Sixth Meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS)

(part of a series)

Location: McKenna Hall (View on map )

Inside, Outside, and Across Disciplines: Gender, Race, and Concepts of Difference

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.

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

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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. Her talk is titled “Gender, Race, and Dangerous Mothers in the Old and New Bioscience” and will be held on Monday, October 3rd at 9 am in McKenna Hall Auditorium.

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

For further Information, please direct questions to:

  • Kasi Jackson ( Regarding the FEMMSS 6 program
  • Janet Kourany ( Regarding other conference matters (subsidies, other specialized concerns)