Workshops and Conferences

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

10th Annual BGSU Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

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"Assailing the AnthropoceneThe Ethics of Disruptive Innovations for Surviving our Climate-Changed World"

April 24-25, 2020  | Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Bowling Green State University 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: SHEILA JASANOFF (Harvard University) and ANDREW LIGHT (World Resources Institute/George Mason University)  

About the Workshop: 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.


Friday, April 24

9:00-10:00 a.m. — Light breakfast and welcome

10:00-10:10 a.m. — Opening remarks

10:10-10:55 a.m. — Trevor Hedberg (Ohio State University):  "Restoring Biodiversity as Compensation for Climate Change"

10:55-11:40 a.m. — Christine Susienka (Sacred Heart University): "Trust and Disruption: Securing Human Rights in a Climate-Changed World"

Chair: TBD

11:20-11:35 a.m. — Break

11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Zachary Piso (University of Dayton):  "Value-laden Technologies of Stakeholder Engagement for Transdisciplinary Social-ecological Systems Science"

Chair: TBD

12:25-1:45 p.m. — Lunch

1:45-2:30 p.m. — Jamie Shaw (University of Toronto):  "Which Disruptive Innovations Should We Fund?"

Chair: Kelly Coble

2:30-3:15 p.m. — Keje Boersma (Wageningen University):  "Gene Drives, Anthropocene Technology and the Paradox of Human Intervention"

3:10-3:20 — Break

3:15-4:00 p.m. — Ewan Kingston (Princeton University):  "Beyond Technological Neutrality in Duties to Mitigate and Transfer Technology: The Case for P2X Subsidies"

Chair: TBD

4:00-4:15 p.m. — Break

4:15-6:15 p.m. — Keynote Address by Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University): TBA

Chair: TBD

7:00 p.m. — Dinner

Saturday, April 25

10:00-11:00 a.m. — Light breakfast

11:00-11:45 a.m. — David Frank (University of Tennessee):  "The Ethics of Ecosocialism for the Capitalocence"

Chair: TBD

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Kinley Gillette (University of British Columbia):  "The (Wrong) Turn to Metaexpertise"

Chair: TBD

12:30-12:45 p.m. — Break

12:45-1:30 p.m. — Gillian Barker (University of Pittsburgh):  "Healing or Hacking the Earth: Normative Lessons for the Metaphors of Climate Intervention"

1:30-2:45 p.m. — Lunch

2:45-3:30 p.m. — Anne Barnhill (Johns Hopkins University): TBA

Chair: TBD

3:30-3:50 p.m. — Break

3:50-5:50 p.m. — Keynote Address by Andrew Light (World Resources Institute/George Mason University): TBA

Chair: TBD

7:00 p.m. — Dinner with drinks to follow

To register, please email Sally Pietrasz,
For questions about the workshop, please contact Justin Donhauser,

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.