International Association of Women Philosophers, University of Western Ontario, June 25-28, 2010

Feb 28, 2009 Sep 01, 2009

Feminism, Science, and Values

June 25-28, 2010

The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

In June 2010, the International Association of Women Philosophers will be meeting at The University of Western Ontario. This will be the organization's first meeting in Canada and only its second meeting in North America. Co-hosted by the Rotman Institute for Science and Values and the Department of Philosophy, the conference is scheduled to take place just before the international conference on science and values organized by the Rotman Institute.
The members of the conference organizing committee are: Gillian Barker, Ariella Binik, Samantha Brennan, Helen Fielding, Katy Fulfer-Smith, Elisa Hurley, Tracy Isaacs, Carolyn McLeod, Karen Nielsen, Kathleen Okruhlik, and Angelique Petropanagos.

The organizing committee invites papers from all areas of philosophy related to the theme of the conference, Feminism, Science, and Values. We especially welcome papers from graduate students. There are many possible topics, the following being just a small sample:

• Questions about the content of science; the evaluation of hypotheses; the uses of science; the idea of “value-free science”; the regulation and control of science; the funding of science; science as oppressor of the disadvantaged; science as a liberator of the disadvantaged; science for the people; science and democracy; the “collapse” of the is/ought distinction; the relationship between ethical and epistemic norms; the role of ethics in deciding what sorts of science to pursue; the role of science in the resolution of ethical questions.

• Questions about concepts of sex/gender, race, intelligence, sexuality, sociobiology, health and disease, normalcy, etc., possibly discussed via specific examples and case studies.

• Historical studies of the relationship between science and feminist thought.

• Discussions of philosophy’s role in supporting modes of thought that perpetuate bad practices and discussions of philosophy’s emancipatory potential for women and others.

Submissions of long abstracts (750-1000 words) are invited (for eventual presentation of papers that are no more than 3000 words and 20 minutes maximum reading time). Please email your abstract as a double-spaced Word or RTF attachment, prepared for anonymous review, which requires that you remove all identifying-author tags from your document content and file properties. Send the e-mail to IAPh, and include within it (not the abstract) your full contact information.

More information will be available about the conference on our website (coming soon).

Deadline: Midnight Eastern time August 15, 2009.

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