CFP by 12/15 for Philosophical Engagements with Trauma (March 22-23, 2019)

Call for Papers

Philosophical Engagements with Trauma March 22-23, 2019
University of North Carolina Asheville Asheville, NC

The Philosophy Department of the University of North Carolina Asheville will host a conference on Philosophical Engagements with Trauma on March 22-23, 2019. Featured events for the conference include a panel on Melissa Burchard’s recent book from Routledge Press, Philosophical Reflections on Mothering in Trauma, and our invited speakers:

Dr. Peg O’Connor, Gustavus Adolphus College
Dr. Abby L. Wilkerson, George Washington University

As this conference is the first that we know of to specifically focus on philosophy and trauma, we encourage a broad range of topics and engagements from, hopefully, a broad range of perspectives, including those traditionally underrepresented in philosophy.

Please send submissions to Melissa Burchard, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at UNCA, mburchar at by December 15, 2018.

Something worth reading on the internet

I really had come to the point where I thought no good could possibly come of further internet-based discussion of the UK Gender Recognition Act. I was wrong.

“Some feminists see no difficulty in reconciling a commitment to feminism with a commitment to the rights of trans people. Feminists of this persuasion tend to take the view that trans women are women and that, as such, they – like cis (i.e. non-trans) women – are part of the ‘constituency’ that is feminism’s primary concern. Trans people more broadly are also regarded as an oppressed group in their own right, and hence proper recipients of the solidarity of feminists who subscribe to the principle of ‘intersectionality’: the idea that the struggles against different forms of oppression – such as those relating to race, class, gender or sexuality – must be conceived of not as unconnected or competing struggles, but as fundamentally intermeshed.

But certain other feminists see things very differently. While expressing condemnation of transphobic violence and harassment, and affirming the right of trans people to live in dignity and safety, they contend that there is a deep tension between the demands of some trans women to access women-only spaces and a feminist concern for the safety and well-being of those born and raised female, who have often already been subject to violence and discrimination on the basis of their sex…

Ultimately, we think this argument fails. Yet, we also think that it is unhelpful to lump it together with arguments that are explicitly based on prejudice. While there is no shortage of unvarnished transphobes who continue to depict trans people as perverts, freaks or monsters, some of the feminists who are now raising concerns about the proposed reform of the GRA offer an argument that is at least in principle distinct from this rhetoric. We have seen from experience that this argument is, in some cases, succeeding in raising doubts about reform among people who are broadly sympathetic to trans rights and who would therefore reject overtly bigoted arguments without hesitation.”

Read on.

Obituary: Mary Midgley

We are saddened by the death of Mary Midgley, and we’d like to share with you this obituary which Ian Kidd is allowing both SWIP UK and Feminist Philosophers to share. I especially like the ending:

The best tribute to her, though, is to carry on the sort of work she exemplified and encouraged. At the International Women’s Day Conference at Durham in 2016, Liz McKinnell and I formally presented Mary with a copy of the festschrift we co-edited for her, entitled Science and the Self: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley. Duly grateful, she offered her thanks, then turned to us and asked, “So, what’s next?” I don’t recall our answer, but it ought to be been a promise that we would crack on with the philosophical plumbing and do our best to help stop the flood of “muddled thinking”.

Here’sObituary-Mary Midgley-2 the full obituary.

The international Day of the Girl

from the NYTimes:  A photo-journalism look at some young women around the world:

“This is 18” aims to capture what life is like for girls turning 18 in 2018 across oceans and cultures — in Mexico and Mississippi, Ramallah and Russia, Bangladesh and the Bronx.

But while girls have long been the subject of the photographer’s lens, they have far less often been behind it. So we asked young women photographers to document girls in their communities — taking the photos and conducting the interviews themselves. Each photographer was paired with a professional mentor to guide them through the process.

The result is a celebration of girlhood around the world — across 12 time zones and 15 languages, featuring 21 subjects and 22 photographers.



Men discuss social coordination and communication

For information on why we call attention to conferences like this, see here.

orkshop on social coordination and communication

Organisers: Bart Geurts and Marc Slors (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Date: November 1, 2018
Venue: Radboud University, Elinor Ostrom building, EOS 1.350

Attendance is free, but seating is limited, so if you wish to attend, let us know: (Bart Geurts)


9:30 – 9:40 : Welcome

9:40 – 10:30 : Hannes Smit (Stellenbosch): Communication and semantics
10:30 – 11:20 : Bart Geurts (Nijmegen): Coordinated action for action coordination

11:20 – 11:40 : Break

11:40 – 12:30 : Michael Franke (Osnabrück): Co-evolution of lexical meaning and pragmatic use

12:30 – 13:30 : Lunch

13:30 – 14:20 : Frank Hindriks (Groningen): Institutions and virtual sanctions: how social norms motivate and justify
14:20 – 15:10 : Filip Buekens (Antwerp/Tilburg): Disputes about taste as pre-play conversations in coordination games

15:10 – 15:30 : Break

15:30 – 16:20 : Marc Slors (Nijmegen): Coordinating divided labour: the cognitive function of cultural conventions
16:20 – 17:10 : Ric Sims (Exeter): Mexican waves, Marc’s marbles and the after-party: emergent co-ordinators and continuous reciprocal normativity in extended cognition

Athene Donald in bullying at universities

I know from first-hand experience what it feels like to come forward about sexual impropriety from a senior professor. I was believed, but I was still regarded as so tiresome as to need silencing. The arguments I faced when I raised this bad behaviour – things were different then, we mustn’t single out this guy just because there is evidence when there isn’t about others, blah, blah – left me feeling sullied and disgusted. And I was a senior professor, physically unaffected – and believed. How much worse if you are an early career researcher and your whole professional future is on the line?

Read the whole thing.

BPA/SWIP Guidelines for accessible conferences and public lectures

Joe Morrison writes:

Following on from last year’s BPA/SWIP planning session at the SWIP 2017 conference ‘The Profession We Want’, Giulia Felappi, Alex Gregory and Helen Beebee have produced a pair of guides, one for conferences, and a shorter one for public lectures/events, about how to make the planning and delivery of these events more accessible to people with disabilities.

The guides are both available on the BPA website:
• BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences
• BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Public Lectures