Call for Papers
6th RIT Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
to be held at RIT
Friday 8 May 2015
- Deadline for submission: 1 April 2015.
- Papers (no longer than 3000 words) may be on any topic in philosophy.
- Submit papers in MS Word format to Prof. Ryan Johnson, email@example.com
- Details on program, location and accommodations: TBA.
- Questions? Contact Prof. Ryan Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
the Undergraduate Philosophy Club at RIT,
the Department of Philosophy,
the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics, and
the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Meets 4 PM Fridays
Topic for 17 April: TBA
Contact Club President, Nathan Saint Ours: email@example.com
Tuesday 28 April
Campus Center Reading Room
(Edinburgh Napier University)
“Mediating Prisoners’ Voices:
Women, Class and Incarceration”
This talk reflects on some of the methodological challenges involved in conducting feminist recovery work, based on the research completed for my monograph Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014). It will focus on questions of privilege, cross-class relations and mediation in the process of creating a platform for prisoners’ voices, illustrated by short examples from early twentieth-century suffragette prison writing. The talk will briefly consider to what extent such an analysis can provide a template for examining contemporary representational strategies in the context of women’s imprisonment.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English and
the Department of Criminal Justice
Thursday 30 April
“Public History and the Public Interest:
Teaching the Ethics of Telling the Past”
To whom or what are public historians responsible when they interpret the past for audiences outside the academy? In its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, the National Council on Public History states that “ethical practice” among public historians “implies a responsibility to serve the public interest”. As teaching controversial cases in American public history brings home, however, both publics and their interests are plural and contested. Rather than settling debates about how we ought to tell the past, the invocation of the public interest is itself an occasion for debate about which publics historians are responsible to and under what circumstances. By entering such debates themselves, students present diverse ethical approaches to public history that, in a culture often characterized as galloping toward the future, point to the ongoing moral significance of the past.
Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics
Friday 8 May
Titles, times, and rooms: TBA
6th RIT Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy
Please consult the Call for Papers above.
Here is a PDF of the conference poster.
Friday 8 May
Louise Slaughter, Rooms 2230 and 2240
RIT Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy Keynote Speaker
(Hobart & William Smith Colleges)
“Trust, Accountability, and Online Anonymity”
Wikipedia vandalism, Twitter pranks, and hoax blogs are now familiar features of our online lives. A common response to these perceived abuses maintains that mechanisms of accountability are necessary to ensure the epistemic value of internet communities. Some advocate for removing anonymity from online communication. Others demand more investigations into the real-world identities behind online personas. In this talk, I discuss some of the commonly overlooked pitfalls of such online accountability. I show that accountability mechanisms can damage communities’ ability to both disseminate true beliefs and weed out errors.
Sponsored in part by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics