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MAP-Penn Conference on Philosophy of Race
MAP-Penn Conference on Philosophy of Race
Nov 06, 2020, 3:00 PM EST – Nov 08, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
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MAP’s mission is to address structural injustices in academic philosophy and to remove barriers that impede participation in academic philosophy for members of marginalized groups.

MAP-Penn is one of MAP’s autonomous chapters, led by graduate students at Penn Philosophy.

MAP-Penn’s main initiative is hosting a conference within the domain of MAP. While historically we've done this as an annual event, in recent years we've moved to a biannual schedule. Previous iterations of this conference have focused on Non-Western Philosophies, Global Feminisms, and Inclusive Pedagogies & Methodologies. This year’s conference is focused on aspects of Philosophy of Race.This includes, but is not limited to, notions of race and ethnicity in philosophy of science, in philosophy of law, in the history of philosophy, in social and political philosophy, in one’s personal experiences as a philosopher, in canon (re)formation, and in teaching practices.

Please register using the RSVP button above and we will email you with the Zoom Webinar details. If you already RSVP'd and received no communication from us, this likely means that your email address was misspelled during registration. Please RSVP again.

If you have questions, please contact one of the organizers:

Tiina Rosenqvist

Youngbin Yoon

Sara Purinton

Ian Peebles

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UNC-Chapel Hill

Jennifer M. Morton is an Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was at the City College of New York and at the Graduate Center-CUNY. Her areas of research are philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and political philosophy. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her A.B. from Princeton University.

Georgetown University

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He completed his PhD at University of California, Los Angeles. His theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, German transcendental philosophy, histories of activism and activist thinkers. He also writes public philosophy, including articles exploring intersections of climate justice and colonialism.

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Mickaella L. Perina is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Educated in France, she received her MA in Philosophy from the Sorbonne and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Toulouse. Her areas of research and teaching are political and legal philosophy, critical philosophy of race, aesthetics, Africana philosophy, modern and contemporary French philosophy, and philosophy of human rights.

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University of Edinburgh


Oakton Community College

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Temple University


McGill University


CUNY Graduate Center

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We have invited faculty and graduate students working on issues related to Philosophy of Race to serve as commentators-at-large for the duration of the conference.

Faculty CALs: Daniel Wodak (Penn), Michael Yudell (Drexel)

Graduate Student CALs: Joy Shim (Princeton), Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (Princeton), Kordell Dixon (Virginia Tech), Lisa Martinez-Katout (Penn), Yosef Washington (Penn)

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All times in EST/UTC-5


3:00-3:30 PM Opening Remarks
3:30-5:00 PM Mickaella L. Perina: Political Violence, Resistance and Relationality

5:00-6:00 PM Patrick O'Donnell: Does White Supremacy Explain Anything? 

6:00-7:00 PM Online Reception


10:00-11:00 AM Miron Clay-Gilmore: Reorienting Africana Philosophical Inquiry
11:00 AM-12:00 PM César Cabezas: Structural Racism: The Racial Oppression Account

12:00-2:00 PM Lunch Break + Reception

2:00-3:00 PM Sarah Clairmont: What Use is “Race” in Medicine? A Critical Analysis of Quayshawn Spencer’s Genuine Kind Realism

3:00-3:15 PM Coffee/Tea Break
3:15-4: 45 PM Jennifer M. Morton: Resisting Pessimism Traps 

4:45-5:30 PM Online Reception


11:00 AM-12:00 PM Alex R. Steers-McCrum: Back to the Past: Temporal Erasure, Antinative Racism, and Native Racial Formation
12:00-1:30 PM Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò: On Material Security

1:30 PM-2:30 PM Closing Reception

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We’re proud to present our list of sponsors for this year’s conference. Without their generous support, we wouldn’t have the resources and funds necessary to organize this event.

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This year we have partnered with Bonfire to create conference shirts. The proceeds benefit Philadelphia Bail Fund.

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We hope you're able to attend. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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