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Foreigners in Philosophy Workshop

University of California
Berkeley - March 29, 2016

Invited Speaker:
Teresa Blankmeyer Burke

There is a dimension of diversity and inclusiveness that has not been addressed in our
profession yet: the aspect of being a foreigner, i.e. a non- native person with respect to the spatial
and linguistic locations of the study in philosophy. We think that the category of foreigner is ripe
for philosophical exploration. Given the dearth of literature on how being a foreigner interacts
with the practice of philosophy, and the lack of understanding of how the category of foreigner
intersects with other socially relevant categories like gender, race, disability, socioeconomic
status and sexual orientation, this workshop opens new ground and will hopefully add new
insights to our efforts to make our profession more inclusive.
This workshop will be held on Berkeley campus, right before the meeting of the APA Pacific
Division in San Francisco.


Submitted contributions must consist of long abstracts (up to 1,000
words) prepared for anonymous review. Please send them in doc or
pdf format to, with the subject "foreigners in
philosophy". Include your personal information in the body of the
email (name, institutional affiliation, paper title, e-mail address).
There will be a limited number of travel grants available for
underemployed and graduate students. If you are interested in
applying for a travel grant, please indicate so in your email, with a
brief description of the reasons why you apply for it.
Deadline for submissions:
February 4, 2016.Notifications will be sent by February 11.


Topics to consider include, but are not limited to:

Ontology and epistemology of the category offoreigner.
Foreigner and intersectionality: How does the category of foreigner
interact with other socially relevant categories?
Diversity in English use and philosophy in English:
Deaf Philosophy
Philosophy with an accent (non-native or regional accent;
distinctive writing styles due to having English as a second
Foreign philosophers and testimonial injustice.
Philosophy and the English language.
Language competence and philosophical competence.
Identity politics as a foreigner.
What is it like to be a foreigner in philosophy and academia?

sta Sveinsdttir
Shelley Wilcox
Jennifer Hudin
Saray Ayala

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This workshop is
generously supported by
Hypatia: A Journal of
Feminist Philosophy
through a Hypatia
Diversity Project Grant
Sponsored by:
Berkeley Social Ontology Group
San Francisco State University
Philosophy Department