Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Emily R. Douglas

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fifty-eighth 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 […]

What's Ahead: Against Natural(izing) Disability

Much of my writing, teaching, service, and activism in philosophy has been designed to undermine a cluster of assumptions about the relation between nature and nurture, that is, a cluster of assumptions about the relation between biology and society, assumptions that remain embedded in philosophical discourses, variously naturalizing disability, gender, race, and other apparatuses of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Shelley Tremain Interviews Kristina Lebedeva

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fifty-sixth 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 […]

Posts on Ableist Language and Discourse

Due to the interest in my recent post “Weinberg and Barnes on Ableist Language” (the top link below), I have compiled a list of links to my earlier blog posts (on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, Discrimination and Disadvantage, and New Apps) about disability and ableist language and disability and language in general, beginning with the most recent […]

Reviews of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

In the past week, two very positive reviews of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability have appeared (well, if they appeared before last week, I was unaware that they had been published). I was happy to read that, for the most part, the two reviews focus on and draw out disparate aspects of the book. […]

CFP: Outsiders Within: Reflections on Being a Low-Income and/or First-Generation Philosopher, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 8-11, 2020 (deadline: Sept. 30, 2019)

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the APA is now accepting abstracts for a panel discussion on navigating academic philosophy as a first-generation and/or low-income graduate student at the Eastern Division. Many philosophers have highlighted the lack of diversity amongst professional philosophers, and there are several active initiatives aimed at encouraging greater diversity, a great […]

CFP: Philosophy Born of Struggle, Grand Rapids, MI, Nov. 1-2, 2019 (Extended deadline: Aug. 31, 2019)

The 25th Philosophy Born of Struggle conference will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Philosophy Born of Struggle asks for papers or roundtable/panel proposals on neglected philosophers whose works can be considered contributions to philosophies born of struggle. Keynote speaker: Juliet Hooker We welcome submissions inspired by the conference theme. […]