University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan, October 3-5

Keynotes by: Diane Michelfelder (Macalester College) and Michael D. Doan (Eastern Michigan University)

Keynote Panel on Urban Food Justice: Paul B. Thompson (Michigan State University), Samantha Noll (Washington State University), and local activists


Cities have many lessons to teach us. The Motor City is no exception. This October, The Philosophy of the City Research Group will meet in Detroit, questioning the city and all things urban. We hope that you can join us. While the call for papers is open to any relevant topic, we encourage submissions that address the areas below.

Research Strands

This is not an exhaustive list but all submissions should be directly related to philosophy of or about cities.

  • City Identity
  • Philosophy of/in Urban Planning
  • The City in the History of Philosophy
  • Urban Crisis
  • Urban Resilience
  • Infrastructure
  • Urban Food
  • Transportation
  • Technology and the City
  • An Updated "Theory of City Form"
  • Architecture
  • Urban Aesthetics
  • Music and the City
  • Street Art and Street Culture
  • Law and Justice in the City
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Immigration
  • Affordable Housing, Gentrification, and Modern-day Redlining
  • Intersectionality: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality
  • Being at Home, Anonymous, or in Exiled in the City


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Submission of Abstracts

Send abstract (350 words, prepared for anonymous review) via EasyChair by June 1, 2019.

Send inquires to Dr. Shane Epting, [email protected]



Registration fees are as follows*:

  • All Full-Time Faculty - Early Bird Pricing: $100 ($103.20 w/service fee).
  • All Full-Time Faculty - After Sep. 26: $130 ($134.07 w/service fee).
  • Graduate Students, Part-time and Adjunct Faculty - Early Bird Pricing: $50 ($51.80 w/service fee).
  • Graduate Students, Part-time and Adjunct Faculty - After Sep. 26: $80 ($82.62 w/service fee).
  • General Admission (non-academic): $80 ($82.62 w/service fee).
  • Pre-Approved Community-Based Organization Members: Free - Email Shane Epting for registration.
  • * No Refunds on Registration Fees



This conference is brought to you by The Philosophy of the City Group and the Department of Philosophy, the School of Architecture, the School of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and Education, and the Office of the Academic Vice President and Provost at the University of Detroit Mercy.