CFP: Foreigners in Philosophy workshop

Foreigners in Philosophy workshop
University of California, Berkeley, March 29, 2016
Invited Speaker: Teresa Blankmeyer Burke

There is a dimension of diversity and inclusiveness that has not been addressed in our profession yet: the aspect of being a foreigner, i.e. a person who, given their country of origin and/or native language(s), is considered “non-native” in the location where they work or study. The category of foreigner is ripe for philosophical exploration. Given the dearth of literature on how being a foreigner interacts with the practice of philosophy, and the lack of understanding of how the category of foreigner intersects with other socially relevant categories like gender, race, disability, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation, this workshop will open new ground and expand our efforts to make our profession more inclusive.
This workshop will be held on March 29, 2016, on Berkeley campus, right before the meeting of the Pacific APA in San Francisco.

Topics to consider include, but are not limited to:
•Ontology and epistemology of the category of foreigner.
•Intersectionality: How does the category of foreigner interact with other socially relevant categories?
•Diversity in usage of English and the role of the English language in philosophy:
•Deaf Philosophy
•Accented Philosophy (non-native or regional accent; distinctive writing styles of speakers of English as a second language).
•Foreign philosophers and testimonial injustice.
•Philosophy and the English language.
•Language competence and philosophical competence.
•Identity politics
•What is it like to be a foreigner in philosophy and academia?

We accept long abstracts (up to 1,000 words) prepared for anonymous review. Submissions should be sent in a .doc or .pdf format to, with the subject “foreigners in philosophy”.  Include your personal information in the body of the email (name, institutional affiliation, paper title, e-mail address). There will be a limited number of travel grants available for underemployed and graduate students. If you are interested in applying for a travel grant, please indicate so in your email, with a brief description of the reasons why you apply for it.
Deadline for submissions:
February 4, 2016. Notifications will be sent by February 15.

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

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