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Call for Papers: 8th Annual Ida B. Wells Conference

The Ida B. Wells Philosophical Association invites submissions of papers for the annual Ida B. Wells Philosophical Conference that will be held on December 5 – 6, 2014. We welcome submissions in all areas of study that engage the experiences of minorities including, but not limited to, African Americans, Latin Americans, and Americans of Middle Eastern descent, etc. The Ida B. Wells Philosophical Conference is dedicated to furthering interdisciplinary discourse regarding circumstances and problems such as gender, race, prejudice, sexual orientation, nationhood, etc. that confront minorities in the United States, as well as providing a context in which both minority undergraduate and graduate students can be connect and be encouraged in their philosophical aspirations.

Keynote speakers: Linda Alcoff (CityUniversity of New York) and Paul Taylor (Pennsylvania State University)

Submission deadline: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eligibility for submission: Senior year Undergraduate and Masters students in the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible. (While submissions from all fields of study will be considered, preference will be given to students intending to enroll in a Masters or Doctorate program in philosophy the following academic year.)

Submission Instructions: Papers should not exceed 3000 words and are to be submitted electronically (PDF or Word) as an email attachment to the contact person below. Please provide an abstract of your submission, curriculum vitae, and a personal statement that you would like to be placed in the program of the conference upon acceptance of your submission. We will confirm receipt of submission by email within 24 hours of submission. We will also notify you (by the email address you provide) if you have been selected as a presenter for the conference. If you are selected as a presenter, you will have a total of 35-minutes allotted for your total presentation (20-minutes in which you present your written work, 10-minutes for questions from selected respondents, and roughly 5-minutes for answering questions from the audience).

Contact: Corey L. Barnes

Email: clbrnes1<at>memphis<dot>edu

Ida B. Wells Philosophical Association

University of Memphis

Department of Philosophy

327 Clement Hall

Memphis, TN 38152


Welcome New Visiting Faculty

The Philosophy Department welcomes Dr. Dylan Trigg, who is starting a Marie Curie fellowship in Memphis in Fall 2014. Sponsored by Professors Shaun Gallagher and Tom Nenon, Dr. Trigg will research the phenomenology of anxiety and the body.


Blatti and Debes Win Templeton Foundation Grants
Stephan Blatti and Remy Debes have each been awarded a grant from the Templeton Foundation. Blatti, whose project "The Dying Animal" will be supported by Templeton’s “Immortality Project,” will be on research leave in 2014-15 working on a book tentatively titled Being of Life: Human Animals, Mortality, and the Human/Nonhuman Divide. Debes, whose project "Understanding as a Form of Respect" will be supported by Templeton’s “Varieties of Understanding” initiative, will also be on research leave in 2014-15 working on a book tentatively titled Peculiar Perspectives: An Inquiry into Respect, Understanding, and Human Dignity.

Faculty Books: New, Forthcoming, In Press, Under Contract

- Stephan Blatti (co-edited with Paul Snowdon) Essays on Animalism: Persons, Animals, and Identity (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
- Stephan Blatti (co-edited with Sandra Lapointe) Ontology After Carnap (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
- Stephan Blatti (ed.) Spindel Supplement (“The Lives of Human Animals”), The Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (2014).
- Pleshette DeArmitt, The Right to Narcissism: A Case for an Im-possible Self-Love (Fordham University Press, 2014).
- Remy Debes (ed.) Dignity: The History of a Concept (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
- Remy Debes (co-edited with Karsten Steuber) Ethical Sentimentalism (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).
- Shaun Gallagher (co-edited), Oxford Handbook of Cognition: Embodied, Enactive, Extended (under contract, Oxford University Press).
- Shaun Gallagher, The Phenomenological Mind (2nd ed.) appeared in Spanish and Korean translations (2013).
- Kas Saghafi and Pleshette DeArmitt (co-editors), Remains: Jacques Derrida (under contract, Edinburgh University Press).
- Deborah Tollefsen, Group Agency (Polity, 2015).
- Somogy Varga, Naturalism, Hermeneutics and Mental Disorder (under contract, Oxford University Press).
- Somogy Varga, Ruptured Selves: Embodied Cognition and Mental Disorder (under contract, MIT Press).
- Somogy Varga (co-edited with Michelle Merritt) Special Issue of Cognitive Systems Research (“Socially Extended Mind”) (2013).

Blatti Tenured and Promoted
The Department of Philosophy heartily congratulates Stephan Blatti who has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor (effective September 2014). Blatti has also been selected by the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as the Director of Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

Faculty Receive Arts & Sciences Grants and Awards
Congratulations to the following faculty members who recently received College of Arts & Sciences Grants and Awards: Professional Development Assignment (Tim Roche, Remy Debes), Early Career Research Award (Somogy Varga), Faculty Research Grant (Remy Debes, Verena Erlenbusch, Somogy Varga), Travel Enrichment Award (Remy Debes, Verena Erlenbusch). Bravo!

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