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:

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.

FPQ Issue 3.4 published

The ontology of pregnancy, resisting body-oppression, credibility and sexual assault, a map of the arrow of care, utilitarianism as good for women, and focus groups on women’s under-representation in philosophy, all await you at the new issue of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly!

Current Issue: Volume 3, Issue 4 (2017)


Audrey S. Yap, “Credibility Excess and the Social Imaginary in Cases of Sexual Assault”

Maja Sidzinska, “Not One, Not Two: Toward an Ontology of Pregnancy”

Sherri Irvin, “Resisting Body Oppression: An Aesthetic Approach”

Claire A. Lockard, Helen Meskhidze, Sean Wilson, Nim Batchelor, Stephen Bloch-Schulman, and Ann J. Cahill, “Using Focus Groups to Explore the Underrepresentation of Female-Identified Undergraduate Students in Philosophy”

Asha L. Bhandary, “The Arrow of Care Map: Abstract Care in Ideal Theory”

H. E. Baber, “Is Utilitarianism Bad for Women?”

CFP: Analysing Love (May 15, 2018)

AnaLize – Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a call for papers for a special issue on “Analysing Love”.

Submission deadline: May 15, 2018. The full CFP is here.

As a topic of scholarly analysis, love raises a variety of difficult questions: how do norms about love change, as social norms about gender roles are changing? Are the societies that we live in amatonormative, i.e. is romantic love between partners seen as central to human flourishing – and is this problematic? Can one love a robot – and can a robot be one’s friend? Can preference for specific genders, ethnicities or other attributes in lovers be the product of prejudice? Is there a right to be loved, and is love, or should it be, unconditional? Is love an emotion? Is it a disease? Why does love hurt? Questions such as these have increasingly captured the attention of researchers from several disciplines from philosophy to sociology, psychology or biology. In this special issue, we aim to provide a space in which these concerns can be explored from different scholarly perspectives.

We welcome manuscript proposals from any research area discussing, from a gender perspective, contemporary challenges of love. These can include explorations of topics such as (but not limited to):

Norms about love and gender justice
Love and marriage
Love and the family
Pregnancy, bonding and parental love
Love and technology
Enhancing love
Love and sex
Love and respect
Love and consent
Politics of love
Interspecies love
The ethics of love
What feminism has to say about love

CFP: Decolonial Feminisms, Nov.15 deadline

Scholars of Maria Lugones’s work or work related to it, here is a reminder that the deadline for submissions for the Toward Decolonial Feminisms conference is November 15, and individual paper and panel proposals are welcome.

This conference is an invitation to think with the work of philosopher, activist, and popular educator, María Lugones. Lugones’s work has been instrumental in calling attention to multiple worlds of sense, to the importance of coalitional emancipatory engagements, and to practice-based theorizing. Through her analysis of what she labels “the coloniality of gender” she has underscored the importance of the mutual engagement of feminist and decolonial theorizing in order to understand systems of oppression as complex interactions of economic, racializing, and gendering systems.
Speakers include: Linda Martín Alcoff, Michael Hames Garcia, Kathryn Gines, Sarah Hoagland, María Lugones, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, José Medina, Eduardo Mendieta, Mariana Ortega, Pedro di Pietro, Omar Rivera, Shireen Roshanravan, Alejandro Vallega
We welcome diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary engagements with the work of María Lugones and are particularly interested in catalyzing dialogues between work in feminist theory and in decolonial theory. We encourage you to submit a paper for the conference. More information can be found on our proposal submission page.

Summer program: PhilSci for Undergrads

The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a summer program in philosophy of science for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups this coming July (July 16-20, 2018).

The Pittsburgh Summer Program (PSP2) will feature two daily seminars about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (e.g., physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). Housing, meals, and transportation costs are covered by the program.

The organizers write:

We invite applications from North American female undergraduates, LGBT undergraduates, disabled undergraduates, undergraduates from racial and ethnic backgrounds, first generation undergraduates, and other undergraduates from groups underrepresented in philosophy of science. Exceptions may be granted to undergraduates not in these groups on a case-by-case basis (please explain your situation in your cover letter). Past coursework in philosophy of science is not a prerequisite for application to the Summer Program.

Applications are due March 1, 2018. For more information see the program’s website (

Victoria Davion, 1960-2017

We are sad to report the death of Prof. Victoria Davion on November 5, 2017, at the age of 57. Vicky Davion was the founder and editor in chief of Ethics & the Environment. She was a member of the faculty of Philosophy at University of Georgia, the first woman in the department to attain the rank of Full Professor, and the first woman to chair the department, which she did for twelve years. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specialized in feminist and environmental ethics.

I can’t do justice to Vicky’s dynamism here. She was the daughter of actors and had a flair for reciting a poem, presenting a paper, or relaying a joke. She was a regular by Claudia Card’s bedside in hospice when Claudia was dying of cancer, and I’ve never laughed so much in hospice as I did when my visit coincided with one of Vicky’s. She was also a keen philosopher of feminism and in some ways, my role model for a variety of healthy competition, which she would love, as one of her earliest articles was the Hypatia article, “Competition, Recognition, and Approval-Seeking.” I was barely cognizant of the professional world when I started graduate school in the mid-1990s, and met Vicky at a time when she was already tenure-track at UGA. She observed with a laugh that she was told to publish articles in journals that weren’t Hypatia, and she responded with alacrity, publishing on action-guides and moral intentions (Public Affairs Quarterly), self-corruption and feminist jurisprudence (Journal of Social Philosophy), integrity and care ethics (Social Theory and Practice), then demanded tenure early (and succeeded). She set, for me, a bar for achievement, at a time when it wouldn’t have occurred to me to demand anything.

It is a tradition at FP to share a bit of the scholarship of the author whose loss we are noting. I have a wealth of choices, and debated sharing Vicky’s gutsy form of feminism in her account of her own experience with violence, or her most formative influence on me, the “How Feminist is Ecofeminism” contribution to an environmental ethics textbook I used early on, in which she first raised my awareness of the need to critically examine femininity and masculinity. But as the USA faces the persistent efforts to repeal even a semblance of an attempt at wide access to health care, I thought I’d go with Vicky’s pugnacious article, “Health Care in the United States: Evil Intentions and Collective Responsibility” (Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 2006). It’s the sort of article she would write, to have subheads like, THE LACK OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA AS EVIL. But this is from a later section of the paper:

If it is true that America’s failure to provide adequate health care to everyone is evil, is even arguably an atrocity given its scale, the obvious question is that of why fixing the problem is not high on America’s political agenda. I shall argue that part of the problem may be a flip side to the sexist socialization into femininity that harms many women caregivers. Socialization into the masculine identity of “autonomous agent,” concretely understood in neoliberal terms, allows many privileged Americans, especially white men, to blame those lacking adequate health care. The idea that those lacking health care are blameworthy allows the privileged to regard the redistribution of resources that would make national health care possible as unfair. I shall argue that this conception of autonomy is a myth that results in evil, and that it is the collective responsibility of American citizens to attempt to undermine it.

Always with the feminism. Thanks, Vicky.



Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 3.3

On behalf of co-editors Samantha Brennan, Carla Fehr, and Alice MacLachlan, I am pleased to announce the publication of Volume 3, Issue 3, of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly!
Table of Contents:
1. Hermeneutical Injustice and the Problem of Authority, by Komarine Romdenh-Romluc
2. Dismantling Purity: Toward a Feminist Curdling of Hawaiian Identity, by L Brooke Rudow-Abouharb
3. Objectivity, Diversity, and Uptake: On the Status of Women in Philosophy, by Michelle Ciurria
4. Are Second Person Needs ‘Burdened Virtues’?: Exploring the Risks and Rewards of Caring, by Katharine L. Wolfe

CFP ends Sep.4 for SAF at Pacific APA

Come to San Diego!     CALL FOR PAPERS
SAF session at the PACIFIC APA 2018

San Diego, California, March 28 to April 1, 2018

Deadline for submissions: September 4, 2017.

The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions for a session at the 2018 Pacific Division APA meetings.

The Society welcomes 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 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). Panel proposals should be appropriate to a two-hour session.

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 4, 2017.

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.


Reminder: Aug.7 deadline for SAF at Central APA

Come to Chicago! CALL FOR PAPERS

SAF Session at the Central Division APA

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Feb. 21-24, 2018

Deadline for submissions: Monday, August 7, 2017.

The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions for a session at the 2018 Central Division APA meetings in Chicago, IL.

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. Please delete all self-identifying references from your submission to ensure anonymity.

Send submissions as a word attachment to Kathryn Norlock
(kathrynnorlock at gmail dot com).

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.