Anthrosophia 2018

ANTHROSOPHIA 2018: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Philosophy, Anthropology, and Allied Disciplines

Dates:                     March 7–10, 2018

Location:               Center for Human-Environmental Research

3400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117


Founded in 2015, Anthrosophia is an annual interdisciplinary conference bridging the fields of philosophy, anthropology, and allied social sciences. The conference is dedicated to the holistic investigation of the questions of how and why human societies organize themselves in the diverse ways that we do today, and have done in the past. The basic premise of Anthrosophia is that the fields of philosophy and anthropology have much more in common than is typically acknowledged. Philosophical claims about humans and human societies had to start somewhere and, indeed, they usually began as basic empirical generalizations about the nature of human behavior. Anthropology began as an offshoot from the field philosophy in the early 19th century and it continues to carry the same fundamental set of theoretical building blocks with it into the present day.

As an interdisciplinary conference, Anthrosophia aims to articulate the theoretical principles, methodological orientations, and empirical data that form the basis of philosophy and anthropology as traditionally distinct fields. Through this collaboration, we hope to identify persistent shortcomings and biases in our thinking about the nature of human social life and to find better ways forward.

Participants may give oral presentations of up to 20 minutes. If you wish to present a paper, we ask you to submit a 150-word abstract outlining your topic to [email protected] by January 2nd. Please also indicate your preference about which day you would like to present. (We do our best to accommodate these preferences but we can’t make any promises!)

The Anthrosophia scholarly society also publishes a journal of the same name. Papers presented at the Anthrosophia conference may be considered for publication in this journal, though we also accept unrelated submissions. For more information about the Anthrosophia conference and the journal, please visit http: //


Conference Program Committee: Drew Chastain (co-chair), Loyola University New Orleans; Grant S. McCall (co-chair), C.H.E.R. and Tulane University; Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University SFS-Qatar; Enzo Rossi, University of Amsterdam

Any questions about the conference should be directed to [email protected]




Student/unemployed registration:                 $25

Junior professional registration:                    $50 (Postdocs, Assistant Professors, etc.)

Senior professional registration:                   $100 (Associate and Full Professors, etc.)


*We ask that all conference participants remit registration fees as stated above. If these fees are a hardship and might prevent you from participating, please email [email protected] to request a reduction.