We are happy to report that there has been a lot of interest for NordPhil, and that we received more applications than we thought we would. We take this to mean that events like this are needed, and we appreciate the effort of all applicants.
Trying to select which eleven applicants to invite for active participation was not easy. A lot of really good abstracts did not make it all the way to the conference. This is the backside of having a lot of people apply for a limited number of spots. With this in mind, we would like to share with you some of the details behind our selection process.
The Selection process
Right after the deadline, we sent all abstracts to independent referees at the University of Oslo (professors, researchers etc.), and asked them to grade the papers. This process was anonymized; the referees had no access to any information about the applicants whatsoever.
After this process, we, the organizers, set out to select who would be invited to hold talks at NordPhil. Because so many of the abstracts where given high grades, we had to add more criteria of selection. We used two: (1) Geographical spread. We want the conference to be a Nordic conference, so we tried getting representatives from a wide variety of Universities and countries. (2) Theme. We want to encourage philosophical debate, and so tried to place the talks in groups where all talks are (roughly) related. The result is that we’ve selected eleven papers from nine different universities, all of which got top grades from our referees.