Exploring Collaborative Contestations


Diversifying Philosophy

May 28-30, 2015

Villanova University

Registration begins at noon on May 28th.  Please stop by the registration area to socialize and learn about some of the exciting projects of the Hypatia editorial team.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Workshops 2:00-3:00

Manuscript Preparation and Submission: Sally Scholz, Editor of Hypatia, Room 119

Getting and Writing Book Reviews: Shelley Wilcox, Book Review Editor, Hypatia Reviews Online, Room 114

Work/Life Balance for Academics: Moving from Guilt and Stress to Peace and Productivity: Kathryn Gines, Pennsylvania State University, Room 120


Thursday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A.  Feminist Metaphysics Panel (Organized by Ásta Sveinsdóttir), Room 119

Chair: Ásta Sveinsdóttir, San Francisco State University

Charlotte Witt, University of New Hampshire, “Feminist Metametaphysics”

Jennifer McKitrick, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, “Investigating ‘The Before’”

Ásta Sveinsdóttir, San Francisco State University, “Social Construction as Social Significance”


B. Language, Room 120

Chair: Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Gallaudet University

Laura Davy, University of Sydney, “Speaking about Intellectual Disability: Exploring the Conditions of Ethical Representation Through Relational Autonomy”

Sandra DeVries, University of Waterloo, “Going Imperial: Slur Appropriation and Linguistic Deference”


C.  Women, Minorities, and Value Theory: An Empirical Look at Jobs and Journals (Organized by Alexander Guerrero), Room 114

Chair: Evelyn Brister, Rochester Institute of Technology

Carolyn Dicey Jennings, University of California, Merced

Meena Krishnamurthy, University of Manitoba

Alexander Guerrero, University of Pennsylvania


D. Kant, Room 218

Chair: Julie Klein, Villanova University

Sarah Woolwine, University of Central Oklahoma, and Eva Dadlez, University of Central Oklahoma, “Gender and Moral Virtue in Kant’s Critique of Judgment”

Sandra Harvey, UC Santa Cruz, “Adrian Piper’s Food For the Spirit: A Queer, Black reading of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason”

Ornaith O'Dowd, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, “Care in Kantian Ethics”



On Hannah Arendt

Chair: Ian Maley, Villanova University

Grace Hunt, Western Kentucky University, “Arendt’s Forgiveness and Resentment”

Peg Birmingham, DePaul University, “Political Affectivity in Arendt's Thought”


F. Epistemic Injustices, Room 205

Chair: Lauren Feeman, University of Louisville

Krista Hyde, Saint Louis University, “Testimonial Injustice and ‘Mind-Reading’”

Louis Chartrand, Université du Québec à Montréal “Collaborative Spaces as a Condition for Epistemic Justice”

Josh Dohmen, University of Memphis, “What They Don't Teach You in School: The School-to-Prison Pipeline and Epistemic Injustice”



Thursday, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A.  Existentialism, Subjectivity, and the Body, Room 119

Chair: Brooke Sharp, Temple University

Elif Yavnik, Penn State University, “Nietzsche and Revaluating Women”

Joana Serrado, University of Oxford, “Anxious Subject: Joana de Jesus (1617-1681) reads De Beauvoir and Irigaray”


B.  Sexual Violence, Room 120

Chair: Kathleen Wright, Haverford College (Hypatia Local Board)

Hilkje Haenel, Humboldt University- Berlin, “’I Call It Rape!’”

Miranda Pilipchuk, Villanova University, “Rape in the Age of Social Media: Knowledge and Ignorance in the Steubenville Assault”

Sarah Miller, Penn State University, “Beyond Protection: Epistemologies of Ignorance and Sexual Violence”


C.  Transgressing Feminist Borders, Room 114

Chair: Katherine Kurtz, Villanova University (Hypatia Managing Editor, 2015-16)

Andrea Baldwin, Auburn University, “Feminist Aliens, Memoirs from the Margins: A Caribbean “Feminist’s” Experience in Western Feminism”

Saray Ayala, San Francisco State University, “Philosophy and The Non-Native Speaker Condition”

Kathryn McFadden, Institute for the Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, “Blurred Lines: The Paradigm of Pandrogyne”


D. Challenges in Teaching, Room 218

Chair: Carrie Figdor, University of Iowa

Dana Rognlie, University of Oregon, “Ἀνδρεία in the Academy: The Necessity of Mandatory Curriculum on Sexual Violence”

Julinna Oxley, Coastal Carolina University, “Bystander Training, Moral Agency, and Confrontation”

Marilea Bramer, Minnesota State, and Devora Shapiro, Southern Oregon University, “Implicit Bias and the Mythology of Women’s Deficiencies in the Workplace”


Canadians Play Nice?: Feminist Philosophical Frictions, Collaborations, and Friendships

Chair: Nikoo Najand, Queens University (Panel Organizer)

Susan Dieleman, Dalhousie University, “Structural Remedies for Structural Problems: What's Wrong With Being a Feminist Philosopher?"

Monique Lanoix, Saint Paul University, “The In-Between of Languages, Cultures and Feminism”

Cressida Heyes, University of Alberta, “Feminist Philosophy and Pluralism: Canadian Edition”


F.  Diversity & Majoring in Philosophy: Invited Panel of Undergraduates, Room 205

Chair: Sally Scholz, Villanova University, Editor of Hypatia

Dee Payton, Western Washington University (‘17)

Gabrielle Clark, Temple University (‘14)

Siona Grika, Drexel University (’16)


6:00-7:00 Reception – Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University. 


7:00  Dinner on your own ____________________________________________________________________________

Friday, May 29, 2015

Gentle Yoga for all bodies available 7-8

7:30-9:00 Breakfast (provided with registration)


Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions

A. Epistemologies of Ignorance and Epistemic Injustice, Room 119

Chair: Sarah Jones, Northern Michigan University

Roxana Akhbari, University of Alberta, “A Call for Conversation: Islamophobia and Epistemologies of Ignorance”

Heidi Grasswick, Middlebury College, “Epistemic Trust Injustices and Marginalized Communities”

Tempest Henning, Miami University, “Valid Disengagements: The Case for Epistemic Insensitivity”

B.  Technology and Voice, Room 120

Chair: Kelsey Borrowman, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant 2014-15)

Andrea Baldwin, “Building our own Bridges: Local Engagement, Global Reach and New Methodologies - Gender Transformations Through Social Media”

Elizabeth Robinson, Nazareth College, “Writing Loudly”


C.  Transnational/Border Challenges, Room 114

Chair: David Smith, New England University

Audra King, Central Connecticut State University, “Transformative Mainstreaming:  Placing Intersectionality at the Heart of Development”

Alberto Bejarano Romo, University of Memphis, “Between the Eagle and the Serpent: Mestiza Subjects and Narration”

Marie Draz, DePaul University, “Born this Way? Decolonizing Gendered Temporalities”


D. Outside the Pipeline (Organized by Stephen Bloch-Schulman), Room 218

A Student-Faculty Collaborative Examination of How to Increase Engagement of Women in a Undergraduate Philosophy Program

Nim Batchelor, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Elon University

Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Elon University

Ann J. Cahill, Professor of Philosophy, Elon University

Elena Meskhidze, Philosophy Major (’16), Elon University

Claire Lockard, Philosophy Major (’16), Elon University

Sean Wilson, Philosophy Major (’16), Elon University


E. GROUP SESSION: The Society for Analytical Feminism, Room 203

Feminist Rereadings of the Canon

Chair: Carol Hay, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Emory University, “What’s Kant got to do with it? Constructive Complicity and Feminist Re-readings of the Canon”

Alice MacLachlan, York University, “Partial Spectators: Adam Smith and the Politics of Empathy”

Susanne Sreedhar, Boston University, “Contracting Gender: Women and Early Modern Political Thought”

Charlotte Witt, University of New Hampshire, “Why the History of Philosophy Matters to Feminist Theory”


Friday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions       

A. Navigating Epistemic Pushback in Philosophy Classrooms Panel (Organized by Alison Bailey), Room 119

Chair: Daniel Allen, Villanova University

Alison Bailey, Illinois State University, “Treating Epistemic Pushback as ‘Shadow Text’” 

Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr., Miami University, “Epistemic Pushback and Damage Control” 

Maureen Linker, University of Michigan-Dearborn, “Student Silence as a From of Epistemic Pushback”

Allison Wolf, Simpson College, “Emotion as Fueling and Resisting Epistemic Pushback in the Classroom”


B.  From the Margins to the Center: New Directions in Decolonial and Feminist Philosophy (Organized by Sandra Harding), Room 120

Chair: Sandra Harding, University of California-Los Angeles

Sandra Harding, University of California-Los Angeles, “Rear Guard Epistemology

Anna Malavisi, Michigan State University, “Understanding Poverty as a Form of Epistemic Injustice”

Elena Ruiz, Florida Gulf Coast University, “New Directions in Liberation Epistemology”

Julia Sushytska, Independent Scholar, “Philosophy’s Internal Strangers 


C.  Vulnerability and Intersectionality, Room 114

Chair: Brooke Sharp, Temple University

Angela Martinez Dy, University of Nottingham, and Helen Mussell, Cambridge University, “The Possibilities of Realism for Feminist Philosophy: Developing Intersectionality and Standpoint Theory from a Critical Realist Perspective”

Hueyli Li, The University of Akron, “Engaging Ambiguity”

Kathryn Swanson, University of Minnesota, “Perspectives on Politeness as an Instance of Vulnerability”


D. Bodies, Spaces, and Rethinking Classic Feminist Theories, Room 218

Chair: Sarah-Vaughan Brakman, Villanova University (Hypatia Local Board)

Rachelle Chadwick, University of Cape Town, “Risky Bodies and Birth: An Intersectional Analysis of Childbirth”

Rachel Fredericks, Colby-Sawyer College, “(How) Should We Use the Concept DAUGHTER?”

Rebecca Whisnant, University of Dayton, “People Called Women: Mapping a key category in the trans/'TERF' debates”


E. GROUP SESSION: Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), Room 203

The Politics of Language and Storytelling: Theorizing from the Ground Up

Chair: Jasmine Wallace, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant, 2014-15)

Elena Avilés, Portland State University, “Rethinking the Lens of Spanish: Grounding a Chicana Feminist Language”

Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, Arizona State University, “Performative Storytelling as Knowledge Creation”

Patricia Zavella, University of California -Santa Cruz, “Storytelling as Methodology in the Movement for Reproductive Justice”


12:15-1:30 Lunch (provided with registration)


For interested participants, we offer 2 lunch-time Workshops at 12:45 pm:

Sexual Harassment and Bystander Intervention in the Academy, Room 203: Stacy Andes, Director of Health Promotion, and Kathryn Byrnes, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Villanova University

Reading and Writing an Article Review, Room 119: Ann Cahill, Elon University


Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A. Bias and the Profession, Room 119

Chair: Heather Coletti, Immaculata University

Nora Berenstain, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, “Introspection, Rationality, and Resistance to Implicit Bias.”

Pieranna Garavaso, University of Minnesota-Morris, “Philosophy and Women: Not a Question of Method”

Danielle Wylie, Mississippi State University, “The Confounding and Compounding Effects of Invisible Factors in Underrepresentation”


B. New Directions in Disability Studies, Room 120

Chair: Kelsey Borrowman, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant, 2014-15)

Desiree Valentine, Penn State University, “Exploring a Coalitional Politics of Race and Disability through Analysis of the 'Lesbian Sperm Bank Mix Up'”

Kim Hall, Appalachian State University, “Cripping Philosophy”

Nancy Hirschmann, University of Pennsylvania, “Feminism, Disability, and the Body/Mind Duality”


C. Interrogating “Diversity”, Room 114  

Chair: Shelley Wilcox, San Francisco State University (Hypatia Reviews Online Editor)

Devora Shapiro, Southern Oregon University, “A Critical Interrogation of ‘Diversity’”

Michael Burroughs, The Pennsylvania State University, “Diversity and Pre-College Philosophy”

Carmen Marcous, Florida State University, “How to Advocate for Diversity in the Context of the Corporatized University”


D. Inhabiting Multiple Identities, Room 218

Chair: Saray Ayala, University of San Francisco

Desiree Melton, Notre Dame of Maryland University, “On Transient Ground: Bisexual Identity and the Problem of Community”

Maya Nitis, Independent Scholar, “Ironic Cyborgian Goddesses in our Midst, or Queer as...: Normalization and Intersectionality”

Shay Welch, Spelman College, “Native Chaos Theory and the Politics of Difference”



Body and Identity: Feminist approaches in the Lowlands

Chair: Jingchao (Chris) Ma, Villanova University

Annemie Halsema, VU-University Amsterdam, “My Breast as Object: Women’s Experiences and Phenomenology”

Nathanja van den Heuvel, Leiden University, “The Future of Sportfeminism. A Case Study of Dutch Women’s Elite Football”

Karen Vintges, University of Amsterdam, “Misunderstanding in Paris: Rereading The Second Sex from a Global perspective”


3:00-3:30  Break


3:30-5:00  Keynote (Room 203/205)

Chair: Shelley Wilcox, San Francisco State University

Anita Allen, University of Pennsylvania

“Just Watch Me: The Declining Significance of Home”


Friday, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A. Teaching in Challenging Environments, Room 119

Chair: Jessie Dern-Sisco, Villanova University (Hypatia Managing Editor, 2014-15)

Nancy McHugh, Wittenberg University, “Teaching in the Men’s Room: A Feminist Teaching in the Male Predominant Space of Prison”

Margaret Cuonzo, Long Island University-Brooklyn, “Opening Up the Conversation About Language: Diversifying the Philosophy of Language Curriculum”

Christine Wieseler, University of South Florida, “Teaching Students to Think Critically about Disability within Biomedical Ethics”


B. The causes and costs of underrepresentation (Organized by Eva Cadavid), Room 120

David Hall, Sidney Rogers, and Allyson Scott, Centre College, “Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Philosophy”


Manuel Vargas, University of San Francisco, “Latinos and Epistemic Diversity in Philosophy”

Morgan Thompson, University of Pittsburgh, and Liam Kofi Bright, Carnegie Mellon University, “Recruiting & Retaining Black Students in Philosophy”


C. Political Potential Of Anger, Room 114

Chair: Theodra Bane, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant, 2015-16)

William Paris, Penn State University, “The Time of Anger in the Space of Violence: Feminist Reflections on the (Mis)Apprehensions of Anger”

Imge Oranli, DePaul University, “Framing Racist Hate Crimes: Politics of Denial and Constitution of Subjectivity”

Jess Otto, SUNY Buffalo, “I live to harass white folks: On the appropriate role of white philosophers who study race”


D. Feminist Liberalism: The Place of Care, Pluralism, and the Violence Against Women Act (Organized by Amy Baehr), Room 218

Chair:  Amy Baehr, Hofstra University

Asha Bhandary, University of Iowa, “The Arrow of Care Methodology for Contractarianism”

Carol Hay, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, “Epistemic Uncertainty and the Problem of Reasonable Pluralism”

Amelia Wirts, Boston College Law School, “Democratic Legitimacy and Administrative Law: Representing the Oppressed Through Non-Legislative Means”



Chair: Hilkje Haenel,  Humboldt-University of Berlin/Executive Board Member SWIP Germany

Christine Bratu, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, “Why Question Quotas? On the Moral Permissibility of Preferential Hiring”

Deborah Raika Muehlebach, University of Basel, “Using the Method of Reflective Equilibrium for Feminist Concerns”

Nadja El Kassar, ETH Zurich, “Dealing with Ignorance”


F. GROUP SESSION:  CBWP - Collegium of Black Women Philosophers, Room 205

Chair: Kathryn Gines, Penn State University

Lindsey Stewart, Penn State University, “Work the Root: Black Feminism, Hoodoo Love Rituals, and Practices of Freedom”

Shaeeda Mensah, Penn State University, “Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and the Philosophical Classroom”

Axelle Karera, Penn State University, “Will the Real Philosophers of Race Please Stand Up: On the Dangers of Policing the Boundaries of Critical Philosophy of Race”



Friday 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

A.  The Profession of Philosophy, Room 119

Chair: Sarah Jones, Northern Michigan University

Rebekah Spera, Emory University, “Philosophy: A Class Act”

Bat-Ami Bar On, Binghamton University, “Should We Occupy?”

Yann Benétreau-Dupin, Western University, and Guillaume Beaulac, Yale University, “Achieving Inclusiveness in the Classroom by Dodging Objections to the Virtue of Diversity”


B.  Biomedical Ethics, Room 120

Chair: Sarah-Vaughan Brakman, Villanova University (Hypatia Local Board)

Joel Reynolds, Emory University, “Infinite Responsibility in the Bedpan: Response Ethics Meets Care Ethics At Work”

Nucharee Wongsamut, Thammasat University, “What If Women’s Rights Harm Women?: An Analysis of Abortion from the Ethic of Care Perspective”

Kristin Kringle, University of Minnesota, “Nurses Know: How Power and Privilege Influence Nursing Knowledge, Work, and Testimony”


C. Wittgenstein (Organized by Julia Gibson), Room 114

Chair: Julia Gibson, Michigan State University

Youjin Kong, Michigan State University, “Why Should Feminist Language-Games Be Played? Requiring a Universal Standard of Political Language-Games”

Ben Kenofer, Michigan State University, “Whose Form of Life Are We Talking About?”

Julia Gibson, Michigan State University, “Telling Stories About Unintelligible Chickens:  Strategies for Remodeling Language Games to Make Sense of Interspecies Forms of Life”


D. Comprehensive vs. Political Liberal Feminism: The Challenge of Political Liberalism (Organized by Amy Baehr), Room 218

Chair:  Asha Bhandary, University of Iowa

Lori Watson, University of San Diego, “The Functional Role of the Family in Political Liberalism”

Elizabeth Edenberg, Vanderbilt University, “Feminism and Diversity in Political Liberalism”

Amy Baehr, Hofstra University, “A Complex Account of Liberal Feminism”


Oppression and Responsibility

Chair: Theodra Bane, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant, 2015-16)

Serena Parekh, Northeastern University, “Structural Injustice, Responsibility, Agency”

Saba Fatima, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, “Torture and the American Social Imagination”

Natalie Cisneros, Gettysburg College, “Embodied Genealogies”

Lorraine Mayer, Brandon University, “From Being to Non-being: Government Manipulation of Identity”


8:00 Banquet – Sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell, publisher of Hypatia


Saturday 7:30-9:00 Breakfast (provided with registration)


Saturday 9:00-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

A.  Public Philosophy Panel (Organized by Laurie Shrage), Room 119

Susan Dwyer, University of Maryland

Chris Long, Penn State

Moderator: Laurie Shrage, Florida International University


B. Epistemic Insecurities and Resistance, Room 120

Chair: Samantha Sorenson, Villanova University

Saba Fatima, Southern Illinois University, “Being Brown and Epistemic Insecurity”

Olivia Levinson, New College of Florida, “The Three Horsemen of the Epistemic Apocalypse”

Dorian Lebreux, York University, “Diversifying Epistemologies of Resistance”


C. CSW Site Visit Program, Room 114

Chair: Anne Jacobson, University of Houston

Peggy DesAutels, University of Dayton, “Attempting to Create Equitable Organizations and Institutions: Backfiring, Backlash, and Retaliation”

Carla Fehr, University of Waterloo, “American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program: Applied Feminist Epistemology”


D.  Ecofeminism , Anthropocene, and Native Chaos Theory, Room 203

Chair: Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University

Marie-Anne Casselot-Legros, McGill University, “Ecofeminist Echoes in New Materialism?”

Nancy Tuana, Penn State University, “A Feminist Ontology for the Anthropocene”


E. GROUP SESSION: SWIP Analytic, Room 205

Challenging the Canon

Chair:  Daniel Allen, Villanova University

Marilynn Johnson, CUNY,  and Kate Pendoley, CUNY, “Women in Analytic Philosophy”


10:45-12:15  Keynote (Room 203/205)

Chair: Anne Jacobson

Charles Mills, Northwestern University

“Liberalizing Illiberal Liberalism”


12:15-1:30 Lunch (provided with registration)

For interested participants, we offer 2 lunch-time workshops:

Writing for Blogs, Room 119: Patrick Welsh, Stony Brook University &  IJFAB Blog Editor, and Monique Lanoix, Saint Paul University

Advice for Tenure and Promotion, Room 120: Miriam Solomon, Temple University


Saturday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A. The Profession of Philosophy, Room 119

Chair: Heather Coletti, Immaculata University                                                                   

Amber Carlson, Vanderbilt University, “Imagining a Better Profession: Imaginative Resistance and Philosophy's Gender Climate”

Sarah Jones, Northern Michigan University, “Outcomes, Accountability, and Change”

Sheila Lintott, Bucknell University, and Lissa Skitolsky, Susquehanna University, “Inclusive Pedagogy: Beyond Simple Content”

B. Epistemology, Room 120

Chair:  Samantha Sorensen, Villanova University

Emily Bingeman, Dalhousie University, “Feminist Epistemology and Knowledge as Achievement: A Constructive Critique of the Value-Driven Literature”

Melanie Bowman, University of Minnesota, “Epistemic Tourism”

Stacey Goguen, Boston University, “Feminist Epistemology in Social Psychology”


C. Violence & Violation (or Thinking with Merleau-Ponty), Room 114

Chair: Debra Jackson, California State University-Bakersfield

Morey Williams, Villanova University, “Between Metaphor and Nominalism: Merleau-Ponty and the Violation of Flesh”

Sabrina Aggleton, Penn State University, “Mutual Vulnerability and Resistance to Sexual Violence”

Heather Williams, University of North Texas, “The Need For Sexual Violence Education in Academia”


D. Intersectionality Applied:  Theory/Practice, Hurdles and Backsliding (Organized by Ann Garry), Room 203

Tina Fernandes Botts, University of Michigan

Ann Garry, California State University-Los Angeles

Kim Hall, Appalachian State University



Anthropocene Feminism and Human Extinction

Chair: Chloë Taylor, University of Alberta

Dianne Chisholm, University of Alberta, “Framing Extinction as Inuit Survivance: The Luminous Case of Before Tomorrow, a Film by Arnait Video Productions”

Lynne Huffer, Emory University, “Wanton Extinction: Monster, Fossil, Queer”

Jill Schneiderman, Vassar College, “Geophysiological Dysfunction and Anthropocene Extinctions”


Break 3:00 – 3:30


Saturday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A. The Profession of Philosophy, Room 119

Chair: Heather Coletti, Immaculata University

Derek Anderson, University of Texas-Austin, “Competence Injustice and the Legitimation of Conceptual Claims”

Evelyn Brister, Rochester Institute of Technology, “Epistemic Equality and Gender Disparity in Citation Rates”


B.  Autonomy, Individualism, and Social Responsibility, Room 120

Chair: Anne Jacobson, University of Houston

Tracie Mahaffey, Florida State University, “Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on Self-Awareness, Self-Government, and Oppressive Socialization”

Monica Solomon, University of Notre Dame, “Individuals and Individualism in Philosophical Communities”

Jessica Payson, Bryn Mawr College, “Structural Injustice, Noncompliance, and the Responsibility to Collaborate”


C. Promoting Social Justice with Engaged Philosophy (Organized by Stephanie Jenkins & the Phronesis Lab), Room 114

Sharyn Clough, Oregon State University, “Making Interventions/Measuring Outcomes”

Tenagne Downes, College Hill High School, “What it is to be at risk”

Sione Filimoehala, Oregon State University, “Engaged Philosophy as a Political Act”

Stephanie Jenkins, Oregon State University, “What is an Ethics Laboratory?”

Julio Orozco, Oregon State University, “Rethinking High School Pedagogy”


D. Intersectionality, Room 203

Chair:  Qrescent Mason, Temple University

Lee MacLean, Independent Scholar, “Interpreting the Dynamics of Domination: Two Types of Intersectional Effects”

Nabina Liebow, Georgetown University, “Collaboration and Intersectionality: Understanding the Varied Moral Damages of Psychological Oppression”

Kimberly Ann Harris, Penn State University, “Studying Around: The Goals of Intersectionality”


E. GROUP SESSION: Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA), Room 205

Becoming Literate in Anzaldúa’s Body of Philosophical Work

Chair: Luis Salazar, Villanova University

Patricia Pedroza Gonzalez, Keene State College, “La Morena y el TORO/Torito: A Mestiza Possibility on Embodiment”

Rose Rodriguez-Rabin, The University of Texas - San Antonio, “Red Pedagogy: Re-Imagining Civic Literacy and Writing”

Cynthia Paccacerqua, The University of Texas - Pan American, “Anzaldúa's Herencia/Gift to Philosophy:  An Epistemology and Pedagogy of Difference”


Saturday, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

A. Politics and Protest, Room 119

Chair: Sally Scholz, Villanova University (Hypatia Editor)

Graham Parsons, United States Military Academy, “Families and Armies in Early Modern Social Contract Theory”

Alexandra Morrison, Michigan Technological University, “Rethinking Feminist Politics with Butler and Mouffe”

Claire Lyness, University of California-Santa Cruz, “Reading the Armagh Dirty Protest: Menstrual Blood and the Political Potential of Abjection”


B. Beauvoir, Ambiguity, and Intersectionality, Room 120

Chair: Christine Wieseler, University of South Florida

Qrescent Mason, Temple University, “Intersectionality, Ambiguity and Feminist Ethics”

Veronica Zebadua-Yanez, New School for Social Research, “Re-centering Freedom: Arendt and Beauvoir’s Political Thought”

Cori Wong, Independent Scholar, “Have We Got a Theory for Us Yet?  An Intergenerational Look at Intersectionality After Thirty Years of Feminist Theorizing”

C. Sex, Room 114

Chair: Miranda Pilipchuk, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant, 2013-14)

Andrea Dionne Warmack, Hunter College, "Kinky Little Thing"

Caleb Ward, Stony Brook University, "Is Consent Commensurable with Desire? Updating Sexual Ethics for the Erotic Human Being"

David Black, Rutgers University, "Sex-Positivity and Negativity"


D.  Feminism Across Cultures (Organized by Cecilea Mun), Room 203

Chair: Theodra Bane, Villanova University (Hypatia Editorial Assistant, 2015-16)

Sharin N. Elkholy, University of Houston-Downtown, “The Struggle to Define Feminism”

Katie L. Cooklin, Slippery Rock University, “Identifying Feminist Dissent: Women’s Resistance, Food Security Policies, and Food Sovereignty Claims”

Cecilea Mun, Independent Scholar, “Framing the Discourse: The Feminist’s Problem”


E. GROUP SESSION: Roundtable on Latina Feminism, Room 205

Chair: Alison Bailey, Illinois State University

Cynthia Paccacerqua, “Philosophical Lineages in Material Spirituality”

Natalie Cisneros, Gettysburg College, “Disruptions and Forgotten Knowledges: Resistance, Identity, and Community in Anzaldúa”

Elena Ruiz, Florida Gulf Coast University, “Intersectional Feminisms in a Transnational Context”



6:30-7:00 Closing Remarks and Goodbyes (Lounge area)




Thank you

In addition to the wonderful presentations, this conference would not have happened without the support of numerous people and organizations:

Peggy Elder worked tirelessly for each and every conference attendee. Thank you, Peggy!

Numerous others contributed in countless ways: Heather Coletti; Shelley Wilcox (Hypatia Reviews Online Editor); Hypatia staff and former staff: Kelsey Borrowman, Jessie Dern-Sisco, Miranda Pilipchuk, Jasmine Wallace; Hypatia Local Board: Anita Allen, Sarah-Vaughan Brakman*, Audre Brokes, Nancy Hirschmann*, Tamsin Lorraine*, Chaone Mallory*, Julie McDonald, Ruth Porritt, Miriam Solomon*, Joan Woolfrey*, Kathleen Wright (*reviewed papers);  APA Exec. Director Amy Ferrer;  APA Committee on the Status of Women; CSW Program Committee: Anne Jacobson (Chair), Carla Fehr, Kathryn Pogin, Carrie Figdor, Catherine Hundleby, Elizabeth Barnes, Christiane Merritt, Jose M Medina; Steve McWilliams, Villanova Director of Disability Services;  Wiley-Blackwell; Julie Toth, Villanova CLAS Communications Associate;  Villanova Conference Services and Stefanie Austinat; Villanova Conference Center   especially Mary Kate Logue and Pamela Breyne; Hypatia Inc.; and Wendy Scholz (cover photo).

Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Thank you all!