conference excitement

The con­fer­ence Shay and I have been putting togeth­er (via our orga­ni­za­tion S.W.A.P.) is com­ing up on Sat­ur­day. Yay! And FSView is print­ing an arti­cle about it Thurs­day, prob­a­bly on the front page. Dou­ble yay! I’m quite ner­vous and excit­ed about it. Wish us luck.

6 thoughts on “conference excitement”

  1. wow that is a real­ly neat look­ing web­page! Good job! Very nice but ele­gant! I like the design.

  2. Good luck with the con­fer­ence, Tina! You’re going to have to write about the arti­cles you find most inter­est­ing so that we can dis­cuss them, you know. Look­ing over these abstracts, I find the sub­ject mat­ter both inter­est­ing and strange, but I’m hav­ing a hard time see­ing how help­ful these lec­tures are going to be. I mean, who real­ly cares about whether a white woman can be a black fem­i­nist (is that even worth dis­cussing?!), and it strikes me as odd to hear some­one speak­ing of “ref­er­ence fail­ure” with respect to eth­nic nam­ing — because while I may think the top­ic is worth dis­cussing, the ter­mi­nol­o­gy of this par­tic­u­lar dis­cus­sion makes it more/less inac­ces­si­ble to any­one but philoso­phers! (This is one of the pre­vail­ing rea­sons I’m not real­ly inter­est­ed in going fur­ther with phi­los­o­phy as far as a career goes — because while I think dis­cussing impor­tant issues is, well, impor­tant, what’s the point of doing so if the peo­ple who would most ben­e­fit from your teach­ings have no bloody idea what you’re talk­ing about?) So we’ll speak more about it later.

    But in the mean­time, good luck and have fun! 🙂

  3. Wes,

    I under­stand your plight — alot of phi­los­o­phy does seem quite abstract and removed from our every­day lives. Though, I think that many peo­ple do under­es­ti­mate the way in which philosph­i­cal the­o­ry can CONNECT with the way that we live (e.g., what moral the­o­ry we sub­scribe to can effect the way that we treat oth­ers). And, say­ing that eth­nic names don’t refer is just a fan­cy way of say­ing eth­nic­i­ty does­n’t exist (the words don’t “pick out” any defin­i­tive group of peo­ple). Don’t you think our per­cep­tions of eth­nic­i­ty and race effects the way that we regard and treat one anoth­er? Would­n’t it make a dif­fer­ence if peo­ple sud­den­ly believed there was no such thing as race or ethnicity?

  4. Tina: Oh, I under­stood the mean­ing of the term “ref­er­ence fail­ure” — I actu­al­ly cut the part of my last com­ment where I explic­it­ly said that because I thought it was quite long enough with­out it 🙂 — my main prob­lem with that par­tic­u­lar dis­cus­sion is, as you say, its “fan­cy word­ing,” because I doubt that the peo­ple who would ben­e­fit most from such a dis­cus­sion would have any idea what the heck “ref­er­ence fail­ure” is.

    For my part, I’ve made that argu­ment more times than I care to count — more times than I should’ve had to, I feel, and more­over I don’t believe any pos­i­tive change has ever come of it — and I’ve nev­er once made any men­tion of “ref­er­ence fail­ure.” Appar­ent­ly the dis­cus­sion is inac­ces­si­ble enough to most peo­ple as it is — there’s no need to com­pli­cate things even further!

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