Department of Philosophy
Fifth Annual Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference
April 3-5, 2020
The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work by undergraduates who identify as female or non-binary and to encourage community building amongst philosophers who identify as female or non-binary and their allies of all genders. The conference is open to all genders and those who do not identify as female or non0binary may serve as commentators and session chairs.
Rima Basu is an Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College. Her work focuses on the question of how we ought to relate to one another, focussing on the epistemic dimensions of wrongs such as racism. She argues that when it comes to what we should believe, morality is not voiceless, rather, what we owe to each other encompasses not only words and deeds, but also beliefs.
When Mulan reflects o how she'll never be the perfect bride or the perfect daughter, we recognize that pain. We can all recognize the kind of coercive pressure that parents can place on their children through their expectations. These expectations, e.g., "do well in school," "don't go out wearing that," "get a good job," don't seem to wrong in an ordinary sense of wrong. We can certainly feel wronged, but are we justified in that feeling? After all, we'd certainly be worse off if our parents didn't have any expectations of us. How do we distinguish between the kinds of expectations that wrong and those that don't? This paper is an attempt to answer these questions.
Call for Papers
Papers must have philosophical content but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of the philosophical discussion itself. However, we especially encourage papers from diverse perspectives.
We are excited to announce, for the fifth year in a row, a $ 500 prize for the best paper, which will also serve as the student keynote.
For the second year in a row, we are holding a lottery to cover airfare and hotel expenses for one student. All accepted papers will automatically be entered into the lottery.
Electronic submissions (.doc or .pdf) are required and should be sent as an attachment to Liz Goodnick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract of 1002-200 words. Papers should be approximately 2500 words (8-10 pages) and prepared for anonymous review (do not include your name or any identifying information on the paper or abstract).
Please include the following in the body of the email:
1. Paper title
2. Word count
3. Author's name
4. Institutional affiliation (if any)
5. Email address
6. Telephone number
7. Will you need a smart classroom to present your paper?
Papers that do not include the above information will not be considered. No more than one paper by the same author will be considered.
Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020
Papers will be reviewed by the conference planning committee. Notifications will be made via email by February 24, 2019. Submissions whose authors cannot be contacted will be rejected.
Each paper will have a commentator. Those interested in providing brief comments of approximately 5-7 minutes should email Liz Goodnick at email@example.com by February 10, 2020 stating their availability and interest. Please indicate whether you would like to be a commentator should your paper not be accepted. Submissions whose authors cannot be contacted through email will be rejected.
Each paper will have a commentator. Those interested in providing brief comments of approximately 5-7 minutes should email Liz Goodnick at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 10, stating your availability and areas of interest. Please indicate whether you would like to be a commentator should your paper not be accepted.
A schedule of the conference will be available soon.
Friday, April 3rd
Saturday, April 4th
Sunday, April 5th
Students are free.
Registration: Students are free. Registration details for faculty, staff, and community members is available on the conference webpage: https://uwpc2019.squarespace.com/
Registration Deadline: February 24, 2020
Five meals will be provided to registered attendees: Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Sunday breakfast. The Saturday off-campus banquet is reserved for presenters, commentators, chairs, and faculty members.
MSU Denver welcomes individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you need reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact either Liz Goodnick email@example.com by March 22, 2020.
For further information, please contact Professor Liz Goodnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Carol Quinn at email@example.com