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This prize is awarded to the best unpublished essay or monograph on the
philosophy of war and peace submitted for the competition.
Process: The winning entry is selected by a committee of 3-6 members, appointed
by the Chair of the APA’s Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research, in
consultation with LPR committee members.

Frequency: Every 2 years (odd years)

Award Amount: $1,500

Last Award: 2011

Next Award: 2013


The Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize was established in 1990 with funds
donated by Eliot and Dorothy Sharp and several other members and friends of the
Sharp family to honor the memory of Eliot’s father. Frank Chapman Sharp was
President of the Western Division of the APA in 1907-08 and was a member of the
philosophy faculty at the University of Wisconsin from 1893 until his retirement
in 1936. Dr. Sharp was born in 1866 and died in 1943.

Submission Procedures

APA Members and student associates are eligible to submit unpublished essays or
monographs for the prize. Manuscripts should be between 7,500 to 75,000 words
(between 30 and 300 double-spaced typed pages), and not published OR committed
for publication at the time of the award. Undergraduate entrants must be
philosophy majors (or something close); graduate students must be enrolled in,
or on leave from, a graduate program in philosophy. Authors must be members in
good standing of the APA. Send the paper (electronically) with the title and
author’s name and affiliation on a separate page. Any identifying references in
the body and footnotes of the manuscript should be removed. Deadline for
submission: March 15, 2012. Submissions should be sent via email to: Linda
Nuoffer ( with the subject line: Sharp Memorial Prize.

Previous awardees:

2011 – Seth Lazar (University of Oxford), War and Associative Duties
2009 – No award given
2007 – Jeff McMahan, “The Morality and Law of War”
2005 – Larry May, “War Crimes and Just Wars”
2003 – James Bohman, “Punishment as an International Political Obligation:
Crimes Against Humanity and the Enforceable Right to Membership”
2001 – No award given
1999 – Brian Orend, “A Theory of War Termination”
1997 – David Rodin, “Self-Defense and War”
1995 – No award given
1993 – No award given
1991 – Barry Gan, “Anti-Warism: A New Pacifist Perspective”


From the APA webpage:


CfP: Post-Script: On Media After Text (Deadline 2/27/12)

March 30-31st, 2012
Yale University, New Haven, CT
23rd annual Graduate Student Conference

“Media determine our situation.”  The dictum of Friedrich Kittler is
probably one of the most important and far-reaching coming out of the study
of German literature in the last decades. In the spirit and on the paths of
the late Friedrich Kittler we invite scholars of all fields to explore
mediatic practices and their constitutive value of the past and the
 One guiding conundrum is the question of “textuality.” Text and
textual practices are the center around which humanities rotate. More than a
hundred years after print lost its monopoly as the guiding medium of
cultural production with the invention of audio/visual media we still use
“text” as our primary approach to media, that is, text retains its monopoly
as the medium of cultural interpretation. With Derrida’s claim that
“everything is a text,” the inflation or favoring of only one medium over
any other was ennobled.  Meanwhile those non-textual media that had already
taken over the mediatic practices of the everyday were dismissed.

But is this practice still valid? Is the “secondary orality” (Ong) that we
live in really still as text-based as we perceive it to be? In an age where
we have already thoroughly traced the alterative influence that the media
had on texts in the last 150+ years (cf. Kittler), in an age when the
presence of the author in the media is prevalent, that emphasizes the Oprah
book-club over the text of the novel itself, in an age of Kindle and iPads
that have changed media and text consumption practices, where performances
(be they political or artistic), film, TV and video games have replaced the
printed text as the media of the public imaginary, should “text” still be
our primary focus and approach?  And to what extent have disciplines already
opened themselves up to non-textual mediatic practices?

The keynote address will be given by Wolfgang Ernst [HU Berlin]
Wolfgang Ernst teaches media theory and media studies at the
Humboldt-University Berlin. His books include: Das Rumoren der Archive.
Ordnung aus Unordnung, Im Namen von Geschichte. Sammeln– Speichern –
(Er-)Zählen and Das Gesetz des Gedächtnisses. Medien und Archive am Ende
(des 20. Jahrhunderts).
Selected writings by Wolfgang Ernst in English:

The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2012. Please e-mail abstracts
and inquiries to and
Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

We welcome papers on topics including, but not limited to:

•       Limitations of ‘text’ as a metaphor for all media, from print to audio-visual
•       What does it mean to ‘read’ a film or a piece of music?/ What are the hermeneutic strategies or methods of exegesis specific to each medium?
•       ‘German’/’American’ media studies
•       The return of orality in media [audiobooks, oral poetry, oral authorship]
•       authors, auteurs and the concept of “text” reconsidered
•       post-textual typography
•       personal soundscapes [from the walkman to the ipod]
•       graphics vs text
•       index/icon/symbol and the digital
•       alphanumeric codes as text?
•       personal media aesthetics: from imagining lives as novels to lives as films
•       lyrics turn to sound samples – text and (non)textuality in music
•       personal (tele-)presence vs textual absence


Sheffield Post-Doc (2/17/12)

De Velling Willis Fellowships (2 posts)

University of Sheffield – Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Available to work in any area relevant to the disciplines covered by our constituent departments

Job Reference Number: UOS003892

Contract Type:  Fixed term for two years.

Salary: Grade 8 £37,012 – £44,166 per annum pro-rata.  .

Closing Date: 17 February 2012


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities brings together internationally excellent research across a range of disciplines and provides an environment in which this research can flourish.  We have a strong commitment to sharing our research with those beyond our walls and take very seriously our status as a Civic University.  We are also committed to interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary working and are committed to the notion of arts and humanities research and innovation as a shared endeavour.  We performed very well in RAE 2008 and are working to achieve an even higher level of external recognition in REF2014.  Appointment to a De Velling Willis Fellowship means the opportunity to work in a vibrant, multi- and interdisciplinary research environment in a period of exciting growth.

The two post-doctoral fellows will work to develop their research beyond their doctoral studies, generating new publications and establishing the next stage of their career as researchers. Outreach and public engagement work will be encouraged, and, in line with the ethos of the Faculty, the fellows will also be encouraged to engage and work with new audiences, particularly in the local region.  This is an opportunity both for the fellows to make significant career strides in a research-intensive environment and for the faculty to benefit from the vision, dynamism and enthusiasm the fellows will bring to the role.

Fellows will already have an impressive track record in research, evidenced by high-quality publications.  They will be people who are clearly able to communicate their ideas to a range of audiences, from funding agencies to non-specialists.  They will be researchers with the capacity to motivate and inspire others and who are clearly destined to be research leaders of the future.

Applicants should possess (or be close to completion of) a PhD in a relevant discipline (or have equivalent experience) and specify their area of expertise/interest in their online application.

The post is fixed-term for two years.

To apply for this job please click here and search for the job using the reference number provided or to view current vacancies and apply online please go to:






August 12th-30th, Ohrid, Macedonia

Full info here

The Summer Institute for Sexuality, Culture and Politics is a new permanent project initiated by the Department for Gender Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities “Euro-Balkan”, Skopje, Macedonia.

The general aim of the Institute is to gather young post-graduate students, activists, scholars and teaching staff from both Eastern and Western Europe and promote a shared platform for research and trans-disciplinary theoretical reflection on the complex modes of interweaving sexuality, culture and politics, and consequently of exchanging and questioning geopolitically determined discourses in the research of sexualities, gender studies, and queer theory. Our idea is to provide students, scholars and teachers with the opportunity to question, decenter and democratize these areas by way of deferring the notion of theoretical and geopolitical privilege which is often implied by these research areas, and thus to introduce new models of rethinking context-specific phenomena related to sexualities and, vice versa, to enrich theoretical paradigms with context specific phenomena and research. In this way, the Institute’s long-term goal is to:

  1. strategically stimulate the particularization and application of key ideas and theories in sexuality research locally and to
  2. universalize and popularize crucial and underprivileged positions and ideas on the European level, regardless of the  ast/West divide which is still central to the development of queer theory and sexuality research.

Our endeavor is not to relativize the embeddedness and situatedness of knowledges about sexualities, but to recognize and disrupt the existing invisible borders that obstruct the free dissemination of ideas as they are being determined by various hegemonic forces – political, educational, economic – in both Eastern and Western contexts of doing academic and artistic work related with our desires, bodies, and sexualities.

Please find the full descritpion and information about the Summer Institute. We would also kindly ask you to forward and publicize this information to other interested institutions and individuals.

For any further questions and information, please contact the Summer Institute coordinators:

Slavco Dimitrov,
Stanimir Panayotov,

Department of Gender Studies
“Euro-Balkan” Institute
No. 63, “Partizanski odredi” Blvd
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
tel/fax: +389 2 3075570


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Germany

Call for Applications – Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Germany Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München will award up to 10 Research Fellowships to excellent junior academics in 2012. The “LMU Research Fellowships” are an integral part of the “LMU Academic Career Program”, aimed at recruiting excellent early-career postdocs. Candidates from all fields of research who have completed their doctoral studies with outstanding results within the last three years may apply. The fellowships are tenable for two years.

Deadline for applications is February 5, 2012.

For eligibility requirements and further details, please visit:


Lecturer in Political Theory at Leeds (1/19/12)

Lecturer in Political Theory
University of Leeds – Education, Social Sciences & Law

Job Summary

You will be a full member of the School of Politics and International Studies. As a research active academic, you will maintain a strong research and publication record, and contribute to the School’s research activities and research culture. You will deliver undergraduate and taught postgraduate modules in appropriate subject areas, as well as supervising BA and MA dissertations; and recruit and supervise PhD candidates. You will also undertake a normal load of administrative duties within the School. You will have research expertise in any of the core areas of political theory, including the history of political thought, continental political philosophy and analytical political theory. You will be involved in the research, teaching and administration of the School as well as contributing to related activities within the school and the wider faculty. You will work within University values and policies which are designed to promote dignity, diversity and inclusiveness.

University Grade 7 (£32,751 – £35,788 p.a.) or University Grade 8 (£36,862 – £44,016 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Head of School, Professor Kevin Theakston email, tel +44 (0)113 343 4391 or Academic Group Leader Dr. David Seawright, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 6898

Closing Date: 19 January 2012


CFP: American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal

We are now accepting submissions for ASAGE’s Spring/Summer 2012 issue.
The submission deadline for this issue is March 1, 2012, although submissions
(particularly for book reviews and dissertation abstracts) are also accepted on a
rolling basis throughout the year.


ASAGE accepts papers on any topic in aesthetics, written by graduate
students who have not yet completed final requirements for the doctoral
degree. Submissions should be under 3000 words (although exceptions may be
made at the editor’s discretion, to a maximum of 5000 words, particularly in
the case of historical papers). They must be accompanied by an abstract of
no more than 250 words and a word count.

Book reviews and dissertation abstracts are also needed, as are article

Please see for more detailed information on submitting an
article, book review, dissertation abstract or reviewer application.

You may also feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best regards,
Aili Bresnahan, JD, MA
PhD Candidate, Philosophy, Temple University
Editor, American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal


Assistant Professor position (AOS: Ethics), University of Wisconsin-Parkside

  • Posted by: Annika Thiem
  • Posted Date: December 28, 2011
  • Filed Under: Library News

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE, Kenosha, WI. PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT, Assistant Professor of Philosophy (full-time, tenure-track), beginning Fall 2012. Ph.D. in Philosophy prior to appointment preferred. AOS: Ethics. AOC: Applied Ethics. Will teach Introduction to Philosophy and other courses, primarily in Ethics, at upper levels. Must teach Applied Ethics courses such as criminal justice ethics, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, political & social ethics on a regular basis. Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching. Publication record an asset; in its absence, potential for a successful research agenda a must. Send cover letter, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, one representative publication (or one sample of written work), and three letters of recommendation to Mr. Paul Aceto, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road • P.O. Box 2000, Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 by January 20, 2012. Applications received by this date are assured full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an AA/EEO EMPLOYER D/M/V/W, and it is the most ethnically diverse campus in the UW System. For further information, see:

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University of Edinburgh

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3 Month Fixed Contract in Ancient Philosophy, Phenomenology and Existentialism – University of Wales, Trinity St David

  • Posted by: Annika Thiem
  • Posted Date: December 15, 2011
  • Filed Under: Library News
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3 month Fixed Contract in Philosophy

The University of Trinity St David, School of Cultural Studies invites
applications for a 3 month Fixed Contract in Philosophy, effective from
February, 2012.  We would particularly welcome applications from
candidates able to teach undergraduate courses in Ancient Philosophy &
Phenomenology and Existentialism, but neither of these is a requirement
and teaching expertise in other areas will also be seriously considered.
While a Ph.D. by the time of appointment would be desirable, teaching
experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness and commitment to
teaching excellence are the primary requirements.

To apply send a letter of application, vita, transcripts, evidence of
teaching experience, and two letters of reference to:

Dr David Morgans
Programme Coordinator Philosophy
School of Cultural Studies
University of Wales, Trinity St David
Lampeter Campus
Wales, SA48 7ED
United Kingdom
Tele: 01570 424800


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