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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 2019

February 14: Iris Marion Young, "Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment Motility and Spatiality" (Moderator: Mackenzie Foster)

April 11: Margaret Robinson, "Veganism and Mi'kmaq Legends" (Moderator: Angela Dibelka)

Fall 2018

September 11: Anibal Quijano, "Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America" (Moderator: Andrew Blough)

September 25: Leopoldo Zea, "The Actual Function of Philosophy in Latin America" and "Identity: A Latin American Philosophical Problem" (Moderator: Iziah Topete)

October 23: Frank Wilderson, "Gramsci's Black Marx: Whither the Slave in Civil Society" (Moderator: Peter Heft)

November 13: Mario Mieli, "Towards a Gay Communism" (Moderator: Zach Slanger)

Spring 2018

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

February 6: Frantz 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" (Moderator: Andrew Blough)

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

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

Fall 2017

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

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

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

Spring 2017

February 15: James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (Moderator: Martin Krahn)

February 22: Lisa Guenther, "Why Solitary Confinement Degrades Us All" (Moderator: Thomas Cantone)

March 15: David Kim, "What is Asian American Philosophy?" (Moderator: Boram Jeong)

March 29: Angela Davis, "Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves" (Moderator: Josh Sturman)

April 12: Patrick Hopkins, "Gender Treachery: Homophobia, Masculinity, and Threatened Identities" (Moderator: Matt Lovett)

April 26: Linda M. Alcoff, "The Problem of Speaking for Others" (Moderator: Sila Özkara)

Fall 2016

Frantz Fanon, Black Skins/White Masks, Chapter 4 "The So-Called Dependency Complex of the Colonized" (Moderator: Josh Sturman)

John H. McClendon, "On the Politics of Professional Philosophy: The Plight of the African American Philosopher" (Moderator: Martin Krahn)

Linda M. Alcoff, "Latino/as, Asian Americans, and the Black-White Binary" (Moderator: Boram Jeong)

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 2019

March 14: Fred Evans (Duquesne University) led a discussion of his new book, Public Art and the Fragility of Democracy: An Essay in Political Aesthetics (Columbia UP, 2018), with a focus on Chapter 7 "The Political Aesthetics of New York's National 9/11 Memorial"

Fall 2018

November 7: Michael Harrington (Duquesne University) led a discussion of his new translation of the Song dynasty Confucian Cheng Yi's commentary on the Book of Changes (The Yi River Commentary on the Book of Changes, Yale UP, 2019), with a focus on the introduction to the translation and the seventh hexagram

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 2019

April 26: Dr. Mariana Ortega (Penn State University) gave a presentation titled "Altars for the Living Dead: Shadow Ground, Aesthetic Memory, and the US/Mexico Border" (co-sponsored by Duquesne Women in Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy)

Fall 2018

December 3: Dr. Julian Gill-Peterson (University of Pittsburgh) gave a presentation titled "Trans of Color Studies and the Racial Plasticity of Gender" addressing themes from their new book, Histories of the Transgender Child (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

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)