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The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting feminist work in epistemology, the study of methodology, metaphysics, and science and technology studies. FEMMSS has a strong commitment to work that crosses boundaries among disciplines and between the academy and the public. FEMMSS also affirms the importance of work that brings the methodologies of the humanities and the sciences to bear upon one another. Through conferences, projects, and publications we provide a forum where philosophers, historians, scientists, and others can engage each other and develop research and pedagogical skills that not only influence our fields, but reach beyond academic work into the public sphere. FEMMSS is committed to supporting emerging scholars, particularly from diverse and underrepresented groups. We are also committed to local and global justice inside and outside of the academy.

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Dorothy Roberts

The 6th FEMMSS Meeting at Notre Dame this fall will feature a Keynote Address by Dr. Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania.

“Gender, Race, and Dangerous Mothers in the Old and New Bioscience”
Monday, October 3rd at 9 am in McKenna Hall Auditorium

FEMMSS 6 will explore themes such as:
1. Interrogating social boundary concepts
2. Inclusive institutions
3. Implicit bias and stereotype threat
4. Epistemologies of ignorance
5. Feminist epistemologies, metaphysics, and methodologies across disciplines
6. Rhetoric, argument, and communication
7. The ethics and politics of biomedical research
8. Strategies for equity in STEM fields

Program (Click here)


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          There is no registration fee for ND/St. Mary’s/IUSB faculty, students, and staff.
          Even if your registration is free, you must fill out the form for our head count.                                          

Travel, Lodging, and Further Accommodation

FEMMSS 6 will be held at Notre Dame’s Conference Center. All participants are responsible for their own registration, travel, and lodging arrangements.
The University of Notre Dame is a short taxi ride from the South Bend Airport (SBN). Participants can book flights to this airport, but sometimes more reasonable flights can be booked to either O’Hare or Midway, Chicago’s airports. The Coach USA bus line runs directly between O’Hare and Midway Airports and the University of Notre Dame.
Please keep in mind while booking your travel that South Bend is in the Eastern Time Zone. It is one hour later in South Bend than it is in Chicago.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of October 1, 2, 3, & 4 (with check- out on the 5th) at the University of Notre Dame’s Morris Inn, and at Ivy Court on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Morris Inn
Located on campus, directly across the street from the Conference Center where FEMMSS 6 will take place, at 1399 N Notre Dame Ave, South Bend, IN 46617. The single or double rate is $169.00 plus tax per night and does not include breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly or you may click here to make your reservations online. The Morris Inn reservation line is 800-280- 7256. When calling, please indicate you are with the FEMMSS conference. The deadline for this rate is September 8, 2016.
Ivy Court Inn & Suites 
Located off one corner of the campus, across from the baseball fields, and a short walk to the Conference Center, at 140 Ivy Court , South Bend, IN 46617. The single or double rate is $99.00 plus tax per night. Please contact the hotel directly to reserve a room. To reserve, call 574-277- 6500. When calling, please indicate you are with the FEMMSS conference. The deadline for this rate is September 8, 2016. 
Other Options
There are several hotels in South Bend, which can be booked at reduced rates through sites such as Kayak or Hotwire, and you are welcome to seek out these options. Some suggestions for hotels include Fairfield Inn and Suites, Waterford Estates Lodge, the Inn at St. Mary’s, Microtel Inn and Suites, and Holiday Inn Express and Suites. In addition, several local properties on AirBnb offer a comfortable room or apartment often at a fraction of what hotels cost in the area. It is important to note though that many of these properties will not be in walking distance to campus and conference activities, and will require a taxi, Lyft, or Uber for transportation.
Accomodations and Travel Subsidies
In keeping with the organization’s philosophy, FEMMSS meetings strive to be as inclusive as possible. On the registration page, please indicate if you will need additional accommodation—including but not limited to food allergies, and accommodations for visual, hearing, or physical impairments—and if you would need to be considered for a travel subsidy. Please note: we cannot guarantee that every registrant in need will receive a grant, but we will try our best to accommodate.
South Bend and Notre Dame Activities
South Bend has a variety of restaurants and activities that will make your stay enjoyable. On campus, Legends provides a casual environment, while Rohr's and Sorin's—inside the Morris Inn—provide a more traditional, but still welcoming and casual, dining experience. Very near campus, the Eddy Street Commons provides several casual dining and socializing options. A complete list of on-and off-campus restaurants will be included with conference materials.

Program Committee

Janet Kourany, University of Notre Dame
Kasi Jackson, West Virginia University
Catherine Hundleby, University of Windsor
Sari Van Anders, University of Michigan
Carla Fehr, University of Waterloo
Linda Fuselier, University of Louisville
Jessica Nickrand, University of Notre Dame
Kathleen Eggleson, Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend
Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University
Nancy McHugh, Wittenberg University
Ann Garry, California State University, Los Angeles
Jessica Collett, University of Notre Dame
Ruth Abbey, University of Notre Dame
Sandra DeVries, University of Waterloo


Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), College of Arts and Letters, Henkels Lecture Series
John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
College of Arts and Letters
College of Science
College of Engineering 
Law School
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Department of Philosophy 
Gender Studies Program 
Department of Africana Studies
Department of Political Science
Department of American Studies
Program of Liberal Studies
Department of Anthropology
Department of History
Department of Sociology
Department of Biological Sciences

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