Philosophy in an Inclusive Key

The Philosophy in An Inclusive Key Institute

Designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of
philosophy, PISKI emphasizes the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the
discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation. Along with works in feminist, critical race, disability, and queer theory, students will read historical and contemporary philosophical texts that explore recurring human concerns and investigate the ways in which experience informs philosophical reflection. In addition, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and mentoring will help students learn that their own perspectives matter to philosophy.

JULY 31—AUGUST 6, 2011
James Thomas Professor of Philosophy and
Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, University of Richmond

Participants will be named IRIS MARION YOUNG DIVERSITY SCHOLARS and will receive support

CFP: The Child

The Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) is looking for both work in progress and paper presentations for the First ETPC Incubator. This event will be a collaborative workshop on WIP along with scholar presentations on this year’s theme: The Child.

This full-day event lets presenters bring problems, questions, and concerns about works in progress for discussion in a roundtable setting. The WIP sessions will be bookended by two formal paper presentations to situate and inspire the day’s conversation. The workshop will be open to all conference delegates. Short précis prepared by workshop participants will be made available online in advance.

It is appropriate to bring a project in its nascent stages, specific passages of a work that are causing difficulties or trouble for the author, or work that is at a crossroad and requires more reflection before it can advance. Suitable projects may include journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, lectures, or perhaps doctoral thesis work. Our aim is to incubate and nurture these projects so participants can take them to the next level.

Possible topics for discussion include:
– the child as person or subject (ethical, cognitive, disciplinary, developmental, etc.)
– natality, pregnancy, and birth
– kinship and family relations/dynamics
– maternity and paternity
– raising and cultivating citizens
– education
– aesthetics and/or representations of childhood/children (in literature, art, film, television, etc.)

The workshop will be conducted during EPTC’s annual meeting at the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to be held May 31-June3, 2011 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

We seek two types of work:
i) Conference papers:
– 4500 word maximum, plus 150-word abstract
– papers will be followed by a brief commentary and 20-minute discussion period

ii) Work in Progress:
– 750-word proposal outlining the project you would present at the workshop
– 10-15 minute presentation will be followed by 30-minute roundtable discussion

** Please prepare submissions for anonymous review in Word format. On a separate sheet include the title of project, author name, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

Submissions and/or questions should be sent to Bronwyn Singleton ( by January 15, 2011.

For more see: CFP/Panels at:

The History of the Vibrator, as a Rom Com

There’s a new film coming out, clearly based on Rachel Maines’s fabulous _The Technology of Orgasm_.

From the time of Hippocrates to the Victorian era, diagnosis and treatment of women’s problematic “hysteria” was a consistent theme in medical literature. It featured in the theories of the Greek physician Galen of Pergamon and of the Renaissance alchemist, Paracelsus, while Avicenna, the Muslim founder of early modern medicine, advised women not to treat themselves for the condition. It was, he wrote, “a man’s job, suitable only for husbands and doctors”. This so-called disorder was diagnosed when women exhibited symptoms such as anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, nervousness, fluid retention, insomnia and erotic fantasy and it took its name from the Greek word for the womb, hysteros, since it was assumed to be the result of a congested or blocked reproductive system.

The practice of stimulation had been going on in doctors’ consulting rooms since at least 1653, with a midwife sometimes called in to carry out a “pelvic massage”. As far back as the 16th century, unmarried women suffering from attacks of anxiety were told to take “vigorous horseback exercise” or make use of a rocking chair or a swing.

Victorian doctors offered treatments in which female patients would submit to stimulation leading to “hysterical paroxysm”, or what we would call an orgasm. Early machines were designed to help doctors who felt unable to complete the task manually.