Welcome! Are you interested in contributing to philosophie.ch?
Here are some ways to get started:
as a newsletter recipient: register for our monthly newsletter!
as an author: you write something, anything, on a topic that has something to do with philosophy (in the broadest possible sense) and might interest (in a similarly broad sense) a wider public than professional philosophers (cf. our mission statement).
This could be:
- something educational: adressed to high-school or university students, your colleagues, or the wider public (“Where to start with Chinese philosophy”, “Glossary of Schelling”, “100 words of ancient Greek it’s useful to be able to recognise”, “List of publications by philosophers on Covid-19”);
- something controversial: an opinion, argued for (it does not have to be “Why mind-body dualism is right”, but can also be “Why reading Kant is useless”);
- something fun: philosophie.ch does not have to be so dead-serious as it is now… (list of best philosophy moments in Monty Python, your link list for philosophical humour, your persiflage of quantum-mechanical hermeneutics);
- something helpful: sharing an experience (“How I switched to LaTeX for my proseminar papers…”), tips (“Why it’s good for UniBe students to take a course in French and how they get their train tickets reimbursed”, “How to access journals your library is not subscribed to”), advice (“How to apply for travel grants”, “If you are thinking about quitting philosophy because you think it’s useless, read this…”);
- or anything else.
When you’ve written something, send it, in whatever format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
as an author plus: you don’t just feel like writing, but want to pursue a theme, a topic, a range of questions and feel like asking authors to contribute? -- create a series, a family, an area of articles, become an associate “area editor”, curator of a format, author of a column or feature!
as a portal freelancer: you want to help out, interact with authors, help with the daily nitty-gritty -- become a member of the team: you define your own responsibilities, in concert with your project or section leader and the director; you get a formal contract (but no money) and a work certificate when you move on; please feel free to contact Philipp for any questions you may have.
as a project freelancer: associate yourself with philosophie.ch, get to know how we work and help us with it, then develop your own project that we submit together; please feel free to contact Philipp for any questions or ideas about future projects (and funding bodies) you may have.
Launch your own project with philosophie.ch
You think there is room, need and interest for an article series on a particular topic, or around a certain question? Is there an innovative format that should be tried or a group of interesting people that should be invited to contribute? Or perhaps there is a collaborative initiative that should find its home at philosophie.ch? You are interested in visual, auditory or social media and think philosophy should be more present on them? Then start a project with us!
To start a project, consult with the portal director first. You'll need to develop a (possibly very rudimentary) work plan and agree on some (possibly very elementary) benchmarks. Then we start the work, i.e. organise, produce and publish content.
Once the project is on its way, depending on your needs and interests, we can start thinking about applying for funding. If we together decide to do so, you are responsible for the idea and the substance, the portal for the form, institutional structure and quality control.
In encouraging, managing and taking responsibility for the projects posted, the portal acts like a (helpful) university.
Before the submission of the project, which is done by the managing editor and the project leader in the name of philosophie.ch, the managing editor helps to:
- choose the funding source;
- consult and advise on the structure and substance of the project;
- provide information about the portal and the synergies the project might have with other portal content.
During the project, the managing editor:
- supervises the progress of the project;
- administers the employment of people within the project and the payment of their salaries;
- helps with networking and with integrating the products of the project with the other parts of the portal’s contents.
After the project, the managing editor:
- helps to write employment certificates (if needed) for the project team members and the project leader;
- provides the portal information needed for the final report;
- provides the financial statement (if any) needed for the final report.
For these services, the portal receives the right to publish all results of the project under its name and receives 20% of overhead money on the total project costs, excluding only subcontracted external services such as technical assistance.