Wednesday, March 4, 2009

IAPh 2010: Feminism, Science, and Values

*Feminism, Science, and Values*
June 25-28, 2010
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

  • 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:

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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