Call For Papers: Society for LGBTQ Philosophy, APA Pacific Division, San Francisco CA, March 30- April 3 2016

DECOLONIAL EROTICS AND THE COLONIALITY OF GENDER

The Society for LGBTQ Philosophy invites abstracts for an upcoming session at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association on March 30-April 3, 2016.

Our theme for this session is the connection between decolonial theory and studies of sexuality and gender. We thereby hope to engage questions regarding how colonial conquest, the Atlantic slave trade, the displacement of indigenous communities, and the circulating dynamics of coloniality shape intimate and/or erotic embodied existence.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous, Black, Latina/o, Arab, Asian embodiment and erotic life
  • Community identity/kinship/familial dynamics
  • Spiritualities/religious practices among communities of color
  • Epistemic/ontological features of race, sexuality, and gender
  • Pinkwashing/homonationalism
  • LGBTQ immigrant and refugee rights
  • Womanist, mujerista, feminist, queer, quare, non-binary, and transgender discourses among communities of color
  • Sexual and gender dynamics of racism, colonialism, and genocide

Please send paper and/or panel abstracts of no more than 500 words to slgbtqphilosophy@gmail.com by September 18, 2015. Please include names, institutional affiliations, and paper titles with all submissions.

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Call For Papers: Society for LGBTQ Philosophy, APA Central Division Meeting March 2, 2016 – March 5, 2016, Chicago, IL

In a 2014 interview, Susan Stryker described the relationship between the first and second volumes of The Transgender Studies Reader as follows: “[The first volume] includes work from the ‘transgender moment’ of the early 1990s that changed the conversation on trans issues and tackles many of the topics that were of interest in the field’s first decade—questions of self-representation, diversity within trans communities, the increasing visibility of trans-masculinities. The second volume, from 2013, showcases the rapid evolution of the field in the 21st century, which is self-consciously moving in strongly transnational directions away from the Anglophone North American biases of the field’s first decade. There has been much more attention paid to the relationship between transgender issues and other structural forms of inequality and injustice, and, post 9/11, to questions about borders, surveillance, and security—and the ways that non-conventionally gendered bodies experience heightened scrutiny and limitations on movement, and can be seen as posing a terroristic threat to the body politic.”

Alongside these transnational trends within the field of transgender studies, the Society of LGBTQ Philosophy wishes to highlight recent issues and debates in transgender studies as significant in the context of U.S. philosophical discourses for several reasons as well. First, the publications of The Transgender Studies Reader 2 and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first journal exclusively dedicated to the field of transgender studies, coincide with increasing forms of representation of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in various news, entertainment, and social media. Such forms of representation also highlight how race, class, and citizenship status remain significant factors in determining how likely transgender and gender non-conforming persons are to become targets for police violence, hate crimes, and harassment. Second, social organizing work by transgender activists, especially transgender women of color activists, has gained public attention in recent years. For example, Jennicet Gutiérrez recently made headlines with her public call to President Barack Obama to address the violence against immigrant transgender women in U.S. detention centers. Third, with significant shifts in U.S. legislation, including the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage, it remains increasingly important to observe the often complicated relationship between LGB rights and transgender and queer rights.

For the upcoming 2016 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, the Society for LGBTQ Philosophy invites submissions for panel and/or paper abstracts on topics stemming from themes within the field of transgender studies. We invite submissions on all philosophical topics and conversations in transgender studies, as well as recent work addressing transgender issues in relation to prison abolition, healthcare activism and biomedicine, police and state violence, queer crip theory and disability studies, decolonial thought, and transnational politics.

Please send paper and/or panel abstracts of no more than 500 words to slgbtqphilosophy@gmail.com by September 1, 2015. Please also include names, institutional affiliations, and paper titles with all submissions.

Success!

Thank you to all the workshop participants for making this years workshop on Sylvia Wynter such a successful gathering.  We could never have imagined that such a collaborative effort could have run so smoothly and been so incredibly fruitful.

Also, many thanks to Dr. David Morris and Dina Tavares for their help and support in securing us such wonderful space.

Important links now available

The workshop on Sylvia Wynter is fast approaching and the preparations have begun. Thank you to all of you who have responded and have decided to participate in this workshop. If anyone has yet to respond and would like to participate, please let me know as soon as possible. We’ll be holding the workshop June 8th – 11th, 2015 meeting from approximately 10am-4pm each day. We’ll be meeting in Montreal, Quebec, at Concordia University. You can find a list of all of Wynter’s work here. From this list, please select an essay or text on which to present. As soon as you decide, please sign-up for a presentation here. I have started a dropbox folder with pdf’s of Wynter’s work that I have amassed thus far, you can access it here.  Please let me know if you are unable to access this folder. Also, feel free to upload documents to it directly, or send your pdf’s to me and I’ll make sure to post them. I look forward to seeing you all in Montreal. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

2015 Workshop

The theme for the summer of 2015 is the work of Sylvia Wynter. Wynter’s work takes up Caribbean, Latin American, and Spanish history and literature. Although she doesn’t identity as a philosopher, Wynter’s work is pivotal in challenging contemporary liberal and Anglo-American feminist framings of philosophy.

Wynter is becoming a prominent theorist within academic philosophy. However, she has published many lengthy essays, and novels, which are extremely dense and intricate. It is our hope that collectively we can come to understand much of Wynter’s work, at a time when it is most pertinent for junior scholars to engage in her project.

Overview

One of the current limitations that scholars of decolonial and critical race theory face is that they are often dispersed. In addition to being located across various states and countries, a great amount of the work of people of colour is rarely included in the core curricula of philosophy programs in Canada and the United States. As such, one of the goals of this conference is to build community support alongside our practices of philosophical inquiry.

As noted by Leonard Harris in Philosophy of Philosophy: Conflict Between Communities, “Whoever defines the ‘knowledge of knowledge’ owns and controls what can be thought of as authorized knowledge.” (1-2) As such, we must concern ourselves with what is being considered knowledge in our respective institutions by attending to the content we study, and engaging in questions of who constitutes a “theorist,” what constitutes the study of philosophy, and broadening these categories to be more inclusive of the work of the many diverse practitioners of philosophy who are currently marginalized in the discipline. For this reason, we aim to engage in seldom-addressed texts from the history of philosophy by people of colour, more notably those texts which take as their focus critical race theory or decolonial studies.

A further feature of this workshop is the facilitation of co-teaching. We aim to make this a space in which we not only teach each other about the various aspects of an author’s work, but also enable each participant to continue to engage in these works and disseminate the knowledge they develop through the workshop within their respective institutions.