For release: September 8, 2009
For press information, contact Mary Beth Mader, 901-678-2535
The 2009 Spindel Conference at the University of Memphis will merge three broad streams
of contemporary thought. “The Sexes of Evolution: Continental Philosophy, Feminist
Philosophy and Evolutionary Theory” will be the theme of the conference hosted by
the U of M Department of Philosophy Sept. 24-26.
The Conference will showcase the contributions of philosophers working at the important
and timely junction of these philosophical traditions. Their work addresses the central
question driving this year’s conference: What can continental philosophy contribute
to the understanding of the feminist issues raised by evolutionary theory, broadly
Presenters will include Claire Colebrook of Penn State University, Penelope Deutscher
of Northwestern University, Paola Marrati of Johns Hopkins University, Ladelle McWhorter
of the University of Richmond, Kelly Oliver of Vanderbilt University, and Luciana
Parisi of Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Since 1981, a select group of philosophers, experts on special topics in philosophy,
have met at the University of Memphis to present papers and discuss a wide range of
philosophical questions. It has established itself as one of the most distinguished
philosophy conferences in the nation.
The papers and commentaries presented during the conference are published in the annual
Spindel Conference Supplement to the Southern Journal of Philosophy. Spindel Conference Supplements are widely regarded as containing cutting-edge scholarly
papers on specific philosophical issues and are used worldwide by scholars for their
research and as texts for graduate courses.
For more information, contact Dr. Mary Beth Mader at 901-678-2535 or via email at
Details are available online at http://www.memphis.edu/philosophy/spindel_2009.php