CFA: 2nd Annual Political Epistemology Conference, Amsterdam, Dec. 13-14, 2019 (deadline: Sept. 1, 2019)

Keynote speakers: Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff), Hélène Landemore (Yale), and Lisa Herzog (TU Munich).

Dates: December 13-14, 2019.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2019.


Political epistemology is an emerging interdisciplinary area of research in which scholars come together to think about questions at the intersection of epistemology, political philosophy, and the social sciences. Topics include:

  • Truth, ignorance, and misinformation in politics
  • Epistemic and deliberative democracy
  • Ignorance and misinformation in politics
  • Deep disagreement and its political significance
  • Political polarization
  • Epistemic paternalism
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Trust and expertise in politics
  • Propaganda, states, and corporations
  • Cognitive biases, stereotypes, and motivated beliefs
  • Business, technology and digital political manipulation
  • Regulation of (the market for) information

This workshop is intended to represent the best work exploring these and other issues at the intersection of epistemology, political philosophy, and social science

This event is part of the Political Epistemology Network and is supported by the generous contributions from NWO (the Dutch Research Council), the Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University of Groningen), and the VU CLUE+ Institute.


We invite submissions of anonymized abstracts (approx. 500 words) on any topic in political epistemology.

Please send your abstract to: with an email subject line: Political Epistemology CFP. 

Each speaker will be assigned a commentator, so please bear in mind that you should have a complete draft ready by Monday 25 November 2019 so that we can guarantee that commentators have a chance to prepare their response.

Eight applicants will be selected to present their work at the conference in Amsterdam on December 13-14, 2019; two slots are specifically reserved for PhD students.

We will provide lunch and refreshments throughout the conference.

We particularly welcome submissions addressing new or underexplored topics, submissions from a variety of philosophical traditions, and submissions of an interdisciplinary nature. 

We highly encourage submissions from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.


We aim to make this conference as accessible as possible, in accordance with the BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences. The conference venue will be wheelchair accessible. Service animals are of course welcome. 

Please contact us if you have any questions: 

Jeroen de Ridder (VU Amsterdam), Thirza Lagewaard (VU Amsterdam), Chris Ranalli (VU Amsterdam), Michael Hannon (Nottingham), Natascha Rietdijk (Tilburg), and Boudewijn de Bruin (Groningen).

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