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American Association of Philosophy Teachers Conference—Call for Papers November 18, 2015

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The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) has issued a call for papers for its biennial conference, to be held at Saginaw Valley State University on July 27–31, 2016. They are especially interested in proposals on inclusive pedagogies. The CFP is reproduced below, and available at http://philosophyteachers.org/conference/

The AAPT is a collegial community of engaged teacher-scholars dedicated to sharing ideas, experiences, and advice about teaching philosophy and to supporting and encouraging both new and experienced philosophy teachers.  They host a biennial meeting, sessions at the APA meetings, and other events open to all philosophers, including graduate students, who wish to explore and improve their teaching.


The American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw, Michigan
July 27–31, 2016

Proposals for interactive workshops related to teaching and learning philosophy at any educational level are welcome.  We especially encourage creative approaches to workshops or or panels on:

  • Innovative and successful teaching strategies
  • How work in other disciplines can improve the teaching of philosophy
  • Engaging students in philosophy outside the classroom
  • Innovative uses of instructional technologies
  • The challenge of teaching in non-traditional settings
  • Methods to improve student learning
  • Professional issues connected to teaching

Selected presentations will be considered for inclusion in AAPT Studies in Pedagogy, Volume 3, on inclusive pedagogies. Proposals on that theme are especially encouraged.

Proposals should include:

  • Session title
  • Length of the proposed session (60 or 90 minutes)
  • A one-to-three page description of what the session seeks to achieve, including an account of what participants will do during the session
  • A list of references, especially to relevant pedagogical literature
  • Descriptions of any useful handouts to be provided
  • Any equipment needed
  • Contact information for each presenter, including institutional affiliations, may be included in the email or in a separate cover sheet.
  • Please include a 100-200 word abstract suitable for the conference program.

To facilitate blind review, no identifying information should appear in the proposal.

Send submissions, via email, to Russell Marcus, by Monday, January 4, 2016.

Visit http://www.philosophyteachers.org for some model proposals from past years and additional information about the AAPT or the workshop-conference.


Events at LMU’s Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

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The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Metropolitan University is hosting two events in December which may be of interest to readers: one on “Surviving Sexual Violence”, one on “Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution”. Descriptions and links for further details:


Outliving Oneself: Surviving Sexual Violence

A conversation between Professor Susan Brison and Professor Liz Kelly.

December 3rd, 6.30 – 8pm
Susan Brison is a US philosophy professor who wrote the critically important book Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self and a more recent piece Everyday Atrocities and Ordinary Miracles: Or Why I (Still) Bear Witness to Sexual Violence (But Not Too Often).  The book is an exploration of how she coped with rape, which included asking why philosophy has so little to say about sexual violence and having to rethink her understanding of the self.  Her radical thinking informs the MA teaching in CWASU.

For further details and to register go to http://survivingsv.eventbrite.co.uk


Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution: Mona Eltahawy

December 7th, 6.30 – 8pm

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning writer and outspoken feminist, focusing on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism.  Following her involvement in the Arab Spring in November 2011 Egyptian riot police beat her, breaking her left arm and right hand, sexually assaulted her, and she was detained for 12 hours by the military.  Mona was one of Newsweek magazine’s 150 Fearless Women of 2012.

She will talk about her recent book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.

For further details and to register go to http://eltahawy.eventbrite.co.uk


Workshop on Feminist Ontology, MIT, 2nd-3rd October July 13, 2015

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A read-ahead workshop on feminist ontology will take place at MIT on the 2nd and 3rd of October. Registration is free and all are welcome.

Ásta Sveinsdóttir (San Francisco State University): “Social Construction as Social Significance”
Commentator: Abigail Klassen (York University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas)

Céline LeBoeuf (Harvard University): “Anatomy of the Thigh Gap”
Commentator: Hilkje Haenel (Humboldt University)

Elizabeth Barnes (University of Virginia): “Realism and Social Structure”
Commentator: Rebecca Mason (University of San Francisco)

Katharine Jenkins (University of Sheffield): “The Institutional Reality of Gender”
Commentator: Åsa Burman (Stockholm University)

Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire): “Feminist Metametaphysics”
Commentator: Shannon Dea (University of Waterloo)

For full details, including accessibility information and contact details for the organisers, see: http://feministontology.weebly.com


SWIP.NL symposium February 15, 2014

Filed under: events,women in philosophy — hippocampa @ 9:02 am

SWIP.NLThe Dutch branch of the Society for Women in Philosophy, SWIP.NL, is organising their first symposium on April 11, 2014.

The theme of the event is “Does philosophy have a future and if so, what is the role of women in it?“.  That is definitely something I want to know!

The event is hosted at the Free University in Amsterdam, and the language is Dutch. You can find more information here (in Dutch).


Femmes et Philosophie au Québec January 29, 2012

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Si votre Français est meilleur que le mein, et/ou vous habitez en Montréal ou Québec, this looks well worth getting involved with. Femmes et Philosophie au Québec, who have a Facebook page here, describe themselves as follows:

We are women and pro-feminist men in philosophy (also from psychology, cultural studies, History-society-culture interdisciplinary program, also participants from outside universities, etc.), who have formed a Salon (inspired by the format of 18th century salons in France, one of the only and last places that were feminine but in which men and women engaged in intellectual exchanges, etc.) called “Salon Femmes et philosophie”. We are from all Montréal universities but mostly meet at UQÀM.

We meet once a month, and have many really interesting and creative actions and projects planned for 2012 – to denounce the absence of women in philosophy in Québec, to promote and network between feminist philosophers, to put forward and under the noses of teachers and authorities the works of women in philosophy, to push for more feminine content in classes, and be means to each other’s ends in the individual struggles we face alone, each solo in our seminars, surrounded by men who find that “man” is a generic term, that language, sexist as it is, is fine as it is, and that women do not quite “get” the philosophical mindframe, etc. Notably, we try to bring academia’s attention toward invisible biases, glass ceilings, stereotype effects, etc. that affect the experience of women in philosophy, in academia, and as intellectual authorities in Québec.  We are aged 18 – 45, some are parents, some queer, some are activists, some are employed and we are trying to become a diverse yet resolutely pro-feminist group.

In fact, even if your French isn’t above what a Canadian friend calls “cereal box standard”, the Facebook page seems like a useful source of news and views. I like the profile picture.


Evolution, Gender and Sexuality, and ISH: a conference including women and feminist topics April 15, 2011

This year’s ISHPSSB meeting, that is The International Society for The History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (fondly called ‘Ishkabibble,’ or just ‘Ish’), is fast approaching.   While the deadline for submitting papers has passed, you can still register to attend, or just take a moment to be pleased with the inclusion of women and feminist topics!  It will take place July 10-15, 2011 in Salt Lake City.  Conference themes mentioned in the cfp include: Civic engagement; Race; Policy, science funding, and scientific progress; Sustainability, environment, energy, and economics; Gender and LGBT; Genetic testing; Evo-Devo; and Education.  The conference committee is international and includes prominent women.  And, the conference is associated with a forum on Evolution, Gender and Sexuality.  Well done!

The Forum on Evolution, Gender and Sexuality

The University of Utah Department of Philosophy will be hosting a Biohumanities Public Forum to complement ISHPSSB 2011.  It is scheduled from 7-9 pm on ThursdayJuly 14, following the final ISHPSSB sessions that afternoon.  The topic of the forum is, “Evolution, Gender & Sexuality.”  We are honored to be able to feature three panel members: Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana University), John Dupré (University of Exeter), and Lisa Diamond (University of Utah).

The following is from the CFP:

Our expectation for the Salt Lake City meeting is that we will have more cross-disciplinary sessions than ever before.  In addition, we expect that all sessions will be geared toward wider audiences.  This was a major thrust of the discussions that came out of the Brisbane meeting in 2009.  Every scholar has numerous meetings in which to present work to her or his peers: historians speaking to historians, philosophers speaking to philosophers, sociologists speaking to sociologists, and biologists from across the spectrum speaking to biologists within their specialty.  ISHPSSB is uniquely situated to provide us the opportunity to talk to each other, across disciplinary boundaries, about biology studies.  In order for this to happen, we need to think broadly about each other as an audience.  We hope you will begin now to look for ways of collaborating.

Presenters should think about ways their work will potentially connect to other sessions throughout the meeting.  We hope this can be accomplished by thinking about the larger themes that are illuminated by your work.  These themes are meant to be broad and overlapping, but will help to provide benchmarks for organizing sessions as well as signposts for people at the conference seeking out areas of inquiry.  Some themes we have identified include: Civic engagement; Race; Policy, science funding, and scientific progress; Sustainability, environment, energy, and economics; Gender and LGBT; Genetic testing; Evo-Devo; and Education.  Details about several of these themes can be found on the bulletin board, and more will be posted as we move forward.  Please note that not all papers and sessions are expected to fit into one of the themes, and we hope that as we see work that pushes beyond these categories we can all be more aware of the new directions scholars and members of ISHPSSB are taking.

And finally, here is the program committee:

Callebaut, Werner

Millstein, Roberta

Santesmases, María Jesús

Suárez, Edna

Stotz, Karola

El-Hani, Charbel

Largent, Mark (co-chair)

Young, Chris (co-chair)

Local organizers are Matt Haber and Jim Tabery


Conference: Under-represented Groups in Philosophy October 4, 2010

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Under-Represented Groups in Philosophy
A SWIP-UK / BPA Conference
Supported By: The Mind Association, The Aristotelian Society

Venue: Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Dates: November 26th & 27th 2010
Organisers: Dr Jules Holroyd, Dr Alessandra Tanesini, Professor Jennifer Saul

*Louise Antony (UMass, Amherst) Title TBC

*Helen Beebee (Birmingham University) ‘Women and deviance in philosophy’.

*Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, (Gallaudet University, Washington DC) ‘Triple Threat: Brown, Female, and Deaf’.

*Samantha Brennan, (University of Western Ontario) ‘Rethinking the Moral Significance of Micro-Inequities: The Case of Women in Philosophy’

*Pamela Hood (San Francisco State University) ‘Socrates and King: An Invitation to Philosophy’

*Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield) ‘Unconscious Influences and Women in Philosophy’

*Mahlet Zimeta (Roehampton University) ‘Philosophy and the Social Good’

*Roundtable discussion, chaired by Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Nottingham University)

*SWIP-UK AGM meeting.

The conference will start at 10.30 on Friday 26th (first paper at 11am), and end on Saturday 27th at approximately 3.30pm. A detailed programme will later be available on the conference website.



CFP: Under-represented Groups in Philosophy May 25, 2010

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Under-represented Groups in Philosophy
November 26th 2010
Cardiff University

A SWIP-UK/ BPA conference
Supported by: The Mind Association, The Aristotelian Society

Keynote speakers
Professor Helen Beebee (Birmingham University, UK)

Professor Louise Antony (UMass, Amherst, USA)

Organisers: Dr Jules Holroyd, Dr Alessandra Tanesini

Papers that address any aspect of the problem of under-representation within the profession, or strategies for responding to these problems and their philosophical underpinnings, or suitably related issues are invited for submission.

Abstracts or short papers of up to 3000 words should be sent to: HolroydJ[at]cardiff.ac.uk suitably prepared for anonymous refereeing.

The deadline for submission is August 10th 2010. Decisions will be made as promptly as possible.

This conference aims to focus attention on the following topics;

a)identifying the specific problems that minorities in philosophy encounter, especially those that may perpetuate or sustain that minority status;

b)articulating the philosophical concepts and frameworks that may be of use in thinking about these problems;

c)identifying strategies that might be employed in attempting address gender imbalances and the underrepresentation of disabled people and individuals of minority racial or ethnic identities

d)exploring the philosophical underpinnings of these strategies, and critically assessing them.


Hypatia 25th Anniversary Conference! September 12, 2009

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At the University of Washington, Oct 22-24, 2009.

Much more information is available here.  It looks like there will be exciting thoughts and great good fun.  You’ll want to book a room soon.

At least three contributors to this blog will be there, by the way.


SWIP UK panel at Joint Sessions June 10, 2009

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SWIP UK will be hosting a panel session of papers devoted to topics in any
area of interest to women in philosophy, at the Joint Sessions of the
Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, at University of East Anglia,
July 10th-12th.

Please find below details of the programme. There will also be a SWIP UK
meeting, at which more information about the activities of SWIP UK will be
available, on Sunday 12th, 13.00-14.00.

SWIP UK panel session at the Joint Sessions, 2009
Sunday 12th July, 14.00-16.00

Dr Sandrine Berges
University of Bilkent (Turkey)
‘Why women hug their chains: Wollstonecraft and adaptive preferences’

Kathy Butterworth
University of Kent
‘The Possibility of a Decentred Autonomous Subject’

Dr Mari Mikkola
University of Lancaster
‘Illocution, Silencing & the Act of Refusal’

Dr Steinvör Arnadottir
‘A Response to the Corpse Problem’

For further information, please contact Dawn Phillips, at
Dawn.Phillips@warwick.ac.uk or Jules Holroyd at jh671@cam.ac.uk

SWIP UK Webpage: http://www.dur.ac.uk/swipuk/
This panel is part of the Joint Sessions: registration for the Joint
Sessions as usual is required. See http://js2009.webapp2.uea.ac.uk/



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