Department of Philosophy

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The philosophy of difference as broadly construed for the purposes of this conference includes political, epistemological, ontological, and metaphysical ideas that allow us to consider the position of the other and to think alterity in diverse ways. This may involve approaching philosophical concepts from artistic avenues or from non-Western perspectives; it may emphasize embodied social justice work, or the structures that re-inscribe oppression; it may follow Levinas’ assertion that “the whole of philosophy is only a meditation on Shakespeare” and utilize non-philosophical texts to explore these issues. Difference here simply implies the refusal to subsume other cultures into the Western perspective while noting the uniquely human experiences that we share.

On February 9-10, contributors and participants will explore these themes.

Schedule

Saturday February 9, 2019

9:00am-10:00am

Registration and coffee / breakfast – Watson Hall, Rooms 517 and 401

Discussions on Social Justice – Watson Hall, Room 517

Each presenter will present for 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.

Moderator: Owen Clifton

10:00am- 10:30am, “Damage and Desire: the pathologization of bisexuality”, January Burbage, McMaster University

10:30am-11:00am, “The Ethics Of Critique, Decolonization and Metaphor”, Ishaan Selby, McMaster University

11:00am-11:30am, “Justifying Prison Breaks as Civil Disobedience”, Isaac Shur, Northeastern University

11:30am-12:30pm, Lunch – Watson Hall, Room 401

Discussions on Alterity – Watson Hall, Room 517

Moderator: Dallas Jokic

12:30pm-1:00pm, “(Un)Familiar Territory: Spaces, Erotica and Queer/Trans* Identities”, Prerna Subramanian, Queen’s University

1:00pm-1:30pm:, “‘There is no Sexual Relationship’: Love as an Identity of Difference”, Omar Bachour, Queen’s University

1:30pm-2:00pm, “Missing Persons: (In)visibility and Difference in the Work of Hito Steyerl and Luce Irigaray”, Kathryn Carney, Western University

2:00pm-3:00pm, Coffee Break – Watson Hall, Room 401

*This is a great opportunity to visit the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery located just beside Watson Hall, which houses many wonderful permanent collections as well as some exciting exhibits! Please walk over, stretch your legs, enjoy the art and return for our keynote address!

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Avenue Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 T (613) 533.2190

Keynote Address – Watson Hall, Room 517

3:00pm-3:10pm, Welcome to conference participants from Queen’s philosophy, and from the Equity and Women’s Concerns Committee, Dr. Christine Sypnowich, GEC representative and introduction of GEC members

3:10pm-3:20pm, Community Equity Award: Lesley Jamieson

3:30pm-5:00pm, Keynote Address: “Dwelling in Carceral Space”, Lisa Guenther

Evening Activities

6:00pm, Dinner in downtown Kingston

*There are no official dinner plans. Conference participants are encouraged to explore downtown Kingston for dinner options.

7:30pm, Evening play at The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7L 1B2

Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s What a Young Wife Ought to Know.

* Tickets are provided to all those who booked in advance with the GEC. You should have received your ticket with your registration. If you did not pre-register but wish to join, either ask us about extra tickets or purchase your own ticket! We’d love to have you there!

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

9:00am-10:00am

Registration and coffee / breakfast – Watson Hall, Rooms 517 and 401

Discussions on Philosophy of Difference – Watson Hall, Room 517

Each presenter will present for 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.

Moderator: Brennen Harwood

10:00am-10:30am, “Iris Murdoch and Philosophical (Self-)Recognition: Men, Gadflies, and Views from Nowhere”, Lesley Jamieson, Queen’s University

10:30am-11:00am, “A New Name for an Old Way of Thinking: Pragmatism, Radical Empiricism, and Epistemology in W.E.B. Du Bois’ “Of the Sorrow Songs”", Walter Scott Stepanenko, University of Cincinnati

11:00am-11:30am, “Behind the “Seen:” Three Objections to Alia Al-Saji’s Phenomenological Account of Racializing Vision and Hesitation”, Marzouq Alnusf, Northwestern University

11:30am-12:30pm, Lunch – Watson Hall, Room 401

Discussions on Alterity – Watson Hall, Room 517

Moderator: Sofie Vlaad

12:30pm-1:00pm, “Placing Mirrors Before Others: Gloria Anzaldúa and Nahua Philosophy”, Andrew Lopez, Queen’s University

1:00pm-1:30pm, “Mistaken murders, mutilated guts, and a mother’s han: An aesthetics of intergenerational trauma”, Won Lee-Jeon, Western University

1:30pm-2:00pm, “Put on Ice: Critical Phenomenology and the Illegal Experience in Border Patrol Hieleras”, Sierra Billingslea, Concordia University

2:00pm-2:30pm, Coffee Break – Watson Hall, Room 401

Discussions on Philosophy of Difference – Watson Hall 517

Moderator: Derek Beamer

2:30pm-3:00pm, “Gramsci, Hegemony, and international Students”, Jasmine Irwin, Queen’s University

3:00pm-3:30pm, “The Abolitionist Imagination and Social Change” , Timothy Skulstad-Brown, Queen’s University

3:30pm-4:00pm, Closing remarks and thanks.