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.
In 2009 Monique Roelofs edited a substantial special issue of the online journal Contemporary Aesthetics titled Aesthetics and Race: New Philosophical Perspectives. The best place to access it is here (scroll down):
Diotima: A Graduate Conference for Feminist Philosophers
Feminism, Technology and the World: Ecological Perspectives
University of Western Ontario September 25-26, 2010 CALL FOR PAPERS
This conference aims to bring together graduate students who share an interest in feminism, post-coloniality, queer theory, critical race theory, philosophy of disability and anti-oppression theory in general, regardless of their primary area of research.
Keynote Speaker: We are pleased to announce Lorraine Code, Distinguished Research Professor Emerita at York University and recipient of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award (2009), as our keynote speaker. Prof. Code’s work explores “ecological thinking as a conceptual apparatus and regulative principle for a theory of knowledge – an epistemology – capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other postcolonial issues.”
We are also pleased to announce Gillian Barker as our faculty keynote speaker.Prof. Barker specializes in philosophy of science and of biology.She is interested in ecological conceptions of organism-environment interaction and their implications for our thinking about agency, normativity and knowledge, and in ecological psychology as a tool for transformative learning and action.
We invite submissions in any area of philosophy or feminist theory, that have been influenced by your feminist commitments broadly construed, including but not limited to:
Feminist analysis of information sharing systems and new technologies;
Social consequences of genetic or biomedical research and treatment;
Explorations of a human/non-human divide, or personhood generally;
A discussion of a recent work or emerging political concern;
Developing interactions between theorists from different cultures;
Wilderness, the built environment, poverty and politics;
Environmental disaster and response;
Presenters will have 30-35 minutes to speak, followed by a 10-minute commentary and a 25-30 minute discussion period.Papers should be approximately 4000 words.Please include an abstract with your submission of no more then 200 words.
**EXTENDED** SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: June 30
Please send your submissions electronically to [email protected].All papers will be evaluated by blind review; identifying information should appear in a cover letter only.
UWO’s philosophy department has an established strength in feminist philosophy, philosophy of science, and is home to the newly formed Rotman Institute for Science and Values.
Bruce Lincoln suggests that myth is "that small class of stories that possess both credibility and authority" (1992, 24). When studying the history of mythology we find that myths often are understood as something other people have—as if the group in question possesses the truth while others live by falsehoods. In examining contemporary North American society, we can see how Judeo-Christian narratives structure popular and medical discourses regarding sex and gender. The idea that humans are born into male and female, and male and female only , is a deeply held belief—so much so that it appears as fact rather than belief. Anthropologists such as Serena Nanda and Will Roscoe have documented the cross-cultural and historical "gender variants" who exist in societies where three or more genders are the norm. The origin of the belief in two sexes could well be the opening verses of Genesis where the origin of the human species is described in bipolar, dimorphic forms: "… in the image of God He created them; male and female created He them" (Genesis 1:27 NRSV). In the article I explore the mythology that underlies the clinical management of transgender children.