Society for Women In Philosophy (Pacific Division) 2013 Meeting

November 9-10, 2013

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Keynote speaker: Margaret Walker (Marquette)

This year's conference is being hosted by Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona on November 9 and 10. Generous support is being provided the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies.

We are delighted to have Margaret Walker from Marquette University present our keynote address

Conference flyer

The theme of the 2013 PSWIP meeting is:

Sustaining and What Sustains

When we think of what needs to be sustained, we might think of the environment, communities, cultures, friendships, family, self-esteem, trust, the humanities, human and animal welfare, and ourselves as knowers and cultural producers. In light of what humanly created or natural threats does the need to be sustained arise? In sustaining what matters, what ways of relating, activities, attitudes, and socio-political principles and structures are important? What is it that sustains us as individuals and collectively, bodily, epistemically, culturally, aesthetically, and spiritually?

 Date and Time
 Sat, Nov 9, 9:00-9:50  
Ami Harbin (Oakland University), "Safety and Sustainability"
 Sat, Nov 9, 10:00-10:50    
Tove Petterson (University of Oslo), "Sustaining the Freedom of Self and Others: Beauvoir's Existentialist Ethics"
 Sat, Nov 9, 11:00-11:50    
 Marie-Anne Casselot-Legros (McGill University), "Dwelling Trouble: A Feminist Critique of Heidegger's Concept of the Home"
 Sat, Nov 9, 11:50-1:20    
 Sat, Nov 9, 1:20-2:10
Rachel Fedock (SUNY Potsdam), "Abstract vs. Concrete Caring Relations"
 Sat, Nov 9, 2:15-3:05   
Esa Diaz-Leon (University of Manitoba), "What Social Constructionism About Sexual Orientation Really Means"
 Sat, Nov 9, 3:10-4:00   
Judith Andre (Michigan State University), "Theorizing Age"
 Sat, Nov 9, 4:00-4:15 
Coffee Break
 Sat, Nov 9, 4:15-5:45    
 Keynote: Margaret Walker (Marquette University), "TBA"
 Sat, Nov 9, 6:15-
 Sun, Nov 10, 9:00-9:50
(concurrent sessions)
 Daniel Farmer (Marquette University), "Sustaining Moral Confidence: A Naturalist Reading of the Ethics of Care" and Ezgi Sertler (Michigan State University), "Lying as a Systematic Practice for Women Telling it Slant"
 Sun, Nov 10, 10:00-10:50
(concurrent sessions)
Brett Caloia (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), "Confusion Between Moral Terms and Mere Descriptions: 'Sustainability' as a Case Study" and Suzanne Dovi (University of Arizona), "Political Despair: The Democratic Need for Hope"
 Sun, Nov 10, 11:00-11:50
(concurrent sessions)  

Erica Holberg (Utah State University), "Self-Respect, Responsibility, and the Unenlightened Sex" and Michelle Saint (Western Washington University), "When Stories Speak to Us"
 Sun, Nov 10, 12:15-2:15
(Panel -- light lunch provided during panel session)
Moral Harm and Moral Repair:
Francey Russell (University of Chicago), "Understanding Moral Harm: Its Scope, Our Responsibility"
Grace Hunt (Western Kentucky University), "Sustaining Resentment"
Matt Congdon (New School for Social Research), "Performative Resentments: On the Role of Negative Emotions in Normative Transformation"

Please register here if you plan on attending. There are no registration fees but helps us plan. Thank you!

Location: West Hall, Room 135 on ASU Tempe campus

ASU Campus Map


Getting To the Conference Room From University Drive, turn south onto Myrtle Street; go less than a block and see on your left a parking garage (10th St. Parking Structure) and on your right pay parking (Lot #20). Exit the east side of the parking garage and proceed to the first major walkway through campus (Forest Mall.) Turn right, you will see almost immediately on the east side of Forest Mall McClintock Hall. Next to it is Dixie Gamage Hall. We are in West Hall which is connected to Dixie Gamage. You can enter through either Dixie Gamage or proceed one building farther and enter through West Hall.


Parking. Parking in the 10th Street Parking Structure (which is actually on Myrtle St.) is free on the weekends. There are also two pay parking lots on Myrtle St. that are relatively convenient to the West Hall: Lots #18 and #20. They charge $2.00 per hour. See the following link for further information about parking:



 Marriott Courtyard Tempe 601 South Ash Ave Tempe Az, 85281 Reservation Number: 480-966-2800

We have arranged conference rates of $119 a night for either one king or two queens, available Nov. 7-11.  Please make reservations by Thursday, October 17th for this rate. Please use the link above or call 1-800-321-2211. Ask for "P-SWIP" rate.

The hotel does not provide shuttle service. You can take the PHX Sky Train from terminal 4 at Sky Harbor airport to the METRO light rail. Get off at the 3rd St. and Mill Ave. light rail stop. The hotel is .5 miles from the light rail stop. This hotel is within walking distance of ASU (though it’s not a short walk).

 Quality Inn & Suites at ASU. 1375 E. University Dr. Tempe Az, 85281 Reservation Number: 480-774-2500 Provides shuttle Services

This hotel provides airport shuttle service. Call the hotel for pick up from the airport when you have your bags. You can also take the METRO light rail (see “Getting from Sky Harbor” below). Get off at Dorsey and Apache. The hotel is .5 miles from this light rail stop. This hotel is not really within walking distance of the conference venue. Their shuttle can drop you off at ASU in the morning. We will then need to arrange rides back to the hotel.


Getting from Sky Harbor Airport. You can take the PHX Sky Train from terminal 4 at Sky Harbor airport to the METRO light rail. More detailed information about how to access the Sky Train and Light Rail may be found here:




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