Welcome to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Welcome to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY! BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY aims to provide the philosophical community with a forum for critical analysis of biopolitical asymmetries and other mechanisms and effects of power in philosophy and beyond. The BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY insignia in the banner depicts a dandelion, suggesting life, networks, systems, and change (photo credit: James Niland). BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY will […]

Do Disabled Canadians Vote?

A federal election is taking place in Canada today. All across the country, eligible voters will submit their ballots to determine the next federal government here. The months and weeks leading up to the election have been rife with controversies and scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, Bill 21 in Quebec, and shocking revelations and photographs […]

CFP: Fourth Meeting of the Critical Genealogies Workshop, Richmond, Oct. 22-24, 2020 (deadline: Apr. 15, 2020)

The Fourth Meeting of the Critical Genealogies Workshop University of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.) October 23–24, 2020 (full days of sessions both Fri & Sat plus a reception on Oct 22) The Critical Genealogies Workshop offers a venue for presenting, discussing, and engaging genealogical work in progress. Workshop goals include thematizing and reflecting on larger questions of research […]

CFP: Intellectual Ability and Disability: New Questions for Philosophy of Education (deadline: Dec. 1, 2019)*

Special Issue of Philosophical Inquiry in Education (PIE)Co-edited by Ashley Taylor (Colgate University) and Kevin McDonough (McGill University) Intellectual Ability and Disability: New Questions for Philosophy of Education Although philosophy and disability studies have often been regarded as disparate fields, philosophers have become increasingly interested in applying the insights from disability studies scholarship and activism to debates […]

CFP: philoSOPHIA 2020, Vanderbilt, May 17-20, 2020 (deadline: Dec. 15, 2019)

(A poster with the following information appears at the end of this post) A Society for Continental Feminism, 14th Annual Conference philoSOPHIA 2020 — Hosted by Vanderbilt University and Kelly Oliver Plenary Speakers: Kathryn Sophia Belle (Penn State), Lisa Guenther (Queen’s, Canada), Tracy Sharpley Whiting (Vanderbilt) Plenary Panel: New Perspectives on Disability: Kim Q. Hall, […]

CFP: Modeling Critical Pedagogy, Boston College, Mar. 20-21, 2020 (deadline: Dec. 9, 2019)

Keynote Speakers Lisa Guenther (Queen’s University) Sean McGrath (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Modeling Critical Pedagogy The academic study of philosophy has always demanded rigorous theorization, including in more practically oriented subfields like ethical, social, and political philosophy. But in the face of impending environmental crises, pervasive social inequality, and growing economic disparity, scholars are called […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Kelly Oliver

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fifty-fifth installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I am conducting with disabled philosophers and post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month. The series is designed to provide a public venue for discussion with disabled philosophers […]

Asylum, Credible Fear Tests, and Colonial Violence (Guest Post)

Guest Post* by Elena Ruíz and Ezgi Sertler Let’s start with what asylum is: an international protection mechanism that individuals seeking “refuge” from violence can use to obtain official refugee status in another country. The term we use to refer to forcibly displaced people in general – refugee – is different than the legal refugee […]

Moments from the Disabling Normativities Conference

As regular readers/listeners of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY know, last week I participated in the Disabling Normativities Conference at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, which was organized by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, was outstanding, in a variety of ways: the sessions were interesting and provocative, the discussions amongst participants between […]

Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, October 16th, at 8 a.m. EST

“I have read almost all of your interviews and they are always wonderful. …  I am really looking forward to the next installment of Dialogues on Disability.” — Adrian Piper “The Dialogues on Disability platform … has been very helpful to me, especially at times where I did not feel I belong in the world of […]