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Call for abstracts: Thinking planet 2018, students' presentations contest

Thinking Planet is a big public philosophy event which aims to bring ideas from all over the world to the Netherlands.

From Eastern wisdom – Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism – to African Ubuntu, and from Sufism to native philosophies from the Americas and Australia: all these traditions of thought will be represented during an evening of thought-provoking talks, debates on urgent global challenges, workshops and more. The theme of this year's edition is 'non-Western philosophy'.

Thinking Planet is organized by the Dutch Filosofie Magazine and sponsored by Leiden University. It will take place in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, on the 21th of April. 

For more information on the event and its 2018 upcoming program check the following website:
https://www.filosofie.nl/thinkingplanet.html. The website will be in English soon. 

About the contest

This year, Thinking Planet gives students the chance to present their ideas on comparative and global philosophy during the event. In collaboration with the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University, Thinking Planet organizes a presentation contest, and will  select three students to give a 15 minutes ‘ted-talk’ to present their views to the visitors of the event. The winners will also receive a free ticket for the whole event.


To join the contest, students are required to send a short abstract (min. 250 words/ max. 400 words, preferably in English) which summarizes their presentation. In this abstract students might for example address questions such as: What is happiness about according to Buddhism? Why are social roles so important in Confucian tradition? What does Ubuntu teach us about social responsibility?

While keeping in mind that the public in general will be interested in philosophy but might not be academically schooled, the criteria are:

  • involvement of interesting and original thought on global or comparative philosophy
  • relevance of the ideas
  • clarity of content 

Please send your abstract, including your name and email address, to a.simionato@phil.leidenuniv.nl. The deadline for submission is March 10, 2018. The contest is open to all Bachelor and Master students from the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University.

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