Back to Campus Post Baby and Post Parental Leave

I am back on campus this spring after giving birth to my first child. We named her Mara, and she is now six months old. I am an assistant professor and was lucky enough to cobble together generous parental leave for the fall of 2018. I delivered on September 9th. I used a combination of […]

Community Education Project: A Prison Education

I teach in prison. I do so as an expression of my belief that as a professor, I have power; but, this power can and should be loosened from the traditional campus and redirected to create space for incarcerated students to build a classroom. The classroom I teach in, and the program I help lead, […]

Where Are the Women? (Guest Post)

Guest Post by Sarah Tyson Thank you for this opportunity to discuss my new book, Where Are the Women? Why Expanding the Archive Makes Philosophy Better, and why I wrote it. Broadly, this book explores how practices of exclusion shape our practices of thinking.  I was motivated to write Where Are the Women? after years […]

The Historical Origin of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Guest Post)

Guest Post by Patrick S. O’Donnell Thanks to Patrick S. O’Donnell for sharing his thoughts regarding the historical origin of PTSD. He wrote in response to a recent article published on Quartz, “Palestine’s head of mental health services says PTSD is a western concept”. Patrick S. O’Donnell is an independent researcher and writer, published primarily […]

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 […]

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 […]

Between Bird Box and A Quiet Place: Blockbuster Depictions of Disability

Recently, I watched Bird Box (2018), a new Netflix horror film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich. Since its release on December 21, the film has made a huge impact on social media and is the subject of hundreds of viral memes. While Netflix does not usually release viewership numbers, they say 45 million […]