Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 2 Conference (#PhiDisSocCh2), Online, Dec. 7-10, 2021 – Registration Now Open! — BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

I am very happy to announce that registration is now open for the second iteration of the pathbreaking Philosophy, Disability and Social Change (#PhiDisSocCh2) conference! The conference is financially and technically supported by the Alfred Landecker Programme at the University of Oxford. This year’s conference builds upon the success of last year’s conference as an […]

Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 2 Conference (#PhiDisSocCh2), Online, Dec. 7-10, 2021 – Registration Now Open! — BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Virtual conference this week! Experiencing the Museum: Web and Digital Technologies as Tools for Museum Accessibility (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow)

I’m thrilled to be presenting about my book, The Bioethics of Enhancement, for the Experiencing the Museum annual conference at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

This Thursday, April 1st, I’ll also be discussing how technology can be used for those for whom it already purports (but fails) to work.

Please join me at 11:30 am EST, registration here.

Virtual Conference this week! Philosophy, Disability and Social Change (Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford)

I’m so thrilled to present this week at an exciting conference organized by Shelley Tremain and Jonathan Wolff. I will share my work on risk, “Risking Ourselves: The Politics and Persons of Risk,” on Friday at 12:30 pm EST.

Find registration information, the program, and other details below!

The Philosophy, Disability and Social Change online conference comprises presentations by disabled philosophers whose cutting-edge research challenges members of the philosophical community to:

  1. think more critically about the metaphysical and epistemological status of disability;
  2. closely examine how philosophy of disability is related to the tradition and discipline of philosophy;
  3. acknowledge the continuing exclusion of disabled philosophers from the profession of philosophy;
  4. seriously consider how philosophy and philosophers contribute to the pervasive inequality and subordination that disabled people confront throughout society;
  5. develop mechanisms designed to transform the current professional and institutional position of disabled philosophers in particular and the economic, political and social position of disabled people more generally.

The presentations will highlight the diversity and range of approaches to critical philosophical work on disability and showcase the heterogeneity with respect to race, gender, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, culture, age and class of the community of disabled philosophers.

This conference is organised as part of the Alfred Landecker Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Please note: This conference will be held online via Zoom. There will be live captioning for all of the sessions. Please register to attend using the form at the page linked below and you will receive an email containing joining instructions nearer to the conference date.

Register at the Philosophy, Disability and Social Change webpage here:


Please note that session timings are currently subject to change. All times shown are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


13:00–13:05 Welcome and opening remarks

  • Co-hosts: Jonathan Wolff (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford) and Shelley L Tremain (BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)

13:05–13:55 Session 1 – Unmaking disability: Philosophy and social change

  • Presenter: Julie E Maybee (Lehman College, CUNY)
  • Chair: Shelley L Tremain (BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)

14:05–14:55 Session 2 – African communitarian philosophy and disability in African contexts

  • Presenter: Elvis Imafidon (SOAS, University of London)
  • Chair: Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò (Georgetown University)

15:05–15:55 Session 3 – Dis/ableist inheritance

  • Presenter: Jonathan Flowers (Worcester State University)
  • Chair: Zara Bain (University of Bristol)

15:55–16:30 – Break

16:30–17:20 Session 4 – Ageism, ableism and the power of the double bind

  • Presenter: Christine Overall (Queen’s University, Kingston)
  • Chair: Jane Dryden (Mount Allison University)

17:30–18:20 Session 5 – Philosophy, the apparatus of disability, and the nursing-home industrial complex

  • Presenter: Shelley L Tremain (BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)
  • Chair: Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida)


13:00–13:05 Informal meet and greet (tbc)

13:05–13:55 Session 1 – Rethinking neurotypical and autistic agency

  • Presenter: Robert Chapman (University of Bristol)
  • Chair: Bryce Huebner (Georgetown University)

14:05–14:55 Session 2 – A neurodiversity paradigm for moral responsibility

  • Presenter: August Gorman (Princeton University)
  • Chair: Cecilea Mun (Independent Scholar)

15:05–15:55 Session 3 – Cheap Talk: Stuttering, trolls, and talking heads

  • Presenter: Joshua St. Pierre (University of Alberta)
  • Chair: Jake Jackson (Temple University)

15:55–16:30 Break

16:30–17:20 Session 4 – Vulnerability to COVID-19 and the moral perniciousness of congregate care

  • Presenter: Joseph Stramondo (San Diego State University)
  • Chair: Laura M Cupples (Gonzaga University)

17:30–18:20 Session 5 – Captivity, carceral logics, and disposability

  • Presenter: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)
  • Chair: Lissa Skitolsky (Dalhousie University)


13:00–13:05 Informal meet and greet (tbc)

13:05–13:55 Session 1 – Chronic fatigue as adversity under capitalism

  • Presenter: Michelle Ciurria (University of Missouri at St Louis)
  • Chair: Jonathan Wolff (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)

14:05–14:55 Session 2 – Phenomenologies of debilitation and questions of volition

  • Presenter: Emily R Douglas (McGill University)
  • Chair: Tamsin Kimoto (Goucher College)

15:05–15:55 Session 3 – ‘He’s not worth it’: The deleterious character of the disabled Black male

  • Presenter: Tommy J Curry (University of Edinburgh)
  • Chair: Jonathan Flowers (Worcester State University)

15:55–16:30 Break

16:30–17:20 Session 4 – COVID-19 as crisis

  • Presenter: Catherine Clune-Taylor (San Diego State University)
  • Chair: Grace Cebrero (University of Minnesota)

17:30–18:20 Session 5 – Risking ourselves: The politics and persons of risk

  • Presenter: Melinda C Hall (Stetson University)
  • Chair: Joseph Stramondo (San Diego State University)

18:20–19:00 Close of conference and conference social (tbc)

Call For Proposals: Florida Prisons in Uncertain Times, Virtual Conference, Apr. 9-10, 2021 (deadline: Dec. 1, 2021)

I am a co-director of Stetson’s Higher Education in Prison program, Community Education Project (CEP).

We are hosting a virtual conference, “Florida Prisons in Uncertain Times,” to be held on April 9 and 10, 2021. Here is our Call for Proposals. The deadline for submissions is December 7th, and you can submit your proposal here.  

We are focused in Florida and would like robust state and regional participation from diverse stakeholders; but, we are also very glad to see proposals from national organizations engaged in work connected to Florida. This conference is funded by the Laughing Gull Foundation; we are very grateful for their support. 

We specifically invite organizations and activists to join this conversation by submitting a CFP; we also specifically invite currently and formerly incarcerated students, HEP instructors and administrators, state legislators and policymakers, and more to submit a CFP. Indeed, if you work on incarceration and post-incarceration, you are warmly invited to submit. Again, the deadline for submissions is December 7th, and you can submit here

Let me know if you have any questions! Please share this CFP widely, especially through your organizations and in FL.

New essay published: What Future People Will There Be?

I wrote a brief reflection on the subversive imaginations of N. K. Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor, linking their protagonists to neurodiversity. The essay is one of several introducing the new issue of the Museum of Science Fiction’s Journal of Science Fiction, now live, with the special theme of disability studies! Sami Schalk and Michael Bérubé also contributed reflections.

Great job to Aisha Matthews, who put together a great issue!

Citation information:

Hall, Melinda. 2019. “What Future People Will There Be? Neurodiverse Heroes for a Changing Planet.” MOSF Journal of Science Fiction 3 (2): 15-17.