Commemorating Foucault I: Symposium on Hall’s The Bioethics of Enhancement

Michel Foucault died unexpectedly 35 years ago today. To honour Foucault’s memory and the rich body of work that he bequeathed to us, I am reposting two symposiums that were previously posted at Discrimination and Disadvantage: a symposium on my Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability that took place at the annual meeting of CSWIP […]

More On How Bioethics Fosters Homogeneity in Philosophy and Society in General

It would be difficult to overestimate the constraining effects that the PhilPapers database generates for the development of critical philosophical work on disability. Nor could one overstate the deleterious consequences that accrue to disabled philosophers due to the structure of a spinoff of PhilPapers, namely, PhilJobs, the leading job board in philosophy whose architecture mirrors […]

Neoliberalism, Bioethics, and the Apparatus of Disability in a German Context

In the fifth chapter of Foucault and the Government of Disability, I assert that philosophers and theorists of disability should recognize that the subfield of bioethics is a neoliberal technology of government, that is, a concerted biopolitical enterprise whose aim is normalization (and hence control) of populations. Given the scope of my critique of bioethics […]

Up Against Power and Prestige With Puar

I (and others) have long thought that, for the most part, Tom Shakespeare’s and Rosemarie Garland Thomson’s respective work in disability studies has lost its critical edge. Yet both Shakespeare and Garland Thomson continue to be widely regarded as icons in the disability studies circles of their respective countries (England and the United States) and […]

APA Symposium on Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

The draft program for the upcoming Pacific APA meeting in Vancouver (April 17th-20th, 2019) went online in late November. The symposium on my book, Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability, is scheduled for Thursday, April 18th, 1-4 p.m. My co-blogger, Melinda Hall, will chair the session. The other participants in the session are: Devonya Havis, […]

CFP: (Post)colonial Health: Global Perspectives on the Medical Humanities, University of Leeds, June 20-21, 2019 (deadline: Feb. 15, 2019)

(Post)colonial Health: Global Perspectives on the Medical Humanities Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds, 20-21 June 2019 Keynote speakers:Professor Deepika Bahri, Professor of English, Emory University, author of Postcolonial Biology: Psyche and Flesh After Empire (2017) Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Professor in the History of Medicine, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, and Director of the […]