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I was visiting the web-page of the Philosophy Department at the University of Western Ontario, and noticed that they had an open call for papers for an upcoming graduate student conference on feminist philosophy (Sept. 18-20). The Keynote speaker is Alice MacLachlan (York University).

 Here is an excerpt of their description of the conference: “This conference aims to bring together graduate students from across North America 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. ”

The deadline for submissions is on June 15th. Click here for more information.


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… is the title of tonight’s philosophy slam hosted by JU.  The presentation will be given by Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr.,  of Bethune-Cookman College.  The slam begins at 7:30 and will be held at the London Bridge Pub, Downtown on the corner of Adams and Ocean.  For more information e-mail aaxelss@jacksonville.edu .

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…is the topic of the Global Studies Association of North America’s 2009 Conference. 
May 8th through the 10th.
Click here for more details.

Co-Sponsored by the Peace Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University.

Keynote Speakers include: Ginette Apollon (“Human Rights in Haiti”), Farshad Araghi (“The Global Food Crisis: Event or Conjecture?”), Stephen E. Bronner (“America and Darfur: Notes for a New Policy”), Micheline Islay(“The Sixtieth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Exploring the Past and Anticipating the Future”),  Roland Robertson (“The Global Politics of Human Rights”).

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Just stopping by the blog with some girl power to my sisters across the world to celebrate International Women’s Day. I hope each and every one of us get to live to see the day when women are no longer beaten, forced to bear children, battered, forced into prostitution, abused, discriminated against, held in slavery, raped, mutilated, ridiculed, bonded in marriage, circumcised, sold, and traded.

I long for the day when women are no longer blamed for the clothes they wore when they were raped, the words they spoke when they were beaten by their partners and the helplessness they feel when they are isolated in their marriages. I wish that one day women aren’t the only ones held responsible for pregnancies. I hope that young women will one day go to college solely for the purpose of an education and not at all for the purpose of finding someone to marry. I want to live to see that women will go to work and get equal pay.

I think women are astonishing creations. Being a woman is one of the things in my life that I am most proud of. Being part of the world’s largest minority, however, is not. And so the fight must go on..!


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An interview at Philosophy Bites:

Testimonial injustice occurs when others fail to treat you seriously as a source of knowledge. In this interview Miranda Fricker, author of a recent book on the topic, explains this concept which lies at the intersection between epistemology and political philosophy.

This interview is from 2007, but I just found out about it via Feminist Philosophers. And here’s a review of her book, Epistemic Injustice:

Epistemology and Ethics have traditionally been kept apart. This book brings them together. Miranda Fricker focuses on two kinds of epistemic injustice: the injustice that occurs when someone is not treated seriously as a possible source of knowledge (testimonial injustice) and the injustice that occurs when a society lacks a conceptual framework for understanding the experiences of someone who has been treated badly (hermeneutic injustice). An example of the first kind is when someone stopped by the police is not believed because he is black; an example of the second type is when someone is a victim of sexual harrassment in a society that still lacks that concept. Both are kinds of epistemic injustice in Fricker’s terms. That is they are harms that an individual suffers that relate to that individual’s potential to give knowledge and to be a subject of social understanding.

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A memorial notice can be found here.

Des Forges, born in Schenectady, New York, in 1942, began working on Rwanda as a student and dedicated her life and work to understanding the country, to exposing the serial abuses suffered by its people and helping to bring about change. She was best known for her award-winning account of the genocide, “Leave None to Tell the Story,” and won a MacArthur Award (the “Genius Grant”) in 1999. She appeared as an expert witness in 11 trials for genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, three trials in Belgium, and at trials in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Canada. She also provided documents and other assistance in judicial proceedings involving genocide in four other national jurisdictions, including the United States.

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Readers who have followed recent philosophical discussions on implicit bias and schema disruption (here, for example) may be interested in this study reported at The Situationist attempting to test whether having an African-American president has changed the way African-American students perform on tests, and whether it has enhanced their ability to overcome stereotype threats that decrease academic performance.

The inspiring role model that Mr. Obama projected helped blacks overcome anxieties about racial stereotypes that had been shown, in earlier research, to lower the test-taking proficiency of African-Americans, the researchers conclude in a report summarizing their results.

“Obama is obviously inspirational, but we wondered whether he would contribute to an improvement in something as important as black test-taking,” said Ray Friedman, a management professor at Vanderbilt University, one of the study’s three authors. “We were skeptical that we would find any effect, but our results surprised us.”

Readers who haven’t followed the discussions on implicit bias and schema disruption or who aren’t familiar with the relevant psychological literature may wish to follow the links at the end of the entry at The Situationist.

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