CFP: MAP-Penn’s 5th Annual Conference (Philosophy of Race)

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2019

Conference Dates: April 3, 2020 – April 4, 2020

Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

The University of Pennsylvania chapter of MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) is pleased to announce our fifth annual philosophy conference: MAP-Penn: Philosophy of Race. In keeping with the aims of both MAP International and MAP-Penn, previous iterations of this conference have focused on Non-western philosophies, Global Feminisms, and Inclusive Pedagogies and Methodologies.

For this year’s conference, we are soliciting anonymized abstracts of 500-750 words on any aspect of Philosophy of Race. This includes, but is not limited to, notions of race and ethnicity in philosophy of science, in the history of philosophy, in one’s personal experiences as a philosopher, in canon (re)formation, and in teaching practices.

We will also have commentators-at-large from departments working in fields related to philosophy of race.

Please send abstracts to with subject line ‘MAP Conference.’

Main speakers:

Mickaella Perina, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Quayshawn Spencer, University of Pennsylvania
Robin Zheng, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Topic areas

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophical Traditions
  • Value Theory

CFP: Philosophy & HBCUs conference series

Philosophy & HBCUs V – Religion|City
2020 Conference Call for Papers

5 Years After the Death of Freddie Gray & the Baltimore Uprisings:
What Happened, is Happening, & Where Do We Go From Here?

Baltimore, Maryland, March 27-28, 2020
Sponsored by Morgan State University
Venue TBD, Travel and accommodation funds available upon request

Please upload your proposal here (up to 1,200 words) by November 15, 2019
Notices of acceptance by the end of December

The Center for the Study of Religion and the City and the Committee for Philosophy, Religion, and Public Life at Morgan State University are now accepting proposals for public dialogue that bring together scholars, activists, artists, policy makers, and other community partners to discuss, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprisings, what happened, is happening, and where can we go from here?

We are especially interested in, but not limited to, engagements with:
– Policing and mass incarceration
– Political and economic justice
– Access to education and health resources (water justice, health care access, etc.)
– Artistic responses to the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising
– Consent decrees, reparations, and reconciliation
– The relation between global uprisings since 2015
– Immigration, surveillance, and detention centers

In addition to papers and panels in which scholars present relevant research and/or respond to the work of a community partner, we are interested in proposals for creative formats, including:
– Facilitated dialogues/small group discussions
– Visual and performance art (e.g. exhibition, posters, poetry, etc.)
– Multimedia presentations
– Workshop (e.g. for activists on using social media; pooling resources & lessons; etc.)
– Tours
– Any other creative format

The CSRC will help promote broad participation in the conference through travel support for graduate students and junior faculty to attend the annual CSRC conference. Up to ten travel grants of $500-750 each will be awarded by the CSRC’s travel grant jury.

21st International Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference – Race and Justice in America

October 10-12, 2019

The Inn at Villanova University, Pennsylvania
Directors:  Mark Doorley, Alan Preti, Brett Wilmot

Conference Theme: Race & Justice in America

  • Keynote speakers: Anita Allen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lawrence Krasner, District Attorney, Philadelphia, PA
  • Terry Nance, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Villanova University
  • George Yancy, Emory University

More details can be found here.

Temple MAP 2019 Graduate Student Conference on “Challenging Injustice”

Keynote speaker Dr. Robin Zheng, PhD (Yale-NUS) presenting on “Challenging Injustice Through a Solidarity of Struggle: Toward a Theory of Radical Social Change”

Conference attendees, Dr. Lee-Ann Chae, JD, PhD, of the Philosophy Department at Temple University, and Temple University graduate students Ricardo Abend Van Dalen, JD and Arthur Krieger

Conference presenter Anna Klein (University of Sheffield, UK) presenting on “Why We Should Consider the Role of Resentment for Contemporary Perceptions of Injustice: On the Utilization of Emotions as Epistemic and Political Practice”

Conference attendees during a Q&A

Chat in the Stacks: Diversity and Inclusion

For eleven years running, the Libraries and the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color have co-hosted this engaging series of panels on timely topics, featuring faculty from across the university.

Join us for our first Chat in the Stacks of the spring semester during which we’ll discuss diversity and inclusion from the perspective of postdocs and graduate students of color. Panelists include Enya-kalia Jordan, Minjung Noh, and Dr. Shaeeda Mensah, among others.

Registration requested.

Programs offered by Temple University Libraries are accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact Richie Holland, Director of Library Administration, at or 215-204-3455 for more information, to request an accommodation, or with questions/concerns.

Date And Time

Thu, March 21, 2019

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT


Temple University, Main Campus

Samuel Paley Library

1210 Polett Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Uma Narayan on “Microcredit and Third World Women: Panacea for Poverty or Delusional Development?

Mark for your calendars and join us on Thursday, April 4 from 3:30 to 5pm for a talk by Uma Narayan, Professor of Philosophy and the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at Vassar College, on, “Microcredit and Third World Women: Panacea for Poverty or Delusional Development?” in Anderson Hall 821 (The Women’s Studies Lounge). A reception from 5-6pm will follow in the same room.

The talk is part of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium (GPWC) annual speaker-in-residence program, and is hosted by Temple’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, with generous co-sponsorship from the Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, and the Center for the Study of Humanities (CHAT) and the Global Studies Program.

Feminist Ethics and Political Philosophy (4223/5223)

Feminist Ethics and Political Philosophy (4223/5223)

Time: Thursday 3:00-6:00 (Spring 2019)

Professor: Dr. Shaeeda Mensah

CRN: Undergrad 37750 Grad: 37754

Course description: Most people can easily recount the names and stories of Black boys and men who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and police violence. Few, though, know the names and stories of Black girls and women who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and police violence. In this course, we will explore the myriad of reasons that this is the case. In so doing, we will consider the narrative of Black girls and women as the collateral consequence of mass incarceration and police violence, and we will explore the notion that Black women’s womanhood protects them from mass incarceration and police violence, and we will explore the historical and contemporary conditions that have led to the marginalization of Black women’s experiences in both race and gender analyses. This is a one-time course offered by our Diversity and Postdoctoral Fellow for 2018-2019, Dr. Shaeeda Mensah.

Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (2152)

Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (2152)

Times: Section 001 – Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:20, Section 002 – Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00-10:50 (Spring 2019)

Professors: Lee-Ann Chae (Section 001); Kate Brelje (Section 002)

Course description: This course covers major themes in feminist philosophy through canonical and recent texts. Themes include the sex/gender distinction; oppression, equality, and justice; work and family; feminist care ethics; pornography and prostitution; sex-positivity and sex-negativity; feminist epistemology and feminist critiques of science. Throughout the course, discussions will consider the intersection of gender with race, class, disability, global location, sexuality, and age.

Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (3217/5217)

Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (3217/5217)

Time: Monday 3:00-5:30 (Spring 2019)

Professor: Miriam Solomon

CRN: Undergrad: 37747 Grad: 37753

Course description: This course explores he effects of gender on knowledge in general and science in particular. Feminist critiques since the 1970s challenge traditional claims that knowledge and science are completely objective and unbiased. Unlike relativist approaches, feminist critiques often provide new, more nuanced accents of objectivity (sometimes called “strong objectivity”). We will examine a range of feminist accounts (e.g. feminist standpoint, feminist postmodern and feminist empiricist) and look at cases from a wide range of sciences. The complex relations between gender, race, class, and nationality will also be discussed in relation to these issues. For graduate students in philosophy, this course satisfies the distribution requirement in epistemology/metaphysics.

Unruly Women: Philosophers, Artists, & Activists (3910.02)

Unruly Women: Philosophers, Artists, & Activists (3910.02)

Time: Monday 3:00-5:30 (Spring 2019)

Professor: Kristin Gjesdal

CRN: 38857

Course description: A quiet study or the rowdy barricades? Contemplative life or activism? Art or philosophy? These are some of the questions facing women philosophers and artists in the modern period. Women philosophers and poets have written on politics, racial injustice, gender, and social issues. And they have sought to translate their thoughts into concrete political action. In the philosophical tradition, works by women philosophers have been ignored. In this class, we will discuss contributions by a number of bright and gifted women whose work presented – and still presents! – a fundamental challenge to social injustice and established conventions. We will also discuss issues such as canon-building, inclusion criteria, and prejudices. The class will be an interactive, discussion-based, and fun exploration of a largely unwritten chapter in the history of philosophy. This an Honors Special Topics Course, offered in the Honors Program.

Communication for Social Change: A Panel & Networking Session for Graduate Students

Are you interested in using your communication skills to serve the common good?  Attend this panel and networking session to learn from professionals in non-profit management, public relations, and communications.  Light refreshments will be served.  Event is cosponsored by the Temple Career Center and Klein College of Media and Communication.