Feminism, Identity, and the Disparity of Power
Historically, women have experienced powerlessness and oppression in the public domain. Throughout this history, there have been narratives about gender that have affected the identity of women, limiting them to a minimal range of expression.
Only recently have the power dynamics shifted to include women’s experience in public discourse. Along with that inclusion, we have begun to evaluate narratives about gender and change them.
The goal of this conference is to understand, criticize, and evaluate the way that narratives about gender identity and gender relations affect our social and political institutions, moral theories, and ethical responsibilities.
Call for Abstracts
The Philosophy Graduate Student Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites abstract submissions from graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in philosophy and other relevant disciplines for its third annual conference, “Feminism, Identity, and the Disparity of Power,” to be held on the UTK campus on March 14-15, 2020. We are thrilled to have Dr. Hilde Lindemann, Professor Emerita of Michigan State University, joining us as this year’s keynote speaker!
We are looking for submissions that seek to understand, criticize, or evaluate the way that narratives about gender identity and gender relations affect our political and social institutions, moral frameworks, and ethical responsibilities. Some possible questions to engage with might include the following:
How the binary view of gender creates an oppressive power structure
The role that gender should have in our moral theories
Modes of social and political organization that are more gender inclusive
The ways that harm can be done to a person’s identity
Challenges that political institutions create for people of marginalized gender identities
If and how the nature of gender creates special ethical responsibilities
Abstracts of 500-750 words should be formatted for blind review and submitted via email to by Dec. 20th. Please include your name, contact information, and disciplinary/institutional affiliation in the body of your email.
Accepted presenters will be notified in January. Full papers should be prepared for 30 minute presentations with a short Q&A session to follow.
Our Keynote Speaker
Hilde Lindemann is a Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Her books include An Invitation to Feminist Ethics (McGraw-Hill 2005) and, as Hilde Lindemann Nelson, Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair (Cornell University Press 20 0 1). With James Lindemann Nelson she coauthored Alzheimer's: Answers to Hard Questions for Families (Double day 1996) and The Patient in the Family (Routledge 1995), and she has also edited three collections: Feminism and Families and Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches to Bioethics (both Routledge 1997), and, with Marian Verkerk and Margaret Urban Walker, Naturalized Bioethics (Cambridge 2008). The former editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, she was also coeditor (with Sara Ruddick and Margaret Urban Walker) of Rowman & Littlefield's Feminist Constructions series and the general coeditor (with James Lindemann Nelson) of the Reflective Bioethics series at Routledge. A Fellow of the Hastings Center, her ongoing research interests are in feminist bioethics, feminist ethics, the ethics of families, and the social construction of persons and their identities.
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