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CFA Embodied Religious Experience November 21, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stacey Goguen @ 3:17 pm

Inviting abstracts for two Embodied Religious Experience workshops! The common purpose of these two workshops is to expand contemporary understandings of religious experience by incorporating perspectives and methods from within

  1. •the philosophy of gender and sexuality
  2. •mystic religious traditions (particularly in the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions)
  3. •social ontology and epistemology.

Each workshop will have a similar structure and theme; in particular, both workshops will explore how social structures (such as religious, sexual, and/or class hierarchies) impact not only who is seen as having ‘genuine’ religious experiences, but also the ways those experiences are expressed or reported (and even their experienced content). While we especially welcome philosophical approaches to these topics, we also encourage perspectives from other disciplines, such as sociology, theology and religious studies, psychology, and anthropology.

Workshop I will be held March 14-16, 2016 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2015. Decisions will be made by January 15, 2016.

Workshop II will be held August 8-10, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.

Deadline for abstract submission: March 1, 2016. Decisions will be made by April 1, 2016.

Lodging and meals will be provided at both workshops; we also expect to be able to cover travel expenses for participants.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and approximately 500-750 words. Abstract should also include a separate cover page stating the abstract title, as well as the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address. All submissions should be sent to ereligion@princeton.edu. Any questions for the project leaders — Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College) and Robin Dembroff (Princeton University) — should be sent to the same address.

More information about the Embodied Religious Experience project–as well as a list of confirmed participants for each workshop–is available at our project website, www.princeton.edu/~ereligion. (This initiative is funded by The Experience Project, a multi-disciplinary research project supported by the John Templeton Foundation. More information about the larger project can be found here: http://the-experience-project.org.)


CFP: trans* experience in philosophy

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Call for papers:

Trans* Experience in Philosophy Conference-

May 13-15, 2016, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Extended Submission Deadline: January 10, 2016

This conference aims to explore the intersections between transgender studies and philosophy by bringing philosophical reflections to bear on trans* experience, representation, identity, and politics. We welcome papers that engage a variety of issues or topics, including but not limited to trans* embodiment, ethical concerns specific to trans* persons, the relationship between transgender studies and feminist philosophy, and how classical philosophical frameworks might elucidate aspects of trans* experience. Through these reflections, we also hope to interrogate our understanding and practice of inclusivity in academia. Considering the attention given to the status of women in philosophy in more recent years, we are particularly interested in addressing the practices, content, and implicit biases of philosophy with regard to non-conforming genders and non-cisgender bodies.

Papers engaging with trans* experience and perspectives broadly construed from all philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches are welcome. Priority will be given to submissions with an intersectional emphasis and, when relevant, of those directly affected by or self-reflectively allied with the trans* persons.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher and Dr. C. Riley Snorton

Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to: (more…)


No more feminism at A-Level Politics November 20, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 5:49 pm

If current plans go ahead.

The section on feminism in a revised version of the course put to consultation by the Department for Education has been removed, along with the topics of sex/gender, gender equality and patriarchy.

To sign a petition, go here.


Women at APA Meetings November 19, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stacey Goguen @ 6:36 pm

Eric Schwitzgebel has a post up at The Splintered Mind about women’s attendance at APA Meetings. 

As expected, the majority of philosophers on the APA main program are men, but the gender ratios are less skewed now than they were a few decades ago. Overall, the proportion of women on the APA main program has increased from about one sixth in 1975 to about one third in 2015.

Merging all three divisions, here is the gender breakdown by year:

1955: 6% women (7/121, excl. 5 indeterminable)
1975: 16% women (62/397, excl. 20)
1995: 25% women (220/896, excl. 38)
2014-2015: 32% women (481/1526, excl. 177 [note 2])


Dialogues on Disability -Nancy Stanlick

Filed under: Uncategorized — Monkey @ 4:02 pm

It’s that time again! – Shelley’s latest interview as part of her Dialogues on Disability series is now out. This time she interviews Nancy Stanlick, who talks (amongst other things) about ‘invisible’ and ‘unspeakable’ disabilities, based partly on her own experience of having a colostomy.

Nancy is Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. She specializes in ethics, social philosophy, and history of modern and American philosophy. When Nancy isn’t at her job or at home doing job-related things, she plays online video games, works in her yard, reads, and watches old movies. She also enjoys her cats and sleeping in late on Saturdays.

You can read the interview here.

Shelley also suggests having a look at So Bad Ass, which is an excellent collection of thoughts and resources about disability, ileostomy, and body image (plus more!) from UK-based feminist photographer, writer, and speaker, Sam Cleasby.


Athene Donald on York Men’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 2:40 pm

The ever-wise Athene Donald begins her rumination by pointing out the sad situation we find ourselves in:

So now one part of the university is annoyed that anyone ever considered celebrating the day and, by virtue of what was written in the original statement, apparently trivialising the problems women face; another part are equally annoyed that the day is no longer being celebrated claiming that this implies the university doesn’t consider men’s rights are important. This is turning into a hopelessly polarised debate which won’t do anyone any good and certainly won’t make gender equality any nearer. It is all really rather tragic.

It’s worth noting that I think one thing which would have helped is a better explanation from York of their actions. They deleted their statement and dropped their plans without giving reasons other than that people were “upset”.  And in describing the original plans, they mentioned only a desire to attend to issues of men’s mental health.  This left the impression that feminists were opposed to caring about men’s mental health.  (And many unprintable comments we’ve received have certainly taken it this way.)

Donald also has a very interesting discussion of the stats on which York based its claim that women now find it easier than men to gain academic appointments.  These turn out to be based on their own internal numbers. Donald discusses many ways that these numbers need much further analysis to be useful.  But I’d also note that there was nothing in the original statement to indicate that this particular claim was a York-specific one, so it was very misleading to place it alongside the rest of the claims, which were about society as a whole.

I’ll close by noting that I share Donald’s hope that we can move beyond the current situation to one in which men and women can make common cause to tackle the problems we all face– feminists can, should, and do care about male mental health.  The pressure on men not to admit to such problems is a result of the very gender roles that feminists are devoted to fighting.  We should be working together in these fights.



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


Stop coddling Brian

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 9:59 am

A glorious article: “If our free speech isn’t in jeopardy, why won’t my TA let me spend all of class yelling “FUCK BRIAN” at Brian?

So why was it that this Tuesday my voice was silenced? Why was it that when I tried to speak my mind by swearing at Brian for the entirety of an Organic Chemistry lecture, I was told by my TA, a representative of this university, “Maybe you could not say that, because it is entirely irrelevant to our discussion of the Robinson Annulation, and it also made Brian feel threatened”?

Excuse me? Why are we coddling Brian by not allowing his education to be disrupted for fifty minutes as I repeatedly yell “FUCK BRIAN” while standing on a table and waving my hands in the air?

I came to Yale for the late night dorm room conversations, for the free discourse and the distribution of ideas. But what happens when that “idea” is that Brian sucks? Apparently in that case, the ideals on which our university was founded are simply thrown to the wayside.


‘Coddling’ Is Gendered

Filed under: Uncategorized — phrynefisher @ 6:38 am

Or at least, the language of ‘coddling’ is gendered: ‘coddling’ codes as female or feminine. This is not complicated; synonyms offered up when you Google the word ‘coddle’ include ‘mother’ (but not ‘father’ or ‘parent’). An alternate form of ‘coddle’ is ‘mollycoddle’, with the prefix ‘molly’ said to be derived from the feminine name ‘Mary’ or (relatedly) from ‘molly’, meaning ‘girl or prostitute’ [yes, really]. I also just learned that ‘mollycoddle’ can be used as a noun, meaning ‘an effeminate or ineffectual’ [yes, really] man or boy. So there’s that.

In more ways than one, the application of ‘coddling’ language to student activism echoes right-wing ‘nanny state’ rhetoric, used to criticize left-wing policies perceived to interfere with personal freedoms. In both cases, we are invited to overlay a negative, feminized, childcare-related stereotype on to something in order to condemn it.

It’s a small point, but one I’m not seeing foregrounded in current discussions about ‘coddled’ students. Once I noticed this, it helped me make better sense of (some of) what’s going on in those discussions.



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