Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Department of Philosophy at Bucknell is participating in the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program and is looking for a scholar to fill the following position for the 2016-17 academic year: Postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy to begin in August 2016, specializing in Africana, Latin American, or Native American philosophy with the ability to teach a course in the philosophy of race, broadly construed. Teaching load will be 3 courses per year.

The fellow will be expected to work on campus for the fellowship year, participate in departmental and institutional programs such as speaker series and seminars, and interact regularly with students and faculty colleagues. Fellows must contribute to increasing the diversity of Bucknell University in one or more of the following ways: Increasing ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and/or increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of students. 

Applicants must be awarded the Ph.D. no later than the beginning of the fellowship year and no earlier than five years before the beginning of the fellowship year.  If you are interested, consult and apply through the website http://www.c-fd.org.  Please submit all materials prior to May 20, 2016, but review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, contact Sheila Lintott (sheila.lintott@bucknell.edu).

Monday, April 18, 2016

This America, man.” —The Wire and Tragedy
Martin Shuster, Department of Religious Studies & Philosophy
Avila University

Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:30 p.m.
213 Bertrand LibraryTraditional Reading Room

A life…  you know what that is?
It's the shit that happens while you're waiting
for moments that never come.
Lester Freamon, “The Wire”

Abstract: This talk explores some of the aesthetic and social/political elements of HBO’s The Wire. Especially, against many critics and academics, I argue that the show is not a tragedy, nor is it particularly radical in its politics. Nonetheless, I do argue that it is ultimately a successful work of art, one that falls squarely into the modernist tradition of art, and one whose aesthetic qualities cannot in fact be divorced from its political aspirations, which are powerful but reformist, and still worth considering.  

Bio: Martin Shuster is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Avila University. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2010 from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University and holds two M.A. degrees, one in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins and another in Religion from Yale. Shuster’s work centers on issues in social and political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics, especially in dialogue with Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy, the work of Stanley Cavell and in philosophy of religion, particularly Jewish thought and philosophy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lunch Chat (3/10): Science Fiction

Thursday (3/10) at noon in the International Commons (151 Coleman Hall)

Life and Artificial Life: Who's who? Should it matter?
What can Science-Fiction, as a genre of story-telling in various forms tell us about the world — about  the structure of society, what we can know, who we are, how we should behave, and so on? Two weeks ago, the Campus Theatre held a special event around the philosophical and scientific context of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic film "Blade Runner" — a film that helps us consider many philosophical issues, e.g., about the nature of the self, the possibility of artificial intelligence, "us versus them" thinking, and so on. It's likely that you can think of innumerable other science fiction films and books that raise other challenging questions. . . .

But how is it that fiction can help us answer such questions? After all, fiction represents a departure from reality. What is it about it that we find useful? In this lunch chat, we'll welcome Professor Felipe Perrone from the Computer Science Department (and organizer of the "Blade Runner" event) as our guest to help us think through some of these issues — in particular concerning science fiction connected with artificial intelligence and novel technologies.

Professor Perrone
Professor Perrone is the Robert L. Rooke Chair of the Historical and Societal Context of Engineering and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bucknell. He is currently teaching a new new course concerning "interplay between science fiction and computing technologies".

Please join us for what promises to be a lively and informal discussion. As usual, pizza and salad will be served. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Ethics and Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy
April 19-22, 2017
DEADLINE: December 20, 2016

This conference aims to bring together scholars and
practitioners interested in stand-up comedy from a range
of academic disciplines, including but not limited to
philosophy, performance studies, women’s and gender
studies, African-American studies, theatre, art history,
and culture studies.  In addition to academic papers,
panels, comments, and discussion, the conference also
includes workshops, an open mic night, roundtable
discussion with comedians, and stand-up comedy
performances. #BUStandUpComCon.

  • Luvell Anderson, Assistant Professor of
    Philosophy, University of Memphis
  • Noël Carroll, Distinguished Professor of
    Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Eva Dadlez, Professor of Philosophy, University of
    Central Oklahoma
  • Oliver Double, Senior Lecturer and Deputy
    Head of the School of Arts, University of Kent
  • Tanya Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of
    Philosophy, Sacramento State University
  • Aaron Smuts, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
    Rhode Island College
  • Cynthia Willett, Professor of Philosophy,
    Emory University
  • Jason Zinoman, Comedy Critic for The New
    York Times

  • Amy Seham, Professor of Theatre and Dance
    and Women’s and Gender Studies, Gustavus
    Adolphus College
  • Oliver Double, Senior Lecturer and Deputy
    Head of the School of Arts, University of Kent

We invite submissions for paper presentations, thematic
panels, workshops, and offers to serve as commentator
or chair.  Submissions are welcome on any topic in the
aesthetics and ethics of stand-up comedy, broadly

POSSIBLE TOPICS INCLUDE (but are by no means limited

Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy: theories of humor, satire,
irony, style, theories of emotion and affect, self-conscious
emotions (shame, embarrassment, guilt, pride), reflections
on the state of the art, relations with other arts (e.g., poetry,
spoken word, pantomime, music, improv), analyses of joke
structure, boundaries of aesthetic taste, appropriation and
originality, case studies of particular stand-up comedians,
cross-cultural comparisons, historical reflections on the art
form, public persona and comic identity.

Ethics/Social Political Issues of Stand-up Comedy: alternative
stand-up comedy, political stand-up comedy, ethnic humor,
identity (gender, race, age, etc.) and performance, racism,
sexism, ableism, homophobia, bigotry, feminism, anti-racism,
censorship, law, political correctness, agency and subversion,
nationalism, stereotypes and tropes, political efficacy and
limitations, the politics of representation, the ethics of heckling,
hostility, aspects of identity in stand-up comedy, such as race,
ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, ability, age, and/or class,
performance and appreciation, social movements/activism.

send either a 3000-word full paper draft or a 1000-word
extended abstract outlining the paper, workshop, or panel
via the conference website:
Include the paper/panel/workshop title, contact information
and current affiliation (if any) of all participants. Please bear
in mind that the papers should be suitable for a twenty-minute
presentation; panels for less than 90 minutes; and workshops
from 60-120 minutes.  Submissions will be evaluated for their
clarity of content, strength of central arguments, relevance to
the conference themes, and potential interest and use of
content.  The submission deadline is December 20, 2016. We
aim to make decisions within 6 weeks.

BPA/SWIP-recommended good practices. We aim to host an
inclusive conference and we will do our best, within our
budgetary constraints, to accommodate all participants.
We are committed to lowering the barrier of participation for
disabled participants and will do our best to make the
conference fully accessible and welcoming.  To this end we
will anticipate needs and aim to make accommodations in
response to all requests. Upon acceptance of proposals,
participants will be invited to identify any needs in this regard.
Childcare will be made available as needed.  In the meantime,
please feel free to email with any questions or suggestions.

We will provide travel assistance, within our budgetary
constraints, for student and unwaged academics.  Upon
acceptance of proposals, participants will be invited to
identify any needs in this regard. In the meantime, please
feel free email us to with any questions or suggestions.

ORGANIZERS: Sheila Lintott (Bucknell University); Jason
Leddington (Bucknell University); Meenakshi Poonuswami
(Bucknell University); Alex Skitolsky (Goddard College);
Nikki Young, (Bucknell University); James Haile, (Bucknell
University); Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds); Steven
Gimbel, (Gettysburg College).

SPONSORED BY: Bucknell University and the American
Society for Aesthetics.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed at this
conference do not necessarily represent those of Bucknell University or the
American Society for Aesthetics.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jahi Omari will participate in PIKSI-Boston

Jahi Omari has been accepted into the competitive PIKSI-Boston summer institute and will be named an Alain Locke Fellow upon completion of the program. Congratulations, Jahi!  

Jahi Omari, Bucknell University
Class of 2017 
Biology/Philosophy Double Major Chair of Rush/Recruitment, Alpha Phi OmegaHistorian, Black Student Union

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sheila Lintott, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies presents "Getting Along Beautifully: The Aesthetics of Friendship"

The Faculty Colloquium Committee announces our final event of the 2014-15 academic year!  On Tuesday, April 14th in the Gallery Theatre, Sheila Lintott, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies presents

Getting Along Beautifully: The Aesthetics of Friendship

Glossing the aesthetic aspects of friendship, as we too often do, impoverishes our understanding of the value and meaning of friendships, relationships which animate and give structure to our lives. The friendships we forge and those we forgo, the friendships we cultivate and those we lose, these varying and variable relations can broaden our experiences, intensify our feelings, and help our self-understanding and self-creation.  I shall investigate the aesthetic aspects of friendship, for example, how cultivating and enjoying friendship invites creative and relatively free expressions of self, the ways aesthetic taste factors into with whom we are friends, and the manner in which friendships can help to harmoniously round out a life.

A reception in Arches Lounge (Langone 304) will precede the talk, beginning at 4:30, and featuring the finest food and wine. Professor Lintott's lecture will begin in the Gallery Theater at 5:15. Afterwards, we will reconvene in Arches Lounge for a final round of refreshing adult beverages, delightful hors d'oeuvres, and stimulating conversation. We should be able to complete our agenda in time to attend the Solidarity Ceremony planned by BSG and other student clubs and organizations (beginning at 6:30 on the Quad).  Let's stand with our students in solidarity, and against racism and exclusion.

    Thanks to our speakers and our audience for another exciting year exploring the diverse interests and accomplishments of the Bucknell faculty. It has been quite a journey!  Our call for papers for next year's series is open until April 22. Please consider submitting a proposal for a lecture--the work of the faculty make this series what it is.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Professor Leddington Awarded John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics

It's been a good year for Professor Jason Leddington. Not only did he receive tenure in February — he will begin his tenure as Associate Professor next year — but he just won the John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics for his paper "The Experience of Magic". The paper will be published in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the leading aesthetics journal, and he will be presenting it at the 2015 meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Savannah, Georgia.

From the prize description:
The American Society for Aesthetics sponsors the bi-annual John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. The prize is awarded to an original essay in aesthetics, created in memory of the late John Fisher, editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism from 1973 to 1988.

The Prize is offered to foster the development of new voices and talent in the field of aesthetics.
You can read a recent draft of the paper here.