Academic Staff and Racism

As an article in Times Higher Education (THE) reports, the U.K. Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has charged that U.K. institutions take racial harassment and other forms of racism directed at students more seriously than they take racist abuse directed at academic staff. The THE article by Anna McKie is reprinted in its entirety […]

App-Based Wayfinding for Blind Students, Staff, and Campus Visitors at University of Guelph

The article by Meaghan Haldenby reprinted below originally appeared in University Affairs on May 27, 2019. The original version of Haldenby’s article includes a video that provides a demonstration of the oral description and other features of the BlindSquare app that U of G uses. _________________________________________________________ The University of Guelph has installed BlindSquare, an app-based wayfinding […]

Signs of Blind People

If you used Google to get here and you are sighted, you might have noticed that the graphic for Google Doodle today commemorates the introduction of tenji block on railway platforms in Okayama, Japan, fifty-two years ago today. “Tenji block” is the name that Seiichi Miyake gave to the tactile paving slabs that he invented […]

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 […]

Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2019, 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 […]

Beyond Inclusive Syllabi

[Occasionally, I will (re)post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY essays, data, or other information that I previously posted on the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog. The following post appeared on Discrimination and Disadvantage  in October of last year.] Nondisabled white women are generally included whenever philosophers wish to identify various underrepresented groups in the profession. Indeed, these women are generally given priority […]

Disability and Inaccessibility at Yale

In March of 2017, I wrote a post at Discrimination and Disadvantage about the situation for disabled students at Yale and other elite universities, drawing upon an article in Yale News that documented recommendations made in the Yale Disability Resources Task Force Report. Almost two years later, the situation for disabled students (and staff) at Yale remains grim. […]

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 […]