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CFP: Topics in Global Justice September 25, 2015

Filed under: CFP — Audrey @ 2:59 pm

Topics in Global Justice: Agency, Power and Policy

26, 27 May 2016

Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, Birmingham

The second annual conference of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham welcomes submissions on any topic related to global ethics, but will prioritize work focusing on the 2016 theme of agency, power, and policy.  Specifically, we are interested in the ethics and politics of public policies that aim to enhance individual agency by shaping personal decision making and changing individual behaviours. Recent years have seen a proliferation of academic research and public programming aimed at improving individual and social outcomes through overt and covert efforts to change the decisions and behaviours of individual agents.  These policies raise deep ethical questions about the proper role of government, the circumstances of justice, the nature and importance of individual agency, and the role of social norms in shaping preferences and actions.

Possible topics for papers include:

  • Purposefully shaping social norms to enhance well-being and/or agency
  • The contexts and constraints of choice
  • The moral permissibility of behavioural nudges
  • Legitimate authority in behavioural policy
  • Individual psychology versus structural injustice
  • Power and/or ‘empowerment’
  • Praise, shame and blame
  • Shaping preferences and adaptation

Subject areas where these questions may be investigated include:

  • Health and mental health
  • Violence and conflict
  • Regulation and the law
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Reproduction
  • Poverty and deprivation
  • Body image
  • Migration
  • Environment
  • Taxation

We encourage submissions from ethically engaged scholars, policy-makers and practitioners from all disciplines, including, philosophers, psychologists, lawyers, behavioural and development economists, historians, and other relevant subject areas.  Papers will ideally emphasize relevant transnational or global issues.  We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, and abide by the BPA/SWIP good practice scheme.

Public Speaker:

Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, and author of the bestselling book High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.  Dr. Hart is a widely sought after public commentator and his work has been featured in major publications including The New York Times and The Atlantic, and on major media outlets including HBO, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Keynote Speakers:

Clare Chambers, University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Cambridge University

Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University

Serene Khader, Jay Newman Chair in the Philosophy of Culture, Brooklyn College

Abstracts should be submitted to Scott Wisor at s.l.wisor@bham.ac.uk.  Please submit one 500 word abstract prepared for anonymous review, and a second document containing author name, position, and affiliation.  Abstracts are due 1 November.

To register for the conference, please visit http://shop.bham.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=63&prodid=1137

Further information will be forthcoming on transportation, accommodation, accessibility, and additional speakers.


CFA: Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy September 15, 2015

Filed under: CFP — Audrey @ 3:17 pm

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

Policing and Prisons: Ethical and Political Questions about Law Enforcement and Incarceration

March 11th-12th, 2016

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy will take place in Bowling Green, Ohio, March 11th-12th, 2016. Our keynote speaker is Douglas Husak (Rutgers).

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by November 1st, 2015. We welcome submissions in all areas relevant to this year’s conference theme: the ethics of policing and imprisonment. We are especially seeking papers that address normative questions about police conduct, the limits of the criminal law, appropriate prison sentences, and the like. We will consider multiple approaches to the topic, not merely in legal and political philosophy, but also in normative ethics, metaethics, and applied ethics.

Only one submission per person is permitted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and decisions will be made in December 2015. Please direct all abstracts and queries to: Molly Gardner (mollyg@bgsu.edu).

Further information about the Workshop and previous workshops are available on the workshop website: http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/philosophy/workshops-and-conferences/policing-and-prisons.html


Missing and Marginalized: On Ending the Erasure of Women’s Lives and Experiences September 8, 2015

Filed under: CFP,Uncategorized — Lady Day @ 9:45 pm

Here’s the beginning of a brand new call for papers for a great-looking multi-disciplinary conference scheduled for June in Waterloo, Canada:

WOMEN ARE MISSING. From the missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada, to the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the women who are missing from the Chinese population due to the One Child policy, the vulnerability and expendability of women is an international scandal. Less tragic but just as ubiquitous is the absence of women internationally from political leadership and from full participation in economic life. Within academe too, women are starkly underrepresented in the STEM disciplines and in senior academic administration. Put simply, wherever you look, and at almost every level of analysis, in circumstances that range from quotidian to horrifying, women are missing out on the opportunity to flourish, and to support the flourishing of their communities. The University of Waterloo in partnership with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) presents Missing and Marginalized: On Ending the Erasure of Women’s Lives and Experiences. In collaboration with the ACU, this international, interdisciplinary conference focuses on the role that the Post Secondary Education (PSE) sector can play in endingthe erasure of women’s lives and experiences. The conference brings together scholars from all disciplines and Commonwealth nations, as well as administrators, industry leaders, and policy-makers. The conference is organized around three pillars: Global and Aboriginal justice issues; leadership; and industry and the STEM disciplines. Internationally renowned keynote speakers:
» Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director, UN Women
» Michèle Boutin, Executive Director, Canada Research Excellence Chairs
» Barbara Birungi, Founder/Director, Women in Technology, Uganda The conference will include submitted papers organized into concurrent sessions, discussion panels and workshops, and a poster session.

See the rest of the call for papers here.


CFP – Women and the Canon September 1, 2015

Filed under: CFP — Audrey @ 5:31 pm

Call for Papers – Women and the Canon

We are pleased to announce a two-day conference on ‘Women and the Canon’ to be held at Christ Church (University of Oxford) on 22-23 January 2016. The venue and facilities are fully accessible.

This conference seeks to problematize received notions of canonicity, and therefore of artistic and intellectual authority, by approaching them through their relationship to gender. We will be pursuing options for publication of proceedings from this conference.

For full details, see: https://womenandthecanon.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

Please send an abstract of 250 words with a brief biography by 15th September to the following email address: womencanonconference@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Organisers


CFP: Society for Analytical Feminism August 5, 2015

Filed under: CFP — KateNorlock @ 8:50 pm
SAF Session at the Central Division APA
March 2-5, 2016
Palmer House, Chicago
The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions for a session at the 2016 Central 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. Reading time should be about 20 minutes. Authors should submit either  (1) a paper, or (2) an extended abstract, as detailed as possible (up to 1000 words) accompanied by a bibliography. Please delete all self-identifying references from your submission to ensure anonymity.
Send submissions as a word attachment to Robin Dillon <rsd2 at lehigh dot edu>.
Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2015.
Graduate students or underfunded professionals whose papers are accepted will be eligible for the Society’s $250 Travel Stipend. Please indicate on a separate page (or in your covering letter) if you fall into one of these categories.

CFP: Essays on Technology March 29, 2015

Filed under: CFP,gender,glbt,technology — noetika @ 5:05 am

Contrivers’ Review Call for Essays on Technology

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Donna Haraway’s “A Manifesto for Cyborgs,” an essay that blurred the boundaries between the organic human being and the human being as a machine, a set of social practices, and cultural modes of communication and representation. Since then the postmodern turn represented in texts like Haraway’s “Manifesto” has been itself superceded. We see a resurgence of Enlightenment thought–and all the baggage it brings–in initiatives like the re:enlightenment project and The History Manifesto. However, we undoubtedly live in a world inundated with technology so that Haraway’s claim that “We are all chimera” remains accurate even if the ground of technology, politics, and gender have dramatically shifted since 1985.

As part of our long term investigation of technology and the humanities, politics, and arts, Contrivers’ Review invites submissions on any subject relating to gendered and LGBT cultures and their intersection with technology broadly defined. Some issues that might be covered include:

Social media, violence, and harassment
Gender, Feminism, and gaming culture
Discrimination in the Tech Industry/Silicon Valley/Gamer Culture
Feminist and Queer history/historiography of new media
Creating/Creative Communities
Technologies of bodies
Gender, professionalism, and online identities
Feminist Digital Humanities

Contrivers’ Review is an intellectual journal not a scholarly, refereed publication. As such, we publish essays and reviews that bridge academic audiences and the wider public. Submissions and pitch letters should be addressed to a broad audience, not fellow specialists in the academy. Essays should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Please send us a query letter at editors@contrivers.org. For more information, please refer to our masthead.


CFP: Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century March 12, 2015

Filed under: CFP — noetika @ 2:11 am

Call for Papers: Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society invites submissions for a special issue titled “Pleasure and Danger:  Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century,” slated for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2015.

At the heart of the feminist project is a persistent concern with thinking through the “powers of desire” (Snitow, Stansell, and Thompson 1983) and expanding the potential for sexual and gender freedom and self-determination at the same time that we combat sadly persistent forms of sexual danger and violence.  Exemplified in the US context by Carole Vance’s landmark collection, Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, feminist debates over sex, gender, and society have been incendiary.  First published in 1984, as proceedings of the infamous “Scholar and the Feminist” conference at Barnard, which initiated the equally infamous “sex wars,” this volume reproduced intense dialogue while also contributing to a much broader investigation of the politics (and pleasures, and dangers) of sexuality within feminist theory and culture. Articles that threw down gauntlets were subsequently canonized and celebrated.  Much has changed since that explosive conference and book. Even the subtitle – “exploring female sexuality” – would now be more deeply interrogated (biologically female? presumptively heterosexual?) and certainly pluralized.  But however reframed, the paradoxical joining that is “pleasure and danger” remains poignantly relevant.

For this special issue, we invite transdisciplinary and transnational submissions that address questions and debates provoked by the “pleasure and danger” couplet.  Submissions may engage with the historical (how different is our moment from that formative “sex wars” era? have the sex wars moved to new terrain such as trafficking and slut-shaming?); the representational (how does the digital era transform our sexual lives? what does “livestreaming” sexual assault do to/for feminist organizing? what possibilities are there for feminist and queer imagery in an era of prolific porn, commodified otherness, and everyday inclusion?); the structural (how do race, ethnicity, religion, and national cultures enable and constrain sexual freedoms? how do carceral and governance feminisms frame and perhaps contain earlier liberatory impulses?); and/or the intersectional (how do we analyze the mutually constituting relations of sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, ability, age, and so on?). There are local and global questions to be asked and strategic arguments to be resolved.  And the very terms are themselves constantly debated (whose pleasure are we speaking of and for?  who is the “we” doing that speaking? who is imagined to be “in danger?” how does “gender” signify differently in that couplet from “sexuality?”).

We particularly encourage analyses from all regions of the globe that address pressing concerns and that do so in a way that is accessible and, well, passionate!  We encourage bold and big thinking that seeks to reckon with the conundrum still signaled by the pleasure/danger frame.  We especially seek submissions that attend to the couplet itself, to the centrality of pleasure/danger within the project of making feminism matter and resonate in ways both intimate and structural, deeply sensual and liberatory, simultaneously championing multiplicities of pleasures and a lasting freedom from violence and abuse.

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically through Signs Editorial Manager system at http://signs.edmgr.com.  Please choose the article type “Pleasure and Danger – Special Issue Article.” Guidelines for submission are available here. This Call for Papers is also available as a PDF. Please email the journal office with any questions.


CFA: Nonhuman Animals, Birmingham February 18, 2015

Filed under: CFP — jennysaul @ 6:23 am

CONFERENCE and FINAL Call for Abstracts (extended deadline)

This is an updated reminder for he call for abstracts and registration for the two-day international conference – ‘Ethics and/or Politics: Approaching the Issues Concerning Nonhuman Animals’ – to be held at the University of Birmingham on the 9th and 10th of April, 2015.

The conference is in association with, and supported by: the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Mind Association, the Aristotelian Society, Minding Animals International, and the University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law.

Guest speakers include:

*   Gary Steiner                 (Bucknell University)
*   Elisa Aaltola                  (University of Turku/University of Eastern Finland)
*   Robert Garner              (University of Leicester)
*   Tony Milligan                (University of Hertfordshire)
*   Alasdair Cochrane         (University of Sheffield)
*   Tatjana Visak               (Saarland University)
*   Oscar Horta                 (University of Santiago de Compostela)
*   Steve Cooke                (University of Sheffield)
*   Kay Peggs                   (University of Portsmouth)



Political Theory at the Margins — CFP January 27, 2015

Filed under: CFP — Lady Day @ 7:56 pm

We’ve just heard from the organizers of a what sounds like a great upcoming Oxford University graduate conference  with the theme ‘Political Theory at the Margins’.

They write:

The conference aims to explore issues of marginalisation in political philosophy, including those based on gender and race. Our keynote speakers Humeira Iqtidar (King’s College London) and Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman (University College London), have been active in trying to broaden what is considered political philosophy and should make for an interesting discussion.

Check out the CFP here.

Deadline for submissions is 6th March with a 500 word abstract.


CFP: SWIP-I and UCC Aesthetics and the Feminine Conference January 22, 2015

Filed under: CFP — Stacey Goguen @ 3:54 pm

University College Cork, Ireland, Friday 17th – Saturday 18th July 2015

“[A]gainst the dispersed, contingent and multiple existences of actual women, mythical thought opposes the Eternal Feminine, unique and changeless. If the definition provided for this concept is contradicted by the behaviour of flesh and blood women, it is the latter who are wrong: we are told Femininity is not a false entity, but that the women concerned are not feminine.” (Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Stacie Friend (Birkbeck College)
Áine Mahon (University College Dublin)
E. L. Putnam (Performance Artist, Dublin)

Conference Organisers:
Mary Edwards (University College Cork)
Áine Mahon (University College Dublin)

Design by Emily Putnam

The ‘Aesthetics and the Feminine’ Summer conference is supported by The Society for Women In Philosophy Ireland (SWIP-I) and the Philosophy Department at University College Cork and aims to provide a supportive, engaging environment for all researchers working on the topic of the feminine in aesthetics, or the thought/work of female aestheticians/artists.

The ‘Aesthetics and the Feminine’ Summer conference is supported by The Society for Women In Philosophy Ireland (SWIP-I) and the Philosophy Department at University College Cork and aims to provide a supportive, engaging environment for all researchers working on the topic of the feminine in aesthetics, or the thought/work of female aestheticians/artists.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

· Studies on the work of female artist(s)
· Relevant topics in aesthetics generally and especially the work of female aesthetician(s)
· Representations of women in the visual arts
· Critical analyses of “feminine” characters in literature/film
· Analysis/Application of feminist criticism
· Analysis/Application of feminist psychoanalytic criticism
· The role of art in the creation and perpetuation of Myth of Woman
· “Feminine” beauty
· “Feminine” art
· Androgyny in art/literature/film
· Representations of female sexuality in art/literature/film
· Interpretations of the “feminine” in art as empowering/degrading
· Feminist art/literature/film
· “Masculine” or un-“feminine” females in art/literature/film
· Tragic heroines
· “Feminine” Vs “Masculine” Art
· Écriture féminine
· The femme fatale
· “Chick-flicks” and “chick-lit”: art for females?

Submissions: Abstracts of 200 words  for 20-minute presentations  (a l lo w i n g f o r 1 0 minutes Q&A after ward), in Word document  format should be prepared  for blind review (together with a separate cover sheet detailing institutional information etc.) and emailed to: marylouise.eds@gmail.com.

We welcome proposals from a broad range of disciplines including philosophy, comparative literature, art history, gender studies, cultural studies, the social sciences and other relevant disciplines. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged as well as proposals for co-presentations and panels. We also invite artists, working on relevant  themes/subjects, to discuss and present their work at this event.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 20th April 2015 and we aim to respond to applicants with the results of our selection processes in early May 2015. Please send any queries to: marylouise.eds@gmail.com.



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