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I would like to wish all the wonderful readers and listeners of the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog a Very Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that the New Year will provide all of you with adequate food, shelter, clothing, love, and friendship, abundant philosophical mentoring and inspiration, as well as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Discussions about underrepresentation and diversity in philosophy tend to cover over how the factors that influence the demographics of the profession at large can vary, in some cases quite dramatically, from one geopolitical arena to another. In previous posts (for example, here), I have drawn attention to how underrepresentation of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
For this forty-fifth installment of the series, I have reposted the fascinating interview that I conducted with Damion Kareem Scott in December 2015. I know that readers and listeners of the series will be delighted to revisit this interview with Damion. The original post of the interview and comments to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Friends of the blog might be interested in listening to/reading the introduction to a draft chapter that I have written on disability and microaggressions. The chapter is forthcoming in a Routledge collection on microaggressions and philosophy. Microaggressions and the Apparatus of Disability by Shelley Tremain Introduction Any given position on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
The draft program for the upcoming Pacific APA meeting in Vancouver (April 17th-20th, 2019) went online last week. The symposium on Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability is scheduled for Thursday, April 18th, 1-4 p.m. The symposium is co-sponsored by the APA Committee on the Status of Women in Philosophy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
“The community of philosophers, including feminist philosophers, needs to take responsibility for the ableism of philosophical practice.” Over the course of the past weekend, a discussion about ableist language took place on my Facebook page. In the original post on which the discussion ensued, I indicated that I have felt... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
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Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the forty-fourth installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I am conducting with disabled philosophers and post here on the third Wednesday of each month. The series is designed to provide a public venue for discussion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Call for Papers Decolonisation: Shaping and Re-shaping Reality KCL Minorities and Philosophy Conference, King's College London, March 9-10, 2019 Deadline: December 15, 2018* KCL Minorities and Philosophy welcomes submissions of abstracts for its conference in March 2019. We invite undergraduate and postgraduate students from UK universities to submit abstracts on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
A Gimlet Eye: The Journal of Controversial Ideas and Jonathan Anomaly’s “Defending Eugenics” Guest post by Alison Reiheld* On November 12, a slew of articles hit the internet announcing the formation of Journal of Controversial Ideas, a future journal that will be dedicated to, well, publishing cross-disciplinary controversial ideas and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
In my previous post, I asserted that the impetus and rationale for the prospective Journal of Controversial Ideas are the production and publication of eugenic discourse. I also asserted that the biopolitics and governmentality of extant bioethics journals and the subfield of bioethics itself have paved the way for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
In The History of Sexuality, Volume One, Foucault writes that, for a long time, Western societies (so the story goes) supported a Victorian regime, one that continues to restrain sexuality in the present. Whereas at the turn of the seventeenth century sexuality was (the story goes) treated with candor and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
[To increase the accessibility of my presentation, I have now posted it to Discrimination and Disadvantage, the philosophy blog that I coordinate. If you'd like to read along with me, type 'Discrimination and Disadvantage' into your browser and follow the link to the blog.] Feminist Philosophy of Disability and Genealogy:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
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Next week (Nov. 8-9), I will visit The Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama, as part of the Department's Politics and Democracy Lecture Series. On Friday, November 9th, 3:00-5:00, in the Gorgas Library, Rm. 205, I will give a presentation entitled "Feminist Philosophy of Disability... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
The number of citations that a philosopher's work gets is taken into account in the hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions of many philosophy departments. In addition, repeated citation of a given article can establish a new direction in the discipline, a new style of doing philosophy, or some other novel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
My Journey In Our Struggle* Guest Post by Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, Ph.D.** It began, for me, in an inpatient psychiatric unit. I had been sectioned. Why do I begin narrating my journey at this milestone? • I survived. Not all of us do. I live and work "In The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Burning Out: Resisting Resilience and Self-Care Narratives Guest Post by Suze Berkhout, M.D., Ph.D.* As a psychiatry resident, the recent CBC and Toronto Star headlines proclaiming high rates of burnout, depression, and suicidal ideation in the Canadian medical profession came as no surprise to me. Even less surprising was the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
My book, Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press), was published on November 22 of last year. Yet the book has not been reviewed in The Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR). Nor has Jennifer Scuro’s book, Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Questions Via Disability Studies (Lanham, MD:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
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Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the forty-third installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I’m conducting with disabled philosophers and post here on the third Wednesday of each month. The series is designed to provide a public venue for discussion with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Jason Stanley is well known in philosophy for his work in analytic philosophy of language and epistemology. In recent years, Stanley has migrated to more politicized practice of philosophy, producing books on propaganda and fascism, books that have gained popularity and readership across the academy, in the popular press, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Special Series Call for Manuscripts Critical Education Ableism in the Academy: A Series about Disability Oppression and Resistance in Higher Education Editors: Steve Singer, The College of New Jersey Jessica Bacon, Montclair State University An early expression of interest and a 250-500 word abstract December 10, 2018. Please address correspondence... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
When I was in graduate school, a fellow philosophy graduate student, a classmate, the "star" of the department at the time, sexually assaulted me in the living room of my little three-room ground-floor apartment. I was sitting in a kelly-green armchair that I had bought for $10 at a secondhand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Nondisabled white women are generally included whenever philosophers wish to identify various underrepresented groups in the profession. Indeed, these women are generally given priority in any list that itemizes groups that are underrepresented in philosophy. I contend however that it may be time to reconsider this discursive and conceptual practice.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
In an earlier post, I drew attention to conflicts within the Philosophy Society of South Africa (PSSA) that have arisen due to efforts on the part of philosophy students and faculty in South Africa to decolonize philosophy curricula and increase the number of black faculty and students in philosophy departments,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
In Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability and various articles, I assert that feminist philosophers should incorporate a denaturalized conception of disability into the field of feminist philosophy, drawing upon the work of Foucault in order to do so. I predict that some, perhaps many, feminist philosophers will resist my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
Why We Can’t Promise That a Feminist Space Will Be a Safe Space Guest Post by Tracy Isaacs* This post is a modified version of a blog-post that I recently wrote for Fit Is a Feminist Issue (a blog that I co-founded in 2012 with my colleague and friend Samantha... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage