Disability at the 2018 Pacific APA


THURSDAY AFTERNOON, March 29, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.

5J APA Committee Session: Defining Disability
Arranged by the APA Committee on Philosophy and Medicine
Chair: Jennifer Hawkins (Duke University)
Speakers: Adam Cureton (University of Tennessee)
“Disability and the Importance of Personal Aims and Projects”
Joseph Stramondo (San Diego State University)
“Prioritizing the Pragmatic When Choosing a Theory of Disability”
David Wasserman (National Institutes of Health)
“Should We Try to Define Disability Non-normatively? Lessons from the 40-Year Debate on the Value-neutrality of Health and Disease”

FRIDAY MORNING, March 30, 9:00 - Noon

7J Colloquium: Metaphilosophy
Chair: Peter Ross (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)
Speakers: Anna Drozdzowicz (Independent Scholar)
Pierre Saint-Germier (Independent Scholar)
Samuel Schindler (University of Aarhus)
“An Expertise Defense via Armchair Physics” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: Alex Madva (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)
Chair: Taylor Doran (University of California, Riverside)
Speaker: Jacob Stump (University of Toronto)
“On Socrates’ Project of Philosophical Conversion” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: Suzanne Obdrzalek (Claremont McKenna College)
Chair: Nick Harrison (University of Utah)
Speaker: Elizabeth Cantalamessa (University of Miami)
“Disability Studies, Conceptual Ethics, and Metalinguistic Negotiation” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: Leslie Pickering Francis (University of Utah)

SATURDAY MORNING, March 31, 9:00 - Noon

10L APA Committee Session: Doing Philosophy with a Disability
Arranged by the APA Committee on Inclusiveness
Chair: Joseph Stramondo (San Diego State University)
Speakers: Christine Wieseler (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)
“Reflections on Embodiment in the Classroom: or, A Disabled Philosopher Walks into a Medical School” [abstract]
Teresa Blankmeyer Burke (Gallaudet University)
“Disability Calculus: Silencing and Speaking Out”
Audrey Yap (University of Victoria)
“Ableist Narratives and Self-Identification”

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Theories, Methods, Norms, Cultures, and Politics


Cecilea Mun


Lexington Books; June 30, 2018, final manuscript delivery date


I am currently looking for a chapter contribution that focuses on the topic of shame and disability. I am open in regard to the specific focus/aim of the chapter and the framework from which the content of the chapter is presented, although it is necessary for the chapter contribution to be consistent with the aims of the edited collection as a whole and addresses at least some of the questions listed in the description below.


If you would like to submit a paper to be considered for publication in this edited collection, please submit the following by December 31, 2017 (strict deadline) to

An email with your name and the words “Edited Collection on Shame” in the subject heading, with 2, 3, and 4 (below) as attachments. No need to add any personal or introductory message.
Your contact information and a brief bio of approximately 150 words in length. Please include the title of your paper in the header.
An abstract of approximately 250 words in length, prepared for anonymous review.
A complete draft of your paper of approximately 8,000 words in length, prepared for anonymous review.
A decision will be made by January 31, 2018.

The edited collection will approach the topic of shame as a richly layered experience and will focus as a whole on the following three themes:

Questions about theory and method in the science and study of shame.
Normative considerations regarding shame and its importance to understanding ourselves as individuals and in relation to our communities.
How the context of culture and politics, broadly construed, affect our understanding of what shame is and who we are in the face of shame.
More specifically, this edited collection will address the following questions:

How ought the science of shame be pursued?
How ought the science of shame identify its object of study?
What methods are appropriate for a rigorous scientific study of shame?
Does the method of study determine or influence a theory of shame or vice versa?
How is shame related to a normative understanding of ourselves as individual persons, which includes an understanding of ourselves as moral and epistemic agents within a community?
How do culture and politics affect the value and import of shame?
What is the relationship between culture and politics in the construction of shamed identities?
This edited collection’s pedagogical aim and marketing strategy is to introduce the reader to the academic discourse on shame from a broad interdisciplinary perspective, and to address questions and concerns that any rigorous, academic study of shame ought to consider. It will provide scholars from diverse disciplines and at multiple levels of expertise, including undergraduates, graduates, and professional academics in various disciplines (e.g., philosophy, psychology, sociology, English, history, women, gender, and sexuality studies, and disabilities studies) opportunities to engage the academic discourse on shame.

Finally, it will provide a collection of contributions that will not only address pre-existing concerns within the discourse on shame and emotion (including the problems that have persisted throughout the academic discourse on shame and emotion), but will also add new insights and alternative perspectives that move the pre-existing discourse beyond these persistent problems or to make these problems more tractable for the project of understanding shame and its import to our self, others, and our community.


Sandy Berkovski, Valeria Bizzari, Laura Candiotto, Paniel Reyes Cárdenas, Lisa Cassidy, Jake Jackson, Dolichan Kollerath, Cecilea Mun, James A. Russell, Mikko Salmela, Alba Montes Sánchez, and Louise Sundararajan.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this CFP, please contact the editor, Cecilea Mun, at
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Hello, I'm a new member and I'm disabled myself.
Question: does anyone here know about twice exceptionality? I am a philosophy major right now; in the future, I wish to be a therapist to work with gifted\disabled folks, twice exceptionals, because I see that human services and psychlogy are still in their infancy regarding intellectually gifted disabled folks.

From a philosophical view, i enjoy disecting the political, social, intellectual structural barriers that impede gifted disabled folks from advancing.
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