Events & Conferences

Upcoming Conferences:



3rd Biennial Philosophy of Disability Conference

March 6-7, 2020

Our conference features papers that engage with disability studies from a philosophical point of view. We are honored to have as our featured keynote speaker this year Professor Elizabeth Barnes of the University of Virginia, who will be giving a lecture called “Gender without Gender Identity: Cognitive Disability and the Need for Gender Inclusion.”


Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 6, 2020:

3:30-3:45pm: Welcome Reception – Opening Remarks by Scott M. Williams (UNC Asheville)

Section 1

3:45-4:30pm: “Ameliorative Inquiries into the Concept of Disability” (Matthew Palynchuk, McGill University; Graduate Student)

4:30-5:15pm: “Valuing Disability In Itself: A Constitutive Account” (Khang Ton, University of California, Davis; Graduate Student)

5:15-5:30pm: Break

Section 2

5:30-6:15pm: “Beyond Beauty: The Venus and Other Deformed Bodies” (Yujia Song, Salisbury University; Assistant Professor)

6:15-7:00pm: “Epistemic Arrogance, Moral Harm, and Dementia” (Frances Bottenberg, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Lecturer)

7:00pm: Dinner

Saturday, March 7, 2020:

8:15-9:00am: Breakfast

Section 3

9:00-9:45am: “A New (Old) Social Model” (Rachel Levit Ades, Arizona State University; Graduate Student)

9:45-10:30am: “Psychological Disability: Taking Seriously, Taking Care” (Alana Wilde, University of Virginia; Graduate Student)

10:30-10:45am: Break

Section 4

10:45-11:30am: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disability Narratives” (Michelle Panchuk, Murray State University; Assistant Professor)

11:30-12:15pm: “Disability, Human Flourishing, and Second-Person Relationships” (Audra Goodnight, Villanova University; Postdoctoral Fellow and Matthew Shea, University of California, Los Angeles; Postdoctoral Fellow)

12:15-2:00pm: Lunch

Section 5

2:00-2:45pm: “Profound Intellectual Disability as Neutral Simpliciter” (Ally Peabody Smith, University of California, Los Angeles; Graduate Student)

2:45-3:30pm: “When is it Wrong Not to Have a Child? Parent-Centered Reasons and Conditionally Opting In” (Meredith McFadden, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater; Assistant Professor)

3:30-3:45pm: Break

3:45-4:30pm: “You Are Too Stupid to Know Anything: Epistemic Injustice and Cognitive Disability” (Caroline Christoff, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Visiting Assistant Professor)

4:30-5:00pm: Break

Keynote Presentation

5:00-6:15pm: Gender without Gender Identity: Cognitive Disability and the Need for Gender Inclusion” (Elizabeth Barnes, University of Virginia; Professor)

6:15pm: Dinner

For more information and to register for the conference go to:


UNCA to Host Joint meeting of North Carolina Philosophical Society and South Carolina Society for Philosophy

March 27-28, 2020