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March 7, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMHeritage Lounge - Athabasca Hall 277

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On March 7 and 8th (International Women's Day, and also the anniversary of Hypatia's of Alexandria's murder), you are invited to a symposium and roundtable responding to the Spring 2017 Hypatia controversy:

The Spring 2017 Hypatia controversy raised many significant questions, which this symposium and roundtable intend to explore, attending particularly to the views of trans theorists and women of colour theorists as well as Tuvel herself. These include: what are the limits of academic freedom? Should some topics be deemed too offensive or too dangerous to discuss? Is transracialism such a topic, and if so, why? How important is the identity of the scholar to what it is permissible to write? How has social media transformed academic culture, and are these positive or negative transformations? How can we critique practices of online shaming without supporting the academic status quo? Are some of the traditional methods of philosophy incompatible with social justice scholarship? Must all social justice scholarship draw on the evidence of experience, and how do we reconcile this with feminist theoretical critiques of experience as a foundation for knowledge? Given that Dr. Tuvel’s article was taken as an opportunity to critique the marginalization of trans philosophers and philosophers of colour within the discipline of philosophy, how can we respond in a generative way to this controversy? How might we address systemic exclusions while also addressing the injuries caused by online bullying and shaming? As the flagship journal of feminist philosophy undergoes a restructuring and replacement of editors, how might we learn from the events of last April and May to build a more diverse discipline?

Featuring Presentations By: 
- Aniruddha Dutta (University of Iowa)
- Sabrina Hom (Georgia College)
- Stephanie Kapusta (Dalhousie University)
- Minelle Mahtani (University of Toronto)
- Namrata Mitra (Iona College)
- Sarita Srivastave (Queen's University)
- Alison Suen (Iona College)
- Rebecca Tuvel (Rhodes College)  

March 7th Program:

9:00-9:30: coffee/tea/juice/muffins—welcome
9:30-10:15: Rebecca Tuvel (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Rhodes College), “Reflections on the
Hypatia Controversy” (moderated by ChloëTaylor)
10:30-11:15: Alison Suen (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Iona College), “What is Off the
Philosophical Table?” (moderated by Ada Jaarsma)
11:30-12:15: Sabrina Hom (Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Women’s
and Gender Studies Program, Georgia College), “Racial Ambiguity and Hermeneutic Justice”
(moderated by ChloëTaylor)
12:15-1:00—catered lunch
1:00-1:45: Aniruddha Dutta (Assistant Professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and
Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa), “Allegories of Gender: Transgender
Etiology versus Transracialism” (moderated by Eloy LaBrada)
2:00-2:45: Sarita Srivastava (Associate Professor of Sociology, Queen’s University), “Towards the
Radical Imaginary? The Emotional, Moral and Imaginary Landscape of Race and Gender Politics”
(moderated by Michelle Meagher)
3:00-3:45: Stephanie Kapusta (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University),
“Academic Freedom Within the Context of Estrangement from the Discipline of Philosophy”
(moderated by Eloy LaBrada)
3:45-4:00—break with coffee/tea/snacks
4:00-4:45: Namrata Mitra (Assistant Professor of English, Iona College), “Possibilities of
Interdisciplinary Dialogues after the Hypatia Controversy” (moderated by Ada Jaarsma)
4:45-5:00—concluding remarks/thanks

The symposium and roundtable have been made possible by the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University, as well as the departments of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta.