F E M M S S 4

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May 10
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Beverages available in the Atrium from 7am-noon

8:50-9 Welcome - Catherine Hundleby and Nancy Tuana

9-10:40 Plenary in Ballroom C

Where Theory and Practice Meet: Pragmatist Feminism as a Means of Knowing and Doing Scientific Practice
Chair: Sharon Crasnow

Sharyn Clough (Oregon State). Feminist Interventions in Science: Pragmatic Limits or Metaphysical Impossibilities?

Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff). What Counts as Evidence in Creating Evidence Based Policy (EBP)?

Nancy McHugh (Wittenberg). Ecosocial Epidemiology: A Model for Pragmatist Feminist Science.


10:40-11  Continental breakfast (Atrium)


11-12:50 Concurrent Sessions

That Knowing Feeling: Empathy, Affection, and Love (Ballroom A)

Chair: Leeat Granek

Georgina Campelia (The Graduate Center, CUNY). Empathy as Knowledge: Realizing the Epistemic Content in Empathy.

Ericka Tucker (California Polytechnic State-Pomona). Empowerment: the Affective Dimension of the Force of Norms.


Imposters & Outlaws: Women Scientists in the History of Wester Science (Ballroom B)

Chair: Jim Lang

Linda Fuselier (Minnesota State): I: Imposters.

Claudia Murphy (Minnesota State): II: Outlaws.

Material Struggles: You Just Might Get What You Need  (Ballroom D)

Chair: Stephanie Jenkins

Kristin Alder (North Texas). Tango for Two: Reconceptualizing Feminist Rape Theory Through the Intra-Action of the Material and the Cultural.

Wendy Lynne Lee (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania). Ecological Intersections: Technologies of Global Exchange, Institutionalized Violence, Feminist Bioethics, and the Struggle for Social Justice.

Sharon Melissa Latimer (West Virginia) and Jennifer Kasi Jackson (West Virginia). Are We Really That Different?: What Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science Faculty Want.

Knowing Me, Knowing You (Ballroom E)

Chair: Suzanne Franzway

Gaile Pohlhaus (Miami (of Ohio)). Epistemic Border Crossing.

Shannon Dea (Waterloo). When Life Hands You Lemons:  The Woman Philosopher as Accidental Ethnomethodologist.

Lisa Pelot (Western Ontario) and Katy Fulfer (Western Ontario). What Would a Feminist Approach Add to the Philosophy of Mind?

12:50-1:50 Lunch served (Ballroom D)


1:50-3:40 Concurrent Sessions

Professional Workshop: Feminist Scientists’ Career Stages.  (Ballroom A)

Barbara Whitten (Colorado College),

Deboleena Roy (Emory),

Beth Jackson (Public Health Agency of Canada),

Drue Barker (South Carolina).
Feminist scientists can occupy a unique position in their institution and in the academy. How does this positioning affect their career trajectory? What should a feminist scientist expect as her career develops?  What obstacles may occur? What resources can one seek?

Going Ape: Biology Lessons (Ballroom C)

Chair: Kasi Jackson

Kristina Gupta (Emory). Can We Learn from Animal Models: Scientific Research on Asexual Phenomena in Non-Human Animals.

Letitia Meynell (Dalhousie) and Andrew Fenton (Fresno State). What Can Ecofeminism Learn from Cognitive Ethology?

Changing Her Mind: Transforming Our Understandings (Ballroom E)

Chair: Gaile Pohlhaus

Devora Shapiro (Southern Oregan). Rational "Irrationality": Experiential Knowledge and Survivor Rationality

Megan Dean (Alberta). Experiential Truth and Fiction: Toward a Foucauldian Strategy for Undoing Certainties.

Jami Weinstein (Linköping). Theory Sex as a Feminist Methodology.


3:40-4 break with beverages


4-6 Concurrent Sessions

Situating Science (Ballroom C)

Chair: Ann Garry

Agnes Kovacs (Central European). Feminist Epistemologies in Action: Interpreting Gender Ideology in the Physical Sciences.

Sari Van Anders (Michigan). Social and Socially Situated Neuroendocrinology: Early Stages in Developing Feminist Science Practice in Basic Behavioral Neuroscience.

De Melo-Martin Inmaculada (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Kristen Intemann (Montana State). Addressing Problems with the Commercialization of Science: What Would Feminists Do?


The Possibilities and Dangers of Post-Structuralism for Feminist Policy Work: A Salon (Ballroom E)

Patti Lather (Ohio State), Catherine Conlon (Trinity College Dublin), Sara Childers (Alabama) and Janet Miller (Columbia)

This salon will focus on theories of the subject and agency, after humanism and the critiques of standpoint theory.  A related topic will be the uses of qualitative studies for policy research.  A bibliography and selected readings will be available in advance on-line.

More readings with bibliography from associated dissertation research.

Free evening

May 11

Beverages available in the Atrium from 7am-noon

9-10:30 Plenary in Ballroom C
The Mating Life of Geeks: Autism and the New Demography of Extreme Love. 

Chair: Catherine Hundleby

Jane Couperus (Hampshire),

Banu Subramanium (Massachussetts - Amherst),

Angela Willey (Massachussetts - Amherst),

Jennifer Hamilton (Hampshire)

        This panel explores the simultaneous emergence of a new autistic subject as a loving/sexual individual alongside a resurgence of theories positing Autism and Asperger’s as assortative mating of individuals with "extreme hyper-systemizing male brains."


10:30-11 Continental breakfast (Atrium)


11-1   Concurrent Sessions


Diversity and Implicit Bias: The Status and Methodology of Philosophy (Ballroom A)

Chair: Ann Garry

Margaret A. Crouch (Eastern Michigan). Implicit Bias and Gender (and other sorts of) Diversity in Philosophy and the Academy in the Context of the Corporatized University.

Phyllis Rooney (Oakland). Can Philosophical Argumentation Impede Social and Political Progress?

Lisa H. Schwartzman (Michigan State). Intuition, Thought Experiments, and Philosophical Method:  Feminism and Experimental Philosophy.

Project Lab: Designing Feminist Lab Experiences (Ballroom B)

Chair: Claudia Murphy

Banu Subramaniam (Massachussetts - Amherst). Writing Culture: The Lab Report and Disciplining of the Scientific Mind .

Deboleena Roy (Emory). Feminist Approaches to Inquiry in the Natural Sciences: Practices for the Lab.

Clare Jen (Denison). "Cringeworthy" Moments: Teaching Lab as Feminist Science-Cultural Method.

Time Change: Advocacy and Understanding Social Change (Ballroom D)

Chair: Shaheen Moosa

Ma Theresa Payongayong (The Philippines). A Study of the Ethics of Lived Feminisms in the Philippines

Carole McCann (UMBC). Remaking the Malthusian Couple for the Contraceptive Age

Sarah Lucia Hoagland (Northeastern Illinois). Feminist Advocacy Research, Relationality, and the Coloniality of Knowledge


Knowing Otherwise: Changing our Epistemic Practices  (Ballroom E)

Chair: Sharon Crasnow

Elizabeth Victor (South Florida). Solidarity & Social Institutions: What the Third-Wave Might Offer Organizational Behavior.

Sara Giordano (San Diego State). Building Community from the Bottom-up or Top-down: Definitions of Democracy in Synthetic Biology.

Karyn L. Freedman (Guelph). Interests, Responsibility and Epistemic Virtue.


1-2 Lunch served (Ballroom D)

2-3:30 Concurrent Sessions

Everybody Hurts Sometimes: Vulnerability (Ballroom A)

Chair: Mary Margaret Fonow

Laura Guidry-Grimes (Georgetown) and Elizabeth Victor (South Florida). Compounded Vulnerabilities in Social Institutions: Vulnerabilities as Kinds

Jessica Lehman (Minnesota). New Feminist Ecologies and the Science ofVulnerability


Partiality and Bias (Ballroom B)

Chair Sharon Crasow

Barbara Whitten (Colorado College). Different Scientists, Different Science?

Ben Almassi (College of Lake County). Gender Bias and Peer Review in an arXival Age.


Maternal Thinking  (Ballroom D)

Chair: Camisha Russell

Maeve M. O'Donovan (Notre Dame of Maryland). The Practical and Theoretical Challenges of Mothering with Disabilities: A Feminist Standpoint Analysis.

Jamie Ross (Portland State). The Search for Certainty: A Pragmatist Critique of Childbearing.


Getting the Values Straight in Science (Ballroom E)
Chair: Phyllis Rooney
Susan Hawthorne (Mount Holyoke). What Research is Good*? Intersubjective Justification of Facts and Values in Clinical Science.
Chelsea Parker (Oregon State) and Sharyn Clough (Oregon State). Adding Feminsit Values to the Evolution/Creation Debate.

3:30-4 break with beverages


4-6  Plenary in Ballroom C

Climate Science & Policy
Chair: Nancy McHugh
Heidi Grasswick (Middlebury). Epistemologies of Ignorance, Standpoint Theory, and Climate Change Science.

Sandra Harding (UCLA). Could Sciences for Multicultural Democracies be Secular? Feminist Issues.
Sarah Clarke Miller (Memphis/Pennsylvania State). Neuroethics, Moral Motivation, and Difference.

7-9 Mingling Dinner Reception at Nancy Tuana’s

(731 Sunset Road; a 5-minute walk from the Nittany Lion Inn)

May 12

Beverages available in the Atrium from 7am-noon


9-10 FEMMSS Business Meeting (everyone from the conference is welcome)


10-10:30 Continental breakfast (Atrium)


10:30-1 Plenary in Ballroom C

Feminism and Argumentation

Chair: Catherine Hundleby

Catherine Hundleby (Windsor).  Feminist Epistemology and Argumentation Theory.

Moira Howes (Trent). Poisoning the Well, Community Intellectual Virtue, and Feminism.

James C. Lang (Toronto). The “Will to Ignorance” as a Block to Engagement with Feminist Theory.

Khameiel Al Tamimi (York). A Feminist Critique of the Univeral Audience.

Maureen Linker (Michigan-Dearborn). Whose Argument? Whose Credibility?: Challenging Bias in the Context of Debate.

Linda Carozza (York). (Emotional) Arguments and Feminist-friendly Resolution Mechanisms.


1-2 Lunch served (Ballroom C)


2-3:50 Concurrent sessions

Gender Change: Bodies and Becoming (Ballroom A)

Chair: Deboleena Roy

Christine Pavey (Elon). Discursive Identities: Sex, Gender and Identity Formation in Transsexuality and Motherhood.

Rachel Loewen Walker (Alberta). Time Travels: A Feminist (Meta)physics of Duration and Becoming.

David Rubin (Vanderbilt). "An Unnamed Blank that Craved a Name": A Genealogy of Intersex as Gender.


Where am I? Who am I? Identity and Location (Ballroom B)

Chair: Suzanne Franzway

Jennifer Mckitrick (Nebraska – Lincoln). Butler’s Attributes.

Asta Sveinsdottir (San Francisco State). Identity as Social Location.

Sigal Nagar-Ron (Ben-Gurion University and Sapir College). Things Left Untold: Restoring Subordinated Women's Subjectivity.


Says Who? Trust and Literacy (Ballroom E)

Chair: Cori Wong

Sara Hottinger (Keene State College). Visualizing Rationality: An Examination of Portraits in History of Mathematics Textbooks.

Karen Frost-Arnold (Hobart & William Smith). Imposters and the Epistemology of Trust

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Pennsylvania State) and Deborah Tollefsen (Memphis). “Falling Off the Roof”: Menstruation, Body Illiteracy, and Epistemic Injustice.

3:50-4:10 break with beverages


4:10-6 Plenary in Ballroom C

The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Climate Change.

Chair: Barbara Whitten (Colorado College)

Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State). Climate Change and Gender Justice.

Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State). The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines.

Lorraine Code (York). “Manufactured Uncertainty”: Epistemologies of Mastery and the Ecological Imaginary.

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 May 20, 2012