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Duquesne Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is a collection of students in English-speaking philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy (www.mapforthegap.com). Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation. MAP is supported by the Marc Sanders Foundation.

Duquesne’s MAP chapter, often in collaboration with D-WiP (Duquesne Women in Philosophy), aims at addressing minority issues in the profession, theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc., and philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, guided readings, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduate and graduate students, panel discussions, and practical workshops.

If you are interested, please contact the Chapter Representative, Zach Slanger (slangerz@duq.edu). More information on reading schedules and events can be provided.

Guided Readings

The purpose of MAP's guided reading sessions is to discuss issues concerning minority perspectives in philosophy while also introducing additional resources and readings on minority perspectives in philosophy that could be used in an introductory level course.

Spring 2018

January 22: Luce Irigaray, "This Sex Which Is Not One"

February 6: Franz Fanon, Black Skins/White Masks, Chapter 5 "The Lived Experience of the Black Man"

March 13: Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Introduction and Chapter 4

March 27: Susan Bordo, "The Cartesian Masculinization of Thought" (led by Andrew Blough)

April 10: Nancy Tuana, "The Speculum of Ignorance: The Women's Health Movement and Epistemologies of Ignorance" (led by Sean Wilson)

April 24: Combahee River Collective, "Black Feminist Statement" (led by Matt Lovett)

Fall 2017

September 12: Donna Haraway, "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective" (led by Martin Krahn)

October 24: Rosi Braidotti, Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics, "On Style: By Memory/By Heart" (led by Kol Mendigorin)

November 7: Robert Young, White Mythologies: Writing History and the West, Chapter 9 "Spivak: Decolonization, Deconstruction" (led by Jiho Oh)

Spring 2017

February 15: James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

February 22: Lisa Guenther, "Why Solitary Confinement Degrades Us All"

March 15: David Kim, "What is Asian American Philosophy?"

March 29: Angela Davis, "Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves"

April 12: Patrick Hopkins, "Gender Treachery: Homophobia, Masculinity, and Threatened Identities"

April 26: Linda M. Alcoff, "The Problem of Speaking for Others"

Fall 2016

Franz Fanon, Black Skins/White Masks, Chapter 4 "The So-Called Dependency Complex of the Colonized"

John H. McClendon, "On the Politics of Professional Philosophy: The Plight of the African American Philosopher"

Linda M. Alcoff, "Latino/as, Asian Americans, and the Black-White Binary"

Faculty Presentations

As part of an effort to be more visible to and engaged with the department, the Duquesne MAP chapter has decided to more regularly organize events that highlight the overlap between faculty research and philosophy from a minority perspective. We intend for these events to be a forum for faculty members to share their research as well as an opportunity for members of the department to learn about the kind of work being done at the intersection of different areas of specialization and underrepresented perspectives in philosophy.

Spring 2018

March 21: Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne University) led a discussion of her new book, Lou Sullivan Diaries (1970-1980) and Theories of Sexual Embodiment: Making Sense of Sensing, with a focus on Chapter 4 "Discourses Available to Sullivan: The Kinsey Reports and The Transsexual Phenomenon"

Spring 2016

April 26: Tom Eyers (Duquesne University) presented and led a discussion on Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, Chapter 1 "The Future Is Kid Stuff"

Other Events

Spring 2018

February 20: Reading Day on Gender (co-sponsored by Duquesne Women in Philosophy, the English Graduate Organization, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies)
Readings - Audre Lorde, "Age, Race, Class, and Sex"; Colette Guillaumin, "The Question of Difference"; Sara Ahmed, "Phenomenology of Whiteness"; Laura Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema"

Spring 2017

February 4: Dr. Jim Vernon (York University) gave a presentation titled, "Let's Get Free: Hegel, Hip Hop, and the Art of Emancipation"

Spring 2016

March 22: Philosophy, Teaching, and Gender Panel (co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Students in Philosophy, and Duquesne Women in Philosophy)

April 19: Film Screening of The Color of Fear (dir. Lee Mun Wah)