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Margaret Alison Wylie
HUM 596
Seattle Campus

Humanities Research Seminar

Explorations of current research in the humanities, most frequently with interdisciplinary emphasis. Offered by selected UW faculty and scholars-in-residence.

Class description

This seminar is linked to the 25th anniversary conference for Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, to be hosted by the Simpson Center this Fall: October 22-24, 2009. Hypatia is a forum for feminist scholarship in all areas of philosophy--ethics and social political theory, epistemology and philosophy of science, philosophy of language and mind, history of philosophy--and for feminist engagement with philosophical issues as they arise across the social sciences and humanities and, indeed, within many sciences. It was founded as an autonomous journal in 1986; volume 25 will appear in 2010, while the editorial office is based at the University of Washington. This conference is an opportunity not only to recognize the accomplishments of Hypatia and take stock of how feminist philosophy has developed since the early 1980s, but also to consider where it is headed in the next 25 years. Graduate students in any field who have an interest in the philosophical dimensions of feminist scholarship are encouraged to join this conference discussion group.

Seminar participants will meet once before the conference for a preview of what the conference will involve, and once after the conference to reflect together on the implications of the conference proceedings for the range of fields and topics on which seminar participants are themselves working. Participants are expected to attend the keynote panels and a selection of contributed papers sessions at the conference, and they are particularly encouraged to join the Friday lunchtime discussion groups that will be hosted by keynote speakers. Background on the conference, a preliminary program, and registration information are all available on the conference website (see below).

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Class assignments and grading

The requirements of the seminar include not only conference attendance (as described), but also background reading related to at least one speaker or session, to be chosen by individual participants as relevant to their own research interests in consultation with the instructor. Participants are expected to maintain a conference journal and to post excerpts for discussion on a seminar discussion board. For the post-conference meeting they are asked to pre-circulate a brief reflection piece that integrates commentary on their background readings with what they learned from the conference presentations and discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Margaret Alison Wylie
Date: 09/09/2009