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Spring 2014 Speakers, Events, & Visitors
The Department of Philosophy is proud to host another exciting series of lectures and events this semester. Conferences include the 10th annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference as well as two conferences on "Dignity: The History of a Concept" (March 21-22) and "Torture and Solitary Confinement" (April 11-12). Speakers include Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (Hertfordshire), William Scheuerman (Indiana), Isak Holm (Copenhagen), Peirre DestrĂ©e (Louvain), Cynthia Willett (Emory), Galen Strawson (Texas), and Michelle Montague (Texas). See the Calendar of Events for details on these and other happenings. Visiting scholars this term include Simona Agnello (Palermo), Kristian Moltke Martiny (Copenhagen), Gry Ardal Printzlau (Copenhagen), Zuzanna Rucinska (Hertfordshire), and Beata Stawarska (Oregon).

Trigg Wins Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dylan Trigg (University College Dublin) will start a 3-year postdoctoral research position in Memphis in Fall 2014. Sponsored by Professors Shaun Gallagher and Tom Nenon, Dr. Trigg won the highly competitive Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the European Commission's Marie Curie Actions Research Fellowship Program to research the phenomenology of anxiety and the body. He will spend two years in Memphis working with members of the faculty on this project. In his final year he will return to Dublin.

Gallagher Awarded Professorial Fellowship
Shaun Gallagher, the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Philosophy, was awarded an Honorary Professorial Fellowship on the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, which is just south of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Gallagher will be working with colleagues in the Philosophy Department at Wollongong on several research projects. This will create opportunities for graduate students from Memphis and Wollongong to do exchange visits over the next several years.

Conference: "Torture and Solitary Confinement"
"Torture and Solitary Confinement: Phenomenology and Ethics" (April 11-12, 2014) is a two-day, international and interdisciplinary workshop focused on what happens to people who experience systematic torture, including the practice of solitary confinement, not only in war zones, but also in supermax prisons. Testimonies from those who have undergone such practices suggest they cause profound changes in how victims experience self and world, and can lead to the destruction of the person. The related phenomenology includes hallucinations and visual disturbances, anxiety, paranoia, depression, disruptions in the sense of embodiment, problems with personal and social identity. These changes often lead to prolonged physical and mental illness. The workshop seeks to explore what Lisa Guenther calls a "critical phenomenology," as well as empirical-historical evidence about such practices in different cultures. Further details (including program information and conference registration) are available here.

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