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 depicts a dandelion, suggesting life, networks, systems, and change (photo credit: James Niland). BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY will showcase the insights […]

BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: The first two weeks

Here’s a look at the first two weeks of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, launched on January 1st, 2019! Thanks to our new readers for a fantastic start. We’ve made a big splash and posted challenging and engaging content. If you want to pitch a post and take advantage of our growing audience, please hit the “Pitch” link […]

‘Microaggressions’: Just Another Word For Practices

In my previous post, I refer to both microaggressions, in general, and linguistic microaggressions, in particular. I also claim that linguistic microaggressions are intentional and nonsubjective tactics, that is, are directed at specific aims and objectives (are intentional) and can seldom be attributed to a given actor who introduced them into discourse and practice (are […]

Ableist Language and Other Everyday Assaults on Disabled People (or, Stop Talking About “People with Disabilities”!)

Language, a ubiquitous sociopolitical mechanism, operates intentionally and nonsubjectively, and can produce microaggressions whose effects are far-reaching. Language, Lane Greene remarks, is a genius system with no genius. “Bound by rules, yet constantly changing,” Greene notes, “language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge” (Greene 2018). In systems of language, words and […]

CFA: Epistemic Injustice, Reasons, and Agency, University of Kent, May 1-2, 2019 (deadline: Jan. 25, 2019)

Annual SWIP-UK Conference: Epistemic Injustice, Reasons, and Agency May 1-2, 2019 University of Kent Keynote speaker: Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University) SECOND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS This conference is the second event of a collaborative project on ‘Epistemic Injustice, Reasons and Agency’ led by Veli Mitova (University of Johannesburg) and Lubomira Radoilska (University of Kent) and supported […]

CFP: Transgender: Intersectional/International Conference, Edinburgh, May 28-29, 2019 (deadline: Jan. 31, 2019)

  Transgender: Intersectional/International explores the narratives of diverse transgender people from around the UK and the world, as they experience multiple intersecting inequalities. The conference will go beyond the idea of ‘transgender’ as a single-issue agenda or experience, and instead explore the stories of transgender and non-binary people in connection with intersecting oppressions such as […]

CFP: Migration and Poverty, University of Salzberg, September 19-20, 2019 (deadline: Jan. 31, 2019)

Keynote speakers:Ilse Derluyn (Ghent, Social Work)Cathy McIlwaine (King’s College London, Geography)Corinna Mieth (Bochum, Philosophy)Julia O‘Connell-Davidson (Bristol, Sociology)Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht, Geography/Development Studies) The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR), University of Salzburg, invites the submission of proposals for single papers, thematic panels (2, 4 or 6 papers), and roundtable sessions (3-5 discussants plus 1 chair) […]

CFP: Ethical Diets and Animal Ethics — Beyond Extensionism (deadline: Feb. 1, 2019)

An edited volume of new work in food and animal ethics.  While Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation (1975) and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights (1983) remain key historical and theoretical texts in contemporary discussions of ethical diets, many developments in the past 30-40 years in fields related to understanding the animal or biological nature of human morality, animal […]

Bird Box’s Mental Illness Problem & Blindness as Metaphor

I just ran across a post that is quite thoughtful about the mental illness stigma rife in Bird Box. Unfortunately, to make the point, the headline for the essay uses blindness as a metaphor for ignorance!: “Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ is blind to the issue of stigmatizing mental illness”. This is precisely the problem with all […]