Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS) wants your submissions

Paper proposals are invited for the fourth conference of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS) to be held at The Pennsylvania State University, May 10-12, 2012. For more information about FEMMSS and our past conferences see femmss.org.

We welcome new participants and perspectives from across the academy and outside it that provide feminist discussion on any topic in epistemologies, methodologies, metaphysics, or science studies. Note the following broad themes of recent and ongoing interest:

* Practicing & teaching science as a feminist
* Gender, justice & climate change
* Liberatory approaches to science policy
* Feminist perspectives on cognition, logic, argumentation & rhetoric
* Liberatory methodologies
* Knowledges of resistance
* Experience, authority & ignorance
* Science, technology & the state
* Public philosophy

Proposals of 250-300 words, plus bibliography, and a CV of no more than 3 pages should be combined in a single Word (or Rich Text Format) file. Submissions by e-mail attachment are due by August 1, 2011 to hundleby@uwindsor.ca. Please note “FEMMSS4 submission” in the subject line.

Dr. Catherine Hundleby
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Cross-appointed to Women’s Studies
Fellow, Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric

Department of Philosophy
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Canada N9B 3P4

PHONE: 253-3000, ext. 3947
E-MAIL: hundleby@uwindsor.ca

4 thoughts on “Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS) wants your submissions

  1. Just a note to laud conferences of this kind. A need for more discussions involving Rosalind Franklin and Barbara McClintock, for instance, has lingered in my mind lately since the recent news stories on the “Lost Correspondence of Francis Crick”. In case anyone is interested and has not read about it, here are two links:

    Link 1 (currently free but may disappear at some point):

    Link 2 (now requires subscription access):

    Sadly and all the more importantly is the need for awareness of / consciousness raising about the many less famous and usually unknown cases of these kinds going on every day.

  2. FEMMSS is my favorite conference, rigorous creative scholarship, positive constructive conversation, and smart women at every turn.

  3. I see that the first link in my comment above is no longer working.

    Feminist philosophers and other readers of this blog might really want to read some news stories on these recently found “lost letters” (which will eventually appear online themselves).

    The letters highlight both the often unjustly neglected role that Rosalind Franklin played in discovering the structure(s) of DNA for which Crick, Watson, and Wilkins (but not Franklin) received a Nobel Prize, and the blatant sexism involved at the time (and unfortunately, it often seems, continuing today).

    Here are some working links to relevant news stories:

    ‘Lost’ letters show strain between DNA pioneers

    ‘Lost’ letters reveal twists in discovery of double helix

    How Crick and Watson’s DNA lab was a hive of genius – and sexism

    Letters shed light on bitter rivalries behind discovery of DNA double helix

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