With generous support from the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics in Education, the Philosophy Students’ Association has been able to organize the Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference to showcase exceptional work by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in comparative philosophy, broadly construed (not limited to East-West comparisons). Although the conferences welcome the submission of high quality papers in any area of philosophy, those with a comparative dimension are of particular interest. Each year the conference has at least one keynote speaker along with an additional special guest speaker, each presenting papers on issues in comparative philosophy.
Limited travel subsidies are available to support student travel. The Uehiro Student Essay Award is presented to the best student presentation. All submissions will be considered for publication in the Uehiro Conference Proceedings, published in the past by Cambridge Scholars Press.
Past conference topics have focused on issues such as: Navigating a Pluralistic World in 2006 with keynote speeches by Dr.Tamara Albertini and Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya, Comparative Philosophy for Today and Tomorrow in 2007 with a keynote speech by Dr. Mary Tiles, Crisis and Opportunity in 2008 with a keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Kasulis, The Love of Practical Wisdom in 2009 with keynotes by Dr. Eliot Deutsch and Dr. Ashok Malhotra, The Value of Difference in 2010 with keynotes by Dr. Chung-ying Cheng, Dr. Peter Hershock, and Dr. Suwanna Satha-Anand, CrossCurrents in 2011 with keynotes by Dr. Eliot Deutsch and by Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya, and CrossCurrents in 2012 with keynotes by Dr. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Dr. Masato Ishida, and a special opening speech by Dr. Carl Becker.
The 2013 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference welcomed student participants from America, Canada, Japan, and Singapore. Dr. Kathleen Higgins, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, delivered a keynote address entitled, “Grief and the Aesthetics of Loss and Mourning.” The conference also included a special guest presentation by Dr. Ashok Malhotra.
The 2014 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference accepted papers related to aesthetics, and welcomed participants from America, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Dr. Joseph Tanke of UH Mānoa and Dr. PENG Feng of Peking University delivered the keynote addresses.