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CFP: Feminist Philosophy of Science April 8, 2014

Filed under: CFP — philodaria @ 2:46 am

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.


CFP: Philosophy of Disability March 27, 2014

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See below for information about a proposed volume called Philosophy of Disability: Unflinching Approaches to Ways of Living. (Awesome title.)

Philosophy of Disability: Unflinching Approaches to Ways of Living

The most common area of intersection between philosophy and disability studies has been in the field of ethics. This anthology takes a broader approach by seeking to examine both the meanings of disability and the ways in which disability shapes and informs meaningful lives. A guiding consideration for this text is that disability ought not be conceived merely as something to manage or cope with or heroically overcome for the edification of the non-disabled. Instead, contributions should focus on how disability fundamentally challenges us to think anew about topics such as:

- history and progress
- power, politics, justice, and law
- social pressure and activism
- community and collective planning and design
- embodiment, phenomenology, modality, and spatiality
- positive adaptation to chronic pain, loss, and aging
- sexuality and family
- disability in art and public discourse
- professional research methods and questions
- new technologies and testing
- intersections with other issues, such as inequality, race, and class
- mental, physical, and social health
- aspirational ideals and visions of the future

Submissions from all philosophical traditions are encouraged and will be subject to peer review. Full consideration will be given to abstracts (500-700 words) submitted before May 15, 2014. These will be used to formulate an anthology proposal to an academic press during summer 2014. Authors should also be aware that every effort will be made, with their help, to make the entire collection genuinely accessible. Questions and proposals should be submitted directly to Julie.Piering@nau.edu.


CFP: Activism and Philosophy: Philosophy dans la rue! February 19, 2014

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Concordia University Graduate Conference
May 10-11 2014
Montreal, Canada

The Concordia Graduate Philosophy Student’s Association would like to invite submissions for this year’s graduate conference, to be held May 10-11, 2014, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

This year’s conference is entitled Philosophy dans la rue!: Activism and Philosophy in the 21st Century. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for graduate students to discuss the role they see for philosophy in the public sphere. A graduate student conference is a particularly fruitful occasion for a discussion of the future of the intersection of activism and philosophy: such a conference is able to take seriously the notion that philosophy’s role can and will be determined both in and outside of the academy by today’s graduate students.

The history of ‘public intellectuals’ like Socrates, Bertrand Russell, Mary Wollstonecraft, or Slavoj Žižek demands that the next generation of philosophers take on the question of activism. The global climate – politically and otherwise – represented in part by movements as varied as ‘Occupy’, ‘Anonymous’, the ‘Arab Spring’, Idle No More, and accessible education demonstrations across Europe and in Quebec provide us with a rich context from which we may engage in this discussion today. Questions may include, but are not limited to: What sorts of activities constitute activism? Is there a role for philosophy within or alongside activism? Must philosophers aspire to the actualization their own arguments? Is there a duty on the part of philosophers to take on an active role in public affairs? We highly encourage submissions from both the analytic and continental tradition, as well as from other disciplines or alternate critical frameworks. Submissions in English and French are both welcome.

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014

Keynote Speakers: Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University)
Kathryn Norlock (Trent University)

Submission Guidelines: We are pleased to accept abstracts (of between 200 and 400 words) for consideration. Each submission should be prepared for anonymous review and accompanied by a separate PDF which includes your name, paper title, e-mail address, and academic affiliation.

Each speaker will be granted twenty minutes to present their paper. Ten minutes available for questions will follow each presentation. As such, completed papers should not surpass 3000 words.

Submissions should be sent to concordiaugpsa at gmail dot com.


CFP: Society for Women’s Advancement in Philosophy January 13, 2014

Filed under: CFP — KateNorlock @ 2:44 pm

The Society for Women’s Advancement in Philosophy, in collaboration with our Minorities and Philosophy Chapter and Philosophy Graduate Student Association here at Florida State University, are pleased to announce the 9th Annual S.W.A.P. Graduate Student Philosophy Conference to be held on Friday, March 21st of 2014. This year we are greatly pleased to have Kathryn J. Norlock as our invited keynote speaker.

Any paper topic is acceptable; however, papers in the areas of ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and environmental philosophy will be given priority this year. Papers should be suitable for a 20 minute presentation time.

Abstracts of high quality with a length of no more than 500 words can be submitted to fsuswap at gmail dot com. The abstract should be in blind-review format with no identifying information. Please indicate your contact information and institutional affiliation in the body of your email submission.

Submission deadline is February 22nd. If you have any questions please contact Carmen Marcous (cmarcous at fsu dot edu).


CFP 2nd Call: Science, Technology and Gender January 11, 2014

Filed under: CFP — KateNorlock @ 12:19 am

It’s a FEMMSS!  It’s a SWIP!  It’s two great tastes that go great together.

Science, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities

FEMMSS5/CSWIP 2014: Call for Proposals

Submission deadline February 15, 2014

Submissions are invited for joint meeting of the The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP) to be held at the University of Waterloo, August 10 to 13, 2014.  FEMMSS is a multidisciplinary organization. This conference welcomes submissions from across the disciplines. We invite feminist papers, posters, panels, and workshops related to Science, Technology and Gender.  Conference presentations are eligible for submission for consideration and review in a resulting anthology or special journal issue. Topics can include but need not be limited to:

  1. Challenges to and challenging scientific literacy
  2. Implicit bias and stereotype threat
  3. Creating equitable Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics organizations and institutions
  4. Gender, oppression, and the public understanding of science
  5. Rhetoric, argumentation, and gendered communication
  6. Epistemologies of ignorance
  7. Policy of/for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  8. Intersectionality in practice and study of science and technology
  9. The ethics and politics of science and technology
  10. Science, technology and global justice
  11. Feminist methodologies in the humanities, social and natural sciences
  12. Production of biological “differences”
  13. Feminist scholarship of teaching and learning
  14. Professional development (ex. interdisciplinary communication/ teaching/ research)

Submission instructions

You are permitted one submission, unless you are submitting a poster.  If you are submitting a poster, you can additionally submit an abstract for a paper, panel, or workshop.

To submit please go here and sign up for an account [link updated].  If you have questions, email science.technology.gender at gmail.com.

  • Individual papers and posters:  Please provide a title, 300-word abstract, and 3-10 keywords. At the beginning of the abstract please indicate if your submission is a poster.  There is no need to upload anything, so please tick the box that says, “abstract only.”
  • Panels:  Please provide a title, 300-word abstract, and 3-10 keywords for the panel as a whole.  Also, upload a single document that includes the title and 300-word abstract for each paper. Please take care not to identify authors.
  • Workshops:  Please provide a title, 300-word abstract describing the workshop rationale, and 3-10 keywords.  Also, upload a 300-word description of the activities in which your audience will engage. Please take care not to identify authors.

The call for proposal’s for FEMMSS and CSWIP have slight differences, they can be found CSWIP 2014 and FEMMSS5 CFP.

Dr. Catherine E. Hundleby
Graduate Director and Associate Professor, Philosophy
Cross-appointed to Women’s Studies
Fellow, Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric:

CFP: Graduate Conference on Feminism, Embodiment and Technology December 21, 2013

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UWE Graduate Philosophy Conference 2014 – Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

3 & 4 April 2014, UWE, Bristol

The aim of this conference to explore, through feminist perspectives, the philosophical, political and sociological impact of technology’s relationship to the body.

Some of the most innovative and interesting work on technology’s relationship to the body has emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, through feminist discourses. We therefore want to address questions such as but not exclusive to: is technology gendered? Is our technological age underpinned by biopolitics? And can technology have an emancipatory affect vis-à-vis sexual and gender relations, or is the contemporary structure of technology complicit in forms and systems of domination?

We hope to bring together scholars and postgraduate students working in the contemporary domains of feminism, philosophy of embodiment and the philosophy of science & technology. Possible topics for presentation include but are not limited to:

•                Feminist confrontation with technology

•                Technologies of gender and sexuality

•                Feminism and cognitive science

•                Phenomenological critiques of technology

•                Technology, nature and art

•                Biotechnological politics

The submission date for 300-500 word abstracts will be the 30 January 2014.

Please address abstracts or questions to uwegraduateconference2014@gmail.com


cfp – deadline extended till 22/12/13: Anthology on the Philosophy of Slavery and Emancipation December 2, 2013

Filed under: CFP — axiothea @ 12:04 pm
We have extended the deadline for abstracts to be considered for inclusion in our anthology on The Philosophy of Slavery and Emancipation

The deadline for abstracts of up to 300 words is now Sunday 22nd December 2013.

We do not intend to make final decisions on the basis of the abstracts alone. We are asking for abstracts earlier than we are asking for papers, (a) because we would like to give early feedback to those who are interested in contributing a paper and (b) because we would like to begin thinking as soon as possible about the various ways in which the ideas expressed among the abstracts might be grouped in an intellectually coherent way. 

Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman and
Simon Roberts-Thomson


Call for Papers: Anthology on the Philosophy of Slavery and Emancipation

Historically, the institution of slavery was the focus of a great deal of philosophical research. Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Locke, Rousseau, Paine, Wilberforce, Grotius, Pufendorf, Nietzsche, Marx, and many others, considered such topics as the definition of slavery, the rightness or wrongness of slavery, which sorts of people could or should be enslaved, and whether (and if so, when) they should be emancipated.

In recent years, by contrast, philosophers have shown little interest in slavery. This anthology seeks to remedy this by presenting new work on the philosophy of slavery and emancipation. Possible topics to be addressed include, but are not restricted to:
• What is slavery? How is slavery different from other forms of unfreedom/inequality/labour etc?
• What was mistaken about historical arguments for slavery?
• How do we best explain the wrongness of slavery? Why were the actions of slave owners, slave traders, or those involved in the initial enslavement, wrong?
• Do people not involved in slavery have obligations to oppose slavery?
• Are slaves who once consented to their own enslavement required to obey their masters? Do such masters have a right to such obedience? Should the state recognise, or even enforce, such contracts of slavery?
• What is the relationship between slavery and sexism/racism/ableism/heteronormativity etc?
• What is the relationship between slavery and bondage & discipline, or dominance & submission, or sadism & masochism?
• What do slave narratives tell us about the nature or wrongness of slavery or about the rightness of emancipation? 
• What is emancipation? 
• What does the history of emancipation tell us about contemporary abolitionism?
• Who can emancipate whom, when, and from what?
• Is emancipation all that is owed to slaves? Does the legacy of slavery and emancipation require further action?

The anthology will, in the first instance, be submitted to Cambridge University Press for possible inclusion in their new series, Slavery Since Emancipation: http://www.historiansagainstslavery.org/main/book-series/. For this reason, we especially encourage submissions that respond to the criteria for this series.

Guidelines for submissions
• Deadline for submission of abstract (150-300 words): 22nd December 2013
• Deadline for submission of paper: 1st February 2014
• Manuscripts should be in English and be between 6000 and 9000 words, including abstract, references and footnotes.
• Manuscripts should be anonymised and sent by email attachment as a word document or pdf to both editors.
• Expected date for preliminary verdict on submitted papers: 31st July 2014

Nathaniel Adam Tobias Colemanuctynat@ucl.ac.uk
Simon Roberts-Thomson, serobertsthomson@gmail.com


CFP: Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology November 21, 2013

Filed under: CFP,Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 2:45 pm

Deadline: January 15.  It would be really delightful if feminist philosophers made a point of submitting work to this special issue!  The editors sent a copy of the announcement to some feminist listservs already, noting that they would especially appreciate spreading word of this CFP in countries in which they have fewer contacts (including Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology Call for Papers:
Critical Underpinnings of User/Survivor Research and Co-Production

Guest Editors:  Jayasree Kalathil, PhD & Nev Jones, PhD(c)

Editorial Assistant:  Clara Humpston, M.Sc.

Over the past several decades, user/survivor leadership in research as well as academic “co-production” (understood as a more robust form of academic co-leadership and shared decision making as opposed to nominal or tokenistic participatory methods) has gained strong traction in the areas of mental health services research, program evaluation, policy reform and, to a lesser extent, philosophy and cultural theory.   In spite of these advances, the theoretical assumptions and implications involved in such projects remain largely underdeveloped and critically un-interrogated.  Likewise, critiques of user/survivor involvement and leadership rarely make their way into peer-reviewed publications, for the most part enduring in the space of informal conversations and behind-the-scenes decision-making.  Certain areas of academic scholarship, including the medical humanities and philosophy of psychiatry and psychology, have similarly failed to consider the unique theoretical contributions scholars or others with lived experience might be in a position to make.  Literary and philosophical analyses of others’ first person accounts, narratives or memoirs often exclude any discussion of the role or contribution of first person theory (broadly understood as the formal or informal interpretation and analysis of the sociopolitics, temporal dynamics, implications and/or rhetorical effects of first person narrative, story-telling or memoir).

The goal of the current call for papers is to solicit proposals aimed at tackling the ‘hard’ questions implicated in processes of user/survivor inclusion, exclusion and co-production.   Proposals will be considered for inclusion in one or more special issues of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology as well as a planned edited book tentatively targeted for Oxford University Press’ International Perspectives on Philosophy & Psychiatry series.   We are soliciting proposals in English from a range of disciplines as well as from diverse positions and standpoints, including but not limited to individuals who identify as service users or survivors.  We particularly encourage the submission of papers that critically appraise user/survivor research, leadership or co-produced work (again, both from peer and non-peer scholars and stakeholders).

Examples of topics of interest include (but are emphatically not limited to):

·      critical explorations of the meaning and value of ‘expertise by experience’, particularly with respect to theoretical and philosophical work
·      implications of the heterogeneity of service experiences, madness/disorder, temporal trajectories of distress and/or recovery, and identity
·      political issues involved in the marginalization and othering of user/survivors with intersecting socio-political minority identities
·      methodological and ethical considerations (including inter- and trans-disciplinarity, leadership in the humanities and basic and translational science vs. applied mental health services research)
·      interrogating key terms:  user involvement, co-production, control, leadership,  co-leadership
·      ethical and methodological issues in relation to academic and theoretical engagement with personal narratives of madness/mental health (including autobiographies and memoirs)
·      divisions between academia, community-based engagement, policy and organizational development, and         activism


NOV 30 Deadline: CFA SWIP UK Conference November 15, 2013

Filed under: CFP — jennysaul @ 9:18 pm

Don’t forget….

Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstracts (of up to 500 words) for 30-minute presentations on the theme of feminism in/and philosophy. Please email your abstracts to oxfordswip2014 AT gmail.com by 30 November, 2013. Travel within the UK and accommodation will be covered for speakers.

Conference Announcement

“[W]hen you are a woman and a philosopher,” writes Michèle Le Doeuff in Hipparchia’s choice, “it is useful to be a feminist in order to understand what is happening to you”. Like many productive relationships, the relationship between feminism and philosophy has never been easy. Feminists and philosophers alike have claimed that between the two there can be no real dialogue. Radical feminists argue that the history of philosophy is the history of a patriarchal institution, the values of truth and reason no more than tools of subordination. Many philosophers meanwhile dismiss the very idea of ‘feminist philosophy’ as a category error: a conflation of a political project with an epistemic one.

And yet, we now have a rich tradition of feminist philosophy: a tradition that embraces orthodox philosophical values while drawing on the concerns and interests and methods of feminism. But just what is feminist philosophy, and how is it possible? What is it to be a feminist philosopher, beyond being both a philosopher and a feminist? What is it do philosophy as a feminist? And what is to practice feminism through philosophy? How are we to reconcile the demands of theory and practice, the goals of truth and emancipation, the perspectives of the universal and the particular?

This set of questions will be the starting point for the Feminism in/and Philosophy conference, at All Souls College, Oxford, 27-29 March 2014. Invited speakers are Michèle Le Doeuff, Rae Langton and Jennifer Saul.

For more information, go here.


CFP: Feminism: Body, Image, Power November 12, 2013

Filed under: CFP,feminist philosophy — KateNorlock @ 1:23 pm

2014 Call for Papers -19th Annual Philosophy Conference at Villanova University Sponsored by PGSU
Feminism: Body, Image, Power
Friday, March 21 – Saturday, March 22, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt)

“The personal is political,” the well-known slogan of the Women’s Liberation Movement, continues to demand that we explore the ways in which our most intimate embodied practices, experiences, and images can be the site of politics, and alternately, how politics are carried out and enacted in the desires, affects, self-consciousness, and relationships of personal and interpersonal life.  Focusing on the highly productive concepts of body, image, and power, this conference aims to engage in discussion of a number of philosophical themes, topics, and approaches that are feminist in method or that deal with the topic of feminism.  How does the body stand at the juncture of the public and the private?  How do our private and collective images conceal or reveal the intersections of imagination and representation?  How does power operate as the conjunction of identity, knowledge, and praxis?  Feminist philosophy and feminism more broadly has much to tell us about the nature of our embodiment, our imaginaries, and the power relations that structure our lived experience, and this conference welcomes papers and artwork that deal with these topics, broadly construed. While all papers addressing feminism and feminist issues, works, authors, etc. are welcome, we especially encourage papers that take on these perennial issues of feminism in a contemporary context.

Possible topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:
-       Public and private spaces of embodied experience
-       Biopolitics and new technologies
-       Reproductive rights, natality, and motherhood
-       Autonomy, dependency, and vulnerability
-       Feminism and affect theory, body image, and imagination in cultural productions (e.g. film and media)
-       Intersections of gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability
-       The relationship between critical phenomenology, feminist philosophy, and political activism
-       Reciprocity of feminist theory with queer theory, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, globalization, and environmental ethics
-       Feminism and psychoanalysis
-       Postfeminism and postmodern feminisms

The Philosophy Graduate Student Union at Villanova University welcomes individuals (including graduate students and faculty) to submit abstracts, papers, proposed panels or artist presentations to be considered for our conference. Please send submissions formatted for anonymous review to: conferences.library.villanova.edu/gradphil
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013



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