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03/17/2020

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Helen De Cruz

I have lots of disorganized thoughts on this, particularly on conferences.

I am co-organizing a conference in June. The grant agency already let us know there's limited scope to defer it, as it would realistically be deferred after the grant ends (in summer). So in light of this we are going ahead to organize this as an e-conference.

I already read the very helpful post by Cat St Croix on Daily Nous but still feel daunted. We just got Zoom licenses from our university but other than a short how-to guide not much guidance. The university has lots of infrastructure for traditional conference bookings (a dedicated travel agency, a hotel with which w preferentially do business), and there's nothing like that to help make our online conference a success.

So we will just jump in, try with the info we have, testrun a day before and hopefully it works. That by itself will be an interesting experiment. We might wonder: how much of our conferences can be moved online? My sister is a climate scientist measuring sea level changes and she compares our current situation to Covid-19 in Italy in January, or something. We can still act, by the time we feel the effects it will be too late. We need to do things now. I agree and I wonder in how far we would need to reduce conference travel. Some in-person conferences would be a good thing to have, how much is too much? These are tough ethical questions we are going to ask ourselves now, particularly as we are forced by necessity to move some conferences online.

Several conferences I hear of are postponing rather than moving online--this will, as Eric points out come with significant costs, particularly for more junior people. Also, it will mean other conferences will need to move further in time as the deferred ones are rescheduled so as not to create time conflicts for organizers or perhaps invited speakers.

Junior faculty on the TT

I wonder if looking at how peer-review or publication in philosophy changed as a result of 1918 influenza pandemic would be helpful in discerning how things will go with COVID 19.

Are there any historians of the philosophy profession out there that have this information?

Filippo Contesi

This is an amazing post, and, I hope, amazingly prescient. COVID-19 may indeed change for the better the sociological mechanisms of analytic philosophy, and make them more inclusive, globalized and in sync with the technological environment. I hope we will take the opportunity of this change sooner rather than later

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