CFP: trans* experience in philosophy

Call for papers:

Trans* Experience in Philosophy Conference-

May 13-15, 2016, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Extended Submission Deadline: January 10, 2016

This conference aims to explore the intersections between transgender studies and philosophy by bringing philosophical reflections to bear on trans* experience, representation, identity, and politics. We welcome papers that engage a variety of issues or topics, including but not limited to trans* embodiment, ethical concerns specific to trans* persons, the relationship between transgender studies and feminist philosophy, and how classical philosophical frameworks might elucidate aspects of trans* experience. Through these reflections, we also hope to interrogate our understanding and practice of inclusivity in academia. Considering the attention given to the status of women in philosophy in more recent years, we are particularly interested in addressing the practices, content, and implicit biases of philosophy with regard to non-conforming genders and non-cisgender bodies.

Papers engaging with trans* experience and perspectives broadly construed from all philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches are welcome. Priority will be given to submissions with an intersectional emphasis and, when relevant, of those directly affected by or self-reflectively allied with the trans* persons.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher and Dr. C. Riley Snorton

Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:

Trans* experience at the intersection of race, class, sexuality, (dis)ability,

nationality, coloniality, etc.

Methodological, political, and philosophical debates between feminist philosophy

and transgender studies

Transfeminism/Queer feminism

Trans* exclusion in feminism

Pedagogical and professional barriers for trans* persons

Ambiguity, alterity, and/or fluidity of gender in western and non-western contexts

Non-binary identities and/or experiences of gender in postcolonial contexts

The coloniality of gender, trans* experience, and the possibility of decolonial


Discursive practices of pathologization and normalization in law, medicine, education, etc.
Cis exclusivity, normativity, and privilege in philosophy as a discipline
Trans* embodiment
Trans* issues in applied ethics
Trans perspectives as methodology
Gender diversity, globalization, and capitalism
Trans* issues at the intersection of imperialism and gender
Transnationalism and transgender
Please send your submission to, in one Word document to by January 10, 2016. In the body of the email message, please include: your paper or panel title, name, institutional affiliation, e- mail address, surface mail address, and phone number. All submissions will be anonymously reviewed.

Individual Papers

Please submit a completed paper of no more than 3000 words, along with an abstract of 100-250 words, for anonymous review. Your document must include: paper title, abstract of 100-250 words, and your paper, with no identifying information. The word count (max. 3000) should appear on the top of the first page of your paper.


Please clearly mark your submission as a panel submission both in the body of the e- mail and on the submission itself. Your submission should include the panel title and all three abstracts and papers in one document, along with word counts (no more than 3000 for each paper).

If you have any questions about the conference email the conference committee at

**This conference is generously supported by Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy through a Hypatia Diversity Project Grant.**

Megan M. Burke, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Program of Gender and Women’s Studies
Oklahoma State University