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A pledge to try to be kinder July 3, 2014

Filed under: academia,professional conduct,Uncategorized — Lady Day @ 3:17 am

July 1st, to mark her first day as full professor at UBC (Congratulations!!), Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins made two public pledges: (1) to treat other philosophers with respect, and (2) not to treat behaviour by other philosophers that violates (1) as if it were acceptable within the profession.

Writes CIJ:

I think of the following as pledges concerning my future behaviour qua professional philosopher. I’m making them public in the hope (and expectation!) of being held accountable to them.* This isn’t a complete list of my aspirations in this domain, of course; just a few basic things to start out with.

While she hastens to add that it’s not her “intention to suggest that these or similar pledges should be made by every philosopher,” it seems to me that it would be really wonderful if those of us who wish to hold ourselves to the same admirable standards CIJ describes were to publicly state that they too wish to take the pledge. The comment thread below is, I think, as good a place as any to do this. While FP has always permitted anonymous comments — and while we will continue to permit them in this thread — it would be really great if colleagues who feel safe doing so note their name, rank and institution below. I’ll start things off…


Philosophy Job Placement & Rankings July 2, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stacey Goguen @ 1:39 pm

If you would like to contribute to the ongoing discussion about how to measure placement data and how to think about philosophy program rankings, you can do so here over at New APPS, where Carolyn Dicey Jennings is continuing to discuss all the number crunching she has been doing for the benefit of the profession.


UK gadget magazines drops swim suit models when it realizes it has women customers.

Filed under: Uncategorized — axiothea @ 9:11 am

Not sure what’s most shocking about this piece of news: that a tech gadget magazine thought it was appropriate to boost its sales by having half-naked women on the cover? Or that the magazine didn’t realize it had a substantial female readership?

No longer : Stuff magazine discovered market research and decided to drop the swim suit models from its covers, when it noticed that sales went up by 10% whenever they didn’t feature half-naked women.




CFP: Legal Philosophy June 27, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sam B @ 11:32 am

​The UCLA Law and Philosophy program, in cooperation with the University of Antwerp’s Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, is holding a conference on legal philosophy, broadly construed. The conference welcomes submissions that address this subject area from a feminist perspective.

The conference will take place on Oct. 10 and 11, 2014 at the UCLA law school and the deadline for submissions is August 15, 2015. Details about the conference and the call for papers can be found at http://philevents.org/event/show/14804.

Please feel free to contact uclalawandphilosophyconference@gmail.com with any questions.


International association of women philosophers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sam B @ 10:43 am

You can now follow the IAPh on Twitter, @IAPhBoard.

The association’s website is here.



CFP Is Gender Still Relevant? June 24, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — wahine1 @ 8:55 pm

[I have been informed there is some leeway in deadline if you email the organiser]

Call for papers: Is Gender Still Relevant? 

16-17th September 2014, University of Bradford


Despite over 30 years of campaigning and policy, why does gender remain a key issue today?

The ‘Is Gender Still Relevant?’ seminar, sponsored by the British Academy, examines the state of play in gender research in the historic disciplines, and asks if (and why) we still need to debate gender issues, including feminism, masculism and gender fluidity.

The event will discuss both research and academic practice and welcomes participation from all career stages, particularly early career scholars. We are also keen on perspectives from all genders – this isn’t just about women!

We invite abstracts for short papers from colleagues of all career stages and across the Historical Disciplines (in its broadest sense – including History of Science, and cross overs between humanities and sciences). We would particularly encourage workshop papers addressing the themes of: gender and representation; architecture and space; and gender identities past and present.

In addition, if you are an early career scholar and would be interested in collaboratively organising an interdisciplinary workshop within the event on either gender and representation, or gender identities past and present (or another topic we have not thought of) then please let us know.

Deadline for abstracts: 23rd June 2014

For architecture and space abstracts, please email Emily Fioccoprile and Emily Cuming

For gender and representation abstracts, please contact Daniel Grey and Kristin Leith

For all other abstracts, please email gender@bradford.ac.uk or contact k.croucher@bradford.ac.uk


Confirmed Participants include:

Prof Roberta Gilchrist, University of Reading (FBA and event champion)

Prof Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester

Thomas Dowson, Independent researcher

Prof Patricia Skinner, Swansea University

Prof Helen King, Open University

Dr Diane Bolger, Edinburgh University

Prof Ray Laurence, University of Kent

Dr Anne Murphy, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Garthine Walker, Cardiff University

For further details, including how to register, please visit http://genderpastpresent.wordpress.com      Contact details: gender@bradford.ac.uk  k.croucher@bradford.ac.uk


Organising committee:

Dr Karina Croucher, University of Bradford

Dr Hannah Cobb, University of Manchester

Emily Fioccoprile, University of Bradford

Debbie Hallam, University of Bradford

Joanne McNicholls, University of Bradford

Natalie Atkinson, University of Bradford



CFP: 12th Annual University of Miami Graduate Student Conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stacey Goguen @ 4:22 pm

Call For Papers

12th Annual University of Miami Graduate Student Conference

Date: October 16th-18th 2014
Place: Miami, Florida

Keynote Addresses: John Arras, Rebecca Kukla (topics: TBA)

Submission Deadline: September 1st 2014

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference. This year, we are interested in papers directly related to the ethical or epistemological issues arising in the field of medicine (or an intersection of such issues); e.g., issues related to clinical trials, public health policy, human enhancement, etc. Papers responding to Dr. Arras’ or Dr. Kukla’s work are especially encouraged. However, if you think you can make a positive contribution to the conference, papers dealing with philosophical issues in medicine more broadly construed are also welcomed.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Papers should be no more than 3000 words, or 30 minutes reading time.
2. Papers should be prepared for blind review (no identifying information), and accompanied by a title page including:
a) Author’s name
b) Academic status and affiliation
c) Contact information (e-mail address preferably)
d) 150 word abstract
3. Send electronic copies in .doc or .pdf format to um.philosophy.conference@gmail.com or send two paper copies to:
Lance Aschliman
UM Philosophy Department
PO Box 248054
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4670, USA

For more information, email um.philosophy.conference@gmail.com. For information on previous conferences, visit http://www.miami.edu/phi/gradconference/. (This link seems broken as of the time of posting.)


Conference – Emergencies and affected peoples: philosophy, policy and practice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stacey Goguen @ 3:02 pm

The University of Birmingham is hosting, “Emergencies and affected peoples: philosophy, policy and practice” on Friday 4th July 2014 (09:00-17:30).

Keynote delivered by Professor David Alexander (UCL)

Enrico Quarantelli is considered the founder of the social science of disasters. His research offers that “a disaster is primarily a social phenomenon and is thus identifiable in social terms” (Quarantelli & Dynes, 1977, p. 24). The recognition that disasters are social incidents – as well as physical and political ones – is important to our understanding of what really happens in a disaster. A thorough understanding of the social component in disasters also helps us understand what needs to be done to bring society to a post-emergency normality.

Emergencies and Affected People: Philosophy, Policy and Practice aims to investigate this relationship in order that we might inform policy and better support casualties of disaster. With a cross-discipline, cross-emergency-type concentration on those affected, discussants in this conference will investigate various societal realities and their connection with our experiences in emergency situations. Each panel has one academic and one practitioner; the panels were organized in this way in order to stimulate debate and balance theoretical and practical perspectives.

There is a common theme, though, across the four panels: all social scientists – whether academics or practitioners – aim to inform debates around and improve how we help those impacted by an emergency. Our goal today is therefore to raise awareness of the societal issues that occur during a disaster and contribute to the debate about how best to help those affected.

To register for the conference, please email emaffectedpplconf@gmail.com with your name and affiliation. The conference is free to attend but registration is required as space is limited.


Comment on the latest philosophy lawsuit June 20, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — magicalersatz @ 3:59 pm

As you may have read, Peter Ludlow is suing Northwestern University (and some of its administrators), Prof. Jennifer Lackey, and the philosophy PhD student who reported him for rape, and who he was found by the university to have harassed. Ludlow is suing for defamation and gender discrimination. Eric Schliesser, as he so often does, has some very good things to say about the topic here. But there were a few other things I especially want to emphasize.

In the official complaint, it’s noted that the student’s allegations of rape were found by university investigation to be unsubstantiated. This doesn’t mean that the university investigation found that the student was likely making the allegation up, found that the allegation was implausible, found that the student was lying, etc. All that it means is that there was insufficient evidence found to support the allegation. As anyone familiar with university or legal proceedings involving rape will know, rape cases are often very difficult to substantiate. That an allegation of rape was unsubstantiated does not mean the person who alleged that rape took place is lying.

It’s also claimed, in the official complaint, that Prof. Ludlow ‘refuted’ the allegation of rape by, among other things, producing affectionate text messages from the student which were sent after the alleged incident took place. We really shouldn’t have to be explaining this in the year 2014, but this doesn’t refute an allegation of rape. Far from it. It is incredibly common for victims of rape to initiate or maintain what appear to be affectionate, consensual relationships with their assaulters after they have been assaulted.


See the following links for more information:


Victim Responses to Sexual Assault

Being Silenced: The Impact of Negative Social Reactions on the Disclosure of Rape

Understanding Rape Survivors’ Decisions Not to Seek Help from Formal Social Systems



SWIP Germany Conference June 18, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 8:42 am

Human Nature: Perspectives from Ethics and Philosophy of Science/ Menschliche Natur: Wissenschaftstheoretische und Ethische Aspekte

Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
21st of July 2014

We are pleased to announce the second annual meeting of SWIP Germany e.V. (http://swip-philosophinnen.org/). The meeting will take place on the 21st of July at the Ruhr University Bochum. SWIP Germany is a registered charity and its meetings aim to advance and make visible contributions of women in German/ German-speaking philosophy. Our workshops and meetings also aim to foster the development of research networks and provide informal mentoring in an inclusive and trans-friendly environment.

Workshop Program:

Part I: Talks (open to all and aimed at a wider philosophical audience, in English and in German)

14:00 Maria Kronfeldner (Bielefeld, Germany)

Human nature – Quo Vadis? Eliminativist and Constructive Approaches to a Contested Concept in the Philosophy of Sciences

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Mari Mikkola (Humboldt-University, Berlin) Introducing SWIP Germany

16:00 Felicitas Krämer (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)

Some Problems of the Genetic Enhancement of Emotions

17:15 Break

Part II: Mentoring (for women, in German)

17:45 With Buffet and Drinks (until approx. 20:00)

Attendance and buffet are free of charge. We can arrange reasonably priced child-care on campus. If you require child-care facilities, please register as soon as possible and no later than the registration deadline.

Paper Abstracts:

Maria Kronfeldner

In the 20th century, the concept of human nature has been severely criticized as too essentialist, from a scientific as well as from a political perspective. The talk introduces into the debate and will develop a pragmatic-pluralist perspective that includes a discussion of eliminativist and constructivist approaches. Eliminativist approaches suggest to get rid of the concept, given the scientific and social critique; constructivist approaches look for post-essentialist successor concepts. To find a common ground between these different approaches, the talk addresses which social and epistemic values (should) guide us when we deal with value-laden concepts such as human nature.

Felicitas Krämer

Is it morally acceptable to genetically enhance human emotions? Emotional enhancement means the improvement of emotions by technological means. Enhanced human beings will be by and large happier than unenhanced ones and have more feelings of empathy. Among the supporters of emotional enhancement are transhumanist authors such as Nick Bostrom. The talk discusses three main problems with the enhancement of emotions: the problem of emotional complexity, the problem of shifting standards and the problem of appropriateness. It is argued that the supporters of genetic emotional enhancement have not yet properly addressed these problems. They, accordingly, do not yet have a well grounded answer to the question of what sort of feelings human beings should have.

Deadline for registration is 24th of June. To register, please email Anna.Welpinghus[at]rub.de. For catering purposes, please indicate whether you will be attending the whole event or only a part of it (and which one). Please also indicate whether you require child-care.


Anna Welpinghus (Bochum)

Mari Mikkola (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

Pascale Ruder (Bochum)

Anne-Sophie Brüggen (Bochum)



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