Jon Cogburn has brought our attention to an issue that seems to be affecting commenters. Some comments are being filtered upstream from our blog by an Askimet meta-filter, so they don’t even arrive in our spam folder. If you’ve tried to comment but your comment hasn’t been published, this might be happening. Jon has instructions on his blog, explaining how to solve this issue. Thanks to him for letting us know about this.
Register now: Why are there so few women in philosophy? March 30, 2015
Looks like a fantastic workshop in Stockholm, April 17-18!
To do or not to do? March 29, 2015
Yesterday I sat in a determinologist’s waiting room before very minor surgery to remove a cyst. And there before my eyes were descriptions of procedures that changed one’s appearance without any cutting. I’ve been in general dead set against any purely cosmetic surgery, or at least in my own case. Still, I thought it would be interesting to discuss these fairly non-invasive procedures with feminist philosophers.
Some examples: One device, called something like a skin pen, has fine needles that puncture one’s skin and so kick off a self-repair repair process that activates the deposit of new collagen. Loss of collegen is a major factor in looking older, but injections of fillers are another way to go. Another poster promised to reduce fat cells without any invasive procedure. I’m not sure, but it may have involved killing fat cells by freezing them. Surrounded by adverts for this stuff it can become hard to distinguish between fact and fancy.
i expect these procedures are expensive. I have no idea which are safe and which, if any, aren’t. But they seem closer to coloring one’s hair than to having a facelift. What do you think?
my version of wordpress has decided not to do links right now. Here’s a site for Skin Pen:
There’s a new campaign and t-shirt:
Promoting the presence, awareness, and progress of women in traditionally male dominated fields. http://teespring.com/stores/this-is-what-we-look-like
Feminist philosopher Nancy McHugh was interviewed on Utah Public Radio by Tom Williams on his show Access Utah. They talked about the lecture she was giving at Utah State University on food marketing, food fear, and orthorexia. They also talked about her forthcoming book, The Limits of Knowledge. You can listen to her talk about “clean eating” here.
Contrivers’ Review Call for Essays on Technology
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Donna Haraway’s “A Manifesto for Cyborgs,” an essay that blurred the boundaries between the organic human being and the human being as a machine, a set of social practices, and cultural modes of communication and representation. Since then the postmodern turn represented in texts like Haraway’s “Manifesto” has been itself superceded. We see a resurgence of Enlightenment thought–and all the baggage it brings–in initiatives like the re:enlightenment project and The History Manifesto. However, we undoubtedly live in a world inundated with technology so that Haraway’s claim that “We are all chimera” remains accurate even if the ground of technology, politics, and gender have dramatically shifted since 1985.
As part of our long term investigation of technology and the humanities, politics, and arts, Contrivers’ Review invites submissions on any subject relating to gendered and LGBT cultures and their intersection with technology broadly defined. Some issues that might be covered include:
Social media, violence, and harassment
Gender, Feminism, and gaming culture
Discrimination in the Tech Industry/Silicon Valley/Gamer Culture
Feminist and Queer history/historiography of new media
Technologies of bodies
Gender, professionalism, and online identities
Feminist Digital Humanities
Contrivers’ Review is an intellectual journal not a scholarly, refereed publication. As such, we publish essays and reviews that bridge academic audiences and the wider public. Submissions and pitch letters should be addressed to a broad audience, not fellow specialists in the academy. Essays should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Please send us a query letter at email@example.com. For more information, please refer to our masthead.
JSP Special Issue on Miscarriage March 28, 2015
There’s an awesome new special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy on Miscarriage, edited by the ever-fabulous Kate Norlock– such an important, but such a neglected topic. And it’s open access, thanks to funds from Trent University’s Drain Chair!! Check it out. Or read a bit more about first if you like.
Christia Mercer on teaching in prison March 25, 2015
in the Washington Post.
Things have not always been this bad. In the 1980’s, when the prison population sat below 400,000, our incarcerated citizens were educated through state and federal funding. But the 1990’s brought an abrupt end to government support. When President Clinton signed into law the Crime Bill in 1994, he eliminated incarcerated people’s eligibility for federal Pell grants and sentenced a generation of incarcerated Americans to educational deprivation. Nationwide, over 350 college programs in prisons were shut down that year. Many states jumped on the tough-on-crime bandwagon and slashed state funded prison educational programs. In New York State, for example, no state funds can be used to support secondary-education in prison. Before 1994, there were 70 publicly funded post-secondary prison programs in the state. Now there are none. In many states across the country, college instruction has fallen primarily to volunteers.
Shelley Tremain is planning what promises to be a really valuable and interesting series of posts over at the Discrimination and Disadvantage Blog. She writes:
Beginning on April 15, join me at the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog on the third Wednesday of every month for “Dialogues on Disability,” an exciting new series of interviews I will conduct with disabled philosophers in a variety of positions and situations vis-à-vis philosophy: students and faculty, untenured and tenured, unaffiliated and affiliated. Read the interviews and learn about the philosophy that these philosophers write and why they write it, how they do philosophy and why they do it, their efforts to improve the climate of philosophy, the forms of institutional and personal prejudice that they confront, the future of philosophy of disability, and so much more! If you would like to nominate someone to be interviewed (including yourself!), please feel free to write me at s[dot]tremain[at]yahoo.ca.
The APA awards have been announced! Readers of this blog will be especially interested to hear that fabulous feminist philosopher Kathryn Pogin has won for one of her Huffington Post pieces. They might also like to look at the hideously relevant column by George Yancy on Walking While Black. Heck, actually, they’re all great! Go check them out.