Philosophy and its Borders: Negotiating Interdisciplinarity and Traditions is a three-day national philosophy conference taking place November 4-6, 2016 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. This conference brings together established and emerging scholars to explore how the boundaries of philosophy as a discipline are transgressed and transformed through drawing together different forms of knowledge. We are welcoming scholars from Canada, the United States, and New Zealand, mainly from the discipline of Philosophy but also Geography, Political Science, Psychiatry, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Many presentations revolve around some kind of careful exploration of a particular crossing of borders or traditions, asking what kind of possibilities are envisioned for the future. The conference will also consider some of the structural borders around the discipline that exclude certain practitioners, and asks what kind of relationship diverse practitioners should have to philosophy. A number of presentations are concerned with the low number of women in the discipline – the lowest in the humanities, and one of the lowest across all disciplines. We will address the problem of exclusion of disabled philosophers through an interdisciplinary workshop on accessibility at conferences and in academia, as well as through several of the scholarly presentations. Scholarly presentations will raise issues of queer and feminist politics and theory within the academy and society, as well as cultural border-crossing. The social context of knowledge and group definition and belonging will also be examined by several presentations.

The program features a keynote presentation by Dr. Susan Sherwin, OC, FRSC, University Research Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Philosophy and Gender and Women’s Studies at Dalhousie University, whose work on feminist health care ethics is a model of drawing together critical expertise from different domains. Her Saturday evening keynote, “Negotiating Borders: Feminist Approaches to Interdisciplinary / International Borders,” will draw on feminist social science research around the hazards of international migration to explore the risks and benefits of disciplinary border-crossing.

This website provides information for participants and attendees. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact local organizer, Jane Dryden.

To register for the conference, please go to cswip.ca.


Philosophy and its Borders is funded in part by the Philosophy Department and Office of the Dean of Arts at Mount Allison University.

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This conference is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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