Constitution for the Society for Philosophy and Disability

[Ratified August 1, 2012; Amended August 7, 2018]

Article I:  Name

The name of this organization shall be: “Society for Philosophy and Disability.”

Article II: Purpose

The Society for Philosophy and Disability, or SPD, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering research and teaching on philosophical issues related to disability and to promoting inclusiveness and support for people with disabilities in philosophical education and in the profession of philosophy.  SPD aims to provide a forum for philosophical discussion of disability by arranging meetings, maintaining an online presence, and organizing academic projects.

Article III: Membership

Section 1. Membership shall not be restricted by disability, nationality, age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, or in any other discriminator manner.

Section 2. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in philosophical engagement with disability and to philosophy students, researchers and teachers who are disabled.

Section 3. Membership criteria shall otherwise be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Members shall conduct themselves in a civil and respectful manner when using any SPD email list or website and during official meetings, conferences, events and correspondence with the SPD Board of Directors.

Section 5. The Board of Directors shall have the power to suspend or expel any Member if that person behaves in a manner that is uncivil, disrespectful or likely to impair the mission and operations of SPD.

Article IV: Board of Directors

Section 1. SPD is directed by the Board of Directors, which has the following responsibilities:

  1. Planning and organizing academic activities, which may include appointing committees and coordinators as needed.
  2. Selecting and applying membership criteria.
  3. Reporting on important SPD developments to Members.
  4. Representing SPD to other organizations or individuals.
  5. Overseeing the election of new Board members and any revisions of the Constitution.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, namely a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary-Treasurer, along with three Members-at-Large.

Section 3. The President is the head of the Board of Directors and of SPD and has general charge of the Society’s affairs on all matters not otherwise specified in the Constitution.  The primary responsibilities of the President include, but are not limited to, overseeing the operations of SPD, organizing its academic activities, publicizing SPD and serving as its spokesperson.

Section 4. The Vice-President shall assist the President and the Secretary-Treasurer in their responsibilities.

Section 5. The Secretary-Treasurer shall bear primary responsibility for receiving and disbursing funds as directed by the Board and for maintaining a record of the financial transactions of SPD.  He or she shall also maintain an up-to-date membership list.

Section 6. Officers shall serve three year terms; ONE Member-at-Large shall serve the same term as the Officers while the other two Members-at-Large shall serve terms that begin a year after those of the Officers.  If a Board member resigns or ceases to perform the duties of his or her office then the Board may appoint a replacement to finish that term. If he or she wishes to continue on the Board, that person must stand for normal election.

Article V: Elections

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall organize and administer the election of its members.

Section 2. The Board shall solicit nominations from Members near the end of a three-year term.  Nominations must be approved by the Board.

Section 3. Candidates must be Members of SPD and members of the American Philosophical Association at the time they would take office.  Candidates for one Member-at-Large position, as designated by the Board, must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent within ten years of the time their term on the Board would begin.

Section 3. At the request and approval of the candidates, the Board may convey relevant information about those candidates to the members.

Section 4. The Board of Directors shall be elected by ballot, all members are eligible to vote, and a candidate for an Office or a Member-at-Large seat is elected if he or she receives a simple majority of the votes cast.

Section 5. Upon initial approval of the Constitution and of an Executive Committee, that Committee shall conduct the election of the first Board of Directors by soliciting and approving nominations from members and administering a ballot to all members.  A candidate for an Office or Member-at-Large seat who receives a simple majority of the votes cast is elected.  At the time the first Board is seated, the Executive Committee shall be dissolved.

Article VI: Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1. Members may propose amendments to the Constitution, which must be submitted to and approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. If a proposed amendment is approved by the Board of Directors, the Board will administer a ballot on the proposed amendment.

Section 3. The proposed amendment passes if more than 2/3 of the votes cast are in its favor.

Article VII: Finances

Section 1. No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, Board of Directors, or other private persons except that SPD shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered.

Section 2. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, SPD shall not engage in any activities not permitted by an Association exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or by an Association contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Section 3. Upon the dissolution of SPD, the Society shall, at the discretion of the Board and after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of its liabilities, dispose of all the assets of the Society exclusively for the purposes of the Society in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).  Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Society is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

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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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