CFP: Homophobia (*Note deadline)

APA members, take note!  This cfp is especially easy to meet for those philosophers who have related work on the back burner.  Those of us who’ve written for APA Newsletters can attest that they are good homes for a pleasant combination of rigorous and yet conversational writing.

From Talia Better–

 The deadline for the Fall APA GLBTTQ Newsletter is fast approaching. We would like to devote the next letter to discussions of homophobia: what is it? What is the best way to think of it? How do we combat it? How does it intersect and interact with racism and sexism? How is it related to trans-phobia? Essays on practical confrontations with homophobia would also be welcome: what ways of combating it have worked in your experience? As this is an informal setting, it would be excellent if people would be willing to share ideas in development, unusual approaches to these questions, anything that would spark a good debate or some new thinking a topic of importance to us all. Please contact me at if you have any relevant work related to this topic. Although the deadline is actually July 1, I would welcome any thoughts or ideas by about July 15, and then we can work out details later.

 Also, any of you who have published articles or books on GLBTTQ themes in the past year, please forward along publication information and a short abstract so we can all see what you’ve done!


 William Wilkerson, Newsletter Editor

Distinguished Woman Philosopher 2011 – Jennifer Saul‏

Via  Maeve M. O’Donovan, Executive Secretary, Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy:

The Society for Women in Philosophy is happy to announce that the winner of the 2011 Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award is Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield).

Jenny Saul has demonstrated courage and leadership, and she is leading feminists forward to new ways of thinking and connecting. We applaud Dr. Saul’s willingness to take a public stand against sexism everywhere, especially in our profession. She is one of the founders of and co-bloggers for Feminist Philosophers, an excellent, trans-continental forum for highlighting gender-bias in the academy. The Feminist Philosophers blog has become a wonderful example of collective feminist work that has led to other initiatives like the “Gendered Conference Campaign,” “What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy?” and “What are we Doing about What it is Like” message boards. Dr. Saul has also directed SWIP UK, helped to implement the ‘woman-friendly initiative award’ and will be co-chairing the SWIP/British Philosophical Association‘s Sub-Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. Her work on implicit bias has done much to bring in allies to the advancement of women in philosophy, including many who would not ordinarily consider themselves feminist. Her scholarship in Philosophy of Language is also most notable and there is much praise for her book, Feminism: Issues and Arguments. Dr. Saul has done a great deal to make all our lives better and, as both a mentor and scholar, her colleagues have found her to be most worthy of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award.

  • Rosemarie Tong, Mecklenburg County Medical Society Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics, Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, UNC Charlotte, co-chair, Distinguished Woman Philosopher Committee
  • Jennifer Scuro, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies (effective September 2011), Director, Women’s Studies Program, The College of New Rochelle,  co-chair, Distinguished Woman Philosopher Committee

CFP: Feminist bioethics in Rotterdam


ROTTERDAM, JUNE 25-27, 2012

The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2012 Congress. The Congress theme is Generations: Imagining the Future to Promote Health and Justice.  Submissions on any topic in feminist bioethics are welcome.

Paper abstracts should be 300 words, accompanied by both a descriptive title for the paper proposed and 2-3 keywords. Proposed panels should include a 300-word description of the overall topic and objectives of the panel, as well as a panel title and the titles of all the papers to be included in the panel.  All submissions should include the names, e-mail addresses, and full affiliations of all authors.  In cases of panels and co-authored papers, please identify a corresponding author. One or two submitted papers may be selected for plenary presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for a plenary, please submit the full paper and indicate that you seek review for a plenary.

The conference organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical cultural studies (gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, etc.), law, public health, and others. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers.  Please provide enough detail for reviewers to be able to assess your proposal for a paper or panel from the abstract. The abstract should include a clear statement of method, thesis, and conclusion, and indicate what participants will learn from your presentation.

The theme of Generations should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but should not be limited to:

– New social patterns in reproduction (reproductive tourism, assisted reproductive technologies, surrogacy, etc.)

– The distinctive moral status and needs of children

– Caregiving across generations (eldercare, child care, etc.)

– Intergenerational justice

– Reproductive rights and justice

– Access to maternal and child health care

– Re-imagining the family and familial responsibilities

– Environmental justice across generations

– Re-imagining the future

– Adoption and the creation of families

– The value and social meaning of biological ties between generations

– Prolonging life

– The next generation of feminist bioethics

– Sustaining and shaping communities over time

 Submissions (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) should be e-mailed to by December 1, 2011. This e-mail address should only be used for communications concerning submissions, and not for general conference or FAB inquiries.

 Vol 6, no.2 of the International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) will be based on the proceedings of the 2012 FAB Conference.  All papers presented at the conference, or whose abstracts were accepted, will be eligible for inclusion in this issue of IJFAB. Once abstracts are accepted, they will be forwarded to the Editorial Office of IJFAB, which will follow up with instructions to authors about submission and review processes. To be included in the conference issue papers must submitted in IJFAB style to the Editorial Office no later than August 15, 2012. The issue will appear in November 2013. FAB encourages all conference presenters to submit their papers to IJFAB for review. Authors who do not wish to have their papers reviewed for inclusion in IJFAB should indicate this when submitting an abstract.