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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TCP hosts feminist philosopher Shannon Winnubst

From TCP:
Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture and Politics - Speakers Series
Shannon Winnubst, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University
"Politics or Ethics? Reconsidering Queer Critiques of Normativity in Neoliberalism"

(A Politically Queer/Queerly Political Event)
Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Scott House 105 - Traill College

All Welcome

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Student CFP: Grad and Undergrad

The Graduate Students at the Department of Philosophy at the University of
Utah Proudly Present:

*The Tenth Annual Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference*

March 21-23, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Downing<>

Ohio State University

Paper: “Locke and his Predecessors on the Status of Secondary Qualities”

Plenary Speaker: Dustin Stokes<>

University of Utah

The Philosophy Department of the University of Utah is proud to announce
the 10th annual Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference (IWSPC) to
be held March 21-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT. Papers in any area of
philosophy by graduate or undergraduate students are welcome. Papers should
be suitable for a twenty-five minute presentation with fifteen minutes of
commentary and Q & A.

Submission requirements: Papers should be no more than 3,000 words and
prepared for blind review. Only one submission per author will be
considered. The paper should be in .doc or .pdf form and submitted
electronically to UUIWGPC at gmail dot com.

Along with your paper, we ask that you also submit a cover letter including
the following information:

1. Paper Title
2. Author’s name
3. Word count
4. Abstract (100 words)
5. Institutional affiliation
6. Academic status (graduate or undergraduate student)
7. Subject area of paper
8. Email address

Deadline: January 7th. Notification of acceptance will be emailed no later
than February 7th. Each student who presents a paper will also be expected
to give a five minute commentary on another student's paper.

Our website:

Check out our facebook group: 2013 Intermountain West Student Philosophy

Follow us on Twitter: @UtahPhilosophyG

Any questions should be addressed to Anna at UUIWGPC at gmail dot com

Thursday, November 22, 2012

An American Thanksgiving

Coincidentally, I was about to abandon work and go celebrate Thanksgiving with family when I received a query about last year's First Anniversary Ethics lecture by Prof. Roger Gottlieb.  I was moved to share an article of his and draw attention to his blog, on which I read this about the recent election:

Is it possible to find some gratitude in our hearts, even in the face of such clownishness? Perhaps we could remember that bad as our system is—overpowered by money, shaped by an electorate half of which does not vote, keyed to satisfaction of beliefs and values which are so often opposed to our common good—it has some great goods in it. At times we have been able to make moral progress through political means—as in the civil rights and feminist movements. At times dissidents could make their voices heard to check an abhorrent foreign policy—as in mass popular demonstrations against the Vietnam War. At times corrupt politicians suffer for their corruption—as Nixon did. If there are lots of problems, there have been, at times, some real moves in the right direction. Despair over what is going wrong is perfectly understandable and appropriate, but so is a deep appreciation for what we have accomplished.
The last spiritual virtue I’ll mention is loving connection. Every religious tradition celebrates it, as do countless spiritual teachers who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” What does love mean in politics? Rooted in awareness of our own moral frailties, keyed to gratitude for the gifts that we have created, spiritual love in politics is a sort of activist kindness, a wish that all beings be happy and free of pain, a cheerful willingness to roll up our sleeves and make our communities and nation a little better, and a sense of wonder that human beings—with all our short-sightedness, selfishness, tendency to violence and moral narrowness—can ever live together with any care and justice.

Friday, November 16, 2012

CFP: Philosophy of Sport, student paper prize


IAPS is proud to announce the third edition of the “R. Scott Kretchmar Student Essay Award.” Interested undergraduate and graduate students should submit a full paper by June 17, 2013 (in addition to an abstract, see below). A separate announcement is posted at the IAPS website <> .

2013 IAPS Conference - Call for Papers <>

The International Association for the Philosophy of Sport invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 41st annual 2013 IAPS meeting. The conference will be held September 4-8, 2013 at California State University Fullerton.

Abstracts are welcome on any area of philosophy of sport, including metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics, and from any theoretical approach, including analytic philosophy and critical theory. While IAPS recognizes, values, and encourages interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, acceptance is contingent on the philosophical content of the project. Emerging scholars are encouraged to submit works in progress.

A Program Committee of three IAPS peers will review abstracts. Contributors will be notified about the status of their abstracts by May 20, 2013

Proposals for round table and panel discussions, including a tentative list of participants, are also welcome and should follow the same format as paper abstracts.
IAPS is proud to announce the third edition of the “R. Scott Kretchmar Student Essay Award.” Interested undergraduate and graduate students should submit a full paper by June 17, 2013 (in addition to an abstract, see below). A separate announcement is posted at the IAPS website <> .

Abstracts should be 300-500 words long, in English, and must be received by April 1, 2013. Please, follow the following instructions (incomplete proposals will be returned). Provide:

1. Name, E-mail, current position, and employer
2. Title of Program
3. Key Words (three to five)
4. Primary Content Area/s (choose no more than 2)

* Ethics d. Epistemology g. Applied
* Metaphysics e. Phenomenology h. History
* Aesthetics f. Comparative i. Other (explain)

5. Indicate special Audio-Visual requirements (computer & projector will be provided)

The preferred mode of submission is by e-mail.

Please send the abstract blind-review ready as an attachment, preferably in Word, to the Conference Chair at:

Contributors who lack access to e-mail may send a hard copy instead to the following address:

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza
IAPS Conference Chair
Associate Professor of Philosophy – Linfield College
4786 Brisa del Bosque
Los Alamos, NM (USA)

2 Student Philosophy Conference CFPs

CFP: Third Annual Philosophy Student Conference at Dowling College
    Adam Nov 15 07:23AM -0800

    CFP: Third Annual Philosophy Student Conference at Dowling College
    (Oakdale, Long Island, New York, April 6, 2013)

    *Sponsored by the Forum for Advanced Studies Gaetanno Massa, Rome, Italy*

    In order to increase student awareness of and interest in philosophy, and
    to encourage contributions to the scholarly community, Dowling College
    Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies invites students to submit
    papers relating to any philosophical topic or period. Authors of accepted
    papers will be given the opportunity to present their work at Dowling
    College’s third annual philosophy student conference. *Now extended to
    first and second-year graduate students!*

    Deadline for Submissions: January 5, 2013

    Submission Guidelines:

    1. Although papers must relate to a philosophical topic or period, that
    does not mean that other areas, such as psychology, sociology, neurology,
    biology, etc., are excluded. As long as the paper engages with its topic in
    a philosophical manner you are more than welcome to submit the paper.
    Presenters should plan on having 20 minutes to present their work (approx.
    10-12 pages long). Time limits will be strictly enforced.

    2. Attach a copy of your submission in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format to an
    email, and send it to Within the email,
    please include your name, email address, and college/university that you
    are affiliated with.

    3. Please do not include your name on your paper, so that it may be
    reviewed “blind” by a committee of conference organizers.

    4. Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified by February 3, 2013.

    5. When you submit your paper, please indicate whether you would be
    interested acting as a discussant for another speaker's paper.

    Please remember that you do not have to be a philosophy major to submit a
    paper! All currently enrolled undergraduates are welcome to submit their

    The Rudolph Campus of Dowling College is located in Oakdale, NY. This is
    50 miles from NYC, and 25 minutes walk from the Oakdale LIRR train station.

    For more information contact

Jim Bodington Nov 14 10:45PM -0800

University of New Mexico Philosophy Graduate Student Association Presents:

2013 Annual Graduate Student Conference

*Call for Papers*

*Philosophy of Art and Literature*

April 19th and 20th

Albuquerque, NM

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Lysaker (Emory University)

Faculty Speaker: Professor Iain Thomson (UNM)

Continental philosophy is often, and unfairly, dismissed as (bad) literary
criticism. While it is true that, thanks to Martin Heidegger, art and
literature have played a crucial role in the development of continental
thought, the past three decades have witnessed among continental thinkers
an increasingly pronounced abandonment of literary and artistic obsessions
in favor of an emphasis on the ethical and the political. In the meanwhile,
traditionally marginalized artistic forms (film, television, graphic
novels) have been granted philosophical importance, and writers
traditionally regarded as literary figures (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry
James, David Foster Wallace) are being considered part of the American
philosophical heritage. What is the status of the aesthetic in the wake of
these changes?

*We invite papers that consider this question from a variety of
perspectives. Some lines of inquiry that might be addressed include:*

· What role can the encounter with a work of art or literature
continue to play in shaping philosophical reflection?

· What relationship does the production of art and literature bear
to the (political) organization of public space?

· Do literary and poetic forms have a home in philosophical
discourse? Are there modes of philosophical reflection that require for
their expression poetic or literary form?

· What promise remains in the Heideggerian inheritance that has, in
many ways, been disregarded?

· Is there an inherent connection between the art work’s resistance
(to interpretation, to appropriation) and political resistance?

· What counts as art today, and what is at stake in that decision?
Have the answers to this question fundamentally changed?

· How does art shape or reshape the everyday and life as such?

* *

*We welcome papers from graduate, and advanced undergraduate, students in
any area.*

*Please submit papers of 3,500 words or less prepared for blind review to:*


*Deadline for submission: January 15, 2013*

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Students with French language and interest in a Master's

MA Contemporary European Philosophy
A new joint MA between London (CRMEP) & Paris (University of Paris 8)
CRMEP is pleased to announce two £5000 competitive scholarships for international (non-EU) students to study on MA Contemporary European Philosophy, 2013/14, its new joint award with University of Paris 8.

Deadline for applications: Monday 21 January 2013

MA Contemporary European Philosophy is a unique, 18-month programme offering students an international and interlinguistic orientation in current philosophical work in the Modern European Tradition. Students spend the autumn semester in London, the spring semester in Paris, and the final six months working on a dissertation in either city. The programme combines the strengths of Kingston's CRMEP with the renowned expertise and experience of the Philosophy Department at Paris 8. A good reading knowledge of French is a requirement for admission to the programme. Language support is offered in London in semester 1. For further details go here.

CRMEP is also offering a £2000 scholarship for each of our three, one-year, taught MA programmes
MA Aesthetics and Art Theory
MA Modern European Philosophy
MA Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory

All applications to these MAs received by Friday 19 April 2013 will automatically be considered for these scholarships. See here for further details of these MAs.
The MA teaching team in CRMEP currently includes:
Éric Alliez             Étienne Balibar                 Howard Caygill          Peter Hallward
Catherine Malabou       Peter Osborne           Stella Sandford

Enquiries: S.Sandford [at]