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2015 Annual Emory Graduate Philosophy Conference: Call For Papers

Keynote Speaker and Text-Seminar: Professor Linda Alcoff, Hunter College CUNY

Emory University, March 20 and 21, 2015

 Extended Deadline: February 6, 2015

Intersections of Experience: Culture, Violence, and Power

While the language of “culture” is often employed to demarcate distinct sets of practices, it is also used to denote their normative content, as in the term “rape culture”. The binding force of norms, in turn, can operate through relations of power and violence that are enacted on bodies, physical and figurative, keeping in mind the semantic link made by violence’s etymon: vīs: “power, force, strength.” We welcome papers that approach this set of problematics—culture, violence, and power—through the intersections of experience. That is to say, intersections of “race,” “gender,” “sexuality,” “disability,” etc. Submissions on any topics related to these concerns will be considered.

Although primary consideration will be given to philosophy, we are interested in receiving submissions from multiple fields and theoretical approaches, including but not exclusive to: comparative literature, women and gender studies, African American studies, cultural studies, political science, and religious studies. Conference presentations should not exceed twenty minutes. Please submit a blinded 500-word abstract plus a cover sheet with your name, university affiliation, contact information, and a brief biography of your academic interests and achievements. Please send your proposal as an email attachment in .docx or .pdf format to mmubiru [at] emory [dot] edu.

Suggested Topics Include:

  • Exploring intersectionality (between race, sexuality, gender, disability, ethnicity, social class, indigeneity, et al.) as it relates to culture, violence, or power.

  • Novel treatments of “power” as a conceptual tool to understand social relations.

  • Theorizing recent events or trends (Ferguson, ISIS, rape and institutional bodies, e.g., the military, the university, etc.) through contemporary or historical thinkers.

  • Phenomenological, psychoanalytical, and other philosophical approaches to the experience of trauma.

  • Epistemological and metaphysical analyses of the phenomenon of trauma.

  • Analyses of rape culture, micro-aggression, pornography, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and/or compulsory sexualities as they relate to broader theoretical and social concerns.

  • Politics of bodies and trauma, including their legal frameworks (e.g., “Yes means yes”),  their discursive frameworks, and their marketing (Undercover Colors, rape whistles, etc.).

  • Reflections on the effect of representation for the experience of marginalized political and cultural identities.

  • The relation of class to the experience of and response to trauma, rape, domestic violence, etc., and structural inequalities in access to security and justice.



GPSE Conference 2013 – From Aesthetica to Aesthetic Theory: German Aesthetic Theory Since 1700

2013 Emory Graduate Philosophy Conference Program

Call for Papers 2013



Call for Papers:

From Aesthetica to Aesthetic Theory: German Aesthetic Theory Since 1700

Keynote Speaker: Rachel Zuckert, Northwestern University

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

April 26-27, 2013


“Artificial aesthetics, or the science of the beautiful… dissolves, as far as it is able to do so, precisely that which was habitual, that which was beautiful nature, and, as it were,destroys it in the same moment. It is precisely that beautiful confusion–which, if it is not the mother, is at least the inseparable companion of all pleasure–that artificial aesthetics dissolves and seeks to illuminate with distinct ideas: truth takes the place of beauty.” – J.G. Herder, Critical Forests: Fourth Grove


18th century German philosopher Alexander Baumgarten is credited with coining the term aesthetics as deserving of its own philosophic study. In the centuries following Baumgarten aesthetics remained an inextricable part of German intellectual history. Aesthetics and the philosophy of art can be traced through the work of Herder, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Schelling, Heidegger, Adorno, Gadamer, and Sloterdijk, to mention only a few. This conference seeks to address the importance and impact of the German aesthetic tradition, from its inception in the 18th Century to the present. Some questions we hope to address are: Does aesthetics offer a special case for study of subjectivity and intersubjectivity? How does the aesthetic experience and art influence our interactions with and within the world? Can works of art (and aesthetics, more broadly) affect, and even institute, ethical and political communities? What role, if any, does universality play in standards of taste? What is the significance of the emergence of the German aesthetic tradition in response to the Enlightenment? We would also welcome all submissions addressing the relation of aesthetics and nature in the German aesthetic tradition, including but not limited to: beauty and the sublime, expressivism, the relation of the body to the work of art and nature, the relation of the German aesthetic tradition to other traditions, and the relation of aesthetics to other areas of philosophy.

We are accepting abstracts as well as completed papers. Submissions from all philosophical perspectives are encouraged. Abstracts should include research interests and questions that will be addressed in the paper. Submissions should be sent as docx, or .doc; abstracts should not exceed 500 words (including research interests and questions addressed), and papers should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages. Personal information should be sent in the body of the email and should not appear on the paper or abstract itself. Email submissions to Osman Nemli at: onemli [at] emory [dot] edu



Paul Klee. vor dem Blitz (Before the Lightning), 1923

VOR DEM BLITZ, 1923,150

(Before the Lightning)

Watercolour and pencil on paper, top and bottom edges with gouache, watercolour, and quill on cardboard, 28 x 31.5 cm

Photo: Peter Schibli, Basel


Call for Abstracts: Philosophy in the 21st Century

Philosophy in the 21st Century is a conference co-organized by graduate students at Duquesne University, Emory University, and the University of Pittsburgh. The aim of the 2 day conference is to discuss the trajectories of contemporary philosophy, giving those who attend an opportunity to learn about and discuss a range of issues related to the character of philosophical research and education in the 21st century.

For more information, visit the conference website at, or contact the organizing committee at 21century [at] cvhost [dot] org.

The New GPSE Website is Online!

We are starting the new year with a new website.  This new site design is implemented using WordPress, which should make it far easier to update the site in the future. Check back frequently for news and information pertaining to the Graduate Philosophy Society at Emory.