philoSOPHIA 2015 at Emory May 14-16, 2015

philoSOPHIA 2015

Ninth Annual Conference

The Neolithic to the Neoliberal:

Communities Human and Non-Human

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

May 14-16, 2015

Local Hosts:

Cynthia Willett | Noëlle McAfee | Erin Tarver

Graduate Assistant: Lilyana Levy

Keynote Speakers:

Drucilla Cornell | Lisa Guenther & Chloë Taylor | Kelly Oliver

Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors:

Subvention Fund, Hightower Fund, Emory Center for Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of African American Studies, Department of Philosophy, Disability Studies Initiative, Oxford College Humanities Division, Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs at Oxford College, Emory Center for Women, The Loemker Funds

All events will take place at the Emory Conference Center Hotel

1615 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Thursday May 14

5:00-7:00 p.m. Registration, next to hotel check in

7:00- 9:00 p.m. Oak Amphitheater

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Cynthia Willett, Emory University

Joint Opening Keynote

Moderator: Erin Tarver, Emory University

“The Eugenic Structure of Mass Incarceration: Critical Race and Disability Perspectives,” Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University & Chloë Taylor, University of Alberta

9:00-11:00 p.m. Pleshette DeArmitt Memorial Reception, Lobby Alcove

Friday May 15

7:00-9:00 a.m. Coffee and Continental Breakfast, Oak Break Area

9:00 -11:45 a.m.

Session F1A“Whose Community?” Workshop: Intersections of Gender, Race, Sex, and Nationality in Kant and German Idealism, Dogwood Room

Workshop Leader: Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Emory University

“(Re)constructing the Cosmopolitan Womb: The Gender of Rational development in Kant’s Practical Philosophy,” Whitney Ronshagen, Emory University

“Undoing the Kantian Knot: Geography, Anthropology, and Universal History,” Omar Quiñonez, Emory University

“Thinking Sexes and Sexualities Beyond the Nature/Culture Binary,” Katharine Loevy, Pacific University

“Beauty at the Borders of Community,” Elaine Miller, Miami University of Ohio

“Kant’s Animal-Rational Axis and its Bearing on his Views of Sex/Gender, Race, and Nationality,” David Alexander Craig, University of Oregon

Session F1B Fugitive Femininities Workshop, Basswood Room

Workshop Leader: Rizvana Bradley, Emory University

“Maroon Notanda,” Joseph Jordan, Vanderbilt University

“Plot Holes and Passages,” Amalle Dublon, Duke University

“Half-Sisters, Radical Queens, Lesbian Separatists, and Non-Men: Second Wave Trans Feminism,” Emma Heaney, New York University

“Rapturous Noise, Messianic Visions, and Muslim Futurism,” Sadia Shirazi, Cornell University

Session F1C Roundtable: “Feminism in Transit: Trans-national, Trans-formative, Trans-generational, and Trans-disciplinary,” Oak Amphitheater

Moderator: Kyoo Lee, John Jay College/ CUNY

“uBuntu, its Transformative Power: a South African Philosophical Value, a Universalizable Alternative to European Humanism,” Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University

“A Fieldwork in Transit: Greeting the Postcolonial Paradigm,” Namita Goswami, Indiana State University

“The Future is Already Here? Transhumanism, Afro-Futurism, and Race,” Donna-Dale Marcano, Trinity College

“Transracial Geographies: Complicating Intraracial, Interracial, Diasporic Interstices,” Falguni Sheth, Hampshire College

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch, Hotel Dining Room

Business Meeting, Dogwood Room (get and bring lunch from dining room)

1:30- 3:00 p.m. Keynote, Oak Amphitheater

Moderator: Cynthia Willett, Emory University

“Service Dogs,” Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University

Respondents: Jonathan K. Crane, Emory University

Sean Meighoo, Emory University

3:15-5:00 p.m.

Session F1A: Vitalisms, Non-Vitalisms and the Onto-Epistemologies of Critique, Oak Amphitheater

Moderator: Kit Connor, Miami Ohio University

“Disability in and of the World: Vital and Non-Vital Relations of Intracorporeality,” Kelly Fritsch, York University

“Crip Non-conformity: Conversations between Disabled Users and Built Environments,” Aimi Hamraie, Vanderbilt University

“Assimilation, Reconciliation, and Being at Home: Hegel and Otherness in the Human,” Jane Dryden, Mount Allison University

“Placebogenic Promises and the Problem of Design,” Ada Jaarsma, Mount Royal University

Session F1B: Marxist Feminism on Gender, Sex Work, and Mass Incarceration, Basswood Room

Moderator: Andrea Wheeler, Iowa State University

“Man, Woman, Species: Towards a Marxian Concept of Gender,” Mike Kryluk, SUNY Stony Brook

“A Queer Marxist Feminist Analysis of Sex Work,” Alyssa Adamson, SUNY Stony Brook

“Race, Gender, and Class and the Immanent Critique of Mass Incarceration,” Eva Boodman, SUNY Stony Brook

Session F1C: Contemporary Social Justice: Animals, Sexual Violence, and Affective Labor, Mountain Laurel Room

Moderator: Taina Figueroa, Emory University

“Affective Indigestion: Fanon, Lorde, and Gutierrez-Rodriguez on Race and Affective Labor,” Shiloh Whitney, Fordham University

“Is Consent Commensurable with Desire? Improving Ethics for the Erotic Human Animal,” Caleb Ward, SUNY Stony Brook

“Epistemic Injustice Against Animals,” Rebecca Tuvel, Rhodes College

5:00-8:00 p.m. *~*Party*~*

Wisteria Lanes Bowling Alley

Saturday May 16

7:00 – 8:45 a.m. Coffee and Continental Breakfast, Oak Break Area

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Session S1A: Thinking Extinction, Oak Amphitheater

Moderator: Jessica Mayock, California State University at San Marcos

“Wanton Extinction: Monster, Fossil, Queer,” Lynne Huffer, Emory University

“On Extinction: Negotiating Live-abilities,” Kathrin Thiele, Utrecht University

“Thinking Extinction: 2036 and 4.6 Billion,” Shannon Winnubst, Ohio State University

Session S1B: Contemporary Social Critique, Basswood Room

Moderator: Melinda Robb, Emory University

“Letting Hope Go: A Reassessment of Hope in the Context of Entrenched Injustices,” Desiree Valentine, Pennsylvania State University

“Femininities Frivolousness and Femininities Frugal: Critical Values in Neoliberal Culture,” Jana McAuliffe, Marian University

“Beauvoir, Intersectionality, and Violence: On the Physical Activism of White and Black Girls,” Shannon Sullivan, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Session S1C: Trans- Identities: Politics, Ethics, and Art, Dogwood Room

Moderator: Sarah Tyson, University of Colorado Denver

“Waste Culture and Isolation: Prisons, Toilets, and Gendered Experience,” Perry Zurn, DePaul University

“Towards a Trans Feminist Care Ethics: Sarah Ruddick, Transgender Children, and Solidarity in Dependency,” Amy Billingsley, University of Oregon

“Jane Alexander’s Animot: towards an Uncanny ‘Ethics of Mutuality’,” Ruth Lipschitz, Goldsmiths, University of London

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session S2A: Renaturalizing Denaturalization: Unsetting “Life Itself,” Basswood Room

Moderator: Jennifer Gammage, DePaul University

“Re-treating Matter, Re-turning Nature,” Rachel Jones, George Mason University

“Vulnerability and Elemental Difference,” Emily Anne Parker, Towson University

“Ancient Genealogies of Nature, Fugitive Matter, and the Feminine,” Emanuela Bianchi, New York University

Session S2B: Race, Colonial, and the Post-Colonial , Oak Amphitheater

Moderator: Aaron Pratt Shepherd, Emory University

“On Sylvia Wynter’s Revolutionary Humanism: Feminism and the Anthropocene in Afro-Caribbean Philosophy,” Max Hantel, Rutgers University

“No selves to abolish – Afropessimism, Anti-Politics, and the End of the World,” Kieran Aarons, DePaul University

“Becoming Brown, Becoming Insect: a Deleuzian Response to Infestation Imagery in Racist/Nativist Discourse,” Sabrina Hom, Georgia College and State University

Session S2C: Margins and Monsters , Dogwood Room

Moderator: Kate Davies, Emory University

“‘Here Be Dragons’: Neoliberal Racism, Police Brutality, and the Imaginary – Affective Limits of the Moral Community,” Lauren Guilmette, Florida Atlantic University

“The Monsters of Sex: Foucault and the Problem of Biological Sex,” Sarah Hansen, Drexel University

“Monsters, Perverts, and Criminals: Death in Biopolitics,” Ege Selin Islekel, DePaul, University

12:30- 2:00 p.m. Lunch, Hotel Dining Room

2:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Session S3A: Feminist Materialism, Mountain Laurel Room

            Moderator: Robin James, UNC Charlotte

“The Spirit of (the) Matter: Deconstruction, Meta/physics, and the ‘New’ Feminist Materialism,” Stephen Seely, Rutgers University, Recipient of the Graduate Paper Prize


“Ecofeminism and the New Materialism: Commonalities and Tensions,” Marie-Anne Casselot, McGill University

“Vital Matters: The Vitalization of Matter and the Devitalization of Biology,” Alice Everly, McGill University

Session S3B: Beauvoir, Basswood Room

            Moderator: Lauran Whitworth, Emory University

“Toward an Ethics of Vulnerability in Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty,” Sabrina Aggleton, Pennsylvania State University

“Beauvoir as a Human Rights Thinker,” Hülya Simga, Koc University

“The Proliferating, Polyamorous Temporality of Eros: Undermining Gendered Time in Beauvoir and Levinas,” Sarah Fayad, University of New Mexico

Session S3C: Embodiment, Pain, and Disability, Dogwood Room

Moderator: Joel Reynolds, Emory University

“The Subject in/of Pain: Rupture and Response,” Lilyana Levy, Emory University

“Whose Body?: Disabled Embodiments and the Question of the Natural,” Jim Bodington, University of New Mexico

“Disability Pride as Political Spirituality? Beyond the Dueling Ontologies of Disability,” Stephanie Jenkins, Oregon State University

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Keynote, Oak Amphitheater

Moderator: Noëlle McAfee, Emory University

“The Call of Justice and the Demand of Negotiation”

Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University

5:30-8:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

8:00-11:00 p.m. *~*Dance Party*~*

Silverbell Pavillion

Details here:

epistemic deliberative theory

Advocates of epistemic deliberative democracy point to deliberations’ propensity to track the truth.  Could someone please explain to me what truth there is to track on political matters, which by their very nature are political because no one can agree on a truth that would adjudicate the matter? This seems folly from top to bottom.

philoSOPHIA Conference at Emory May 14-16, 2015

I’m helping organize the 9th Annual Meeting of the feminist philosophy society, philoSOPHIA.  The lineup is amazing….

philoSOPHIA 2015
9th Annual Conference
The Neolithic to the Neoliberal: Communities Human and Non-Human
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
May 14-16, 2015
Local Hosts:
Cynthia Willett | Noëlle McAfee | Erin Tarver
Keynote Speakers:
Drucilla Cornell | Lisa Guenther & Chloë Taylor | Kelly Oliver

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Richard Rorty 1997 on Democracy and Philosophy

When I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1990s, I was an occasional guest host on a public affairs program of the local PBS station. In 1997 I interviewed the philosopher Richard Rorty.

This afternoon, with the help of Emory graduate student Karen McCarthy, I finally got around to digitizing it. Then we uploaded it to YouTube.  It’s kind of eery watching it again.  So many of the issues Rorty and I discussed are still with us today in the clash of cultures between religion and secularism, attempts at democratization in the Middle East versus the Taliban, and the near-impossibility of finding a way to adjudicate between our differences.  Rorty stuck by his position that we can never really get outside our culture and history to adjudicate anything, yet at the same time he appealed to notions of “better” and “worse” that could be understood through stories we tell ourselves.  I wasn’t satisfied with that then, and I’m still not now.  But maybe that is simply because there is no philosophical panacea that could ever be satisfying and, in the end, we are really just left, rather bereft, with our ability to tell compelling stories. Rorty at one point appealed to the occasional geniuses like Jefferson and Jesus and Socrates (a weird troika) who, perhaps struck by a cosmic ray, could move us forward.  Then and now this appeal to genius is hardly helpful. But I think I get what he was saying — that the occasional fluke could get us out of our constituting context.  At the very end I bring up a piece he had written the year before for the New York Times on what might happen in the future in America, the future, specifically 2014 and 2015.  So it is a fascinating kind of time travel to watch this interview now, from here in the future.

Neoliberalism and the Mail

The conservative / neoliberal attack on public sector enterprises, namely the United States Postal Service, has worked so well that now I, a leftie, am hating the US Postal Service.  They are clearly understaffed and so I see mail carriers trying to deliver the goods as late as 8 p.m.  God bless them. But when I want a package delivered on time — or delivered at all  (first world problem) — they are no where to be found  And if during a lull time I get through to customer service in under 20 minutes, I get a non-answer.  And so, personally, I’ll go with a privatized mail service (FedEx or UPS) but they, UPS at least, are notorious for treating their workers horribly.  My US postal worker gets treated well, but if Congress won’t back this public service then we all fail. Quandary.

On Nothing

Purging all the detritus in my home office, I wonder whether it’s time to get rid of my 4-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Surely with the new online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy this is just taking up shelf space.  But I do love this one entry, even though I completely disagree with it, because it is quite funny:

(from The Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Nothing is an awe-inspiring yet essentially undigested concept, highly esteemed by writers of an existentialist tendency, but by most others regarded with axiety, nausea, or panic. Nobody seems to know how to deal with it (he would, of course), and plain persons generally are reported to have little difficulty in saying, seeing, hearing, and doing nothing. Philosophers, however, have never felt easy on the matter. Ever since Parmenides laid it down that it is impossible to speak of what is not, broke his own rule in the act of stating it, and deduced himself into a world where all that ever happened was nothing, the impression has persisted that the narrow path between sense and nonsense on this subject is a difficult one to tread and that altogether the less said of it the better. Continue reading

20th century philwiki rocks a sinking boat

Even as I try to ignore those mean spirits, today I went to a certain blog and found this delightful bit:

More PhD program wikis!

Now we have 20th-century Continental philosophy, started by (brace yourselves) Noelle McAfee.  Fortunately, since a wiki is just as good as its contributors it does not matter who started it.  As with Philosophical Logic, it’s purely informational (who works on what, links to pages etc.), and devoid of crucial qualitative information.  Again, students can start with the PGR results on the latter front.

[please avoid clicking here but here’s the source:

Ummm — devoid of crucial qualitative information?  Oh, let’s see, you could go to the 20th century continental philosophy wiki and quickly see the strengths of PhD programs around the world, see faculty professional webages and PhilPages profiles listing all their publications, or you could go to the PGR listing of 20th century continental philosophy and see what a handful of mostly Nietzsche scholars and hardly any who do work in contemporary French theory think. You’ll find 13 programs listed without any detail on who is doing what. Some of these programs show up well on the 20th Century Philosophy wiki.  But many who look really great from info on the wiki don’t show up at all on the PGR — perhaps because the evaluators don’t have expertise in the wide range of work going on in 20th century continental philosophy.

As for the wiki, much more work is needed, especially in listing programs outside the US.  So please help pitch in.