(postponed) Beyond the binary: workshop on genderqueer identities and social constructionism

May 15, 2020 - May 16, 2020
Department of Philosophy, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere


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Keynote speakers:

Yale University
Universitat de Barcelona


University of Helsinki
École Normale Supérieure
University of Tampere

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CFA: Beyond the binary: workshop on genderqueer identities and social constructionism

People who identify as genderqueer (e.g., non-binary, agender or gender fluid) essentially reject the idea that one has to choose between being a man or a woman. Instead, they take themselves to be either genderless or somewhere on a spectrum. Genderqueer identities appear to contradict traditional biological notions of gender. However, they also seem to be in tension with views according to which gender identity is socially constructed. This workshop discusses the ontology of genderqueer identities further, especially in light of the idea that gender is socially constructed.

Keynote speakers:

Robin Dembroff (Yale)
Esa Díaz-León (Barcelona)

Call for abstracts:

We invite papers on all topics concerning the emerging philosophy of genderqueer identities. Papers can involve questions such as: How should genderqueer identities be conceptualized? What kind of challenges do genders that do not fit into the binary model pose for established theories of gender? Is genderqueer a natural kind, or a group of natural kinds? How does empirical research on genderqueer identities inform ontological questions of the spectrum of genders? Accepted abstracts approach the metaphysics of gender from the viewpoint of genderqueer (non-binary, gender fluid, agender etc.) identities. Interdisciplinary papers on the topic are especially welcome and members of underrepresented groups in philosophy are encouraged to submit papers.

Abstracts should be anonymized and between 500 and 1000 words long. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020 and decisions will be made within two weeks. Here is how you can anonymise your abstract with word: https://helpdesk.law.wfu.edu/support/solutions/articles/4000108127-microsoft-word-metadata-removal-instructions-mac-

Each contributed presentation will be given 55 minutes including a commentary and open discussion.

Date & Venue:
May 15 and 16, 2020. Tampere University, Finland

Attendance is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Please email us if you would like to attend via Skype (we have only a limited number of computers). We will also assist with visa applications. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Travel funding for PhD students presenting a paper may be available.


Kaisa Kärki (Tampere University)
Guido (Robin) Löhr (Bochum/Insitut Jean Nicod, ENS Paris)
Siiri Porkkala (Tampere University)

Please send all questions and anonymized abstracts to loehrg@icloud.com

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May 8, 2020, 11:00pm EET

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