Lots and lots of men are speaking at NYU

NYU is hosting a lot of gendered events. A lot. So many that I’m not going to create separate posts for all of them, because I have other things to do with my time. Scroll through these pages for all the details:



Some of the gendered events aren’t particularly problematic – for example, those that only involve two speakers. But the overall picture is pretty striking (on the ‘Research Workshops’ page I counted 34 events, only 8 of which, by my quick count, involved any women), as is the number of multi-speaker events with no women speaking.


UPDATE: Several people have asked that we clarify this post to emphasize that it is the New York Institute of Philosophy, and not the NYU philosophy department, which is hosting these events. (NB: The original post doesn’t mention the NYU philosophy department. It just says that lots of men are speaking at NYU. Which they are.) So just to be clear: these events are put on by the NYIP, and hosted at NYU, but not organized by the NYU philosophy department. According to their website, “The New York Institute of Philosophy is a research center housed within the NYU Department of Philosophy. It funds multi-year research projects on particular themes, as well as public lectures, conferences and workshops.”

NOV 30 Deadline: CFA SWIP UK Conference

Don’t forget….

Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstracts (of up to 500 words) for 30-minute presentations on the theme of feminism in/and philosophy. Please email your abstracts to oxfordswip2014 AT gmail.com by 30 November, 2013. Travel within the UK and accommodation will be covered for speakers.

Conference Announcement

“[W]hen you are a woman and a philosopher,” writes Michèle Le Doeuff in Hipparchia’s choice, “it is useful to be a feminist in order to understand what is happening to you”. Like many productive relationships, the relationship between feminism and philosophy has never been easy. Feminists and philosophers alike have claimed that between the two there can be no real dialogue. Radical feminists argue that the history of philosophy is the history of a patriarchal institution, the values of truth and reason no more than tools of subordination. Many philosophers meanwhile dismiss the very idea of ‘feminist philosophy’ as a category error: a conflation of a political project with an epistemic one.

And yet, we now have a rich tradition of feminist philosophy: a tradition that embraces orthodox philosophical values while drawing on the concerns and interests and methods of feminism. But just what is feminist philosophy, and how is it possible? What is it to be a feminist philosopher, beyond being both a philosopher and a feminist? What is it do philosophy as a feminist? And what is to practice feminism through philosophy? How are we to reconcile the demands of theory and practice, the goals of truth and emancipation, the perspectives of the universal and the particular?

This set of questions will be the starting point for the Feminism in/and Philosophy conference, at All Souls College, Oxford, 27-29 March 2014. Invited speakers are Michèle Le Doeuff, Rae Langton and Jennifer Saul.

For more information, go here.

Men Talk About Suffering

Conference announcement for a gendered conference on suffering:


Registration is now open for a one day workshop on Suffering and Normativity.

The workshop will be held on 18 January, 2014, and is hosted by Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

What is suffering’s place in our rational lives? Suffering is traditionally taken to be an impediment to reason, but what roles might suffering play in supporting and assisting rational activity? Suffering arguably provides reasons for actions and beliefs, but might suffering also respond to reason? If so, might we sometimes be rationally criticizable for suffering or for failing to suffer?

Our aim at this workshop is to explore what and how suffering rationalizes and whether and how suffering itself is rational or irrational.

The day will be organized around the research of the following presenters:

Bastian Brock (Psychology, University of Queensland)

Jonathan Cohen (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego)

Matthew Fulkerson (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego)

Tom Johnstone (Psychology and Affective Neuroscience, University of Reading)

Manolo Martinez (Philosophy, Universitat de Barcelona)

The workshop is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and is part of the larger project: The Value of Suffering: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective Experiences. The Value of Suffering Project is an international, interdisciplinary research project whose aim is to foster multidisciplinary exploration of the roles that affective experiences—suffering in particular—play in our lives.

Though our website is currently under construction, more information about the Value of Suffering Project and our research team can currently be found at: http://www.davidbain.org/value-of-suffering-project

The role(s) of appearance

I’d love to get reactions to this two part vignette.  For example, how would you have reacted?  Am I being paranoid?  Etc.

I was recently talking about something with a white, male friend.  He interrupted to say, “before I forget, let me say how great you are looking.  Have you lost weight or something?”

Part One:  it took a while, but I realized after 5 or 10 minutes that in fact I experienced his remark in a way that made it unpleasant, in addition to its linkage with weight.  That is, physical appearance is for me connected to being an acceptable person.  So his remark came over as close to “Let me say you are really looking like an acceptable person.”. With an implication that before i didn’t or I fell below the level one notices.

Part Two:  I explained that I was certainly not alone among women in the US in linking appearance and perceive worth.  I mentioned a recent conversation I’d had with friends who said that they thought one would get better medical care if one turned up to an appointment looking well put together.He then remarked that it seemed we were prepared to dress up in order to get superior service.  I found that pretty irritating.

It may swift and harsh to say that I think he was behaving like a very privileged person who has no idea of the extent to which others’ actions may be shaped by a lack of that privilege, by their imposition of their values, etc.


Do know that though I am reporting how I reacted, these aren’t considered reactions that end with firm beliefs.  Except maybe the stuff about privilege.

CFP: Feminism: Body, Image, Power

2014 Call for Papers -19th Annual Philosophy Conference at Villanova University Sponsored by PGSU
Feminism: Body, Image, Power
Friday, March 21 – Saturday, March 22, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt)

“The personal is political,” the well-known slogan of the Women’s Liberation Movement, continues to demand that we explore the ways in which our most intimate embodied practices, experiences, and images can be the site of politics, and alternately, how politics are carried out and enacted in the desires, affects, self-consciousness, and relationships of personal and interpersonal life.  Focusing on the highly productive concepts of body, image, and power, this conference aims to engage in discussion of a number of philosophical themes, topics, and approaches that are feminist in method or that deal with the topic of feminism.  How does the body stand at the juncture of the public and the private?  How do our private and collective images conceal or reveal the intersections of imagination and representation?  How does power operate as the conjunction of identity, knowledge, and praxis?  Feminist philosophy and feminism more broadly has much to tell us about the nature of our embodiment, our imaginaries, and the power relations that structure our lived experience, and this conference welcomes papers and artwork that deal with these topics, broadly construed. While all papers addressing feminism and feminist issues, works, authors, etc. are welcome, we especially encourage papers that take on these perennial issues of feminism in a contemporary context.

Possible topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:
–       Public and private spaces of embodied experience
–       Biopolitics and new technologies
–       Reproductive rights, natality, and motherhood
–       Autonomy, dependency, and vulnerability
–       Feminism and affect theory, body image, and imagination in cultural productions (e.g. film and media)
–       Intersections of gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability
–       The relationship between critical phenomenology, feminist philosophy, and political activism
–       Reciprocity of feminist theory with queer theory, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, globalization, and environmental ethics
–       Feminism and psychoanalysis
–       Postfeminism and postmodern feminisms

The Philosophy Graduate Student Union at Villanova University welcomes individuals (including graduate students and faculty) to submit abstracts, papers, proposed panels or artist presentations to be considered for our conference. Please send submissions formatted for anonymous review to: conferences.library.villanova.edu/gradphil
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013