2017 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference

This year, the annual Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference will be held at the University of Queensland. The 2017 conference is being organised by members of the APPC Committee from the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

The conference organisers welcome all postgraduate students from across Australasia, and wish to express a strong commitment to supporting diversity in philosophy. 

Venue: University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland

Date: 24th – 26th November 2017

Enquiries: 2017appc@gmail.com


The call for papers has now closed. For enquiries about late submissions, please email 2017appc@gmail.com

Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/724999671038128.

Twitter account: twitter.com/APPC2017


Registration is open to all and incurs a fee of $20 for catering purposes. There will also be a conference dinner on the Saturday night, which all conference delegates and other interested philosophers are encouraged to attend. The dinner is $34.50 a head, and is payable via the registration link below:  


Travel Funding

Travel funding applications have now closed. If you have applied for funding, we will be in touch shortly as this is being allocated in October.

Conference Venue

A detailed map can be found at maps.uq.edu.au/st-lucia, or alternatively, most of the buildings are on Google maps if you are looking for directions. There is also a UQNav app available at www.uq.edu.au/uqnav/ which is very useful in getting around campus.

Most of the sessions are being held at the Forgan Smith building, which is one of the central buildings on Campus leading onto the Great Court. If you are coming from the CBD, Toowong, St Lucia or surrounding suburbs, the best route is via the buses that go from Chancellor’s Place. If you are coming from West End or the other side of the river, ferries and buses are easier to catch from the UQ Lakes bus station or ferry terminal on the other side of campus. You can plan your trip with the Journey Planner.

Internet Access

If you are from another educational institution (anywhere in the world), you may find that eduroam connects automatically at the University of Queensland. Alternatively, more information about access to WiFi is available at https://its.uq.edu.au/visitor.

Catering and Conference Dinner

There will be morning and afternoon tea provided on the Saturday and Sunday, which will be set up near the registration desk in the Forgan Smith. Fresh fruit, coffee, tea and home baking will be available. There are many venues around campus to purchase lunch or other snacks.

The conference dinner will be held at St Lucy’s which is located towards the river near the UQ tennis courts and gymnasium. You may register for the dinner, which is $34.50 a head, up to 7 days before the conference. Register via the registration link above.


An accessibility map is available at https://www.pf.uq.edu.au/maps/access/01Access-StLucia.pdf. There is also a lift to get to the third level of the Forgan Smith near the entrance to the building off the great court. Further information is also available at http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/disability.

Workshops and Keynotes

Keynotes are to be announced closer to the time. UniQUEST will host a workshop on Research Commercialization and there will also be a panel on Interdisciplinary Engagement with Adam La Caze, Marguerite La Caze, Ted Shear, and Peter Evans.



If you wish to stay on-campus, there are a limited number of rooms at good rates available at the UQ Women’s College, which is a short walk from the Forgan Smith building. To book this, please fill out the form at the link below, and email conferences@womens.uq.edu.au.

Accommodation Form

Alternatively, there are plenty of AirBNBs in St Lucia, Toowong, and Taringa, which are all close to the University. There are also many good hostels around the city, most of which are close to public transport to the University. There may be a very limited amount of billeting available too. For enquiries, email 2017appc@gmail.com.


You may wish to get a Go Card, which is Brisbane’s equivalent of an Oyster, Hop, MyKi, or Opal public transport card. Some public transport will take cash, but it is easier and safer to purchase a Go Card, which can also be used for airport trains.

Go Cards are available from machines on campus at Chancellor’s Place or UQ Lakes stations, or at the Campus News newsagent. For other locations around the city, see the map at https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card/locations.

To get to the Brisbane CBD from the domestic or international airport terminals via public transport, follow the signs for the train and get off at Roma Street or Central for city stops, then take a bus to St Lucia. The 412 departs for St Lucia and the University from Roma Street. This bus also returns to the CBD from Chancellor’s Place every ten minutes or so during business hours.

To get to Brisbane CBD or St Lucia by taxi or Uber, follow the signs at the domestic and international terminals for the taxi rank or for the pre-booked or chartered transport. Ubers go from one designated location at both airports, and it costs around $30-$40 AUD for an Uber to the city. More information is available here: https://www.bne.com.au/sites/all/files/content/files/FAQ-Pre-Booked_and_Ride_Booking_Pick_Up_Zone.pdf.

Safety & Medical

In case of emergency, call 000 from any phone. For non-urgent medical help, the St Lucia Health Service is located at Level One of the Gordon Greenwood Building. If there is an emergency on campus and you need security, you can phone UQ Campus security on 3365 3333. They are also trained in mental health emergencies. If you would like someone to walk you to public transport or to your car after dark, UQ Unisafe Escorts are available too. More information is available at https://www.pf.uq.edu.au/unisafe/escorts.html.

Conference Events

We are working on finalising the details for the events of the conference, but have received over 60 abstracts on topics ranging from ethics and popular culture, to metaphysics and beyond. There will be a keynote presentation by Prof. Fred D’Agostino from the University of Queensland, a panel discussion with Assoc. Prof. Marguerite La Caze, Dr. Adam La Caze and Mr Ted Shear on interdisciplinary work in philosophy, and a public plenary event co-hosted with the Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions by Dr Karen Jones from the University of Melbourne. We are also working on bringing you an Early Career Researcher Workshop.