Feminist Philosophers

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Free access to a special issue of Hypatia! March 26, 2014

Filed under: feminist philosophy — magicalersatz @ 6:01 pm

You can get free access to Hypatia’s special issue Interstices: Inheriting Women of Color Feminist Philosophy edited by Kristie Dotson.




Sally Haslanger on Philosop-her January 31, 2014

Filed under: feminist philosophy,race — Jender @ 8:51 pm

UPDATE: This has been reposted due to the request of commenters to have a record of the discussion. In addition, comments have now been reopened to allow the posting of an apology. I ask commenters to be especially careful to respect the “Be Nice” rule. Comments will be closed again if the discussion turns nasty.

Recently I’ve been arguing that there has been insufficient attention in the analytic philosophical literature to the domain of social practices. On the one hand, mainstream analytic political philosophers spend a lot of time thinking about the State and institutions that form the “basic structure” of society, but (perhaps due to the influence of political liberalism) do not consider the micro-politics embedded in the practices of everyday life. Ethicists, on the other hand, tend to focus on individual action (character, will) and often don’t even consider that an agent, in acting, is engaged in a social practice.

More here!


Gender-Inclusive Conferences Session January 1, 2014

Update: Now with John Protevi’s talk: 2013 APA Eastern session final draft

Another bit of the APA I was sad to miss was the session on Gender-Inclusive Conferences, which featured Kate Norlock, John Protevi and Jason Stanley.  (It was organised by Nancy Bauer.)  It sounds awesome– standing room only and really great papers and discussion.  I’m very pleased, though, to be able to post Kate’s powerpoints, the draft talks that Jason and John presented.

Here’s Kate’s talk: Why and How to Organize a Gender-balanced Conference

Here’s Jason’s talk: apacomments



Sally Haslanger’s Presidential Address! December 30, 2013

If you, like me, have been sad about missing Sally Haslanger’s Presidential Address to the Eastern APA,I’m here to provide some cheer!  Sally has posted her handout, and if you know Sally’s handouts you know this will give quite a lot of the awesomeness of her paper!  Enjoy.


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


Symposium for Gill Howie September 20, 2013

Filed under: feminist philosophy,women in philosophy — Jender @ 11:45 am

Feminism, Materialism, Critical Theory:
A Symposium to Celebrate and Engage with the Work of
Gillian Howie

The University of Liverpool and the Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP UK) are pleased to announce this one-day symposium, to be held at the University of Liverpool on Monday 16th December 2013, with a drinks reception and dinner in the evening.

Speakers will include:

Christine Battersby

Kimberly Hutchings

Stella Sandford

Margrit Shildrick

Alison Stone

Professor Howie was a long-standing member of SWIP UK, and taught philosophy at the University of Liverpool from 1995-2013. Her research interests were extremely wide-ranging, including:
Feminist materialisms
Critical theory, especially the thought of Theodor Adorno
Existentialism, especially the thought of Jean Paul Sartre
Feminist theologies and spiritualities, especially the thought of Luce Irigaray

Her most recent monograph, Between Feminism and Materialism: a Question of Method (Palgrave 2010), covers a huge amount of philosophical ground, with chapters on ‘Production’, ‘Objectivity’, ‘Reason’, Essentialism’, ‘Identity’, ‘Non-Identity’, ‘Sex and Gender’ and ‘Patriarchy’.

Details about formal registration will be coming soon. In the meantime, to register interest or make further enquiries, please send an email to Victoria Browne at v.r.browne AT liv.ac.uk.

To find out more about Professor Howie’s publications, see here.

And to see her lecture on the philosophical significance of life-limiting illness, see here.


Reader query: men and feminist philosophy jobs August 9, 2013

Filed under: feminist men,feminist philosophy,queries from readers — Jender @ 11:28 am

A reader writes:

As the job season approaches again, I was curious if I could get feedback about men applying for feminist philosophy jobs. I am a heterosexual, cissexual, white male. I work in a field of philosophy that I often approach through feminist and queer thinkers. My MA advisor was a feminist philosopher of some note, and my PhD advisor was a male queer theorist. I have a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, my biggest publication is in Hypatia, and two-thirds of my conferences are explicitly feminist or queer oriented. At the job I adjuncted at while finishing my dissertation, I was affiliated with that University’s Women and Gender Studies department, and taught classes that were cross-listed. I say this as a way of pointing out I have fairly traditional credentials for applying for feminist philosophy jobs. However, I don’t know if I should apply for those jobs.

The first question is if it is ethically permissible to apply for feminist philosophy jobs. As we all know, there are few women in philosophy, and many departments are mostly, even exclusively, male. Feminist philosophy jobs are one of the ways many departments make sure to hire at least one woman. Moreover, the constant maleness of departments is a good way to turn off female students, and I wonder at the way such students would react if even their feminist philosophy professors are another heterosexual, cissexual, white male. Perhaps I should apply for jobs in my other area of specialization, and simply ignore jobs whose AOS is feminist philosophy. Feedback on if I, and other men, should apply for feminist philosophy jobs is welcome. Thank you!


Sandra Harding Interviewed July 25, 2013

Filed under: feminist philosophy,gender,religion,science — philodaria @ 1:59 am

Over at the Ms. Magazine blog, on secularism, philosophy science, and religion (with a bonus one-minute introduction to standpoint theory). Go check it out!


Poll for best philosophy journals June 26, 2013

Filed under: feminist philosophy — Jender @ 10:51 am

over at Leiter. Unfortunately, Hypatia is not available as a choice. This is a great shame, as it would have been (I suspect) a welcome opportunity to demonstrate how well-respected the flagship feminist philosophy journal is. (Thanks, R!)


Speaking of Using Your Powers to Make the World More Better February 5, 2013

The Border House is a great blog about video games and social identity.

They have a recent post up entitled, “TransMovement: Freedom and Constraint in Queer and Open World Games”
(All the blockquotes here are from the Border House article by Samantha Allen)

When Bethesda Games’ Todd Howard previewed the open world role-playing gameSkyrim, he famously promised that the player would be able to traverse any visible geography. His breathless assurance of the player’s ultimate freedom has already come and gone as an internet meme: “You see that mountain? You can climb it.”

In it, the author mentions a video game (that you can play right in your browser without downloading anything) called dys4ia.

I want to contrast this ultimate freedom of movement with the mechanics of movement in Anna Anthropy’s much-discussed game dys4ia, which she describes as “an autobiographical game about my experiences with hormone replacement therapy.”

It’s articles like this that make me think there is lots of potential for philosophy and video games to get together and make sweet, sweet knowledge.  Especially in regards to social justice and oppression.

I’ll confess that I seem to enjoy the rampant freedom of open world games just as much as anybody. But, for cisgender gamers, the supreme motility of open world games often functions as an exaggeration of a freedom of movement that they may already enjoy in the physical spaces of non-game worlds.

In her 1980 essay, “Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment Motility and Spatiality,” feminist philosopher Iris Marion Young thinks through the style of movement typical of women in the United States. Women, in her view, do not “make full use of the body’s spatial and lateral possibilities” unlike men who are able to move freely, with long strides and swinging arms (Young 1980, 142).

I’m not arguing that all games should constrain player motion so that the much-stereotyped white, male, cisgender game-playing teenager can understand my experience as a transwoman. I do want to resist, however, game critics’ tendency to think of the open world, “ultimate freedom” genre as the evolutionary endpoint of video games as a medium. Different styles of movement produce different emotional effects and both should be available to us as players and as game-makers. To regard “fun” as the ultimate litmus test for the success of a video game is to sell short the emotive capacity of the medium itself.

I also want to call attention to the implicit masculinity of the open world genre, not to dismiss it entirely, but rather to point out the ways in which freedom of movement can be experienced differently by people outside the largely white, male cisgender realm of video game preview and review culture. [...] Because I don’t equate fiction with reality, I can’t hold Far Cry 3 accountable for neocolonialism. I can point out, however, that it’s a reflection of an implicit masculinism, the seductiveness of which is facilitated by the mechanics of movement in the open world genre of games. Let’s enjoy our fictional worlds and our innocent-because-virtual power fantasies. But let’s also try to be a little more nuanced and reflexive in our approach to going anywhere and doing anything.



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