Talks & Presentations

Upcoming!

  • Author Meets Critics: Melinda Hall, The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics (November)
    Florida Philosophical Association, Ocala, FL
  • “Second Thoughts on Enhancement and Disability” (October)
    Philosophy of Disability, the Tennessee Value and Agency Conference, Knoxville, TN
  • Commentary on Shelley Tremain’s Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (October)
    Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, London, ON, CA
  • “The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics” (September)
    Philosophy Colloquium Series, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

earlier in 2017…

  • Author Meets Critics: Melinda Hall, The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics (May)*
    Canadian Philosophical Association, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CA
  • Author Meets Critics: Melinda Hall, The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics (March/April)*
    PhiloSOPHIA: Society for Continental Feminism, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

*Thank you to panelists: Shelley Tremain (Independent Scholar / Coordinator, Discrimination and Disadvantage); Jane Dryden (Mount Allison University); Ladelle McWhorter (University of Richmond); Catherine Clune-Taylor (Princeton University). See the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog for these commentaries and my response.

  • “Bioethics as Biopolitics: Risking Disability” (March)
    Invited Symposium: Disability, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Kansas City, MO

2016

  • “The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics” (November)
    Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series, Ethics Center, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA
  • “Reproduction of Risk: Zika, Gender, and Public Health Communication” (November)
    Biopolitics, Identity, and Discourses of Contemporary Public Health Panel, National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • “3D-Printing the Neo-Liberal Subject: Mere Access to Emerging Technology is Not Enough” (September)
    Western Michigan University Medical Humanities, Kalamazoo, MI
  • “Public Health and Risk Prevention: The Case of Ebola” (March)
    Bioethics: Preparing for the Unknown, Western Michigan University Ethics Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • “Race, Risk, and Ebola Panic” (February)
    Faculty Spotlight Series, Stetson University, DeLand, FL

2015

  • “Bioethics in Catastrophe: A Reply to Liao, Sandberg, and Roache on Human Enhancement” (April)
    American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Vancouver, BC, CA
  • “Disability, Vulnerability, and Revolt” (March)
    Kristeva’s Revolt and Reliance Seminar, American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA
  • “Social Construction and Epistemic Harm” (March)
    Working Group on Human Rights, Social Justice, and Democracy, Stetson University, DeLand, FL

2014

  • “Inflated Parental Responsibility and Reproductive Decision-Making” (November)
    Parental Responsibility and Disability Panel, Florida Philosophical Association, Tampa, FL
  • “Bioethics in Catastrophe” (November)
    Todd Bates Memorial Lecture, Bethune Cookman, Daytona Beach, FL
  • “Kristeva and the Medical Humanities: Alternatives for Clinical Ethics” (March)
    Kristeva Circle, Nashville, TN

2013

  • “Transhumanist Utopias: Rethinking Enhancement and Disability” (December)
    Society for Philosophy and Disability Panel, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Baltimore, MD
  • “Reciprocity and Trope: A Response to Christie Hartley’s Inclusive Contractualism” (November)
    Florida Philosophical Association, DeLand, FL
  • “Bioethics and Climate Change: Tailoring the Human to a New Climate?” (October)
    Working Group on Human Rights, Social Justice, and Democracy, Stetson University, DeLand, FL
  • “Monstrous Villains and Horrible Heroes: Images of Disability in Horror” (October)
    Philosophy on the Edge Series, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • “What Enhancements and Why: The Tangled Relationship Between Disability Rights and Transhumanism” (June)
    Society for Disability Studies, Orlando, FL
  • “Mere Deviation: Critically Assessing Prenatal Testing” (May)
    Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference, Dallas, TX
  • “Genetic Determinism is Still a Problem for Bioethics: Synecdoche and Stigma” (April)
    The Social and Political Thought Workshop, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2012

  • “Untangling Genetic Determinism: The Case of Genetic Abortion” (December)
    American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Atlanta, GA
  • “Raëlians before Congress: the Vile Sovereign in Bioethical Debate” (November)
    Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Rochester, NY
  • “Translating Horror from Reality to the Small Screen: Doubling Disability in the Case of Robert Pickton” (October)
    Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Calgary, AB, CA
  • “Abjection and Possibility: Exploring the Horror of the Disabled Body” (October)
    Kristeva Circle, Albany, NY
  • “Leaving the Body Behind: Seeking Health in the 20th Century” (September)
    Western Michigan University Medical Humanities, Kalamazoo, MI
  • “Choosing Health: The Dis/abled body and the Pregnant Woman” (September)
    Women and Food Workshop, Banff, AB, CA
  • “Horrible Heroes: Alternative Visions of Disability in the Horror Genre” (June)
    Society for Disability Studies, Denver, CO

2011

  • “Uneasy Alliances: Concerns Regarding Genetic Selection and Enhancement” (November)
    Tennessee Philosophical Association, Nashville, TN
  • “Selective Abortion and Disability: Justice for the Disabled” (September)
    Western Michigan University Medical Humanities, Kalamazoo, MI
  • “What Makes a Livable Life? Objectivity in Fulfillment and the Disabled” (May)
    PhiloSOPHIA Feminist Society, Nashville, TN
  • “The Pedagogy of Departure: Family and the State in Freud” (January)
    Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA

2010

  • “A Dynamic Guide of the Perplexed: Imagination in Maimonides” (November)
    Tennessee Philosophical Association, Nashville, TN
  • “Like Apples to Oranges, or, What is Wrong with Equality” (April)
    North Georgia Student Philosophy Conference, Kennesaw, GA
  • “Results of ‘Experimenta in Corpore Vili’: Metaphors for Worker Bodies in Marx’s Das Kapital” (March)
    24th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • “Possibilities for Progress? Adorno and the Jugenstil Movement” (March)
    24th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • “Results of ‘Experimenta in Corpore Vili’: Metaphors for Worker Bodies in Marx’s Das Kapital” (January)
    Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA

See a PDF version of Melinda Hall’s CV