CFP: Slavery and Emancipation

Call For Papers: Slavery and Emancipation 
MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester

Historically, the institution of slavery was the focus of a great deal of philosophical research. Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Locke, Rousseau, Paine, Wilberforce, Grotius, Pufendorf, Nietzsche, Marx, and many others, considered such topics as the definition of slavery, the rightness or wrongness of slavery, which sorts of people could or should be enslaved, and whether (and if so, when) they should be emancipated.
In recent years, by contrast, philosophers have shown little interest in slavery. Yet they have nonetheless produced a plethora of work on related topics, such as freedom and equality. This is not because slavery is no longer with us; indeed, according to some accounts there are more slaves now than at any other time in history. Given that 2013 marks the 175th anniversary of the final emancipation of all enslaved persons in the British Empire, this seems an appropriate time to renew our philosophical focus on slavery and on those who enslave and are enslaved.
Possible topics to be addressed include, but are not restricted to:
—What is slavery? How is slavery different from other forms of unfreedom/inequality/labour etc?
—What was mistaken about historical arguments for slavery?
—How do we best explain the wrongness of slavery? Why were the actions of slave
owners, slave traders, or those involved in the initial enslavement, wrong?
—Do people not involved in slavery have obligations to oppose slavery?
—Are slaves obliged to resist their own enslavement?
—Can a person consent to be a slave?
—What is the relationship between slavery and sexism/racism/ableism/heteronormativity
—What is the relationship between slavery and bondage & discipline, or dominance & submission, or sadism & masochism?
—What do slave narratives tell us about the nature or wrongness of slavery or about the
rightness of emancipation?
—What is emancipation?
—Who can emancipate whom, when, and from what?
—Is emancipation all that is owed to slaves? Does the legacy of slavery and emancipation
require further action?
We welcome expressions of interest from graduate students, from junior researchers, and from established scholars. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please submit, to both convenors, an abstract of 500 to 1000 words (or a complete paper), by Friday 31st May 2013. We will expect a full version of your paper on Emancipation Day, Thursday 1st August 2013. We hope this will give participants the opportunity to read the papers in advance and to give and receive more detailed feedback during the workshop.
Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman,
Simon Roberts-Thomson,

Queertopia: Graduate Student Conference at Northwestern

This year’s Queertopia graduate student conference takes place at Northwestern April 12-14, 2013.  The keynote speaker will be yours truly, Patricia Marino.  For graduate students who would like to submit a paper, the submission deadline has been extended to Feb 15.  More details here.

SPSL at the Pacific APA!

We have two exciting sessions coming up at the Pacific APA in March.  The first, on March 28, is a set of four papers on pornography, and the second, on March 29, is a collection of papers submitted in response to our open call last summer.

Details are below.  I hope to see everyone there!

Thursday March 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Topic:    Thinking about Pornography

Talia Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles)
“‘Chicks With Dicks’: A Plea for Persons”

Mireille Miller-Young (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Make Your Booty Clap: Ho Theory and Corporeal Craftwork in Black Pornographies”

Kory Schaff (Occidental College)
“Pornography and Paternalism”

Raja Halwani (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
“Pornography and Polysemicity”

Friday Evening, March 29, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Mark Migotti (University of Calgary)
Nicole Wyatt (University of Calgary)
“On the Very Idea of Having Sex”

Tracy de Boer (University of Victoria)
“Sex, Rights, and Patriarchy: A Case for the Right to Sex and a Feminist Assessment”

Rachel McKinnon (University of Waterloo)
“Stereotype Threat for Trans Women”

CFP: SPSL at the Pacific APA, San Francisco, March 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS:  Meeting of The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love to be held with the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 27 – 31, 2013, in San Francisco, CA.

Papers on any topic related to the philosophy of sex and love are welcome.

Papers should be no more than 3000 words, excluding endnotes and references, so that they can be read or delivered within 20-25 minutes. Submit electronic copies of papers (in .pdf or .doc format) to Patricia Marino at by September 1, 2012.

For more information about the Society, see our webpage at

(This CFP was distributed already to members by the SPSL listserv.  Anyone is welcome to submit.)

New Hosting

Our website has just gone through a small renovation. We’ve switched over to a new host, and have a new look.  I’ll be fixing up bugs during the month of August and will be in touch with SPSL members when the update is complete.  If you have questions, contact me.