Just got back from a really interesting conference: Building Coalitions Across Difference, at the University of Dayton. (Thanks to all those at UD who made the conference possible.) Themes in the papers included:
- How does one's social position affect one's ability to know, especially, to have knowledge of other social positions? Is it possible to have knowledge across substantial social divisions? What accounts of knowledge are best suited to accommodate knowers within diverse communities?
- What is an "identity"? What are intersectional identities? Are gender and race identities obligatory? Does membership in an identity bring with it moral and political obligations?
- How does oppression affect one's ability to know and to act? How can critique of conceptual frameworks help undermine oppression?
- What is solidarity? What does solidarity with others require of us?
Speakers and their topics are listed below. It would be great to hear from other participants!
Gaile Pohlhaus, "Coalitional Knowing"
Alison Bailey, "On Intersectionality and White Feminist Philosophy."
Alexis Shotwell, "Enacting Solidarity"
Nathan R. Placencia, "Internalization and Social Identities"
Brian Thomas, "Identification and Organization: Problems for Nominalist Conceptions of Racial Identity?"
Shireen Roshanravan, "Passing-as-if"
Penelope Ingram, "The Signifying Body: Veiled Women and the Ethics of Representation."
Carol Hay, "Rationality and Oppression"
Lorraine Code, "'They Treated Him Well': Fact, Fiction and the Politics of Knowledge"
Camisha Russell, "Thin Skin, Thick Blood: The 'Non-philosophical' Underpinnings of Black Solidarity."
Eric Thomas Weber, "Construction, Art and Politics"