Workshop Participants


Ashley Williams is a queer black organizer and artist working in Charlotte, NC. They attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to study dance and philosophy in 2011. Ashley is currently a Master’s Candidate in a program for Ethics and Applied Philosophy at UNCC. They have been an active participant around Black Lives Matter, Black-Palestinian Solidarity, and ending police violence in Charlotte. Ashley’s interests include intersectionality, women’s gender and sexuality studies, and black liberation.

Kaitlyn Conners is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Villanova University. Her research interests include film theory, feminist theory and comedy studies. Her current research focuses on the positive affective response to dark humor found in collective contexts. She is interested in exploring the political potential of dark humor for possible feminist projects. Besides her theoretical interests in films, she also edits and produces short documentary film pieces.

Jingchao (Chris) Ma is a doctoral student in Philosophy at Villanova University. She is interested in forming a feminist understanding of subjectivity, social power, and bodily experience, and thereby creating new ways of imagining political futures. For her dissertation project, she reworks the Freudian concept of narcissism and brings psychoanalysis and phenomenology together to offer a new understanding of gender, sexuality, and the racialized and gendered body, and she argues that other people and society are fundamental to the formation of desire and identity. Besides her academic work, she is also involved in queer activism. She participated in a feminist theater work in her college in Shanghai, and currently serves as a board member of Chinese Lala (LBTQI) Alliance.

Yvonne Kwan is a Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her broader intellectual engagements traverse sociology, Asian American studies, and critical refugee studies, with a focus on affect, memories, as well as socio-political discussions on the aftermaths of US interventionist policies in Cambodia. Kwan broaches interdisciplinary and cross-national approaches to the critical examination of genocide, its adjudication, reparations, diaspora, and transgenerational phenomena that have escaped much deserved scholarly attention and serious examinations in the past. Currently, as an active member in the intellectual community at Dartmouth, she has not only participated in interdisciplinary discussions about liberal arts, refugee health, and structural inequalities but also included students in these vibrant and timely discussions. She serves as a faculty mentor for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and actively supports the student-driven movement for Asian American studies.

Andrea J. Pitts is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Their research interests include social epistemology, philosophy of race and gender, Latin American and U.S. Latina/o philosophy, and philosophy of medicine. Their publications appear in Hypatia, Radical Philosophy Review, and Inter-American Journal of Philosophy. Andrea is also currently co-editing two forthcoming volumes: one on the reception of the work of Henri Bergson in decolonial thought, feminism, and critical race studies, and a volume on contemporary scholarship in U.S. Latina and Latin American feminist philosophy.

Elisabeth Paquette is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at York University, Toronto, Canada and an Instructor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She works at the intersection of social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and 20th century philosophy. Her dissertation offers a critique of Alain Badiou’s theory of emancipation through the lens of Sylvia Wynter’s decolonial project. Her research interests include: 1) Simone de Beauvoir’s concept of flesh and touching; 2) the perpetuation of colonial violence against aboriginal peoples in Canada; and 3) poetics as a means towards a new humanism. Her most recent publication with Badiou Studies is entitled: “Alain Badiou and the Feminine: In Conversation with Julia Kristeva.”