Who is Where? Why? And is it Just?

That’s the title of a CPA blog post by Letitia Meynell, approaching questions of equity in the profession as questions about population-selection pressures:

Basically, it boils down to asking three questions: What is the distribution of various groups? How did they get where they are? And is the situation just?

Regarding the first question, ceteris paribus one would expect the population of professional Canadian philosophers to reflect, roughly, the Canadian population at large—half women, 15 out of 20 white, 1 in 20 Indigenous, 1 in 10 having a disability of some kind (and so on). Choose your preferred level of statistical significance and that will tell you how much divergence from this is too surprising to be the result of chance.

The second question simply tries to understand what caused this divergence from the general population. I find it useful to think about this in terms of selection processes, analogous to those discussed in evolutionary biology (though, obviously, without inheritance playing a role). After all, we are talking about populations and how various subpopulations with socially significant traits find themselves in environments (i.e., academia in general and philosophy in particular) that are more or less conducive to their academic and personal flourishing.

Read the full essay here.

Feminist Philosophy Quarterly has moved

Readers and writers will find that if one uses, as the URL for our journal, feministphilosophyquarterly.com, it now redirects to a new site on an Open Journal Systems platform. We welcome new submissions there! We also have all of our previous issues at the new site (click on Archives at the top of it or View All Issues at the bottom). If you go to the old BePress site, you will find only a link to the new page, so you’re encouraged to update your bookmarks now.

Scroll down on the home page to see the current issue includes:

Marie Draz, Burning it in? Nietzsche, Gender, and Externalized Memory

Samantha N. Wesch, Resisting Ilsa: Foucaultian Ethics and the Sexualization of Nazism

Symposium: Author Meets Critics, Disorientation and Moral Life by Ami Harbin

Critics: Cressida J. Heyes, Dislocation and Self-Certainty

Ted Rutland, Disoriented Life

Liat Ben-Moshe, Dis-orientation, Dis-epistemology and Abolition

Response: Ami Harbin

CFA for SAF at Central APA, Denver

Society for Analytical Feminism

Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS by July 6, 2018

SAF Session at the Central Division APA 2019

Denver, CO, February 20-23, 2019

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The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions of abstracts of papers or proposals for a session at the 2019 Central Division APA meeting in Denver.

Deadline: July 6, 2018

The Society seeks abstracts of works that examine feminist issues by methods broadly construed as analytic, or that discuss the use of analytic philosophical methods as applied to feminist issues. Authors should submit abstracts for papers of a length appropriate to a 20-minute presentation time. (If you are proposing an author-meets-critics session, involving multiple people, we welcome that information but expect an abstract-length proposal indicating that the author has confirmed to you their intention to participate, as well as indication of the relevance of the book/author to a SAF session, such as the themes to be discussed.)

Please delete all self-identifying references from your abstract to ensure anonymity. Send submissions as a Word or PDF attachment with the subject line SAF AT APA to Kathryn Norlock (kathrynnorlock at gmail dot com). Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 6, 2018. Graduate students or underfunded professionals whose papers are accepted will be eligible for the Society’s $350 Travel Stipend. Please indicate in your email if you fall into one of these categories and wish to be considered for the stipend.

 

SAF seeking nominees to Exec

The Society for Analytical Feminism is an APA-affiliated group that organizes two sessions at every division-meeting of the APA. We encourage feminist philosophers to consider nominations (self- or other) to the two vacant positions on the Executive Committee and be part of shaping APA programs. (Please submit nominations by email to safnomination at gmail dot com.)

For current members of the Society for Analytical Feminism, it is time to consider nominating oneself or others for elections, and also a good time to renew annual membership dues. (Dues may be paid on our website; see the membership page for details.)

The SAF nominations committee hereby issues this call for nominations for two vacant positions on the Executive Committee. The two positions open are President and Executive Committee member. Thanks to the officers vacating these positions for their years of service and their dedication.

Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by any current member of the SAF.  For the purposes of this election, “current member” means “dues paid at least through the 2018-19 academic year.” If your membership dues are not up to date but you wish to participate in this election, you are welcome to do so provided your dues are paid by July 31, 2018.

If you are nominating someone other than yourself, the nominee should be consulted and agree to be nominated and must also be/become a current member of the SAF.  The nominations committee will confirm that all nominees are willing to serve.  Candidates will be asked to submit statements about themselves and their reasons for running to aid voters in their decision-making.

The Executive Committee consists of 4 members in total, including the President and Secretary/Treasurer, each of whom serves 3-year terms. For more details, please see the SAF constitution and by-laws on our website.

Nominations for this election will close on Friday, July 13 at 11:59 pm PST.  Voting will take place electronically from Monday, July 16 through July 31.

Please submit nominations by email to safnomination at gmail dot com.

Nominating Committee: Myisha Cherry (ex officio), Anita Superson, Susanne Sreedhar

 

Zheng: Precarity is a Feminist Issue

‘In her article, “Precarity is a Feminist Issue: Gender and Contingent Labor in the Academy,” Robin Zheng establishes that two common myths—“the myth of meritocracy” and “the myth of work as its own reward”—not only reinforce the academic job crisis but also have gendered origins, ultimately allowing gender stereotypes and job insecurity to reinforce one another within the discipline of Philosophy.’

Read the full interview at The Philosopher’s Eye.

CFA: Analytical Feminism at Central APA 2019 in Denver

Society for Analytical Feminism

Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS by July 6, 2018

SAF Session at the Central Division APA

Denver, CO, February 20-23, 2019

 PLEASE POST AND SHARE

 The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions of abstracts of papers or proposals for a session at the 2019 Central Division APA meeting in Denver. The Society seeks abstracts of works that examine feminist issues by methods broadly construed as analytic, or that discuss the use of analytic philosophical methods as applied to feminist issues. Authors should submit abstracts for papers of a length appropriate to a 20-minute presentation time. (If you are proposing an author-meets-critics session, involving multiple people, we welcome that information but expect an abstract-length proposal indicating that the author has confirmed to you their intention to participate, as well as indication of the relevance of the book/author to a SAF session, such as the themes to be discussed.)

Please delete all self-identifying references from your abstract to ensure anonymity. Send submissions as a Word or PDF attachment with the subject line SAF AT APA to Kathryn Norlock (kathrynnorlock at gmail dot com). Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 6, 2018. Graduate students or underfunded professionals whose papers are accepted will be eligible for the Society’s $350 Travel Stipend. Please indicate in your email if you fall into one of these categories and wish to be considered for the stipend.

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The Society for Analytical Feminism provides a forum for the discussion of issues concerning analytical feminism. Its purpose is to promote the study of issues in feminism by methods broadly construed as analytic, to examine the use of analytic methods as applied to feminist issues, and to provide a means by which those interested in Analytical Feminism may meet and exchange ideas. The Society annually organizes sessions for the Eastern Division, Central Division, and Pacific Division meetings. Membership in the Society is open to all who are interested in and concerned with issues in Analytical Feminism. Annual dues are $25 for regularly employed members, $15 for students, unemployed, underemployed, and retired members. For more information about SAF, including membership form, please visit our website.

CFP: SAF at Eastern APA in NYC

Society for Analytical Feminism

Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition

CALL FOR PAPERS

SAF Session at the Eastern Division APA

New York, NY, January 7-10, 2019

 

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The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions for a session at the 2019 Eastern Division APA meetings in New York. The Society seeks papers that examine feminist issues by methods broadly construed as analytic, or discuss the use of analytic philosophical methods as applied to feminist issues. Authors should submit full papers of a length appropriate to a 20-minute presentation time. Papers greatly exceeding 3,500 words will not be considered.

Please delete all self-identifying references from your submission to ensure anonymity. Send submissions as a Word or PDF attachment with the subject line SAF AT APA to Kathryn Norlock (kathrynnorlock at gmail dot com). Deadline for submissions: Friday, June 1, 2018. Graduate students or underfunded professionals whose papers are accepted will be eligible for the Society’s $350 Travel Stipend. Please indicate in your email if you fall into one of these categories and wish to be considered for the stipend.

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The Society for Analytical Feminism provides a forum for the discussion of issues concerning analytical feminism. Its purpose is to promote the study of issues in feminism by methods broadly construed as analytic, to examine the use of analytic methods as applied to feminist issues, and to provide a means by which those interested in Analytical Feminism may meet and exchange ideas. The Society annually organizes sessions for the Eastern Division, Central Division, and Pacific Division meetings. Membership in the Society is open to all who are interested in and concerned with issues in Analytical Feminism. Annual dues are $25 for regularly employed members, $15 for students, unemployed, underemployed, and retired members. For more information about SAF, including membership form, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/site/analyticalfeminism/

FPQ 4.1 published

Feminist Philosophy Quarterly announces the publication of the first issue of 2018: Volume 4, Issue 1.

Articles

Helga Varden, “Kant on Sex. Reconsidered. — A Kantian account of sexuality: sexual love, sexual identity, and sexual orientation”

Iva Apostolova and Elaina Gauthier-Mamaril, “Care and the Self: A Philosophical Perspective on Constructing Active Masculinities”

Dilek Huseyinzadegan, “For What Can the Kantian Feminist Hope? Constructive Complicity in Appropriations of the Canon”

Robin Zheng, “Bias, Structure, and Injustice: A Reply to Haslanger”

Call for Abstracts by 2/15: 35th Social Philosophy Conference

Thirty-Fifth International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy, with the Department of Philosophy, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

July 19-21, 2018

Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to:

Health, Well-being, and Society

We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.

Submission Deadline:  February 15, 2018. Please submit a 300 word abstract at our website: http://www.northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy.org/call-for-abstracts/

Questions? Email: contact [at] northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy [dot] org.

The Program Committee:

Kathryn Norlock, Trent University (chair)

Geoff Karabin, Neumann University

Jennifer Szende, Trent University

Local host:  Mark Navin, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Members of the Program Committee may be reached at: program [at] northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy [dot] org

NASSP Support for International Presenters

The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada.

NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students:

The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.

The winners of the annual prizes each receive $300. The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.

The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings.

Those who want to be considered for this award should send their full papers on or before February 15 to gradaward [at] northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy [dot] org – and they should also submit abstracts to the site by February 15, 2018.

Keynote speakers for 2018

NASSP is pleased to announce that S. Matthew Liao and Serene Khader will deliver the keynote addresses for the 2018 International Social Philosophy Conference in July.  Stay tuned for more information.

Some possible paper topics include:

  • Public goods and citizen well-being
  • Civil obligation and social welfare
  • Holding elected officials accountable
  • Duties of Citizenship
  • The ethics of healthy living
  • Violence, society, and well-being
  • Education and societal flourishing
  • Inclusion versus marginalization
  • Health and marginalized communities
  • Free-markets and the common good
  • Defining health
  • Public institutions and well-being
  • The status of community in an age of political division
  • Entertainment, sport, and well-being.
  • Religious belief as a source of societal flourishing or disruption
  • The macro and micro dimensions of societal flourishing
  • Public Health and the Public Good
  • Food, Water, and Human Rights
  • Resource allocation
  • Immunization and social responsibility
  • Global health justice
  • Ableism and Public Health
  • Disability, accommodation, and the basic structure
  • Health, well-being and urban justice
  • Distributive Justice and Public Health
  • The social dimensions of well-being
  • Healthism
  • Bias in Health
  • Defining well-being
  • Health and Capabilities
  • Capabilities Well-being
  • Biopolitics and Biopower
  • Harm Reduction and Philosophy

 

CFA by March 15: Insiders and Outsiders

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for CSWIP at Cape Breton University, September 28-30, 2018
Feminist Philosophy: Insiders and Outsiders

 Keynote address: Professor Alice Crary (Oxford), Feminist Theory as an Exercise of Encountering the World Inside Ethics.

We invite papers and panel proposals from all areas of philosophy and philosophical approaches lying within or outside feminist philosophy. While feminist philosophy challenges traditional theoretical methods those challenges can lead to an array of tensions and conflicts within feminist philosophy and between feminist and mainstream philosophy. Within pluralist approaches that may strengthen or reject accepted forms of philosophical critique, who are rendered outsiders and who become insiders? Who can wield forms of power others cannot and who can bring philosophy to new areas of discovery? This conference asks participants to consider how feminist philosophy might further inform or become more informed by traditional and alternative theory and practice. Papers and panels are invited to respond, however broadly, to the following sorts of questions:

• What are the limits of engaging in feminist philosophy? What challenges do feminist philosophical discourse and theory face? How might philosophy become more inclusive of different theoretical approaches, or more protective of established feminist methods? Is there an obligation for philosophers to be inclusive of theoretical or representational diversity?

• What forms of pedagogy enhance or limit feminist philosophy and its aims to recognize and encourage inclusivity? How might technology remove or increase pedagogical obstacles? How best can academics serve as models and mentors to the wider community or to recent and upcoming graduates?

• How should philosophers orient feminist approaches to core philosophical topics and issues? Can feminist philosophy better respond to historical theory and method, or better represent its own history and proponents?

• How can philosophy respond more publicly and proactively toward current pressing moral, social, and political issues such as violence against women, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry, genocide, infanticide, sexual assault, or other serious threats to girls’ and women’s lives? What empirically grounded approaches might complement or inspire such responsiveness? How can philosophers better respond through social engagement, public policy, or community activism?

• How might feminist philosophy or other critical approaches (e.g. race, disability, or queer theory) challenge the scope of traditional philosophical topics and issues (perhaps through including non-human animals in theorizing or through challenging theory or method in light of practical issues and concerns)?

Abstracts Due: March 15, 2018 (1000w)

Responses to Submissions: April 30, 2018

Conference Date: September 28-30, 2018

Submit to: CSWIPCBU2018 at gmail dot com

  1. Please email the abstract as a double-spaced document in Word, prepared for fully anonymous review.
  2. Rooms are wheelchair accessible. Speakers and panellists will use microphones. There will be a quiet room. Baby change tables are available in washrooms. CART for the keynote address will be provided (additional CART use pending funding and requirement). Childcare is available if needed, please indicate by July 15, 2018.
  3. We encourage all graduate students to submit their papers for consideration for the 2018 Jean Harvey Student Award. To do so, please indicate in the body of your email that you would like for the paper to be considered. In that case, the completed paper, not exceeding 3000 words and prepared for anonymous review, must be submitted by 12am EST July 15, 2018.