Call for Proposals

Submit your proposal by Oct. 3, 2022

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) invites individuals from every discipline and profession interested in advancing scholarship, teaching, and a general understanding of applied ethics to submit proposals based on their work to our 32nd Annual APPE International Conference on March 2-5, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. To accommodate our international members, presenters, and guests who are unable to attend the in-person conference in Portland, there will be an online-only portion of the conference program on March 31, 2023.

APPE is a multidisciplinary, international organization advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics. We facilitate and support scholarly and professional collaborations among teachers, scientists, business practitioners, engineers, government officials, researchers, the media, and all professionals concerned with the practical application and communications of ethics and values.

In response to feedback from attendees, APPE welcomes submissions for a special focus on Human Rights in the Professions/Disciplines. We encourage proposals ranging from the more theoretical to case studies and narratives of human rights in application.

All submissions will be completed in Ex Ordo, a conference management software platform, and will be peer reviewed.

Submissions are due Monday, October 3, 2022.

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Before you submit, be sure to read the full submission guidelines and instructions.

Submission Topics

Proposals need not be limited to this year’s special focus, however.  Submissions in a variety of interest areas, such as these, are welcome:

  • Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics
  • Behavioral Ethics
  • Bioethics, Health & Medical Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Education Ethics
  • Engineering, Science, Technology Ethics
  • Law, Government & Military Ethics
  • Media & Journalism Ethics
  • Moral Theory
  • Research Integrity
  • Social & Societal Ethics

APPE is especially interested in proposals associated with current events and emerging topics, such as, but not limited to:

  • Cancel culture
  • Climate change
  • Dis- and misinformation
  • Ethics in the economy
  • Ethics of repair, reparations
  • Free speech in the academy
  • LGBTQI+/queer ethics
  • Military human rights initiatives
  • Monuments and public honorifics
  • Obligations to future generations
  • Parental rights in education
  • Political and election ethics
  • Privacy and social media
  • Public health and competing economic interests
  • Systemic bias and social justice
  • Unhoused/housing insecurity

Please keep in mind that our attendees come from a range of backgrounds and perspectives, so your presentation should be designed to engage our diverse community.

Submission Categories

We invite proposals in the following categories:

  • Individual Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Case Studies
  • Pedagogical Demonstrations
  • Posters (in-person only)
  • Pre-recorded Flash Presentations
  • Author Meets Critics
  • Authors Reception (in-person only)
  • Paper Competitions and Awards (see below for more information)

Submission Notes

Generally, no more than one individual presentation per person will be accepted. Participation in co-authored presentations and panels is limited only by programming space.

Presenters can choose which version of the conference (in-person or virtual) they would like to be considered for (or both). Spots for the virtual component will be limited.

Please read the complete Submission Guidelines & Instructions before submitting.

Paper Competitions and Awards

Best Formal Paper by an Early Career Scholar ($500)
Best Formal Paper by a Graduate Student ($500)
Best Formal Paper by an Undergraduate Student ($250)
Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award ($250)

When you’re ready, you’ll submit your proposal via Ex Ordo, which can be saved and finished at any time.