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March 19, 2018

Anna Cook selected for Eric Englund Research Fellowship

Anna Cook, doctoral candidate in Philosophy, was selected to receive the 2018 Eric Englund Research Fellowship, designed to support doctoral students whose research is in American literature, history, philosophy, or other related fields. Anna Cook’s dissertation uses the resources of recent philosophy to analyze the Truth and Reconciliation Council (TRC) process adopted by Canada as a means of addressing the historical treatment of indigenous peoples by European-descended Canadians and their government.

Congratulations, Anna!

Martina Ferrari receives CAS Dissertation Research Fellowship

UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidate Martina Ferrari has been awarded a 2018-19 College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship, which will provide a year of support free from teaching and for working on her dissertation Decolonizing Silence: Merleau-Ponty and Anzaldúa on Onto-Poietic Insurgency, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Political Insubordination.

Congratulations, Martina!

March 16, 2018

Joshua Kerr receives Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award

Joshua Kerr, doctoral candidate in Philosophy, is a recipient of the 2018 Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award. This award provides support to outstanding master’s or doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development, or training enrichment opportunities during the summer.

Congratulations, Joshua!

March 12, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: “What is Community?”

Communities contain not only the conditions for a good life among others, but also the possibility of destructive exclusion. Communities unite to provide for each other in emergencies and disasters, but they can also reject, exploit, and refuse others. What is a good community? Must a community always be exclusive? How do communities come to be? What kinds of communities have existed in the past or are developing now in the present? What is the meaning of community today?

We invite papers on community, especially from philosophy, literature, psychology, ethnic studies, women/gender studies, queer theory, history, and others. Possible topics include the history of community, historic communities, communities in development, the structure of communities, communal space, the relationship of community to communism, the relationship of community to communication, the aesthetics of community, political aspects of community, the space of community, community today, race and community, gender and community, disability and
community, animals and community, and the treatment of community in literature.

Two faculty, two graduate students and two undergraduates will present.
Refreshments will be provided.
Faculty and grads are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.
Undergrads are asked to submit full papers, although abstracts will be considered.
Send submissions to
Submission deadline: April 2, 2018
Conference date: May 12, 2018

Please direct any questions or concerns to Jon LaRochelle at

What is Community CFP

March 8, 2018

The Synthetic Age — New Book from Christopher Preston

Dr. Christopher Preston, UO PhD in Philosophy (Fall 1998) and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana, has written his third book, The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World. This book is due to be released by MIT Press on March 30.

Publicist’s Statement:
“In The Synthetic Age, Christopher delves into the implications of the new epoch of the Anthropocene. Rather than focusing on how human impacts have brought us to this point, he turns, instead, towards the future, and considers a world in which engineers and technicians have taken over control of some of Nature’s most basic operations. He works his way from the very small to the very large, from nanotechnology to climate engineering, covering everything from nanoscale robots to designer genomes to synthetically produced climates. Not only does he describe our newfound abilities to take control of nature, and the speed at which they’re advancing, he also considers the ethical ramifications of this shift into a new, synthetic age.”

For more information, visit the publisher’s website:

March 2, 2018

Livestock: Food, Fiber, and Friends — New Book from Erin McKenna

Erin McKenna’s new book Livestock: Food, Fiber, and Friends has been published by the University of Georgia Press.

Description from the publisher’s website:

“Most livestock in the United States currently live in cramped and unhealthy confinement, have few stable social relationships with humans or others of their species, and finish their lives by being transported and killed under stressful conditions. In Livestock, Erin McKenna allows us to see this situation and presents alternatives. She interweaves stories from visits to farms, interviews with producers and activists, and other rich material about the current condition of livestock. In addition, she mixes her account with pragmatist and ecofeminist theorizing about animals, drawing in particular on John Dewey’s account of evolutionary history, and provides substantial historical background about individual species and about human-animal relations.

This deeply informative text reveals that the animals we commonly see as livestock have rich evolutionary histories, species-specific behaviors, breed tendencies, and individual variation, just as those we respect in companion animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. To restore a similar level of respect for livestock, McKenna examines ways we can balance the needs of our livestock animals with the environmental and social impacts of raising them, and she investigates new possibilities for humans to be in relationships with other animals. This book thus offers us a picture of healthier, more respectful relationships with livestock.”

For more information, visit the University of Georgia Press:

February 19, 2018

Rocío Zambrana to give talks on campus

Rocío Zambrana, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies, will be giving talks on campus:

Economic, Political, Historical Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico
Part of the 2017-18 Wayne Morse Center Public Affairs Speaker Series “Democracy under Pressure”
Wednesday February 28
175 Knight Law Center
1515 Agate Street

Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race, and Migration in the Americas
CLLAS Symposium Program
Thursday March 8
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Gerlinger Lounge, 1468 University Street

Both events are free and open to the public.

February 6, 2018

Philosophy in the News

Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of New Media and Culture Certificate Program, spoke with the New York Times for a recent article “Is President Trump a Stealth Postmodernist or Just a Liar?”

You can read the article here:

December 6, 2017

Professor Vallega awarded 2018-19 Robert F. & Evelyn Nelson Wulf Humanities Professorship

Philosophy Professor Alejandro A. Vallega was awarded the 2018-19 Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities. Professor Vallega will be developing a new undergraduate course titled Phil 242 World Philosophies: A pluriversal introduction. The course will be taught Winter 2019. He will also sponsor three lectures on World Philosophies and the Humanities during 2018-2019.

October 2, 2017

Recent Philosophy Honor’s Grad featured for research collaboration on Internet-of-Things Privacy

Robert Stanton, who completed his Honor’s thesis in Philosophy last spring, and two computer science undergraduates explore whether smart home systems can run tasks and protect privacy at the same time.

Read the article in the Fall 2017 edition of CASCADE magazine:

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