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 […]

Coming Soon to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY!

Pittsburgh Summer Program 3, the third edition of a summer program for members of groups underrepresented in philosophy of science, has been in full swing all week and ends tomorrow. You can get a general overview of the Pitt Summer Program here. Next week, Edouard Machery, Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at […]

MAP Bristol Conference: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reception of European Thought, University of Bristol, Jun. 6-7, 2019

Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the scholarship of the broad academic theoretical work. To correct these biases — which have been critically denounced by the scholars from non-European continents — the postcolonial scholarship made an effort in deconstructing the European theoretical referents, […]

Braille Transcription for Academic Materials and a New Scholarship for Disabled Students

Ohio State University’s Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) now has an in-house Braille transcriber for students requesting textbook and other materials in Braille, providing a faster and more cost-effective way to serve the needs of students and university departments. SLDS’s Lisa Vogt recently became a certified Braille transcriber through the (U.S.) National Library […]

Undergraduate Diversity Initiative for the British Society of Aesthetics Conference, Oxford, Sept. 6-8, 2019 (deadline: Jul. 1, 2019)

In an effort to increase diversity in British aesthetics and philosophy of art, the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) is launching a new initiative to encourage UK undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider further study in the discipline. We will provide funding to a limited number of such students to attend the BSA Annual Conference, […]

CFP: OZSW Autumn School “Beyond the Canon: Unexplored Topics and Forgotten Thinkers,” Tilburg University, Oct. 25-26, 2019 (deadline: Jun. 1, 2019)

Textbooks on the history of philosophy deal with what are widely agreed to be the most important themes and thinkers of the past two-and-a-half thousand years. They discuss, among others, the views of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, and Kant, as well as the major traditions and debates in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics: rationalism […]

CFA: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reception of European Thought-MAP Bristol, University of Bristol, June 6-7, 2019 (deadline: Apr. 3, 2019)

Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the scholarship not only of the European philosophy itself, but also of the broad academic theoretical work in and beyond Europe. To correct these biases — which have been critically denounced by the scholars from non-European continents […]

Academic Ableism’s Purpose

Following on Saturday’s post about inaccessibility at Yale University, this post draws attention to the purpose that the inaccessibility of the university serves. Readers and listeners of this post might think that the previous sentence was misworded or inaptly phrased. Why would I suggest that the inaccessibility of the university serves a purpose? The sort of […]

CFP: Glasgow MAP Workshop 2019 – Us and Them: Violence, Discrimination and Minorities, University of Glasgow, Apr. 11-12, 2019 (deadline: Mar. 4, 2019)

Keynote speakers: Mona Simion, University of St. Andrews Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff University The Minorities and Philosophy chapter of the University of Glasgow is pleased to announce its annual workshop. This year, we will focus on violence and discrimination as experienced by minorities.   Members of minorities, here broadly understood, are subjected to systematic forms of violence at the personal […]

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. […]