The 27th annual PGSA conference will be held March 5th- March 6th at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Audrey Yap, "Beyond Predators and Good Guys: Feminist Epistemology and Rape Culture"
Abstract: There are many fictions about gendered violence that sustain rape culture. Myths about the adequacy of certain consent practices, the meaning of people's wardrobe choices, and the extent to which desire is implicated in sexual assault, have all been debunked in feminist and activist work. I will argue that binary thinking about sexual predators and good men, as well as the demonization of perpetrators of sexual assault, also help to sustain rape culture. I will focus on two aspects of this: first, the ways in which these binaries are implicated in a kind of active ignorance that can protect some perpetrators of assault; and second, the ways in which our stereotypes about sexual predators are informed by (for instance) racism, ableism, and transphobia, which allow for victim testimonies to be co-opted in ways that reinforce existing systems of power. The overall point of this is to argue that dismantling rape culture requires us to develop more nuanced views about perpetrators of sexual assault, before we can realistically expect them to do better.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Daniel Smyth from the New School for Social Research on "Do Human Rights Exist?..."
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Scott Metzger from McMaster University on "On Logic and Significs"
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Anna Klieber from the University of Sheffield on "Can We Use Silence to Implicate (Dissent)?"
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Thomas Milovac from the University of Waterloo on "Heuristics as the Source of Credibility Judgements"
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Coffee and Conversation at Death Valley's Little Brother (DVLB) at 84 King St. N, Waterloo
Friday, March 6, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Charli Steele from the University of Waterloo on "The Drawbacks of "Nonbinary""
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Walter Reid from McGill University on "Stoljarian Gender Nominalism - Redux"
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Bryan Doniger from the New School for Social Research on "Spinoza's Blessedness, Understood as Love of God or Nature"
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Eric Wilkinson from McGill University on "Knowledge from Diagrams"
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Pre-keynote reception in HH 335
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Keynote: Dr. Audrey Yap on "Beyond Predators and Good Guys: Feminist Epistemology and Rape Culture" in HH 1104
Conference Dinner at The Huether Hotel at 59 King St. N (upstairs in "the boardroom")