Workshops and Conferences

The Philosophy Department at BGSU has hosted numerous conferences and workshops over the years, featuring many prominent speakers.  

April 24-25, 2020

10th annual Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy:
Topic: "Assailing the Anthropocenethe ethics of disruptive innovations for surviving our climate-changed world"

We are accepting abstracts of 500-800 words for papers to be presented at the 2020 Assailing the Anthropocene Workshop.  

Keynote speakers: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard) and Andrew Light (George Mason)

Invited speakers: Anne Barnhill (Johns Hopkins) and Zachary Piso (Dayton)

Papers from the workshop will be included in a proposal for an edited collection to be submitted to a major academic press. Past workshops have led to volumes published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave, and Routledge.

Workshop description:

Assailing the Anthropocene: the ethics of disruptive innovations for surviving our climate-changed world

The workshop will examine ethical and sociopolitical concerns raised by “disruptive innovations” being developed to respond to impacts of the unprecedented environmental changes that mark the onset of the Anthropocene.  “Disruptive innovations” are broadly conceived to include novel initiatives for sustainable adaptation and social change, civil and ecological engineering strategies, applications of technologies for environmental protection and damage mitigation, geoengineering strategies, and bioengineering strategies (e.g. gene editing).  The workshop will bring together scholars working on projects on the ethical and more broadly normative aspects of such innovations.  The workshop will produce an edited volume containing essays that can inform debates, and policy and legal decision-making, about urgent issues like mitigating climate change damages, climate refugee justice, global urbanization, biodiversity banking, sustainable city design, and sociopolitical adaptation.

Please send submissions with your name, affiliation, and contact information, in MS Word or PDF form, to Justin Donhauser at with the ‘BGSU 2020 Workshop’ in the subject field.  Abstracts are due by 10 p.m. on January 2nd 2020; we intend to notify submitters of our decision by February 1st.

Direct any questions to Justin Donhauser at

Previous Conferences and Workshops

Some of the papers from conferences held previously at Bowling Green are still available. Click on the link below to view them.