A Mother’s Day video, harassment, and an Open Letter of Support

For Mother’s Day, Prof. Rachel McKinnon (College of Charleston) offered a video in her Making Gender Make Sense series both, as she said in a previous introduction to it, to thank the mothers of trans people (including her own mother), and also to talk a bit about trans women as parents and how or why one might celebrate Mother’s Day. Since that video, she has been the target of harassment and hate speech. An Open Letter in Support of Professor Rachel McKinnon has now been put together by Prof. R.A. Briggs (Stanford University) and can be signed online here.

Social Philosophy: Extension of CFP deadline

Thirty-Fourth International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy

with the Department of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago

July 13-15, 2017

Scholars maintaining boycotts of travel to the USA who had planned on submitting are being encouraged to submit their abstracts (we are extending our deadline by one week to February 22nd).  In the event of your submission’s acceptance, we are exploring the possibility of a limited number of off-site presentation slots (e.g., by Skype) being made available for those honoring the boycott.

Please submit a 300 word abstract at: http://www.northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy.org/call-for-abstracts/

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

Justice: Social, Criminal, Juvenile

Some possible paper topics include:

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CFP: Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain style

Rocky Mountain Division

American Society for Aesthetics

Call for Papers

The Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 7-9, 2017.

The submission deadline is March 1, 2017. Please send proposals as 200 word abstracts and offers to organize panels to: aesthetics.rmd at gmail dot com

Manuel Davenport Keynote Address: Mary Devereaux

Mary Devereaux, Ph.D., is a philosopher and bioethicist at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Much of her work in aesthetics is dedicated to feminist issues and moral critiques of the power of art. Articles such as “Beauty and Evil: The Case of Leni Riefenstahl’s ‘Triumph of the Will’”; “ Moral Judgments and Works of Art: The Case of Narrative Literature.”; “Oppressive Texts, Resisting Readers and the Gendered Spectator: The New Aesthetics,” ; “More Than ‘Meets the Eye’. Autonomy and its Feminist Critics.”; “ Protected Space: Politics, Censorship, and the Arts” have influenced a generation of scholars interested in film theory, literary theory and feminist aesthetics.

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NEH Summer Institute: Philosophy and Sexual Violence

The application deadline is March 1 for the NEH Summer Institute, “Diverse Philosophical Approaches to Sexual Violence,” directed by Ann J. Cahill and to be held at Elon University in North Carolina. Feminist philosophers will appreciate the central themes including embodiment, consent, and the role of the state! The visiting scholars contributing to the Institute include Debra Bergoffen, Susan Brison, Louise du Toit, Nicola Gavey, Renée Heberle, and Sarah Clark Miller.

Symposium on Claudia Card in Metaphilosophy

Feminist philosophers, the newest issue of Metaphilosophy includes a symposium on the scholarship of Claudia Card. She would have loved this. Check it out:

Metaphilosophy, Vol. 47 Issue 4-5, October 2016

Symposium on the Philosophy of Claudia Card

Edited by Robin S. Dillon and Armen T. Marsoobian

Introductory Note, Armen T. Marsoobian

The Challenges of Extreme Moral Stress: Claudia Card’s Contributions to the Formation of Nonideal Ethical Theory, Kathryn J. Norlock

Hate Crime Legislation Reconsidered, Marcia Baron

Misplaced Gratitude and the Ethics of Oppression, Robin May Schott

Surviving Evils and the Problem of Agency: An Essay Inspired by the Work of Claudia Card, Diana Tietjens Meyers

Radical Moral Imagination and Moral Luck, Mavis Biss

The American Girl: Playing with the Wrong Dollie?, Victoria Davion

Perpetrators and Social Death: A Cautionary Tale, Lynne Tirrell

Claudia Card’s Concept of Social Death: A New Way of Looking at Genocide, James Snow

Put that pantsuit back on

Feminists, the results of the 2016 elections in the U.S.A. are as bad as you think they are. I appreciate the observations of my friends and colleagues that the effects of the elections will be bad — for too many, dangerous — and have long-term consequences for decades. Many are disappointed, heart-broken, afraid. Those feelings make sense and can lay one low.

When you’re ready, though, remember that this is not our first rodeo, that we didn’t really believe racism and sexism were ever actually gone, and that we are still here. We still gave more of the popular vote to a feminist woman than the President-Elect received, and the single best hope of reducing the amount of harm before us is to start the race for seats in the House of Representatives in two years.

You might have worn a pantsuit yesterday or all-white clothing in honor of the suffragettes, a t-shirt saying you’re with her or that today, pussy grabs back. You probably need a break from even looking at that sticker, pin, or yard sign that you sported with hope. But when you’re ready, we’re going to need you to, metaphorically speaking, put that pantsuit right back on.

I heard a bit of the victory speech by Trump today, the portion in which he said that running for President was the hardest thing he’s ever done. Get ready to make it harder — after you catch up on that lost sleep, of course. Before you fight the patriarchy, you must have something to eat.

FPQ 2.2

The Fall 2016 issue of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly is online, and includes the following three peer-reviewed articles as well as an invited collection. In the two weeks since we pressed publish, our peer-reviewed authors have enjoyed, on average, one hundred downloads each. Would you like that kind of readership? Submit your work to FPQ! Come for the triply anonymized peer-review processes, and stay for the download rates. As always, we are open-access, free for authors and free for readers, thanks to the free publishing platform provided by Western University and the grants and support from York University, University of Waterloo, and the Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics at Trent University.

Published in FPQ 2.2:

Barrett Emerick, “Love and Resistance: Moral Solidarity in the Face of Perceptual Failure”

Claire A. Lockard, “Unhappy Confessions: The Temptation of Admitting to White Privilege”

Kurt M. Blankschaen, “Allied Identities

Invited Collection, The Challenge of Epistemic Responsibility: Essays in Honour of Lorraine Code

Anna Mudde, “Introduction to The Challenge of Epistemic Responsibility: Essays in Honour of Lorraine Code”

Christine M. Koggel, “The Epistemological and the Moral/Political in Epistemic Responsibility: Beginnings and Reworkings in Lorraine Code’s Work”

Susan Dieleman, “Responsibilism and the Analytic-Sociological Debate in Social Epistemology”

Catherine Maloney, “From Epistemic Responsibility to Ecological Thinking: The Importance of Advocacy for Epistemic Community”

Alexis Shotwell, “Fierce Love: What We Can Learn about Epistemic Responsibility from Histories of AIDS Advocacy”

Lorraine Code, “Knowing Responsibly, Thinking Ecologically: Response to Panelists”

Sandra Lee Bartky, 1935-2016

With sadness, we note the death of Prof. Sandra Lee Bartky. Sandy Bartky was a Professor Emerita with the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was also part of the Women’s Studies program from its inception. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Her areas of expertise included existential philosophy, phenomenology, critical theory, Heidegger, Marxism, postmodernism, and feminist theory.

Sandy Bartky was a founding member of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP), from its formation in Chicago in 1971, and she attended almost every meeting of their Midwest division for many years. The importance of feminists in philosophy to her own personal and scholarly fulfillment is vividly described in her introduction to her widely cited and best-known work, Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression (Routledge 1990).

It is difficult to do justice to her influence on generations of students and colleagues. Her work was so formative and transformative, perhaps because of her experience as a founder of SWIP. As she says, describing that initial gathering, “Clearly, if there were to be such a thing as feminist philosophy, we who were philosophers and feminists would have to invent it.” It is not a coincidence, and was rather her aim, that so many of us who read her work were shaped by it, shaken into new awareness of ourselves, and expanded by our appreciation of feminist philosophies. She notes in F&D, “Most of my writing is meant to offer occasions for consciousness-raising… I hoped that ‘Toward a Phenomenology of Feminist Consciousness‘ would explain to non-feminists, or not-yet-feminists, what we were about; indeed, I was trying to seduce them.”

Today, as it happens, one of my students, a first-year who is already interested in political and social theory, came to my office hours and asked, “What’s Phenomenology?” I wish I had known that Sandy was leaving us even as I introduced her to a member of the newest generation of university students. I’m so grateful that she continues to raise our consciousnesses, one reader at a time, to seduce us, to make plain our assumptions and move us to know ourselves.

It is something of a custom to share an excerpt of an author’s work in our acknowledgement of their death. I give you just an excerpt of “Toward a Phenomenology of Feminist Consciousness.” If it is tantalizing, seducing, if you want more, if it accomplishes a twinge in your awareness and even a political intervention, then her influence continues, and her endeavor to persuade you to share her endeavors is accomplished. Pessimists, set your pessimism aside, because there is no time for it here. Bartky’s perspective is entirely informed by awareness of the possibilities.

The very meaning of what the feminist apprehends is illuminated by the light of what ought to be. …To say that feminist consciousness is the experience in a certain way of certain specific contradictions in the social order is to say that the feminist apprehends certain features of social reality as intolerable, as to be rejected in behalf of a transforming project for the future. …What Sartre would call her “transcendence,” her project of negation and transformation, makes possible what are specifically feminist ways of apprehending contradictions in the social order. Women workers who are not feminists know that they receive unequal pay for equal work, but they may think that the arrangement is just; the feminist sees this situation as an instance of exploitation and an occasion for struggle. Feminists are not aware of different things than other people; they are aware of the same things differently. Feminist consciousness, it might be ventured, turns a “fact” into a “contradiction”; often, features of social reality are first apprehended as contradictory, as in conflict with one another, or as disturbingly out of phase with one another, from the vantage point of a radical project of transformation.

Thus, we understand what we are and where we are in the light of what we are not yet. But the perspective from which I understand the world must be rooted in the world, too.

REVISED deadline for SAF at Pacific APA: Sep.10

REVISED CFP: SAF Session at the Pacific Division APA 2017

Want to go to Seattle? Then speed something to us!

NEW Deadline for submissions: September 10, 2016.

Society for Analytical Feminism

Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition

CALL FOR PAPERS or Proposals

SAF Session at the Pacific Division APA, Westin Seattle, Seattle, Washington, April 12-15, 2017

The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions for a session at the 2017 Pacific Division APA meetings.

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 an extended abstract, as detailed as possible (up to 1000 words) accompanied by a bibliography, outlining papers appropriate to a 20-minute presentation time. Please delete all self-identifying references from your submission to ensure anonymity.

If you are proposing a panel or author-meets-critics session, we will require the names of all participants in this panel (and titles and abstracts of panel presentations).

Send submissions as a word attachment to Kathryn Norlock with the subject line, SAF AT PACIFIC APA, to (kathrynnorlock at gmail dot com), on or before September 10, 2016.

Graduate students or underfunded professionals whose papers are accepted will be eligible for the Society’s $250 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 where issues concerning analytical feminism may be openly discussed and examined. 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 meets yearly at the Central Division meetings of the APA and frequently organizes sessions for the Eastern Division and Pacific Divisions.

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.