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Friday, November 2nd 6:30-8:30pm – Welcome gathering

               Please join us for some food and drink and good conversation at

Nada Restaurant in Nashville – 202 21st Ave S, 37203



Saturday, November 3rd

All food and sessions are scheduled for Alumni Hall 201


8:00am-8:25am Coffee and snacks provided by Vanderbilt University


8:30-9:20am  “Incarcerated Consent: Surrogate Medical Decision Making Under the Conditions of Mass Incarceration”

Elizabeth Lanphier (Vanderbilt University)


9:30-10:20am “The Curious Case of Cramblett vs. Midwest Sperm Bank: Centering a Sociopolitical Reading of Race and Disability in Liberatory-Coalitional Politics”

Desiree Valentine (Marquette University)


10:30-11:20am “Blame, Empathy, and Mass Incarceration”

Amy McKiernan (Dickinson College)


11:30-12:20pm “Black is the Old Orange: An Ethical Response to Social Injustice for Ratchet-Acting (Nasty) Girls”

CL Nash (Independent Researcher)



12:20-1:50pm Lunch Break (a list of nearby eateries will be provided at the conference)



2:00-2:50pm “Quivering Paralysis and Internal Motion: Passivity, Stasis, and the Impetus to Speak Up”

Kris McLain (Penn State University)


3:00-3:50pm “How Words Can Hurt: A Standpoint Epistemological Reply to Critics of the Microaggression Program”

Lauren Freeman and Heather Stewart

(University of Louisville and University of Western Ontario)



4:00-4:50pm “Explorer/ing: Using Lugones’ ‘Pluralist’ as a Map”

Mélanie Walton (Belmont University)

5:00-5:50pm “Getting to the Roots: A Phenomenological Account of Race and Black Women’s Hair”

Tempest M. Henning (Vanderbilt University)


6:00-6:45pm   Business Meeting


7:30pm – Dinner Gathering at Rosepepper Cantina in Nashville (reservations required)


******Don’t forget to set your clocks back for Daylight Savings******

Sunday, November 4th

All food and sessions are scheduled for Alumni Hall 201


8:00-8:25am Coffee and snacks provided by Vanderbilt University


8:30-9:20am “Existential Indeterminacy as Modern Political Subjecthood: How Drones Expose the Limits of the State of Exception”

Sabeen Ahmed (Vanderbilt University)


9:30-10:20am “Identity Politics: Reproducing Essentialism or Challenging Intersectional Oppressions?”

Youjin Kong (Michigan State University)


10:30-11:20am “Collective Ignorance, Epistemic Viciousness, and the Possibility of Mutiny”

  1. Brooke Rudow-Abouharb (Georgia College and State University)


11:30-12:20pm “Towards a Queer Epistemology”

Elaine M. Blum (University of West Georgia)



12:20-1:50pm    Lunch Break (a list of nearby eateries will be provided at the conference)



2:00-2:50pm “The Imperative of Participation: why do we need to support the Black Lives Matter movement”

Sahar Heydari Fard (University of Cincinnati)


3:00-3:50pm “Anti-Social Habit and Critical Disruption”

Lisa M. Madura (Vanderbilt University)

Other Important Information


Rooms for MWSWIP have been reserved at Home2 Suites ($209/night) and the Hilton Garden Inn ($199/night)—both are located in midtown, about a mile walk to campus. The Home2 Suites rooms feature a queen bed and a fold-out sofa, so it’s possible to double up with another attendee to make the cost more affordable. See links below to reserve rooms by October 25th.

Other, slightly more affordable options:

  • The Scarritt Bennet Center does not allow organizations to block rooms, but they do allow individuals to reserve rooms independently. With modest accommodations and shared bathrooms, they are by far the closest and most affordable option at $80-$100 a night. These rooms may go quickly as there are very few affordable options near Vanderbilt’s campus, so you will want to book a room ASAP.
  • Vanderbilt graduate students are updating a spread sheet with accommodations; attendees can sign-up for that here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vRfI1UfMbgNvIkyNOzvUF4j2ii8jUc84zyhX-IGOEZ4/edit#gid=0
  • Use the link above to organize shared rooms at Home2 Suites.


Travel from Airport

Nashville BNA is roughly 8.5 miles from Vanderbilt; by Lyft or Uber, it is roughly a 15-20 minute ride, depending on traffic.

Nashville MTA offers a bus service from the airport to downtown Nashville ($1.70), where you can connect with a number of other buses that will take you to the midtown area. Bus services in Nashville can be unreliable at times, as Nashville does not have a well-organized public transport system, but they can get the job done.


Reserving Rooms

  • Home2 Suites: https://home2suites.hilton.com/en/ht/groups/personalized/B/BNAHTHT-SWP-20181102/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG; Group Code: SWP; 1 Queen, 1 Foldout; $209 a night
  • Hilton Garden Inn: https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/B/BNANVGI-MSWIP-20181102/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG; Group Code: MSWIP; 1 King; $199 a night
  • Scarritt Bennett: http://www.scarrittbennett.org/accomodations/rooms-rates/; $80-$100/night, shared bathrooms



Accessibility Statement

Vanderbilt University campus is generally very accessibility-friendly including the building in which all talks will be held. However, if anyone desires a specific accommodation, please contact the local host (Lyn Radke at lyn.a.radke@vanderbilt.edu). She will be happy to work with our local disability services to secure needed resources. Please note that a minimum of two weeks notice is necessary for most accommodations.