Events: 2008 – present

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Events from 2008 to present

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1, 2016, San Diego, CA

  • Luke Brunning (Oxford University), “‘The One’ and the Many: Phantasy and a Critique of Non-monogamy”
  • Shaun Miller (Marquette University), “BDSM, Consent, and Human Flourishing: A Sketch for the Possibility of Ethical Degradation”
  • Gary Foster (Wilfrid Laurier University), “What Matters in Love: Reflections on the Relationship Between Love and Persons in Parfit”
  • Arina Pismenny (The Graduate Center, CUNY), “Why Love Is Not a Moral Emotion”
  • Chair: Patricia Marino (University of Waterloo)

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 30, 2016, San Diego, CA

  • Jason van Niekerk (University of Pretoria),  “African Communitarianism and a Novel Account of the Harm of Homosexuality (in Heterosexist Societies)”
  • Chair: Helga Varden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 4, 2015, San Diego, CA

  • Cressida Heyes (University of Alberta), “A Phenomenology of the Harms of Rape While Unconscious”
  • Hildur Kalman (Umeå Universitet), “Faking—Feat or Self-deceit?”
  • Justin Leonard Clardy (University of Arkansas), “On Tenderness”
    Ann J. Cahill (Elon University), “Unjust Sex Versus Rape”
  • Chair: Helga Varden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1, 2015, San Diego, CA

  • Topic: Sex and Disability
  • Jami Anderson (University of Michigan-Flint), “Consent, Sexual Desire, and Impairment”
  • Ruth Sample (University of New Hampshire), “I See SPED People: Male Traits as Disability”
  • Raymond Aldred (McGill University), “Thinking about Sex, Body, and Pleasure with Disability in Mind”
  • Chair: Andria Bianchi (University of Waterloo)

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 19, 2014, San Diego, CA

  • Robin Zheng (University of Michigan), “A Case Against Racialized Sexual Preferences: Why Yellow Fever Isn’t Flattering”
  • Lowell Herr (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), “Pornography and Liberal Justice”
  • Shari Collins (Arizona State University), “Sex with Strangers: Benefits of Online Sex Site Hook-Ups”

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 17, 2014, San Diego, CA

  • Justin Leonard Clardy (University of Arkansas), “Exclusivity and Romantic Relationships”
  • Loren Cannon (Humboldt State University), “Firestonian Futures and Trans Affirming Presents”
  • Jessica Brophy (Lynchburg College), “Playing with Kant’s ‘Schema of the Supersensible’: The Poet and Poetry Reader in Sharon Olds’s Sexy, Gender-Sharing Sublime”

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 29, 2013, San Fransisco, CA

  • Mark Migotti (University of Calgary) and 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”
  • Chair: Helga Varden, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 28, 2013, San Fransisco, CA

  • 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”
  • Raja Halwani (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), “Pornography and Polysemicity”
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 4, 2012, Seattle, WA

  • Topic: Discussion of Elizabeth Emens, “Monogamy’s Law: Compulsory Monogamy and Polyamorous Existence”
  • Author: Elizabeth Emens, Columbia Law School
  • Discussant: Laurie Shrage, Florida International University
  • Discussant: Elizabeth Brake, University of Calgary
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo

SPSL Session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 29, 2011, Washington, D. C.

  • Topic: “As One Throws Away a Lemon After Sucking Out Its Juice”: Wollstonecraft and Kant on Sex and Marriage
  • Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, University of Michigan, “Why Wollstonecraft Was Right to Divorce Sex from Marriage”
  • Jordan Pascoe, Graduate Center-City University of New York, “Impermissible Use and Structural Transformations: Why Kant’s Account of Marriage Can’t Morally Transform Sex”
  • Helga Varden (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign), “Kant on Sex”
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo

SPSL Session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 28, 2011, Washington, D. C.

  • Topic: Sex, Love, and War
  • Tom Digby, Springfield College, “Battle of the Sexes: How Cultural Militarism Shapes Heterosexual Eroticism”
  • Ami Harbin, Dalhousie University-Nova Scotia, “Sexual Minorities in Contexts of War: New Norms and Collective Crises”
  • Jen McWeeny, John Carroll University, “Intimate Violence: Hetero-Asymmetry, Intersectionality, and Performativity”
  • Chair: Helga Varden, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

SPSL Session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 23, 2011, San Diego

  • Topic: Other Objects: Critical, Queer, and Trans Encounters with Sexual Objectification and Contracts
  • Talia Bettcher, California State University at Los Angeles, “‘The Other Woman’: Transgender Women, Objectification, and Sexual Abuse.”
  • Kory Shaff, Occidental College, “Political Liberalism and Other Sexual Contracts.”
  • Ann J. Cahill, Elon University, “The Difference Sameness Makes: Objectification, Sex Work, and Queerness.”
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo

SPSL Session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 29, 2010, Boston

  • Gary Foster, Wilfred Laurier University, “Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love: Imagination and Personal Identity
  • Comments by Joshua Shmikler, Boston Collegey
  • Ingrid Albrecht, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign,”A Kantian Response to Love’s Appeal
  • Comments by Kate Moran, Brandeis University
  • Cori Wong, Pennsylvania State University, “Saving Irigaray? Heterosexist Love and Sexual Difference in Irigaray’s Later Work”
  • Comments by Sarah Donovan, Wagner University
  • Chair: Helga Varden, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

SPSL at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 2, 2010, San Francisco

  • Topic: “Intersex: Bodies, Norms, and Identities”
  • Hida Viloria, intersex activist and author, “Intersex Unplugged,” a reading from her Mighty Hermaphrodite: An Intersex Memoir
  • Ellen Feder, American University, “Normalizing Medicine: Between ‘Intersexuals’ and Individuals with ‘Disorders of Sex Development'” (link to longer version of this paper is here)
  • Sharon Sytsma, Northern Illinois University, “Being True to Oneself: Intersexuality and the Quest for Authenticity”
  • David Ozar, Loyola University, Chicago, “Intersex and the Inadequacy of Stable Binary Norms”
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo

SPSL Session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 29, 2009, New York City

  • Yolanda Estes, Mississippi State University, J. G. Fichte’s Account of Feminine Sexual Desire” [Download here]
  • Comments by Jane Dryden, Mount Allison University
  • Yiftach Fehige, “The Sexual Body Paradox: On the Irreducibility of Human Sexuality”
  • Comments by Lanei Rodemeyer, Duquesne University
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo

“Sexual Selves”: A Conference on Sexuality and Sexual Identity, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, May 1-3, 2009

Friday May 1:

  • Scott Anderson, University of British Columbia, “On Sexual Obligation and Sexual Autonomy”
  • Chair: Patricia Marino, University of Waterloo
  • Alice Maclachlan, York University, “The Good of ‘Out'”
  • Chair: Richard Mohr, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Deirdre Golash, American University, “Polyamory and the Boundaries of the Self”
  • Chair: Tom Digby, Springfield College
  • Anita Superson, University of Kentucky, “Honky Tonk Woman”
  • Chair: Krista Thomason, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Samantha Brennan, University of Western Ontario, and Jennifer Epp, University of Western Ontario, “A Child’s Right to Sexual Agency”
  • Chair: Katherine Piatti, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Deen Chatterjee, University of Utah, “Misogyny and Homophobia: Two Dogmas, Same Logic”
  • Chair: David Sussman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago, Keynote Address: “Sexual Orientation and the Constitution”

Saturday May 2:

  • Ami Harbin, Dalhousie University, “Sexual Authenticities”
  • Chair: Sharon Sytsma, Northern Illinois University
  • Ludger Viefhues-Bailey, Yale University, “Sexual Citizenship: Derridean Friendship or Cavellian Re-marriage?”
  • Chair: Ginna Husting, Boise State University
  • Johanna Oksala, University of Dundee, “Sexual Experience: Foucault, Phenomenology and Feminist Theory”
  • Chair: Adam Bowen
  • Richard Nunan, College of Charleston, “Transgendered Marriage and the Legal Coercion of Gender Identity”
  • Chair: Dan Korman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Melissa Orlie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Amor fati: The Impersonal Matter of Being a Parent and a Lover”
  • Chair: Shelley Weinberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Laura Werner, Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and CoE in Political Thought and Conceptual Change at the Academy of Finland, “Sex and the City-State: Political Participation as Virility and the ‘Right of Desire’ in 18th Century Philosophy”
  • Chair: Joe Swenson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Laurie Shrage, Florida International University, Keynote Address: “The Idea of a Sexual Orientation: And its Relation to Sex Identity (with apologies to P.W….)”

Sunday May 3:

  • Jacob Hale, California State University, Northridge, “Desire in the Dust of the Transsexual Archive”
  • Chair: Lisa King, Edgewood College
  • Ellen Feder, American University, “Sexual Selves and their Parents: Reflections on Shame, Envy, and Unconditional Love”
  • Chair: Suzanne Senay, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Speaker: Ann J. Cahill, Elon University, Feeling Bodies: Material Intersubjectivity and the Problem of Objectification”
  • Chair: Ingrid Albrecht, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

SPSL Session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 28, 2008, New York City

Events from 1977 to 1992

Events from 1993 to 2007