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Duquesne Women in Philosophy

Duquesne Women in Philosophy (D-WiP) emphasizes research support, community service, and provides a forum for continued philosophical discussion. In service of these ends, D-WiP hosts Brown Bag Discussions, engages in community service projects, coordinates with GSIP for the Colloquia Series and organizes academic events throughout the year.

Call for Papers: Critical Philosophies of Life

D-WiP will host their fourth conference on 24–25 March 2017, “Critical Philosophities of Life,” with a keynote address to be given by Dr. Cynthia Willett (Emory).

Duquesne Women in Philosophy invites philosophical papers and abstracts on the broad theme of “life.” Full papers of approximately 3,000 words suitable for a 20-minute presentation will be prioritized, although long abstracts of at least 700 words are also welcome. Preference will be given to papers that engage with normative assumptions and traditional ways of framing the notion of “life,” as well as papers from perspectives in feminist, anti-racist, critical philosophies of race, disability, queer, post-colonial studies, and perspectives outside the Western tradition, such as those from Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Please send submissions prepared for blind review to dwipcontact@gmail.com by 5 January 2017.

The conference will prioritize accessibility for all. For any questions or concerns please contact us at dwipcontact@gmail.com.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 15 January.

Possible areas include but are not limited to:

  • the meaning/character/history of life
  • the good life, living well, and ways of living
  • philosophies of birth, death, pregnancy, illness/disease, aging/maturity
  • issues in bioethics
  • philosophies of sex, sexuality, gender, bodily difference
  • philosophies of biology, history of philosophy of science and medicine
  • biopower and biopolitics
  • nature, environmental, ecological, and animal philosophies
  • life under capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, racism, violence
  • eugenics, slavery, life in prison, life-without-parole
  • life and the law
  • questions from disability studies
  • desire, habit, space, the temporality of life
  • technology, art, music, beauty, justice

The conference and roundtable discussion are generously supported by a Diversity Project Grant from Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, by the Philosophy Department, and by the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Duquesne University.

Past conferences

D-WiP has organized several conferences, which usually begin with a roundtable as an avenue for discussing the presence of women and women's issues in academia. Throughout the day, graduate students and faculty members from various institutions around the world present papers.

D-WiP hosted their third conference on 21 March 2015, entitled “Violence and Embodiment.” The keynote address, “Love and Violence,” was given by Dr. Ann Murphy (University of New Mexico).

D-WiP hosted their second conference on 8 February 2014, entitled “Subjectivity in Question.” The keynote address, “Subjectivity Behind Bars: Social Death and Natal Resistance,” was given by Dr. Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University).

D-WiP hosted a roundtable discussion on 22 February 2013, entitled “A Roundtable: Being a Woman Scholar.” The roundtable discussion was led by Dr. Ulrika Björk (Uppsala University).