El’Jai Devoureau is legally a man. But because his boss had heard a rumour that he was transgender, she fired him from his job “watching men urinate into plastic cups at a drug treatment center”. He’s suing. It’s truly appalling that this isn’t just open and shut. He’s legally a man, and that should be the end of it. (Worse yet, he was fired on the basis of * a rumour*. Again, that should be the end of it all by itself.)
Call for papers
Society for Women in Philosophy
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London
Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions
Central London, Friday 18th-Saturday 19th November 2011
The aim of this conference is to reflect critically on the relation of feminist epistemology to the various philosophical traditions that
generated it and those that have nourished it intellectually and challenged it in the past three decades. These traditions include that of epistemology itself (of course), but also more generally the analytical philosophical traditions, the continental philosophical
traditions, feminist philosophical traditions, and other philosophically inflected theoretical traditions, for example psychoanalytical theory. It is to be hoped that responses to the call for papers will add to this list.
Questions to be addressed include:
• What, currently, is the relation between feminist epistemology and the more mainstream traditions of epistemology?
• What influence has feminist epistemology had on the more mainstream traditions of epistemology, if any?
• Is there any unity to ‘feminist epistemology’ across its relation to different philosophical traditions (for example the analytical and the continental traditions)?
• How have other theoretical traditions influenced andchallenged feminist epistemology?
• What is the significance of the mainly Anglo-American constitution of the field of feminist epistemology?
• ‘What, if anything, remains distinctive about ‘feminist epistemology’? That is, when is ‘feminist epistemology’ simply ‘epistemology’?
Kirsten Campbell (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘Feminist Epistemology and Psychoanalytical Theory’
Respondent: Stella Sandford (Kingston University)
Miranda Fricker (Birkbeck College, University of London)
‘Feminist Epistemology as Social Epistemology’
Respondent: Stella Gonzalez Arnal (University of Hull)
Gillian Howie (University of Liverpool)
‘Is There a “Continental” Feminist Epistemology?’
Respondent: Alison Stone (Lancaster University)
Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University).
‘From Margin to Centre: Feminist Epistemology as Socially Responsible Epistemology’
Respondent: Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)
Submissions for papers for parallel sessions (sessions comprising a maximum of 3 short – 15–20 minutes – papers each) are invited on any
aspect of feminist epistemology. Graduate students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts for the parallel sessions.
Please submit abstracts, prepared for anonymous review, of no more than 500 words to Stella Sandford (S.Sandford AT Kingston.ac.uk) by Friday 24th June 2011. Abstracts will be scrutinised by the Conference Committee. Decisions will be made by by Friday 22nd July.
Further information: Stella Sandford (S.Sandford AT Kingston.ac.uk)