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Pedagogical Encounters: Feminist Philosophy and Education

Dundee, 22-23 June 2012.

Keynote Speakers:

Morwenna Griffiths (Chair of Classroom Learning, Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University)

Graeme Nixon (Programme Director, Studies in Mindfulness, School of Education, University of Aberdeen)

Amy Shuffelton (Department of Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)

With sessions on:

Philosophy for Children (led by Kath Jones, ‘Blooming Minds’ & University of Greenwich)

Philosophy in Prisons (led by Aislinn O’Donnell, Philosophy of Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

Feminist Philosophy and Education (led by Rachel Jones, University of Dundee and Aislinn O’Donnell).


This event will stage a series of encounters between contemporary feminist philosophers, philosophers of education, and those involved in teaching philosophy and in teaching teachers.

We are particularly interested in thinking about relationality, a concept which has been central to much recent feminist thought. This is reflected in notions of a relational self and relational autonomy, as well as in debates around intersubjectivity, embodiment and power relations. How might feminist attempts to shift the focus from the modern ideal of self-contained autonomy to the relations that constitute and sustain embodied individuals translate into a specifically pedagogical context? How might a feminist attentiveness to intersubjectivity, embodied relations, and dependency inform pedagogical practice in the classroom?

Equally, we are interested in how a focus on pedagogical relations might put pressure upon or otherwise transform feminist thinking around relationality. How do processes of learning, transformation and growth inflect our understanding of the role of relations in shaping individuals, as well as our models of responsibility, ethical encounter, and autonomy? How might a ‘mindful pedagogy’ and an attentiveness to the complexities of student/teacher relationships inform feminist thinking about selves and their relations to others?

To further this encounter, the workshop will feature sessions exploring pedagogical relations across a variety of contexts, including the teaching of teachers, teaching philosophy to children, student-teacher friendships, and teaching philosophy in prisons.

We are seeking proposals for further contributions to this event. These could take the form of 20 minute talks or papers, or the introduction of material for group discussion.

Possible topics include but are not restricted to the following:

  • reflections on relational pedagogy and/or the ethics of the pedagogical encounter, across a range of educational contexts/environments
  • aspects of contemporary feminist philosophy relevant to philosophy of education, pedagogical relations, and/or pedagogical practice
  • the role of difference and/or embodiment in the educational context (including but not restricted to gender difference and sexed embodiment)
  • the pedagogical relations involved in the teaching of philosophy
  • the dynamics of the pedagogical encounter: mindfulness, vulnerability, attentiveness, shame, love, dependence, compassion, power, violence, friendship, responsibility
  • creative methodologies and pedagogical practices attentive to relationality
  • exploration of the relationship between the pedagogical turn and/or socially engaged practice, and contemporary work in art, feminist thought, and philosophy

Proposals of c.500 words should be emailed to Rachel Jones by Monday April 30th 2012, at the following email address: engenderingdialogue@dundee.ac.uk

Bursaries: a limited number of travel/accommodation bursaries are available to enable teachers, postgraduates or early career practitioners/researchers to participate in this event. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you wish to be considered for a bursary, indicating your academic status (e.g. PhD student, early career practitioner).


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Engendering Dialogue II: CALL FOR PAPERS


Seeing Things Differently: Art, Philosophy, and the Futures of Feminism


Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2012

University of Dundee & Dundee Contemporary Arts

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Christine Battersby (Reader Emerita in Philosophy, University of Warwick)
  • Professor Tina Chanter (Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago)
  • Professor Kerstin Mey (Director of Research and Enterprise, University for the Creative Arts)


The visual arts have a well-established history of engagement with feminism and gender issues. While artists have confronted such issues directly in their work, feminist theorists and philosophers have interrogated the gendering of vision as well as core aesthetic categories such as genius and the art/craft distinction. The ‘feminist’ label, however, can sometimes seem more of a trap than a call for liberatory practices.

This event takes as a starting point the idea that neither all artworks nor all theories informed by a gendered or feminist perspective will necessarily be focussed on what we might think of as ‘questions of gender’ or ‘women’s issues’. Where feminism succeeds is in making it harder to see women as simply determined by their sex or to reduce their work to a question of their gender. Many philosophers and practising artists who see their work as centrally informed by feminist or gendered concerns have moved beyond critique of masculinist traditions and paradigms to re-imagine bodies, identities, matter, space, time, ethics, power and freedom in radically new ways.

Nonetheless, many questions remain:

  • How do contemporary women practitioners and philosophers think about their relation to feminism, as well as about their own position as women? How do male artists and theorists think about their relation to gender and/or feminist issues?
  • To what extent are contemporary art practice and theory inflected by a gendered perspective? Where have feminist debates made a difference? What has been the impact of queer theory and other debates around sexuality?
  • What relevance might recent developments in feminist philosophy and theory have for those working as art practitioners (both women and men)?
  • To what extent will feminist concerns go on being relevant for the future of art theory and practice? What are the possible futures of feminism?
  • To what extent do women still perceive themselves as trapped by gendered expectations? In what ways does the work of contemporary women thinkers and artists move beyond, around or outside such expectations to explore other terrains and possibilities of being?

This event will address these questions by creating a space for dialogue between contemporary artists and feminist philosophers and theorists.

We are seeking proposals for short (20 minute) presentations to contribute to this process of dialogue and debate. We welcome papers from:

  • Artists reflecting on the relation of their own practice to gendered experience as well as to their own sex and/or gender
  • Artists whose work draws on or is in tension with feminist ideas and theories
  • Philosophers and theorists working on art and aesthetics from a perspective inflected by gender or feminist theory
  • Philosophers, theorists, and artists who think of their work as springing from feminist insights, but which is not obviously focussed on ‘gender issues’
  • Those working on aspects of contemporary feminist philosophy that move beyond critique of the masculine tradition to explore new ways of thinking about such issues as matter, space, time, ethics, identity, bodies, power, science, nature, difference, race, freedom…
  • Men interested in questions of gender and practice, in both the theoretical and artistic domains.

Proposals of c.500 words should be emailed to Rachel Jones by Friday 6th January 2012 using the following email address: engenderingdialogue@dundee.ac.uk

Please note: we have a small number of bursaries for postgraduates and early career researchers to participate in this event. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you wish to be considered for such a bursary, and indicate your academic status (e.g. PhD student, early career researcher).

This conference is the second of three events being organised as part of an RSE funded Network in the Arts and Humanities hosted by the Philosophy Programme at the University of Dundee. The Network’s aim is to engender dialogue between feminist philosophers and other key areas of contemporary philosophical debate. The first event focussed on feminist philosophy and philo-sophy of cognitive science; the third will focus on feminist philosophy and philosophy of education.

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Special Issue of *Philosophical Explorations* on
“Extended Cognition and Epistemic Action”

Guest Editors: Andy Clark (University of Edinburgh), Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh), Krist Vaesen (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2011

Invited Contributors: Fred Adams (University of Delaware) & Ken Aizawa (Centenary College of Louisiana), Ronald Giere (University of Minnesota), Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University), Richard Menary (University of Wollongong) and Kim Sterelny (Australian National University and Victoria University).

Background and Aim According to the thesis of extended cognition, cognitive processes do not need to be located inside the skin of the cognizing agent. Humans routinely engage their wider artifactual environment to extend the capacities of their naked brain. They often rely so much on external aids (notebooks, watches, smartphones) that the latter become a proper part of a hybrid (human-artifact) cognitive system.

The thesis of extended cognition has been influential in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, linguistics, informatics, and ethics, but, surprisingly, not in epistemology. The discipline concerned with one of the most remarkable products of human cognition, viz. knowledge, has largely ignored the suggestion that her main object of study might be produced by processes outside the human skin.

In this special issue of *Philosophical Explorations* we therefore are looking for papers that explore the ramifications of the thesis of extended cognition for contemporary epistemology in general, and for conceptualizations of epistemic action in particular. The special issue will include five invited papers (by Fred Adams & Kenneth Aizawa, Ronald Giere, Sanford Goldberg, Richard Menary and Kim Sterelny), plus two contributions selected from the papers submitted in response to this open call for papers.

We expect contributions discussing the impact of extended cognition on issues as: epistemic agency and responsibility, cognitive ability, ownership of belief, the distribution of epistemic credit, the sources of belief, artifactual testimony, the growth of knowledge, non-propositional knowledge, the evolution and reliability of extended cognitive processes, the varieties of extended epistemic action.

Submission Details
Please send a pdf-version of your paper (max. 8000 words) to Krist Vaesen, k.vaesen@tue.nl. Contributions that do not make it to the special issue may be considered for publication in one of the regular issues of *Philosophical Explorations*.

Further Inquiries
Please direct any inquiries about this call for papers to Krist Vaesen, k.vaesen@tue.nl.

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Bodies in Crisis, 2-4 November, 2011, University of Iceland Reykjavik

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health in collaboration with the Center for Women’s and Gender Research and the Center of Excellence at the University of Iceland.

2-4 November, 2011 University of Iceland, Reykjavik

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health is based at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden and had its first network meeting in January 2008. With the aim of achieving productive interdisciplinary work on issues concerning gender, body, and health, the network gathers researchers and practitioners from a number of diverse fields such as medicine, comparative literature, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, cultural geography, sports- and health sciences, psychiatry, social psychology, and history of science.

We now invite submissions for the fifth meeting with the network Gender, Body, Health, an international conference under the theme “Bodies in Crisis”. The conference will take place on November 2-4, 2011 at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Conference of RIKK – The Center for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Iceland.

We welcome submissions for papers, panels, and mini-workshops approaching issues within the overarching theme from a broad range of disciplines and fields of research.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations and Discourses of Bodies in Crisis
  • Vulnerability and Suffering
  • Bodies in Economic Crisis and Poverty
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Sexuality and Reproduction in Times of Crisis
  • Global Bodies and Bodies in Transition
  • Bodily Boundaries and Integrity
  • Responsible Bodies and Crises of Responsibility
  • Healing and Cathartic Forces of Crisis

One page abstracts are due August 1, 2011. Please submit your abstracts to body@gender.uu.se. More information will be made available at www.genna.gender.uu.se/bodiesincrisis.

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