Call for Abstracts and Panels & Submissions

- Submissions are now closed -

We invite submissions of abstracts (about 200 words) for the main conference. The list of possible topics includes but is not limited to:

  • Classical and modern thinkers in the utilitarian tradition (e.g. Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, Derek Parfit, Richard Hare, Peter Singer)
  • Topics related to utilitarianinism in ethics or political philosophy (e.g. varieties of utilitarianism, consequentialism, enhancement, population ethics, world poverty)
  • Normative questions arising from the use of technology in general (e.g. geoengineering, automated driving, robotics, biotechnology, information technology)

Additionally, we are inviting submissions for panels. 


Abstracts for talks should be about 200-300 words long and summarise the main points and arguments of the paper to be delivered. Each paper gets a slot of 40 minutes, including 15-20 minutes for discussion.


Proposals for a panel should also be about 200-300 words long and additionally include the names of three to four speakers who have already agreed to participate in the panel. Panels should have a thematic focus - they could be about a recently published book, a particular argument, problem or controversy, or on an issue of current relevance. The emphasis should be on the debate between the panelists rather than on individual papers. Hence, the papers to be delivered in the panels do not individually go through the normal refereeing process, the panel is assessed as a whole. Panels should be 90 minutes long and also include time for discussion with the audience.  We support each accepted panel with 500 Euros for travel expenses and local accommodation.

Panelists are welcome to also submit an abstract for a further talk.  


Abstracts for the summer school should also be submitted via Easychair, details on the procedure may be found soon on this conference website. The summer school is open to students only (undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral). All participants at the summer school are welcome to also submit an abstract for a talk at the main conference, and they may submit the same paper twice.


To submit an abstract please use our submission link to EasyChair:


In order to submit, you will have to use or create a free EasyChair account. You can find instructions for the submission process on EasyChair here. If you nevertheless experience problems, please get in touch with us.


Please submit your abstract by Friday March 2, 2018. All submissions will be peer-revieved by our programme committee. Authors will be notified of the outcome by Thursday March 15, 2018.


All speakers at ISUS are invited to submit a full paper of about 3000 words by October 31, 2018, for a refereed open-access print-on-demand proceedings volume to be published by KIT Scientific Publishing under licence CC-BY-SA 4.0. (authors are free to republish the material fully or in part elsewhere). The publication is scheduled for December 2018. Formatting requirements will be announced in due course.