CfA: Philosophical Perspectives on Disability: A Postgraduate Conference

Submission deadline: March 20, 2017

Conference date(s):
May 9, 2017

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Conference Venue:

Minorities and Philosophy, University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom


Philosophical Perspectives on Disability: A Postgraduate Conference

Tuesday 9th May 2017, University of Leeds

The University of Leeds Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter would like to cordially invite you to attend its second conference, to be held on Tuesday 9th May 2017. Our theme will be the philosophy of disability. Given that the interest in the philosophical aspects of disability is fairly new, there still are a lot of issues which need to be explored, including but not limited to:

  •          Definitions, models, and ways to think about disability
  •          The metaphysics of disability
  •          Phenomenologies of disability
  •          Identity and disability
  •          The similarities and differences between philosophies of disability and philosophies of race and gender.
  •          Discrimination, stigmatisation and disability
  •          Disability and social (in)visibleness
  •          The ethics of causing and preventing disabilities
  •          Disability and its political aspects
  •          Directions for analytic philosophy of disability

Call for Abstracts: Students who are currently undertaking or have recently completed a Master’s or a Doctoral programme are invited to submit abstracts ranging from between 400 to 600 words. They should be prepared for blind review, and should have an anticipated presentation length of 30 minutes (which will be followed by a 20-minute Q&A session). Submissions are to be sent to March 20th, 2017. We ask that submissions be in a standard file format (no cloud services please). The selected presenters will be notified of their acceptance by April 9th, 2017. It should go without saying, but we highly encourage submissions from those who are traditionally under-represented.

Keynote Speaker: We are delighted to announce that the conference will end with a talk on disability, ethics, and epistemology, given by professor Jackie Leach Scully, from Newcastle University.

Funding: We are able to offer the presenters optional free accommodation with the current postgraduate students from the philosophy department of the University of Leeds and, depending of the funding we will secure, we can hopefully also cover some of their travel costs (details to come on our conference website).

We are dedicated to running an inclusive and accessible event. Should you have any specific requirements, please contact the conference organizers and we will do our very best to accommodate your needs. This event will be run in accordance with the BPA/SWIP-UK Good Practice Scheme.

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