Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 2 (#PhiDisSocCh2)

December 7, 2021 - December 10, 2021
The Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

United Kingdom

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The Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 2 online conference (#PhiDisSocCh2) will comprise 20 sessions of presentations by disabled philosophers and their allies whose cutting-edge research challenges members of the philosophical community to:

  1. think more critically about the metaphysical and epistemological status of disability;
  2. closely examine how philosophy of disability is related to the tradition and discipline of philosophy;
  3. acknowledge the continuing exclusion of disabled philosophers from the profession of philosophy;
  4. seriously consider how philosophy and philosophers contribute to the pervasive inequality and subordination that disabled people confront throughout society;
  5. develop mechanisms designed to transform the current professional and institutional position of disabled philosophers in particular and the economic, political and social position of disabled people more generally.

The presentations will highlight the diversity and range of approaches to critical philosophical work on disability and showcase the heterogeneity with respect to race, gender, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, culture, age and class of the community of disabled philosophers.

This conference is organised as part of the Alfred Landecker Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Please note: This conference will be held online via Zoom. There will be live captioning for all the sessions. Please register to attend using the form at the conference webpage and you will receive an email containing joining instructions.


13:00–13:05 Welcome and opening remarks

  • Co-hosts: Jonathan Wolff (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford) and Shelley L Tremain (BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)

13:05–13:55 Session 1 Projecting risk: doing risk together and disability justice

  • Presenter: Melinda Hall (Stetson University)
  • Chair: Will Conway (Dusquenne University)

14:05–14:55 Session 2 Vulnerabilised persons in disability and illness 

  • Presenter: Havi Carel (University of Bristol)
  • Chair: Maeve McKeown (University of Groningen)

15:05-15:55 Session 3 (Re)producing kinship: race, gender, disabilityand assisted reproductive technologies

  • Presenter: Desiree Valentine (Marquette University)
  • Chair: Jane Dryden (Mount Allison University)

15:55-16:30: BREAK

16:30-17:20 Session 4 Digital phrenology and automated ableism: reproducing racist and ableist logics through artificial intelligence

  • Presenter: Johnathan Flowers (American University)
  • Chair: August Gorman (Princeton University)

17:30-18:20 Session 5 Neurodiversity, neurotypicality and philosophy

  • Presenter: Maeve M. O’Donovan (Unaffiliated)
  • Chair: Nathan Moore (Unaffiliated)


13:00-13:05 Informal meet and greet

13:05–13:55 Session 1 Pruriently feared: theorising the imposition of another’s will upon the disabled Black male body as a form of sexual vulnerability

  • Presenter: Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh)
  • Chair: Mich Ciurria (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

14:05-14:55 Session 2 Skipping Cartesian dualism: cripping autonomy with the Filipino concepts of loob and kapwa

  • Presenter: Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril (University of Aberdeen)
  • Chair: Julie E. Maybee (Lehman College, The City University of New York)

15:05-15:55 Session 3 Movement, militarisation and monetisation: examining migration through a disability justice framework

  • Presenter: Andrea J. Pitts (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
  • Chair: Shelley Tremain (BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)

15:55-16:30 Break

16:30-17:20 Session 4 Philosophy’s Reason[ableism], Justificatory Norms, and Cloaked Intersectional Harms to Disabled Philosophy Graduate Students

  • Presenter: Grace Cebrero (University of Minnesota)
  • Chair: Emily R. Douglas (McGill University)

17:30-18:20 Session 5 The ethics of passing and disability disclosure in professional philosophy

  • Presenter: Joseph Stramondo (San Diego State University)
  • Chair: Keisha Ray (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)


13:00-13:05 Informal meet and greet

13:05-13:55 Session 1 Infrastructures of propriety: allistic rites and neuroqueer counterpublics

  • Presenter: Isaac Jiang (McMaster University)
  • Chair: Robert Chapman (University of Bristol)

14:05-14:55 Session 2 Pathologising disabled and trans identities: how emotions become marginalized

  • Presenter: Gen Eickers (University of Education Ludwisburg)
  • Chair: R.A. Briggs (Stanford University)

15:05-15:55 Session 3 Is ideology-talk disability-talk?

  • Presenter: Alex Bryant (University of British Columbia)
  • Chair: Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

15:55-16:30 Break

16:30-17:20 Session 4 Disaster ableism, academic freedom and the mystique of bioethics

  • Presenter: Shelley Tremain (BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)
  • Chair: Talia Mae Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles)

17:30-18:20 Session 5 Whose health? Speciesism, ableism, and vegan ethics

  • Presenter: Stephanie C. Jenkins (Oregon State University)
  • Chair: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)


13:00-13:05: Informal meet and greet

13:05-13:55 Session 1 Musical therapy, autonomy and equality

  • Presenter: Jonathan Wolff (Oxford University)
  • Chair: Axel Barcelό Aspeitia (UNAM-National University of Mexico)

14:05-14:55 Session 2 Disability, dissonance and resistance: a musical dialogue

  • Presenter: Licia Carlson (Providence College)
  • Chair: Cecilea Mun (University of Louisville)

15:05-15:55 Session 3 Tba

  • Presenter: Lissa Skitolsky (Unaffiliated)
  • Chair: Elvis Imafidon (SOAS, University of London)

15:55-16:30 Break

16:30-17:20 Session 4 Becoming unwell

  • Presenter: Jennifer Scuro (Molloy College)
  • Chair: Audrey Yap (University of Victoria)

17:30-18:20 Session 5 Neuroqueer phenomenology: attention and affect in postdisciplinary time

  • Presenter: Lauren Guilmette (Elon University)
  • Chair: Damion Kareem Scott (The City College of New York, The City University of New York)

18:20-19:00 Close of conference and conference social

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