Friday, July 1, 2016

Call for Nominations: 2017 'Distinguished Woman in Philosophy' Award

Call for Nominations:

Each year the Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP) comes together to honor a woman philosopher whose contributions to the support of women in philosophy and to philosophy itself are outstanding and merit special recognition. 

A panel and reception celebrating the honoree’s accomplishments will be organized for the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, January 4-7th, 2017, in Baltimore, MD.

Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a minimum of two supporting letters, which summarize the nominee’s contributions to philosophy and support of women in philosophy. Two-thirds of letter writers for any given nomination must be members of the Society for Women in Philosophy in good standing.

Please email all nominations to Johanna Luttrell, ESWIP Executive Secretary ( no later than August 30th, 2016.  Please put “DWP Nomination” in the subject line.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Photos from Conference

(R to L) Amy Nigh, Wallis Nader, and Jay Jenkins
speaking on the state of the incarcerated in Texas
Here are some photos from our 2016 conference, on Restorative Justice, held April 8-9 at the University of Houston!
Jolanda Jones, attorney and Houston ISD Board member,
speaking on the harm of suspensions

Safa Ansari-Bayegan, speaking on death penalty work in Texas

Leigh Ellis and Amy McKiernan speaking on the state's urge
to punish drug-addicted mothers

Azura Crispino speaking on Restorative Justice and sexual assault

(R to L) Janice Moskalik, Lauren Woomer, and Ami Harbin

Ami Harbin on security and transformative justice

UH undergrad Meryem Keskin
speaking on Hobbes and altruism

UH undergraduate Ariana Perruzi speaking on consequentialism

Friday, March 18, 2016

Restorative Justice Poster

Program: Restorative Justice Conference
Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP)
& The Hobby Center for Public Policy
April 8 & 9th, 2016
Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library, University of Houston

Friday, April 8th: 
1 pm: Welcome, Johanna Luttrell and Amy Nigh, ESWIP officers

1:15 pm- 2 pm: “Suspensions in Houston Schools, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline”
Jolanda Jones, attorney and Houston Independent School District Board Member

2:15- 3 pm: “The State of the Incarcerated in Texas”
Wallis Nader, Attorney, Texas Civil Rights Project
Jay Jenkins, Attorney, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

3:15- 4:30 pm : “Death Penalty Work in Texas”
Safa Ansari-Bayegan, Mitigation Specialist at Regional Public Defender Office, Lubbock

“Institutionalized Torture: How States Commit Human Rights Abuses”
Glaydon Jose de Freitas Filho, University of Houston School of Law

7 pm, Dinner

Saturday, April 9th:
8:45 am: coffee in commons

9 am:              Not Caring about Convicts: A Case of Affective and Epistemic Insensitivity”
Lauren Woomer, DePaul University

9: 30 am:        “The Three Rs: Retribution, Revenge, and Restoration”, Tamler Sommers, University of Houston

10 am:            “Just Motherhood: Understanding the State’s Urge to Punish Drug Addicted Pregnant Women”
Amy McKiernan, Vanderbilt University, and Leigh Ellis, public benefits attorney at Legal Services of Hudson Valley in White Plains, New York

10:30-11 am: Coffee Break

11 am:            “Can’t Unrape You: Rape, Restorative Justice, and Transformative Justice”
Azzurra Crispino, Austin Community College and PAPS (Prison Abolition Prisoner Solidarity)

11:30 am:      “Goodwill and Reconciliation”, Janice Moskalik, University of Washington

Noon -1 pm:   Lunch, Served in Commons

1 pm:              “Justice for the Cognitively Disabled”, Caroline Christoff, University of Texas, Austin

1:30 pm:        Pragmatics as Remedy: Addressing Microaggressions as a Step Toward Restorative Justice”,  Mark Tschaepe, Prairie View A&M University

2 pm:              “Restorative Practices: Conflict Resolution for Social Movements”
Lindsay Whittaker, Virginia Tech
2:30-3 pm:     Coffee Break

3 pm:              “Shared Social Securities and Transformative Justice”
Ami Harbin, Oakland University

3:30 pm:        “The Foreigner and Parresia: (Re)examining Structures of Exclusion and Belonging”, Amy Nigh, independent scholar

4:30 pm:        Undergraduate Session

“Re-examining Hobbes' Social Theory According to the Evolution of Altruism" Meryem Keskin, University of Houston

Love, Consequentialism, and a Conflict of Belief”, Ariana Peruzzi, University of Houston

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Call for Papers: Restorative Justice

Call for papers:

The Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy invites papers on the topic of “Restorative Justice”, to be presented at the 2016 annual conference, to be held at the University of Houston in Houston, TX, on April 8th & 9th, 2016. For the purposes of this conference, we are defining the term ‘restorative justice’ as broadly as possible: as alternatives to traditional forms of punishment, in many different contexts.

All proposals in any topic are welcome, but The Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division, especially welcomes proposals for 30-minute presentations on all topics bearing on the conference theme, including but not limited to:

·      Alternatives to mass incarceration
·      Practices of Restorative Justice in prisons
·      Judges’ and attorneys’ perspectives on sentencing, victim’s rights, and recidivism
·      Theoretical underpinnings of restorative justice, including ideas of trauma, punishment, healing, and forgiveness
·      International truth and reconciliation commissions
·      Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation
·      Processes and lessons of victim/offender dialogue
·      Alternatives to ‘Zero Tolerance’ and other traditional disciplinary forms in primary and secondary education
·      Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice
·      Feminisms and restorative justice
·      Mass social movements and restorative justice
·      Race and restorative justice

In efforts to create an intersectional and inter-disciplinary learning experience, the conference will prominently feature philosophers, but also include local criminal justice activists, community organizers, and legislators in Texas.  Harris County, where Houston is located, has been called one of “the epicenters of mass incarceration” in the U.S., and so it’s a place in need of collaboration between academics and community members on these topics.

We encourage papers from a wide range of traditions intersecting with this theme, including both analytic and continental philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Emotion, Phenomenology, Queer Theory, Disability Studies, Environmental Philosophy, Post-Colonial Studies, among others.

Abstracts should be sent by the 15th of January 2016 to: Johanna Luttrell ( and Amy Nigh ( with the following subject line:

The committee will be in touch with decisions no later than the 31st of January 2016. By submitting a proposal the author agrees to reserve publication of the conference paper for an edited collection, if the paper is accepted for presentation and if the proceedings are accepted for publication.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Panel and Reception to Honor María Lugones: March 2 in Chicago, at the Central APA

Please mark your calendars for the panel and reception to honor Dr. Lugones, at this year's Central APA meeting*:

Wednesday, March 02, 2016 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe St., Chicago Illinois

All are most welcome, and we look forward to celebrating!

Panel Info:

Wednesday, March 02, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM 
Topic: The Distinguished Woman in Philosophy Award: Mar ́ıa Lugones Speaker: Alison Bailey (Illinois State University)
Speaker: Shireen Roshanravan (Kansas State University)
Speaker: Christine Keating (Ohio State University)
Speaker: Ernesto Martinez (University of Oregon)
Commentator: Maria Lugones (Binghamton University)

*please note that this year's panel and reception is *NOT* at the Eastern APA, as per usual, as our honoree was out of the country during that time. Next year, ESWIP's reception will return to the Eastern APA meeting. This year, please consider joining us in Chicago in March.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Announcing the 2016 'Distinguished Woman in Philosophy': María Lugones

Good news! The members of ESWIP's committee have unanimously agreed to award María Lugones as the 2016 recipient of the 'Distinguished Woman in Philosophy Award'. Thanks to the nominators for the thoughtful letters recommending Dr. Lugones for the award. We at ESWIP are thrilled that she is this year's recipient, as we have long been fans. We will be honoring Dr. Lugones at the APA, more details to follow. 

Please join us in congratulating María Lugones!