SWIP UK panel at Joint Sessions

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/

Credit Where It’s Due

Recently, we’ve mentioned plenty of instances of conferences where, at first glance, you’d get the impression that only male philosophers work in that area. Which is what makes it all the more satisfying to draw attention to this up-coming workshop where half of the contributers are women, and the topic is in the kind of area that we might ordinarily think is male-heavy. I don’t know if this is intentional, but it seems to good to be accidental. I recall that its organiser, Dan Lopez de Sa, has commented here in the past and suspect he’ s paid some attention to this issue. So, credit where it’s due. Bravo!


Workshop on Vagueness and Metaphysics, Barcelona, 25-26 June 2009

Provisional Program

Thursday 25 June

10.00-11.30 Iris Einheuser (Duke): ‘Vague Objects: A Conceptualist Account’

12.00-13.30 Dan Korman (Illinois): ‘Restricted Composition without Sharp Cut-Offs’

15.00-16.30 Elizabeth Barnes (Leeds): TBA

17.00-18.30 Benjamin Schnieder (Phlox): ‘Reasoning with ‘Because”

Friday 26 June

10.00-11.30 David Barnett (Colorado): ‘Vague Entailment’

12.00-13.30 Delia Graff Fara (Princeton): ‘Would Interests have Agents?’

15.00-16.30 Ofra Magidor (Oxford): ‘Strict Finitism and the Sorites Paradox’

17.00-18.30 Ross Cameron (Leeds): ‘Truth-Making and Determinacy-Making’


Conf Announcement: SWIP UK at Joint Sessions 2009


Of interest to readers I hope! Get submitting!




CALL FOR PAPERS At the 2009 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, there will be a SWIP organised session of papers devoted to topics in any area of interest to women in philosophy.

We solicit full papers (2,500 words), suitable to be delivered in no more than 20 minutes with a further 10-15 minutes for discussion. We encourage submissions from graduate students (As with all the open sessions, papers accepted for this session will not be published in the Supplementary Volume of the Aristotelian Society.) The closing date for submissions is *25TH MARCH 2009*.

We expect to make decisions on whether papers have been accepted by the end of April 2009. Please make sure that your submission is suitable for anonymous reviewing attaching a separate sheet with your name and contact details.

Email submissions are preferred; please send your full paper, with an abstract, as either .doc or .pdf attachment to: Dawn Phillips, at Dawn.Phillips@warwick.ac.uk or send a hard copy to: Dr Dawn Phillips, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.

For further information, please contact Jules Holroyd at jh671@cam.ac.uk

Socialist Feminism Conference

I’ve just been sent an announcement for this interesting conference:

On October 3-6, 2008 Radical Women is hosting The Persistent Power of Socialist Feminism conference at The Women’s Building in San Francisco.

The conference features activists and scholars from Central America, Australia, China, and the U.S. The agenda includes panel discussions, keynote speakers such as civil liberties attorney Lynne Stewart, organizer-training workshops and strategy sessions. Topics include: multiracial organizing in a society divided by racism, the dynamic leadership of youth and queers, a labor revival ignited by immigrants and women of color, and the need for an independent grassroots feminist movement.

In today’s tumultuous political climate, we hope this event will produce concrete plans to energize and focus the women’s movement on the many issues that affect us all. The event is open to all genders.

Heads up: Refugee Week (UK)

Quick heads up (a little late, I’m afraid): this week is Refugee Week in the UK! Lots of events going on around the country. Check out the details here to see what’s going on near you:


Yesterday I went to see this film: http://www.almostadult.co.uk/almostadult/index.html

which I cannot recommend highly enough – it details the exploitation, loneliness and destitution that faces some asylum seekers who come to the UK, in the story of two young women seeking refugee status.

Another take on Germaine Greer

As folks around here know, I work hard to be kind and civil to everyone even vaguely feminist or possibly sympathetic to feminism. But I’m going to make an exception for Germaine Greer. Stoat’s criticisms are spot-on, but, well, too polite for my taste.

The Feminist Blogosphere has been filled with discussions of whether Amanda Marcotte’s and SEAL Press’s apologies and promises to change are an adequate response to criticisms. Greer, as Stoat notes, belittled the injustices faced by Muslims and racial minorities while at the same time demonstrating her view that the only women (who count) are white and secular. AND SHE IS COMPLETELY UNREPENTANT. As far as I know, she has never in her life apologised for anything, or conceded that she has anything to learn from those who are not her. As Laura Miller from Salon said 9 years ago, Greer’s method is “inflating her own personal trials into theories about the condition of women”. Sounds almost precisely like what Elizabeth Spelman calls the method of White Solipsism. She is totally uninterested in women’s health, as shown by her opposition to PAP smears and the HPV vaccine, and her support for FGM; and she has a long history of transphobia.* Why the hell are we are all being so tolerant of her? Because she wrote an important book a long time ago? Well, a lot has happened since then and she should have made an effort to keep up.

For a much funnier, better-written take on Greer from roughly the same perspective, check out Natalia Antonova. And for another excellent post by someone just as annoyed as me by the FEM 08 talk, go here.

*In general, I think that feminism is enriched by a diversity of views, when these views are backed up by well-reasoned arguments. But Greer’s are not. Instead, they’re based on ignoring the perspectives of those who are unlike her. This does not enrich feminism.

Pangea Day: May 10th

This event, described by David Pogue in the NY Times, is an extraordinary project made possible by recent technology.  I strongly recommend visiting the project’s website, which is full of information.

 “Pangea Day endeavors to bring the world together and promote understanding and tolerance through film.” Over 2,500 movies were submitted from 102 countries; the Pangea committee winnowed them down to 24 short movies, which will all be shown on May 10 in a four-hour marathon.

So where is this film festival taking place? All over the world, simultaneously — at 1,500 sites, and counting.

Live broadcasts will take place simultaneously in Cairo (at the Pyramids), Kigali, London, Los Angeles (at Sony Pictures Studios), Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. At these big-ticket venues, big names like Christiane Amanpour of CNN will serve as presenters. Selected movie theaters all over the world will participate.

You may also be able to watch the broadcast on TV; in this country, Current TV will air it on cable.

But the majority of the festival sites will be less formal. The whole thing will be streamed live over the Internet, available in seven languages. So anyone can invite a few friends over and become an impromptu festival site. Or you can just sit there by yourself and watch it on your computer.

What makes the whole thing so cool is that it’s so global and so wired. In fact, its the wiredness that makes it possible; it never could have happened 10 years ago.

To watch the broadcast, find out which TV channels are showing it, watch some celebrity endorsements, see amazing music videos of different countries singing *each other’s* national anthems, or to organize your own viewing party, visit http://www.pangeaday.org.

APA: Feminist Philosophy Reception

Ásta Sveinsdóttir has just alerted us to this very enjoyable sounding event, to be held at the Pacific APA:

 The Bay Area Feminism and Philosophy Workshop (BayFAP) and the Pacific Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (P-SWIP) invite you to a reception for feminists and their friends: Friday, March 21, 5:30-7:00 pmSanta Rosa Room, Pasadena Hilton HotelPlease stop by for conversation, light nibbles, and a drink (cash bar).  A  similar gathering held during the Pacific APA in San Francisco was a great success.  We are hoping to make it a tradition by repeating it this year.   This event is made possible by the generous support of the University of San Francisco, P-SWIP, and Mills College.We hope to see you there! Jackie Taylor BayFAP, University of San Francisco; Ásta Sveinsdóttir BayFAP, San Francisco State University; Shelley Wilcox BayFAP, San Francisco State University and Temple University; Chris Bellon P-SWIP, CSU Sacramento; Amy Coplan P-SWIP, CSU Fullerton.