Here comes a new academic year, always exciting and new.  This is part of the fun of being in the academy.  There’s always a new group of students, new classes to teach, new colloquia and conferences.

On my dance card:

Giving a talk to the Emory philosophy department September 15 on political imaginaries.

Co-chairing, with Andrew Light, the Advancing Public Philosophy conference in Washington, DC, Oct. 6-8.

Moderating a session on the work of Patricia Hill Collins at the 50th anniversary meeting of SPEP, Oct. 19-22. Also there I am introducing a motion to help decentralize SPEP governance.

Participating in a workgroup on youth and new media at the Institute for Advanced Studies organized by Danielle Allen Nov. 9-11.

NOT going to the eastern APA because it is still scheduled between Christmas and New Year’s.

Giving a talk at UC Denver March 12.

Also some meetings with the Kettering Foundation.

More news to follow.

By Noelle McAfee

I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.


  1. But if you came to the APA after the Christmas holiday season, you’d see SWIP honoring Jenny Saul as One Distinguished Woman in Philosophy. And you’d nibble and sip with us and agree that it’s awesome.

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