The Departments of Philosophy and Environmental Studies are co-sponsoring a work-in-progress talk by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy Dr. Nicolae Morar on Friday, June 5, 2020 at noon.
“What IF there are no individuals? Microbial biology and environmental ethic.”
Our bodies have a microbial cell population 3 times greater than that of our human cells. “A fact, which, in essence, makes all of us more microbe than man!” This conception of human organisms has led some scientists and humanists to claim that we should no longer think of ourselves as individuals but rather as communities or ecosystems. Nicolae Morar explores the ethical consequences of an ecosystem view of human beings and provides a positive argument for a radically new ecological conception of human agency that captures the complexity and interconnectedness of our biological and moral lives.
This event is free but registration is required. Register Now.
Thursday March 5
Colloquium Panel IV: Decolonial/Critical Theory
*Alejandro A. Vallega / Óscar Armando Ralda
*Óscar Armando Ralda (Latin American Philosophy, Critical Theory, Marxism)
*Thomas Nail (decolonial thought, critical theory, social and political philosophy)
Contact: Panel IV Coordinator Óscar Armando Ralda or Moderator Kenny Knowlton
To help mark the centennial of Women’s Sufferage, the National Organization for Women’s South Willamette Valley Chapter will feature a talk by Dr. Bonnie Mann, Professor of Philosophy: “Pussy Politics: Aspirational Fascism and the Women’s Vote.”
Thinking with Hannah Arendt, Masha Gessen, and Simone de Beauvoir, in this talk Dr. Mann will explore the rise of misogynist aspirational fascism in the United States, in relation to what the women’s vote has meant and could mean.
The talk is scheduled for Monday, 27 April 2020, 6:30-8:30 PM, inside of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1685 West 13th Avenue.
Thursday February 27
Colloquium Panel III: “New Directions in American Philosophy”
*Scott Pratt / Bonnie Mann
*Celia Tagamolila Bardwell-Jones
*Maggie Newton (decolonial feminism, pragmatism, phenomenology)
Contact: Panel III Coordinator Bonnie Mann or Moderator Erin McKenna
The Eugene Weekly’s February 20 issue features a piece by UO M.A. alum Henry Houston on How We Became Our Data, the new book by Colin Koopman, UO Philosophy Associate Professor and Director of New Media & Culture. The article, “Blessed Be Thy Data” anticipates a book launch talk coming up on Thursday, February 27th at 6:30pm at the UO Law School, Room 110.
Camisha Russell, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will be giving a CAS IR Talk “Race and Choice in the Era of Liberal Eugenics” on Monday, 2 March 2020, 3:30–5:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room.
Camisha joined the Department of Philosophy in 2017. She is currently Co-Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Her primary research and teaching interests are in Critical Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, and Bioethics. The Assisted Reproduction of Race is her first book. Other recent publications include “Rights-holders or refugees? Do gay men need reproductive justice” in Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online (2018) and “Eugenics” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (2017).
Talk abstract: What role does race play in assisted reproduction in a reproductive era of what we might call liberal eugenics? In this talk, I argue that this question can be addressed in terms of what Foucault called technologies of the self. By considering some examples of how identity features, including race, are used by people and couples in sperm donor selection, I show how these decisions (and their privatization) serve political (and indeed depoliticizing) purposes. Moreover, I suggest that pressure for racial matching in assisted reproduction serves not only to renaturalize notions of race, but to defend the new liberal eugenics by denying any racialized agenda.
Thursday February 6
Colloquium with Dwayne Tunstall
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Non-Peirce Editor, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Co-editor, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience
Executive Director, Philosophy Born of Struggle
Secretary, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy at Grand Valley State University
“Idealism in Black: Reclaiming William H. Ferris’s Idealism and Philosophy of History”
Contact: Erin McKenna
On January 30, Philosophy Graduate Student Jane Nam will present a noon talk entitled, “Escape the Corset: Radical Korean Feminism.” Nam received a 2019-20 graduate student research award for her work from the Center for the Study of Women in Society. The talk will be held 12-1:30 p.m. in the CSWS Jane Grant Room, 330 Hendricks Hall, 1408 University Street.
South Korea is often deemed the beauty capital of the world, as the cosmetic surgery hub and home to one of the largest beauty industries in the world. The faces of female K-pop idols and K-drama celebrities have come to symbolize the K-beauty standard: perfection.
Beginning in the summer of 2018, however, young Korean women began posting pictures of themselves on social media, with shaved heads, androgynous clothing, and smashed makeup products. “Why do I want to be pretty?” “Do I want to be pretty?” These are the questions young women are asking themselves as they partake in what they call, the Escape-the-Corset Movement, or Tal-Corset (in Korean). The goal? Freedom to be human, and not “woman.”
Nam connected with over fifty women following the #escapethecorset movement. Her research brings to light, the strength, intelligence, and courage of Korean women who have demonstrated not just their potential but also a capacity for activism through concrete acts of feminism.
More upcoming Center for the Study of Women in Society events can be found on the CSWS Events page.
Thursday January 16
Colloquium Panel I: Environmental Philosophy
*Nicolae Morar / Barbara Muraca
*Rebekah Sinclair (poststructuralism, animal studies, deconstruction)
*David Craig Baumeister (ethics, environmental philosophy, Kant)
Contact: Panel I Coordinator & Moderator Barbara Muraca