Network Meeting 2019

2019 SOPHIA Network Meeting


The Sophia Network Meeting will take place in Galway at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) on the 1st and 2nd of June, and as a bonus, the NUIG invites delegates to a P4C Symposium on the 31st of May. The SOPHIA Network Meeting this year is being co-hosted by Philosophy, NUI Galway Philosophical Dialogue Project – NUI GalwayLittle Rainbow Academy Ireland and Curo

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Venue and Location

The 2019 Network meeting will take place in conference rooms at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), University Road, Galway, Ireland. Galway (‘City of Tribes’) is a wonderful city to visit. Lying on the west coast of Ireland, it is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the country and, indeed, in Europe and beyond. It is a place of history, culture, art and friendly people. Here you can really experience the atmosphere of ‘céad míle fáilte’ – one hundred thousand welcomes. Galway is also the home to ‘Ceol, Ól, Bia agus Craic’ – music, drink, food and fun. The city boasts a multicultural community and a vibrant arts scene. The testament to this is its choice as the 2020 European Capital of Culture. A short drive from the city takes you to the beautiful and rugged landscape of Connemara on the Wild Atlantic Way. From there, you can take a ferry to the scenic and awe-inspiring Aran Islands. South of Galway takes you to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher in our neighbouring county of Clare. If you want to stay in town, you can take a stroll on the Salthill promenade and ponder on life while looking out across Galway Bay.


Thinking the Unthinkable

The theme for the Sophia Network meeting 2019 is Thinking the Unthinkable. This can be interpreted as philosophical creativity – thinking of ideas that have never been thought of, as well as philosophical critique – thinking that goes against traditional or established ideologies. Ireland can be said to have had its share of thinking the unthinkable with the 34th amendment on same-sex marriage, and perhaps it’s reputation as the green/emerald isle will provoke new ideas on nature and the environment.


Preliminary Programme

Friday 31st May: P4C Symposium at NUIG – Academic papers over two sessions. Followed by and Evening Open Public Panel: ‘What is Education for? The Role of Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland’.

Saturday 1st June: Day 1 of Sophia network meeting, workshops and papers (Lunch and refreshments provided). Followed by a Conference dinner for delegates in the evening (booked by hosts, delegates paid their own meals & drinks)

Sunday 2nd June: Day 2 of Sophia Network meeting, workshops and papers (lunch and refreshments provided).


Call for Papers Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Sophia invites paper and workshop submissions from anyone who has something to offer to the P4C community. In past meetings we have had a range of papers and workshops from people all over the world and continue to encourage a diversity of submissions. We are a practice-orientated organisation and aim to make the final programme interactive and workshop heavy. Please submit your paper by February the 28th 2019. Each submission requires a separate cover sheet so that the proposals can be judged blindly by the executive board.

  • Cover sheet requirements: full name, title of workshop/paper, your email, contact phone number, the name of the institution you are associated with.
  • Proposal requirements: title of workshop/paper, the proposal, how it relates to the theme, how much time you would like (most are from 1 to 1.5 hours), no names or identifying information.


Please submit both your proposal and your cover sheet to the Network Meeting Coordinator:


Travel and Accommodation

Galway is a popular destination and a vibrant city so booking accommodation in advance is advised for availability and value. There is a diversity of accommodation types available to suit all budgets. Galway is easily accessible from all Irish airports (Dublin, Cork, Knock, Shannon) with good bus and rail links. From Dublin Airport/Dublin City, there are connections to Galway city centre every half hour (the journey is about 2.5-3h). Bus connections (direct to Galway with Wi-Fi and toilet facilities) are available here:

Train connections:

From France and the UK, Ireland can also be reached by ferry.

If you would like to join us, please register here