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Call for papers: “Inclusiveness in Crisis” session at APA Pacific meeting

Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The American Philosophical Association Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy invites papers for a session on “Inclusiveness in Crisis” at the 2017 Pacific Division meeting, April 12–15, in Seattle, WA.

Philosophy teachers and students regularly encounter current events the substance of which overlap with content of our courses. Some of these events are local and intense such as campus violence or administration overreach; others are national and significant such as controversial legislation or nationwide protest. Whatever the case, many of us believe that our courses could be improved if we could engage these events in the right way.

But what is the right way to engage these events? How do we protect the integrity of the course? How do we protect the culture of the classroom? Can we use these events to broaden the scope and inclusivity of our courses and programs? How do we respond to the passions, worries, and sensitivities of those students who may be impacted by the events in question? How do we balance our own roles as professional educators against events that engender our own passions, worries, and sensitivities?

We are especially interested in papers that tackle worries about identity, inclusion, and violence, given the contemporary relevance of these issues. Presentations might include discussions of in-class pedagogy, course design, professional duties and obligations, and tours of resources. Case studies that investigate these issues based on recent events are welcome, including discussions related to Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, gun violence, transgender legislation, terrorist attacks, campus violence, and sexual assault.

The deadline to submit papers for this session is September 30. Proposals should be prepared for anonymous review and include an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with relevant citations. Submit proposals in Word or PDF to Dr. Mark Jensen ( In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, position, and contact information.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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