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The IJPS Robert Papazian Essay Prize 2020

and the Winners of the 2019 Prize

Editorial Information

Editor: Rowland Stout - University College Dublin, Ireland

Reviews Editor: James R. O’Shea - University College Dublin, Ireland

Robert Papazian Prize Editor: Maria Baghramian - University College Dublin, Ireland

The International Journal of Philosophical Studies (IJPS) is pleased to announce the 2020 call for the Robert Papazian Essay Prize. There are two prize categories: 

The topic for the 2020 competition is “Testimonial Injustice”.


There are two prize categories: 

(1)  Annual Robert Papazian Prize for Essays in Ethics and Political Philosophy. A monetary prize of  €1500 sponsored by the Papazian family. 

(2)  PEriTiA Prize,  A prize of €1000, sponsored by UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life, on a theme relevant to the  Horizon 2020 research project Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action (PEriTiA) 

The Robert Papazian prize is for papers in the general area of “Testimonial Injustice”. Topics may include but are not limited to testimonial responsibility, testimonial competence, justice through testimony, epistemic authority, epistemic recognition, epistemic autonomy, epistemic resistance, epistemic repair, epistemic violence, silencing, and the epistemic virtues and vices associated with testimonial justice.

The topic of the 2020 PEriTiA prize is specifically Trust and Testimonial (In)Justice. A common suggestion for distinguishing testimony from other epistemic sources, such as perception and memory, is its dependence on trust. This renders both hearers as well as speakers vulnerable in particular ways. While most epistemologists of testimony have focused on how trust allows hearers to justifiably accept testimony and their vulnerabilities involved, others have highlighted the vulnerabilities of testifiers; what they (justifiably) trust the hearer for and what it means for this trust to be betrayed. As Katherine Dormandy has pointed out, testifiers trust a hearer mainly for “recognitional epistemic goods”, which consist in the right response to a person’s epistemic agency or to their status as a knower. Accordingly, testifiers are vulnerable to pernicious responses that deprive them of such recognitional goods, thereby undermining them as knowers. Miranda Fricker introduced the notion of “testimonial injustice” to point to such testimonial failures, initiating an extensive debate on harms and wrongs in testimonial practice. We invite papers exploring the role of trust (social and epistemic) in testimonial justice and injustice, broadly understood. 

Scholarly essays from all philosophical approaches – analytic, continental, and historical – dealing with the topic of testimonial injustice and silencing are invited.  You do not need to specify which prize category applies.

Word limit: 8000–10,000 words, including notes and references. 

The closing date for submissions is March 1, 2021. 

Please submit your paper by email directly to Professor Maria Baghramian at [email protected], using the subject line “IJPS Testimonial Injustice”.

Make sure that the essay is modified for double blind review and that it has an abstract (200 words).

Submissions should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known.

All submitted papers will be evaluated, in the first instance, by the journal’s editorial board. The shortlisted papers will be judged by external referee(s). The jury will evaluate the entries on the originality of the paper, its engagement with the announced topics, the contribution it makes to scholarship in the field, the quality of the argumentation and its conceptual clarity.

The decision of the jury will be final. The jury reserves the right to award no prizes at all if submitted material is not of an appropriate standard.

The winning articles will appear in the 2021 volume of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies (IJPS). All shortlisted papers will also be considered for publication in a special issue of IJPS, as well as an edited book, on the topic of testimonial injustice. Shortlisted authors will be invited to attend a workshop on Testimonial Injustice, taking place online and/or in person at University College Dublin. More information coming soon.

Visit this  page for further information about the Robert Papazian Prize.

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