Format: Each presenter will provide either a paper for pre-reading or a recorded talk for pre-viewing (whichever the presenter prefers). These materials will be linked from the schedule below as they become available. Live sessions via Zoom will last one hour and will be devoted entirely to discussion/Q&A.

We'll have approximately one session per month throughout 2021.

The purpose of these seminars is to create and sustain an online community of philosophers of activism. Someday, in the post-covid future, we will have an in-person workshop. And at some point we will organize an edited volume.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the organizer: David Killoren (

This seminar series grows out of an earlier workshop.

Register below



Tues. Jan. 12: 5pm GMT



Tom Sinclair (Oxford), TBA

Tues. Feb. 9: 5pm GMT


Alyse Spiehler (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Bob Fischer (Texas State), "Tensions Between Pronoun Norms: The Default Singular They and Animals"

Tues. March 9: 5pm GMT



Cain Shelley (LSE), "When Egalitarians Speak, What Should They Say?: On Organizing Conversations" 

Tues. April 13: 5pm GMT


Betty Stoneman (Emory), “Navigating the Ambiguity of Existing as an Individual and as a Member of a Political Community: Simone de Beauvoir and Civil Disobedience”

Tues. May 11: 5pm GMT

Double header:

Emilian Mihailov (University of Bucharest), “The Apple of Discord Between Peter Singer and Disability Activists”

Joseph Stramondo (San Diego State), "How Disability Activism Advances Disability Bioethics"

Tues. June 8: 5pm GMT



Robin Zheng (Yale-NUS), “Solidarity and Social Change”

Tues. July 13: 5pm GMT



James Simpson (University of Florida), “Does virtue signaling have virtues?”

Tues. Aug 10: 5pm GMT



Sam Sumpter (University of Washington), “Conditions of Empowerment”

Tues. Sept. 14: 5pm GMT



Amy McKiernan (Dickinson College), “The Ethics of Care in Practice”

Tues. Oct. 12: 5pm GMT



Kathryn Pogin (Northwestern), TBA

Tues. Nov. 9: 5pm GMT



David Killoren (Dianoia Institute), "Omnivores as Strikebreakers"

Tues. Dec. 14: 5pm GMT

Double header:

Julinna Oxley (Coastal Carolina University), TBA

Ramona Ilea (Pacific University), "How Philosophers Can Foster Student Activism"