Query from a reader

I am looking for films, movies or documentaries to show in my class next semester that illustrate the struggles that homosexuals have in American society. These can focus either (and) on individual struggles as a homosexual or on the struggles that same sex couples encounter.

In providing your response, I would greatly appreciate any additional information regarding the approximate length of the documentary and where I may be able to locate a copy.

Thank you in advance for your help : )

CFP: Discovery in the Social Sciences

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
WORKSHOP: Discovery in the social sciences: Towards an empirically-informed philosophy of social science

University of Leuven, Belgium, March 22-23, 2011

Submission deadline for abstracts: 31 December, 2010.
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2011.

Keynote speakers
Alison Wylie (University of Washington)
Jack Vromen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Call for papers:
The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars who are working in the philosophy of the social sciences, especially those interested in scientific practice. The theme is discovery in the social sciences.

We invite submissions of extended abstracts (about 1000 words), and we are especially eager to hear from young researchers, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, tenure-track professors and other recent PhDs, working in the philosophy of the social sciences or related fields. We are interested in both case studies that examine specific instances of discovery in social sciences, and in more theoretical or methodological papers that are informed by scientific practice. We take ‘discovery’ in a broad sense, meaning discovery of empirical phenomena, theories and laws. ‘Social sciences’ refers to a broad range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) economics, anthropology, history, archaeology, psychology (including neuroscience), linguistics, and sociology.

Possible topics (*NOT an exhaustive list*) include:
– What is specific to discoveries in the social sciences?
– What is the epistemic role of artefacts in discovery, for example in neuroscientific research?
– Can we discern patterns in discovery in the social sciences?
– The discovery of laws in social sciences.
– Case-studies of discovery in specific social sciences.
– Creativity in social scientific practice.

Please send your abstract, preferably as pdf or rtf to Helen De Cruz, using the following e-mail address philosophy.social.sciences @ gmail.com (remove spaces) by December 31 2010. Please also indicate your position (e.g., graduate student, postdoc, assistant professor).

Scientific committee: Helen De Cruz (University of Leuven), Eric Schliesser (Ghent University), Farah Focquaert (Ghent University), Raymond Corbey (University of Leiden and Tilburg University).

This workshop is supported by funding from the University of Leuven and Ghent University.

UK benefit cuts and carers

Laura Woodhouse at The F-Word nails it.

Secondly, what happens if an individual refuses a job because it does not fit in with their caring responsibilities? Or because the vast majority of their salary would be spent paying someone else to take over the care work they do, work that they could perform better themselves? People officially designated as full time carers and parents with children under five will not be subject to the three strikes rule, but parents with children over five will be. If a single mother refuses three jobs that would prevent her looking after her kids properly, the money she needs to feed those kids will be cut off. The government claims that advisers will be asked to “ensure that the requirements they place on a recipient are reasonable for that person, taking into account their particular capabilities and circumstances”, but with a culture of complete disdain for benefit claimants I hardly think we can guarantee this will happen.

Randeep Ramesh also raises important concerns

Women also find themselves apparently hit. The white paper makes it clear only one of the partners would receive the welfare payments. This means the child care component of the tax credit and the child element of the tax credit could end up in the pocket of the main earner, which many pressure groups say will be the man in a relationship. This would be a huge U-turn in policy – and the money is not trivial, with £100 a week at stake for bigger claims.

The headline to Ramesh’s article also nicely makes the point that claim that “people will receive more” only works if you take ‘people’ to mean men (a familiar sort of point for feminist philosophers).