Call for expressions of interest: could you host the fifth Philosophy at Play conference in 2019?

The University of Gloucestershire has been host to the first four biennial Philosophy at Play conferences (2011, 2013, 2015, with the fourth being held on 11 and 12 April 2017 in Cheltenham, UK).

The most recent conference was attended by about 50 delegates from 18 different countries, with 35 papers ranging across very diverse aspects of the philosophy of play.

These conferences (and ensuing publications – there is an edited collection of papers from the first three conferences published through Routledge) have opened up dialogue and paradigmatic bridge building between scholars of play and philosophers. They have also given rise to an emerging international and very diverse community interested in a wide range of philosophical areas of enquiry (for example, metaphysics, ontology, aesthetics and ethics) and fields of practice (such as the arts, games and gaming, sport and children’s play).

We are now looking for expressions of interest in hosting the 2019 and 2021 conferences. If you are interested please email us at to register your interest, putting your case for hosting future conferences, including:

  • which conference you wish to host (2019, 2021…);
  • what the venue/location is likely to be and what it has to offer;
  • the institutional context, experience and support for hosting a conference like this;
  • whether you would consider theming the conferences (to date they have been fairly open);
  • any other relevant information in support of your case.

More information on previous conferences can be found here. Do get in touch if you have any queries, we’d be happy to talk to you about what hosting entails.


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