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 […]

Just Mercy

Back in January, that is, in the first weeks of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, I posted about a trip to Alabama that I took in November of last year. On that occasion, Utz McKnight, the Chair of Gender and Race Studies at University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, had invited me to speak to his department about my […]

Six Things You Should Know About Diversity in Philosophy, the Apparatus of Disability, and the Status of Disabled Philosophers

No department with a nondisabled philosopher of disability on its faculty has a disabled philosopher of disability on its faculty. There is not a single disabled philosopher of disability employed full-time in a Canadian philosophy department. There are no disabled philosophers of disability in the departments in which the leading advocates for diversity and inclusion […]

CFP: Northwestern University Graduate Critical Theory Conference, Evanston, Apr. 24-25, 2020 (deadline: Feb. 1, 2020)

Keynotes: Cinzia Arruzza (The New School) and Daniel Loick (Goethe University Frankfurt) The graduate students of the Northwestern University Philosophy Department are pleased to announce a two-day graduate conference in critical theory, with keynote addresses by Cinzia Arruzza (The New School for Social Research) and Daniel Loick (Goethe University Frankfurt). Contemporary social realities are stark […]

The Disabling Materiality of Feminist Rhetorical Practices*

Consider the expressions “women and other underrepresented groups” and “women and minorities,” terminology that has been readily transported from managerial and juridical discourses (such as corporate social responsibility statements, government policy, university administration protocols, etc.) and uncritically assimilated into feminist (and other) discourses ostensibly designed to contest and reduce the homogeneous character and composition of […]

CFP: Cultural Appropriation and the Arts (deadline: Jul. 20, 2020)

A Special Issue of The British Journal of Aesthetics In recent years, there have been heated debates both in the public opinion and in academic contexts over the phenomenon of “cultural appropriation”—i.e. when ‘members of one culture … take for their own, or for their own use, items produced by a member or members of […]

CFP: Putting the "Social" In Social Justice: Equality, Equity and Feasibility, Concordia University, Mar. 13-15, 2020 (deadline: Jan. 15, 2020)

Concordia University’s graduate student philosophy association invites submissions for its 2020 graduate student conference. The conference will be held on March 13-15 at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). The topic of the conference is social justice. Keynote speaker: Carol C. Gould (CUNY) We are seeking papers that address topics such as equality, equity, and feasibility. In […]

Underrepresented Philosophy of Science Scholars (UPSS) Initiative

Announcing the launch of the Philosophy of Science Association’s Underrepresented Philosophy of Science Scholars (UPSS) Initiative website: https://upss.philsci.org The Underrepresented Philosophy of Science Scholars Initiative aims to raise awareness about the problem of underrepresentation in the philosophy of science, design and implement programs to address this problem, mentor students and early career scholars from underrepresented groups, work […]

Landmark Settlement With Harvard University To Improve Online Accessibility

The National Association for the Deaf (NAD) in the U.S. has announced a landmark settlement with Harvard University which includes requirements that go beyond the university’s recently-introduced accessibility policies, including requirements to caption live events, third-party platforms (such as YouTube videos), and department-sponsored student groups. The following article about the settlement (dated November 27, 2019) […]

Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, December 18th, 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 […]