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Graduate Philosophy Conference 2017

Graduate Philosophy Conference 2017
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Building
Time: May 8th, 10:00 am End: May 9th, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Ethics, 2000-

2017 Graduate Philosophy Conference

Welcome to the 17th Annual University of Toronto Philosophy Graduate Conference. The conference will take place on May 8th and 9th from 10-4 at the Centre for Ethics and from 4-6 at University College, both days. Our theme this year is Embodiment: Bodies and Embodied Experience, and our two keynote speakers are Evan Thompson (UBC) and Kristie Dotson (MSU).

The papers will discuss

  • bodies as a site of political protest: the Movement for Black Lives and the Argentinian Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
  • embodied experience as a source of knowledge: standpoint epistemology, epistemologies of ignorance, and ethical responses to depression
  • bodies and perception: analytic, continental, and cross-cultural approaches to phenomenology

We will also feature a Panel on Disability, Illness, and Madness that calls attention to discrimination against people with disabilities both within and outside of academia.

All events are free and open to the public. Any questions should be directed to Emma McClure and Charles Dalrymple-Fraser at torontophilgradconf@gmail.com.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, May 8th

begin at the Centre for Ethics
10-10:30 Coffee and Opening Remarks
10:30-11:30 Raffi Aintablian (Ryerson University) “The Corporeal Politics of the Refusal to Mourn: Insights from Persisting Pasts”
Commenter: Maria Keller
11:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Kathleen Howe (University of Chicago) “Rescuing the Notion of the Body”
Commenter: Damian Melamedoff
2:15-3:15 Corinne Lajoie (Université de Montréal) “A Merleau-Pontian Account of Embodied Perceptual Norms”
Commenter: Natalie Helberg

Move to University College, UC140
4:00-6:00 Keynote: Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia) “Death: The Ultimate Transformative Experience”
Commenter: Sean Smith

Move to Croft Chapter House
6:15-8:00 Reception

Tuesday, May 9th

Begin at the Centre for Ethics
9:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-12:00 Panel on Disability, Illness, and Madness
Presenters: Zara Bain (University of Bristol), Cherie Braden (University of Colorado Boulder), and Emily Dobson (University of Windsor) Chair: Emma McClure
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Michael Randall Barnes (Georgetown University) “Social Movements and Their Speech Acts: The Pragmatic Structure of ‘Positive Propaganda’”
Commenter: Hamish Russell
2:45-3:45 Briana Toole (University of Texas) “Standpoint Epistemology Re-Examined: The Influence of Ontology on Knowledge Claims”
Commenter: Julia Smith

Move to University College, UC140
4:30-6:30 Keynote: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University) title TBD
Commenter: Melissa Rees

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