“Bodies in the World”
3rd Annual Philosophy Graduate Students’ Association Conference
University of Guelph
March 13, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Professor Hasana Sharp (McGill)
“‘Men have nothing less in their power than their tongues’: On spoken passions”
The Philosophy Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Guelph is now accepting paper abstracts for its third annual conference on the theme of “Bodies in the World.” We welcome paper proposals concerning the body and its interactions with its environment from perspectives of perception, mind, identity, sexuality, community and politics, time and space, and normativity and difference. The theme of the body raises questions concerning how to situate and account for the body in our theorizing about the world. How do our worldviews, perceptions of objects, scientific practices, and theories of environment arise out of our embodied experiences, and reflect back into our conceptions of the body?
Questions of the body and embodiment are crucial to philosophical, feminist, legal, psychological, literary, and religious scholarship, as well as to research in cognitive science and artificial intelligence. Moreover, they provide a meta-philosophical opportunity to reflect on the embodied character of our role as thinkers and academics and what that could mean for the future “embodiment of philosophy.” We encourage submissions from multidisciplinary perspectives on the ways we negotiate and theorise the relationship between body and world, widely construed.
Please send abstracts of approximately 600 words prepared for blind review to the PGSA’s conference committee via firstname.lastname@example.org by January 29, 2010. For more information, please contact us at the email address listed above or visit our website at
Once an abstract is accepted we will request a final paper that must be suitable for a 20 minute presentation (approximately 2500 – 3000 words).