‘We do not see reparations as the answer. Instead, we should concentrate on identifying ways forward, with a focus on the shared global challenges that face our countries in the 21st century’.
This is our Coalition Government’s position. No argument is offered to support the conclusion our Government has already reached, behind closed doors. There is no debate.
‘Why do we want it? Why do we need it? Well we need it because people are still suffering today as a result of enslavement and colonisation. Racial discrimination grew out of them. As a matter of fact, racial discrimination came about in order for them to justify enslavement and colonisation’.
UCL is collaborating with the African Reparations Transnational Community of Practice —academics are collaborating with activists—to enrich our public discourse, with explicit discussion of arguments, in favour of repairing the wrong of European enslavement, European colonisation, and European neo-colonisation of African and diasporic African peoples.
Academics produce knowledge—at least, this is what we’re told. Yet, academics in Europe have failed to produce knowledge to explain why and how Europe should repair this European wrong. It is as a result of this failure that public opinion and political representatives are against repairing this wrong.
Activists, by contrast, have long been producing knowledge to explain why and how Europe should repair this European wrong. However, these activists face at least three challenges, each of which our project aims to tackle.
First, activists have focused on developing legal and jurisprudential arguments, both of which have proved difficult to win. By bringing them into conversation with political philosophers, we aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills, that both activists and academics can use, to change the very terms of the debate.
Second, the diasporic African community in Europe is largely unaware of the knowledge these activists have produced. By equipping this community with a ‘reparations toolkit’, we aim to empower them to advance the grassroots-led International Social Movement for African Reparations.
Third, academics in Europe have failed to take seriously the knowledge produced by activists in Europe. By showing them that arguments developed in collaboration with activists are much more powerful, we aim to foster an enthusiasm, among academics, for co-producing knowledge with activists in the future.
On Sunday 12th October 2014—the International Day for Reparations Related to Colonisation—we will bring together, at the Black Cultural Archives, activists and academics, to co-produce arguments that respond to the concerns and motivations of diasporic African peoples in London and that explicitly tie these concerns and motivations to repairing the wrong of European enslavement, European colonisation, and European neo-colonisation of African and diasporic African peoples.
On Wednesday 8th April 2015—15 years to the day Bernie died and at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre —by equipping them, with the arguments that the activists and academics have co-produced, we will empower diasporic African peoples, to enrich public discourse, during the first year of the UN International Decade for People of African Decent and the campaign for the UK’s general election.
If you would like to take part in co-producing these arguments, please send a one-minute-long, or one-page-long, clip, podcast, or blogposting, to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Saturday 23rd August 2014—the UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of “Slave Trade” and of its Abolition, which commemorates the self-empowerment and self-emancipation of the diasporic African people of Haiti.
Feminist Philosophy of Science at Ghent. June 25, 2014
Ghent 24-25 November, 2014
The Department of Philosophy & Moral Sciences of Ghent University welcomes abstracts for an international workshop on Feminist Philosophy of Science.
Invited keynote speaker is Stéphanie Ruphy (Université Pierre Mendès Greboble, France).
We welcome paper proposals on a variety of topics related to the conference theme, including (but not limited to) contributions to:
- feminist philosophy of science
- feminist science(s)
- the role of science(s) in feminism(s)
- the status of feminist philosophy of science in philosophy (of science)
- the history of feminist philosophy of science
Please send abstracts (max. 500 words) prepared for anonymous review to Eric Schliesser by July 1, 2014. Please include identifying information in separate page or accompanying email.
See here for more details.
CFP: Bodily Difference, Elemental Difference: Alterities of Political Ecology — DATE CHANGES! June 9, 2014
We’ve just received word from the organizers of the Bodily Difference conference we told you about here that they have had to revise the conference date and the submission deadline. The updated cfp is below.
Call for Papers
38th Annual Fall Colloquium
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Bodily Difference, Elemental Difference: Alterities of Political Ecology
Friday, September 5, 2014*
Félix Guattari has written, “Now more than ever, nature cannot be separated from culture; in order to comprehend the interactions between ecosystems … we must learn to think ‘transversally’.” To think ‘transversally’ would be to intertwine deliberately the ecological and the political, thinking these concepts simultaneously in order to do justice to both.
Taking Guattari’s suggestion seriously, how might bodily difference and radical bodily specificity inform a transversal ecological-political philosophy? How does non-normative bodily experience— of race, ability, cis and transgender, class, sexuality— open up ways of approaching ecological-political concerns, of parsing “eco-logy”? How might political experiences of bodily discontinuity and asymmetry inform philosophical ecologies? How do philosophical traditions explore the significance and specificity of lived bodies ecologically?
We’d be very interested in papers exploring but certainly not limited to the following topics:
Eco-Political Philosophies of Disability, Universal Access
Existential Phenomenologies of Bodily Alterity
Political Ecology of Vital Materialism
Intersexualities and Ecofeminism
Environmental Racism and Eco-Imperialism
Eco-Political Philosophies of Factory Farming
Political-Ecological Implications of Neoliberalism
Political-Ecological Implications of Mass Incarceration
Bodies & Body Schemas in Fanon, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Baldwin, Uexküll, Deleuze, Foucault, Jay Prosser, Eli Clare
Please send prepared for double-anonymous review in one email (1) an attached abstract of 500 words plus (2) in the body of your email detailed contact information by July 25th* to and expect to hear back by July 31st from
Dr. Emily Anne Parker email@example.com
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
*Note date change! Apologies for any inconvenience these date changes cause.
CFP: feminist bioethics June 2, 2014
FAB AFFINITY GROUP: Call for Papers
In an ongoing effort to stimulate scholarship and encourage the growth of the field of feminist bioethics, the FAB Affinity Group would like to invite submissions for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 2014 Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA. The theme is open, but should relate to issues within feminist bioethics, broadly construed. Especially encouraged are papers that reflect works in progress, exploring new theoretical approaches to feminist bioethics or analyzing advances in the biological sciences and medicine using a feminist framework. Up to three applicants may be selected to present their work and receive feedback from the group at the Affinity Group meeting.
Abstracts or proposals (250 words or less) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30th. Please include your full contact information. All submissions will be reviewed by the FAB Affinity Group committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by July 31st.
Please feel free to distribute this invitation as appropriate.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at ASBH in October!
Anna Gotlib and Michal Raucher
FAB Affinity Group Committee
CFP: Midwest SWIP May 29, 2014
U.S. – Midwest SWIP Call for Papers
Simpson College (Indianola, IA)
October 10 – 12, 2014
Submissions Due: August 13, 2014
The Midwest Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy invites papers in all areas of feminist philosophy, theory, and praxis – from political, ethical and social theory, to epistemology, mind and metaphysics. Because U.S. Midwest SWIP is especially interested in enriching theorizing and discussions about ethical and social issues facing our society, we welcome work that explicitly connects to those discussions and that interrogates the intersections between race, gender, ability and class. We also welcome the work of feminist scholars at any stage in their careers.
In honor of the 30th year anniversary of The Politics of Reality, we welcome papers, panels, and workshops on Marilyn Frye’s work.
Submit papers, proposals for panels or performances to: Sonya Charles [s.charles07 at csuohio dot edu]
Attending U.S. – Midwest SWIP: Historically U.S. – MSWIP has sought to make attendance affordable for all participants. This includes no conference attendance fee and free snacks throughout the conference. Please contact Allison Wolf (allison.wolf at simspon dot edu) to request local housing and we will solicit local hosts. Travel grants ($70) are available on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to students, the unemployed, and the underemployed. You do not need to be a SWIP member to participate in the conference, request local housing, or to request a travel grant.
CFP: Perspectives on Gender May 25, 2014
It’s a part of what UCIrvine is doing about What it’s Like. Do have a look!
Committee on the Status of Women: a CFP May 24, 2014
The APA’s Committee on the Status of Women: Call for Papers
Diversity in Philosophy
May 28-30, 2015
Villanova Conference Center
The APA/CSW conference seeks to examine and address the underrepresentation of women and other marginalized groups in Philosophy. Participants are invited to focus on hurdles and best practices associated with the inclusion of underrepresented groups. Deadline for submissions of 250-500 word proposal is January 1, 2015
Suggested topics include:
- Subverting canons, old and new
- Undergraduate pedagogy
- Graduate pedagogy
- Continuing education for established philosophers
- Critical thinking, epistemic diversity & relativism
- Ethical and epistemic benefits to creating diverse philosophical communities
- Theoretical and quantitative empirical approaches to inclusion and exclusion
- Stereotype threat
- Implicit bias
- Ideal worker/philosopher
- Creating and using demographic data
- Collaborating with social scientistse44
- The consequences of sexual, gender, racial, disability, and sexuality harassment
- Implications for survivors
- Implications for departments/communities in which there is harassment
- Implications for the discipline
- Bystander training (empowering community members to create an environment that doesn’t tolerate harassment)
- Analyses of cronyism and alienation for women and members of other marginalized groups
- Structural intersectionality in the academy
- Putting intersectional analysis to work in the profession
- Political intersectionality transforming the discipline
- Embracing the range of philosophical careers
- Academic philosophers outside 4-year colleges and universities)
- Philosophers in other disciplines
Additional features of the APA/CSW 2015 Conference:
- Held in conjunction with the 2015 Hypatia Conference, Exploring Collaborative Contestations.
- Professional workshops on publishing feminist philosophy in journals, anthologies, books, blogs, and more hosted by the Hypatia Local Board.
- The APA Diversity Summit, May 29, 2015 during the conference!
- Workshop on sexual harassment and bystander training
- The APA Diversity Summit: May 29th
- APA/CSW Site Visit Training: May 31st at Villanova
- Modest travel Grants available for presenters in need
Conference website: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/hypatiaconference/
Accessibility planning in action – please contact conference coordinator
Co-sponsored by Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and
the College of Arts and Sciences – Villanova University
CFP: Philosophy Born of Struggle April 22, 2014
Forging Concepts through Struggle: The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence. (Deadline 1 August 2014)
October 31-November 1st, 2014. Paine College, Augusta, Georgia. Call for Papers
Over the last decade, the worsening plight of Blacks in the United States has raised fundamental questions about reconciling democracy with poverty, freedom with statism and government surveillance, and the idea of racial progress with the routinized deaths/murders of Black men, women and children. These realities have led some to ask a deeper question: Did slavery ever really end, or do Blacks around the world still effectively live in chains?
The thought of Blacks as NEW SLAVES has led recent scholars to reformulate
questions of race, class, and gender into more complex notions of empire, neo-liberalism, and sexual violence. This reformulation has drawn on and reshaped resources from a variety of sources. Africana philosophy, Latin American philosophy, (post) structuralism/ (post) colonialism, psychoanalysis, and anti-colonial thought have loomed large, as have the works of literary, visual, and performing artists.
The 2014 meeting of Philosophy Born of Struggle takes up these questions and resources. Hosted this year at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Philosophy Born of Struggle asks for papers and panels looking to explore the complex obstacles towards freedom, or more accurately stated, how the conditions, values, and institutions we have made synonymous to “being free,” have in fact concealed and consolidated the long afterlife of slavery.
For more details, see the attachment.Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014 Annual Meeting CFP Final
More on Central APA! April 19, 2014
A quest post by Janice Dowell, Chair of Program Committee.
A few years back when I was on the Central program committee, I noticed that our deindentified refereeing process resulted in representation of women philosophers on the submitted program proportionate to their application numbers. But, they were still underrepresented on the submitted program: We hadn’t applied in proportion to our numbers. Conclusion: More women need to be submitting.
See Anne’s post below for details on submission!
CFP: Feminist Philosophy of Science April 8, 2014
CFP: ‘Feminist Philosophy of Science,’ Ghent, 24-25 November, 2014
The Department of Philosophy & Moral Sciences, Ghent University welcomes abstracts for an international workshop on Feminist Philosophy of Science.
Invited keynote speaker is:
• Stéphanie Ruphy (Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble)
We welcome paper proposals on a variety of topics related to the conference theme, including (but not limited to) contributions to: feminist philosophy of science, feminist science(s), the role of science(s) in feminism(s), the status of feminist philosophy of science in philosophy of science (and philosophy more broadly), the history of feminist philosophy of science, etc.
Scientific committee: Leen de Vreese (Ghent), Aurélie Van De Peer (Ghent), and Merel Lefevere (Ghent).
Local Organizing committee: Leen de Vreese (Ghent), Aurélie Van De Peer (Ghent), Merel Lefevere (Ghent), and Eric Schliesser (Ghent).
Please send abstracts (maximum 500 words) prepared for blind review to Eric Schliesser, nescio2 [at] yahoo.com, by July 1, 2014. Please include identifying information in separate page or accompanying email.