


Registration for the event is now closed (21 June).

Registration options are as follows:

  1.  SAP members / students / unwaged (conference registration only), £10
  2.  SAP (waged) Non-members (conference registration only), £20
  3. Non-members with membership offer (conference registration and full SAP membership for 2021), £30