Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Graduate Conference

Fall 2018

Call for Papers

The Association of Graduate Students in Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago will hold its annual graduate conference on October 12th & 13th at Loyola University Chicago. The conference will center on the theme of tragedy broadly construed, and will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Fanny Söderbäck (Depaul University) and Dr. Jacqueline Scott (Loyola-Chicago). We are now accepting paper submissions.

Submission Guidelines: We welcome submissions from graduate students working in the humanities. Essays on tragedy in all areas will be considered. Topics might include:

  • the historic significance of tragedies and Tragedy
  • tragic literature and literary theory - tragedy as performance
  • aesthetics and theory of tragedy - tragic elements of the human condition
  • the fate of the tragic hero
  • the tragic formulas present in issues in the contemporary political landscape

We especially encourage papers that address the concerns of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups. Please, submit full drafts of no more than 3,000 words for anonymous review to LUCgradconference2018@gmail.com. Essays should be in word or .pdf format. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, department, and title of the essay in the body of the e-mail for submission. Notices of acceptance will be sent by August 9th, 2018. For more information, please e-mail Robert Budron at rbudron@luc.edu.

Fall 2017

Loyola​ ​Philosophy​ ​Graduate​ ​Conference​ ​2017
FRIDAY,​ ​OCTOBER​ ​6,​ ​2017   

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-8:50 Opening Remarks

Panel​ ​1:​ ​Discourse 

Claire Lockard, Loyola University Chicago
Against Charity: The Charitability Gap and Why It Matters for Philosophy Teachers

Pippa Friedman, Loyola University Chicago
Familiar Facts: Situating Discourse in a Context of Inequality

Katie Bellamy Mitchell, University of Chicago
Navigating Discursive Identity Fragility: A Foucauldian-Socratic Approach

Panel​ ​2:​ ​Decentralization 

Jason Byas, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Methodological Anarchism: Politics Beyond Policy

Kevin Rickman, University of Hawaii - Manoa
A Zhuangzian Interpretation of Anarchy

Alec Stubbs, Loyola University Chicago
Blockchain Democracy: Dissent through Decentralization

12:15-1:00 Lunch!

Panel​ ​3:​ ​Structural​ ​Oppression 

Humberto Gonzalez Nuñez, Villanova University
By the Power of Refusal: On Maurice Blanchot's Passion politique

Kaitlyn Conners, Villanova University
She Was(n't) Laughing for It: Resisting Logics of Oppression with Humor(lessness)

Eric Aldieri, DePaul University
Childhood as Dissent: Benjamin's Figure of the Child as a Response to Lee Edelman

Timour Kamran, Villanova University
What is the Role of a Socialist Intellectual?

Keynote​ ​Speaker:​ ​Dr.​ ​Gabriel​ ​Rockhill,​ ​Villanova​ ​University 
“War of Images & Images of War: from Frederick Douglass and Emmett Till to #BLM and Beyond”

SATURDAY,​ ​OCTOBER​ ​7,​ ​2017 

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Panel​ ​4:​ ​Argumentation 

John Caravello, University of California, Santa Barbara
Empathy, Open-Mindedness and Virtue in Argumentation

Robert Riordan, Marquette University
Reasonable Disagreements: They Are Possible

Andrew Lichter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
On the Harms & Commitments of Blame

Panel​ ​5:​ ​Community​ ​Dissent 

Jake Spinella, Georgia State University
Whose Reconciliation? Indigenous Peoples and Truth Commissions

Abram Capone, Loyola University Chicago
Counterpublics and the Social Capital of Music: Leveraging Aesthetics in Group Formation

Taylor Rogers, Northwestern University
Ideas that Change Us: Dissent, Democracy, and Kant's Regulative Ideas

12:15-1:30 Lunch!

Panel​ ​6:​ ​Political​ ​Obligation 

Emily Lacy, University of Illinois - Chicago
Engaging with Citizens and with Art

Betty Stoneman, Emory University
Political Obligation and Civil Disobedience in Aristotle by way of Justice and Friendship

Jay Carlson, Loyola University Chicago
Epistemology of Disagreement and Political Deliberation

Panel​ ​7:​ ​(Non?)violence 

Ryan Quandt, University of South Florida
The Systematicity of Dissent: Levinas, Derrida, & the Problem of Identity

Thomas Hansberger, Marquette University
Antifa: Friends or Foes?

Timothy Sommers, University of Iowa
The Irrelevance of Nonviolence to Dissent

Keynote​ ​Speaker:​ ​Dr.​ ​Joy​ ​Gordon,​ ​Loyola​ ​University​ ​Chicago
“What Dissent Looks Like on the United Nations Security Council”