“Dialogue and Dialectic”- UWTSD to host Graduate and Postgraduate Philosophy Conference


UWTSD’s Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts is delighted to announce that it will once again be hosting a Graduate and Postgraduate Philosophy Conference this summer.


The faculty is currently inviting graduates and postgraduate students to submit papers to the 2018 Philosophy Conference.  Entitled ‘Dialogue and Dialectic', students will be given an opportunity to engage in philosophical ideas and issues at the University’s picturesque Lampeter campus.  Staff at UWTSD’s Philosophy department has invited students from UWTSD to take part but is also very keen to see students from other universities participating in the conference.  The conference will be held on July 16 -17.

Conference organiser and Philosophy lecturer at UWTSD, Dr Rebekah Humphreys said:

“We’re very much looking forward to hosting the Graduate and Postgraduate Philosophy Conference on the Lampeter campus this summer.  As well as giving students an opportunity to practice presenting their own work it will give them a wonderful opportunity to interact with their peers in a way that is not always possible through your typical daily course of study.  It also presents the opportunity for students to receive feedback on their work from experts in the field which I’m sure will lead to many interesting discussions on the day.”

The University has a long and distinguished tradition of Philosophy provision dating back to 1827 when St David’s College offered its first students an opportunity to study courses in logic and metaphysics. Speaking ahead of the conference about the opportunities for students to study Philosophy at UWTSD, Dr Humphreys added: 

“Studying Philosophy encourages the development of core skills highly prized by employers: they think clearly, logically, and creatively; communicate articulately and accurately; analyse critically and rigorously.  At UWTSD we develop these critical skills in a small class environment which allows for the development of personal and informal relationships between staff and students that are fundamental to philosophical dialogue and enhances each student's learning experience.

Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think. Philosophy explores the big questions – Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination. 

I’d urge all students with an interest in Philosophy to consider submitting a paper for the conference.  We very much look forward to hearing from you.”


The Faculty welcomes submissions of quality papers by graduate and postgraduate students in all areas of Philosophy.  Papers of 3000-3500 words (suitable for 20 min. presentation) should be prepared for blind review and be submitted to the email address below.  An abstract of no more than 300 words and a separate cover sheet detailing the author’s name, address, institutional affiliation, contact email, the title of the paper and word count should also be included.  Papers should be sent as email attachments to Dr Rebekah Humphreys, r.humphreys@uwtsd.ac.uk by 1 July 2018. If you have any questions or for further information, you’re welcome to phone Dr Humphreys on 01570 424975.

Further information regarding the University’s provision and courses in this field can be found here: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/humanities-performingarts/philosophy/ 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk