A forum for philosophers and other scholars to discuss academic work and current affairs with race and gender in mind.
Find symposia on recently published books and articles by following the links that appear on the right column.
Wireless Philosophy (WiPhi) is an online project that introduces people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting, and accessible to people with no background in the subject. This Spring WiPhi hopes to release a series of about 8-10 videos on topics in Philosophy of Race. For this series, we are looking for introductory-level videos like "Introduction to Philosophy of Race," "What is Race?" and "Race and Identity." We hope to bring our audience into the Philosophy of Race by first giving them the background and the tools they need to participate.
Right now, we are looking for contributors to this series; that is, we are looking for Philosophy Professors to record lectures that we can animate. The recording process is very easy, and we have a team of people working to make the process as simple as possible for our contributors.
In light of recent national attention given to the status of women in the field of philosophy, this conference aims to promote open and multi-disciplinary discussion of issues related to gender. We plan to exchange views on a variety of topics organized under our conference themes of gender and knowledge, gender and social justice, gender and science, and gender and discrimination. Central goals of the conference are to encourage discussion in the face of disagreement and a commitment to problem recognition and resolution in areas related to the conference themes. Although the conference discourse will extend across disciplines, we will devote special attention to concerns of women in philosophy.
Perspectives on Gender is organized by the UC Irvine Hypatia Society, an organization aimed at promoting the recruitment, retention, and success of graduate women in philosophy at UC Irvine.
Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Azizah al Hibri (University of Richmond) Claudia Card (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Ann Cudd (University of Kansas) Helen Longino (Stanford)
Call for Papers
We invite contributions on any topic related to gender and particularly those connected to the themes of gender and knowledge, gender and social justice, gender and science, and gender and discrimination. Special consideration will be given to submissions concerning women in philosophy. For consideration, please submit a long abstract (500-1000 words) through our website.
Presentations will be 20 minutes long and will be followed by a 20-minute question and answer session. Additionally, we have scheduled a one-hour round table discussion on women in the profession. This session is open to all, but we especially hope for contributions from conference presenters.
2014 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
Graduate Assistants Call for Applications
Deadline: March 1, 2014
The seventh annual meeting of Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) will take place from June 14—June 21, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. At least two graduate students will assist Ellen Feder, who will direct the Institute this year. In addition, one graduate assistant will come from the Penn State philosophy department. We expect that, as was the case in previous summers, the home institution of the other graduate assistants will fund their positions. (The philosophy departments of the University of Memphis, Binghamton University, Villanova University, Michigan State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Stony Brook University, University of Washington, Dalhousie, American University, DePaul University, University of Oregon, and the University of Alberta, generously supported PIKSI graduate assistants in 2006–2013.)
We invite those of you teaching in graduate programs to nominate graduate student assistants for PIKSI.The applications will be screened according to the graduate student’s accomplishments as a researcher, a teacher, and mentor; the relevance of her or his research to the topics of the institute; and the home institution’s willingness to fund the student (approximately $2000, including travel, housing, and stipend).
Applications should include: · a cover letter from the graduate student which discusses why he or she would like to be a GA for PIKSI · the graduate student’s CV · a letter of support from a faculty member · documentation of institutional support, if available.
Please e-mail complete applications by March 1, 2014 to: Ellen Feder Department of Philosophy and Religion American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016-8056 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any further questions please contact Eva Feder Kittay, PIKSI Board Chair, at Eva.Kittay@sunysb.edu, or Ellen Feder, Director of PIKSI Summer 2014, at email@example.com
Interest in Philosophy of Race is growing. This collection of readings will celebrate and contribute to that growth.
Some philosophical questions about race are metaphysical or ontological, or existential:
Do races exist? If so, what are they? What does their existence depend on? What determines what racial category or categories an individual is a member of? How might race relate to biology, appearance, social facts, history and other categories and characteristics? What is it like to be of a particular race, and of mixed race? How does race affect our conscious experiences? How does race affect our unconscious assumptions?
Other questions, related to the metaphysical questions, are ethical, social and political:
What is the nature of racism and racial prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes? Why are these wrong? Can racial preference, of any kind, be justified? Is racial solidarity, or racial pride, justified? Can affirmative action, or quotas, be justified? If a racial group has been harmed, what should be done to address that harm? Are racially-oriented hate speech and hate crimes uniquely wrong, and deserving of special punishment? Can racial profiling be justified?
These are just a few questions in philosophy of race: there are many, many more, including how race relates to philosophical theorizing and the experiences of philosophers as persons and professionals. For more topics, see the list below from PhilPapers*:
While there is much scholarship in these areas, this collection seeks to intentionally bring the issues and arguments of that scholarship to readers with little philosophical background, such as students and general interest readers, as well as scholars new to the field. Diverse submissions, representing a plurality of theoretical, practical and lived perspectives, are sought for this collection.
Submissions must be new, but can be developments of, or reflections on, prior work: e.g., authors might submit an essay that explains a previous argument or inquiry and offers subsequent thoughts, to encourage readers to pursue that earlier work. Final submissions should each be about 2000-5000 words, or longer if necessary, and written in any manner appropriate for a general audience, either as a traditional philosophical essay or an essay infused with personal narrative.
Abstract(s), ideally consisting of an introduction and an outline of the essay, are due by May 1, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged: multiple abstract submissions are allowed. Accepted authors will be notified soon after that deadline; rough drafts will be due at the end of summer; final drafts due early fall.
The intention is that this collection of high quality readings will be be published in an open-access format, as well as a low cost paperback, to allow for maximal access and use, in classrooms and beyond.
Symposium on Elizabeth Anderson's book The Imperative of Integration published here.
More than forty years have passed since Congress, in response to the Civil Rights Movement, enacted sweeping antidiscrimination laws in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. As a signal achievement of that legacy, in 2008, Americans elected their first African American president. Some would argue that we have finally arrived at a postracial America, but The Imperative of Integration indicates otherwise. Elizabeth Anderson demonstrates that, despite progress toward racial equality, African Americans remain disadvantaged on virtually all measures of well-being. Segregation remains a key cause of these problems, and Anderson skillfully shows why racial integration is needed to address these issues. Weaving together extensive social science findings--in economics, sociology, and psychology--with political theory, this book provides a compelling argument for reviving the ideal of racial integration to overcome injustice and inequality, and to build a better democracy.
Considering the effects of segregation and integration across multiple social arenas, Anderson exposes the deficiencies of racial views on both the right and the left. She reveals the limitations of conservative explanations for black disadvantage in terms of cultural pathology within the black community and explains why color blindness is morally misguided. Multicultural celebrations of group differences are also not enough to solve our racial problems. Anderson provides a distinctive rationale for affirmative action as a tool for promoting integration, and explores how integration can be practiced beyond affirmative action.
Offering an expansive model for practicing political philosophy in close collaboration with the social sciences, this book is a trenchant examination of how racial integration can lead to a more robust and responsive democracy.
Alia Al-Saji. 2010. "The Racialization of Muslim Veils: A Philosophical Analysis." Philosophy and Social Criticism 36(8): 875–902.
This article goes behind stereotypes of Muslim veiling to ask after the representational structure underlying these images. I examine the public debate leading to the 2004 French law banning conspicuous religious signs in schools and French colonial attitudes to veiling in Algeria, in conjunction with discourses on the veil that have arisen in other western contexts. My argument is that western perceptions and representations of veiled Muslim women are not simply about Muslim women themselves. Rather than representing Muslim women, these images fulfill a different function: they provide the negative mirror in which western constructions of identity and gender can be positively reflected. It is by means of the projection of gender oppression onto Islam, and its naturalization to the bodies of veiled women, that such mirroring takes place. This constitutes, I argue, a form of racialization. Drawing on the work of Fanon, Merleau-Ponty and Alcoff, I offer a phenomenological analysis of this racializing vision. What is at stake is a form of cultural racism that functions in the guise of anti-sexist and feminist liberatory discourse, at once posing a dilemma to feminists and concealing its racializing logic.
Call for Nominations: Distinguished Woman Philosopher 2013
Each year the Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy comes together to honor a woman philosopher whose contributions to the support of women in philosophy and to philosophy itself are outstanding and merit special recognition. A panel and reception celebrating the honoree's accomplishments will be organized for the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 27-30, 2013.
Nominations should include a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae and a minimum of two supporting letters, which summarize the nominee's contributions to philosophy and support of women in philosophy.
NOTE: Two-thirds of letter writers for any given nomination must be members of the society for women in philosophy, in good standing.
Please e-mail all nominations to Rochelle Green, ESWIP Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 1, 2013.