Gender, Race, and Sexuality Conference

Gender, Race, and Sexuality Conference in Barcelona: Issues in Philosophical Methodology

Dates: 25-26 June 2012
Venue: Residència Investigadors del CSIC (c.Hospital 64, Barcelona)

The topic of the conference will include issues in connection with gender, race, and sexuality, with special attention to methodological considerations in “applied” (analytic) philosophy.

Invited Speakers

Joshua Glasgow (Sonoma State University)
Sally Haslanger (MIT)
Ed Stein (Cardozo School of Law)


Submissions of full papers (up to 4000 words) plus 250 word abstract are invited. Please send them in suitable form for anonymous reviewing as .pdf attachments to The closing date for submissions is 1 April 2012. We expect to confirm which papers have been accepted by the end of April. Accommodation expenses for authors of accepted submissions will be covered; unfortunately we cannot cover travel expenses.

Organized by

Dan López de Sa (ICREA-Universitat de Barcelona), with the auspices of LOGOS. Sponsored by the Catalan Government (2011ARCS100104) and the Spanish Government (FFI2011-14934-E and Ingenio-Consolider PERSP S2, CSD2009-00056).

Scientific Committee

Josep Corbí (València)
Esa Díaz-León (Manitoba)
Dan López de Sa (ICREA-UB)
Genoveva Martí (ICREA-UB)
José Martínez (UB)
Mari Mikkola (Humboldt)
Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)
Pepa Toribio (ICREA-UAB)

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5 thoughts on “Gender, Race, and Sexuality Conference

  1. I get what applied ethics is, but applied analytic philosophy is less clear to me. Similarly, i’m wondering about race and methodology. Maybe someone could give an example or two?

    I’m sure I’m being dense…

  2. I guess I’m still unclear what they mean by methodological considerations in applied analytic phil. Partly that may be because a lot of work on GRP I would think of as presupposing (at least often appropriately) answers to a lot of methodological questions.

    What I’m saying may reflect my own concerns and confusions. E.g., i think that ordinary psychological notions, while ineliminable from normative discourse, don’t give us the sort of kind terms we need for systematic causal discourse. That problem seems to me to fit their description literally, but I’d bet they mean something else.

  3. I cannot speak for the conference organizers, but when I think of methodological questions in philosophy of race, leaving aside gender and sexuality, some of the questions that come to mind are those concerning which (if any) tools from philosophy of language and metaphysics are appropriate to use in debates about the reality of race and the appropriateness of race-talk, and when those tools are profitably deployed, as well as questions about the proper use of various kinds of data (experimental, armchair, etc.). For just a few relatively recent examples, see Ron Mallon’s article in Ethics (, Sally Haslanger in The Monist (, and myself in PPR ( But even leaving aside gender and sexuality, there are arguably several other methodological questions, too (e.g., about the use of phenomenology, the nature of acceptable analyses…).

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