Jacqueline Davies



I am delighted to serve as Acting Head of Gender Studies for the calendar year of 2015. My first university teaching experiences were in Women’s Studies at Queen’s. Working with Continuing and Distance Studies, I taught WMNS 100 during the summer on main campus, as well as off campus in Belleville, and inside the Federal Prison for Women. I also taught the course through a pilot program in distance education using the studios at CFRC to broadcast lectures and engage with students at remote locations. My relationship with Gender Studies dates further back, to my time as a student representative on the Principal’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. One of the eventual results of the committee’s work was the Women’s Studies Program at Queen’s. Its first interdisciplinary course was taught in 1985. Later established as an Institute in 1993, Women’s Studies became a department in 2003. I was Cross Appointed to Women’s Studies in 2005 while teaching as an adjunct Assistant Professor in Philosophy. Since 2008 I have been a continuing adjunct in the Department of Philosophy when I was promoted to Associate Professor. In addition to my ongoing Cross Appointment to Gender Studies (as the department became in 2010), I am affiliated with the Cultural Studies Graduate Program.

Such cross-listed courses as Philosophy and Feminism (PHIL 376) and Topics in Feminist Philosophy (PHIL 454/854) are a regular part of my teaching. I have also developed and taught several courses in the departments of Gender Studies and Jewish Studies on gender in Jewish cultures. I am particularly interested in the ways in which constructions of gender and sexuality intersect with the diverse forces that shape diasporic identities. Jewish Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Critical Thinking and Fundamental Questions are some of my other most frequently taught courses. I have also taught seminars on twentieth century philosophy especially that of Emmanuel Levinas. My publications include a trio of feminist readings of Levinas in the context of new(ish) technologies (cinema, internet communications, and ultrasounds imaging).

The relations of gender and sexuality to oppressive discourses and practices have been a continuing interest for me. My recent research engages with questions about the social and environmental exploitation, especially of indigenous people and migrant workers, obscured in contemporary discourses about prostitution and sex work. Recent philosophical developments in the epistemology of ignorance as well as the interdisciplinary richness of gender studies and critical race theory have been especially helpful in this work. These perspectives along with a commitment to social justice informed my collaborative work on the fourth edition of Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada. I am very excited by the opportunity for further such collaboration that is represented by the Other Kingston Project. In December 2014 I joined community members and faculty and student colleagues already working on the OKP to take up the co-directorship with Margaret Little (GNDS and Politics) and Kanonhsyonni/Janice C. Hill (Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre).

Recent Talks:
“Getting Screwed for Money? Who Cares?” International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics, Annual Conference at the Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry, Ghent University, Belgium, July 15 2014.

“Bill C-36, Sex, Money, Violence and Exploitation—‘Made in Canada’ Talk and Action.” Queen’s University Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series, October 16 2014.

“Concepts for critical analysis in the criminalization of commercial sex in Canada.” Canadian Sex Research Forum, Annual Conference. Kingston ON, October 23 2014.

"Perspectives on Pornography." Feminist Perspectives: Philosophical Essays on Method and Morals. Eds. Lorraine Code, Sheila Mullett and Christine Overall. University of Toronto Press,1988.

Good Reasons for Better Arguments: An Introduction to the Skills and Values of Critical Thinking. Jerome Bickenbach and Jacqueline M. Davies. Broadview,1996.

“Analogy and Narrative: caring about the forgone and repressed.” Proceedings of the 2001 Conference of the Ontario Society for Studies in Argumentation. Eds. Hans V. Hansen and Christopher Tindale. OSSA, 2001.

Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada, 4th Edition. Jamie Swift, Jacqueline M. Davies, Robert G. Clarke, and Michael Czerny S.J. Between The Lines, 2003.

“Others in the Ether: On Levinasian Internet Ethics by Design.” Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. Vol. 3, 2009.

“Reading Levinas in The Apartment.” Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship. Ed. Maurice Hamington. Lexington Books, 2010.

“Premature M/Othering: A Levinasian look at ethics and ultrasound in abortion politics.” Agency and Embodiment. Eds. Letitia Meynell, Susan Sherwin and Sue Campbell. Penn State University Press, 2009. Republished as an e-book by Penn State University Press, 2012.

“Homosexuality, Societal Attitudes Toward.” Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Second Edition, volume 2. Ed. Ruth Chadwick. Academic Press, 2011: 616–626. Republished as an e-book by Elsevier 2012

“Kanada: Die Führende Rolle von indigenen Fauen im Kampf gegen Ausbeutung von Mensch und Umwelt.” Jacqueline Davies and Isolde AIgner. Wir Frauen: Das feministische Blatt. Sommer 2013: 21-22.

“Homosexuality and Philosophy.” Jacqueline Davies and Udo Schuklenk. Was Ist Homosexualität? Forschunsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven. Herausgegeben von Florian Mildenberger, Jennifer Evans, Rüdiger Lautmann & Jakob Pastötter. Männerschwarm Verlag, 2014.