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March 19, 2018

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 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 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.

August 21, 2017

University of Oregon College of Education in the News

Jerry Rosiek, Associate Professor in Education Studies and Affiliated Faculty in the Philosophy Department, was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the best and worst community colleges.

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July 20, 2017

New Book edited by Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari

“On ne naît pas femme: on le devient…” The Life of a Sentence, a new book edited by Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari, has been published by Oxford University Press.

From the publisher’s website:
“This collection of essays takes up the most famous feminist sentence ever written, Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘On ne naît pas femme: on le devient,’ finding in it a flashpoint that galvanizes feminist thinking and action in multiple dimensions. Since its publication, the sentence has inspired feminist thinking and action in many different cultural and linguistic contexts. Two entangled controversies emerge in the life of this sentence: a controversy over the practice of translation and a controversy over the nature and status of sexual difference. Variously translated into English as ‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman’ (Parshley, 1953), ‘one is not born but rather becomes woman’ (Borde and Malovany-Chevallier, 2010), and ‘women are made, not born’ (in popular parlance), the conflict over the translation crystallizes the feminist debate over the possibilities and limitations of social construction as a theory of sexual difference. When Sheila Malovany-Chevallier and Constance Borde (contributors to this volume), translated Le Deuxième Sexe into English in 2010, their decision to alter the translation of the famous sentence by omitting the ‘a’ ignited debate that has not yet exhausted itself. The controversy over the English translation has opened a conversation about translation practices and their relation to meaning more generally, and broadens, in this volume, into an examination of the life of Beauvoir’s key sentence in other languages and political and cultural contexts as well.

The philosophers, translators, literary scholars and historian who author these essays take decidedly different positions on the meaning of the sentence in French, and thus on its correct translation in a variety of languages–but also on the meaning and salience of the question of sexual difference as it travels between languages, cultures, and political worlds.”

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June 9, 2017

Beata Stawarska receives Fund for Faculty Excellence Award

Beata Stawarska, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies, is one of of sixteen exceptional faculty members selected to receive the Fund for Faculty Excellence Award. This honor is granted in recognition of the significant impact of Dr. Stawarska’s scholarly work and enduring commitment and contribution to the University of Oregon’s shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry, and service.

The Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards are designed to further the UO’s strategic commitment to sustain and improve academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty. Faculty members are nominated by their deans, recommended by a committee of former recipients, and chosen on the basis of their extraordinary talent, commitment to research, teaching, advancement of their fields, and engagement with their colleagues, helping to make the University of Oregon the venerable institution that it is.

This award may be taken as a one-time salary stipend of $20,000 or as research funds in the amount of $30,000.

A celebration of this year’s recipients will take place at a Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, October 5, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Ford Alumni Center, Papé Hearth.

Read the AroundtheO story.

Beata Stawarska receives a 2017-18 residential fellowship

Beata Stawarska, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies, received a 2017-18 residential fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes, France.

Stawarska will be working on a research project titled:

The Canon and the Critique: One Hundred Years of the Course in General Linguistics

Project description:
Thanks to its over one hundred-year-long legacy, the Cours de linguistique générale /Course in General Linguistics (1916) attributed to Ferdinand de Saussure acquired the status of an indispensable ‘Great Book’ in contemporary scholarship in the humanities. This canonical text laid out an innovative research program in modern linguistics and it led to the development of a structuralist method in other human sciences, and it therefore occupies an important role in contemporary academic scholarship and college-level pedagogy. While the Course is justifiably enshrined within the contemporary canon of ideas, recent research in Saussurean linguistics offers multiple venues for developing a critical perspective on this foundational text. This groundbreaking research conducted mainly in France has remained confined to specialised academic venues and not nearly as popular and widely accessible as the Course itself. Beata Stawarska therefore proposes to author the first critical companion to the Course in General Linguistics that would appeal to a wide, international and interdisciplinary audience in the humanities, and reflect the relevant European scholarship on the legacy and validity of the Course today. This study would examine the production, reception, and replication of the Course as an official statement of Saussure’s linguistics by examining the dominant social relations of power within European academic institutions and the role social norms play in enabling as well as constraining the establishment of true knowledge in scientific disciplines. It would therefore contribute to a better understanding of Saussure’s linguistics and its social and institutional context.

For additional information about IAS-Nantes, see:

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