Nature and Norms of Hope Conference

A three-day conference will be held on April 27-29, 2017 at Cornell, hosted by the Sage School of Philosophy in cooperation with the Program in Ethics and Public Life and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. The theme of the conference will be “The Nature and Norms of Hope,” and will bring together philosophers, social-political theorists, and religion scholars to discuss hope, despair, and related themes. We intend to publish some of the papers as part of a new volume of collected essays on hope.

In conjunction with the conference will be the world premiere of our Hope on Stage winning play "I Carry Your Heart" by Georgette Kelly at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca.

Invited speakers include:

  1. Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University)
  2. Miriam McCormick (University of Richmond)
  3. Michael Milona (Cornell University)
  4. Kathryn Norlock (Trent University) 
  5. Nancy Snow (University of Oklahoma)
  6. Margaret Urban Walker (Marquette University)

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for a 3-day workshop on the theme ‘The Nature and Norms of Hope’ to be held on April 27-29, 2017 at Cornell University.

Papers should be on hope, despair, and related themes, including how they bear on social/political philosophy, moral philosophy, psychology and philosophy of religion. Submissions should be anonymized and take the form of a 500-750 word abstract. Accepted papers should be suitable for approximately 40 minute presentations. Authors selected will be offered travel and housing for the workshop.

Deadline for submission: February 21st, 2017

Email abstracts to: In the body of the e-mail, please include the following information:

1.     Paper title
2.     Author’s name
3.     Institutional affiliation
4.     Contact e-mail address and phone number

For more information about the workshop, contact Alex Esposito at:

Conference Website