All events take place at Alumni Memorial Union 163 on Thursday and Friday and Marquette Hall 105 on Saturday.


Thursday, September 22nd

2:30-2:55pm — Welcome 

3:00-3:40pm — “Charitably Curious and Curiously Charitable: Bringing the Politics of Curiosity into Conversation with the Politics of Interpretive Charity”

Claire Lockard (Mount Mary University)

3:50-4:30pm — “Translating Trans Experiences: Toward Trans Philosophies of Liberation”

Bella-Rose Grace Kelly (Marquette University)

4:40-5:20pm — “Queering Disability and Disabling Queerness: A Phenomenological Investigation of Causal-Explanatory Relationality Between Embodied Experiences of Disability and Queerness”

Sabrina P. Leeds (Georgetown University)

Friday, September 23rd

8:30am-8:55am — Welcome gathering, coffee and snacks provided by Marquette

9:00-9:40am — “Liberatory Virtue Epistemology”

Heather Muraviov (University of Connecticut)

9:50-10:30am — “Structured Failures: Knowing in Asylum”

Ezgi Sertler (Utah Valley University)

10:40-11:20am — “Carceral (Foster) Care: Disciplinary Power, Social Death, and Hometactics”

Katherine Davies (The University of Texas at Dallas)

11:30-12:50pm — Lunch Break (a list of nearby eateries will be provided at the conference)

1:00-1:40pm — “Identity as a Fluid Process: A Non-Idealizing Ontology of Marginalized Identities”

Youjin Kong (University of Georgia)

1:50-2:30pm — “Grieving Ghosts: affective ignorance, multiplicitous consciousness, and reparative ontologies of loss”

Taylor Rogers (Loyola University Chicago)

3:00-4:30pm — KEYNOTE ADDRESS — Perceiving in Red: Aesthetic Trespassing, the Visible and the Invisible in Lugones and Anzaldúa

Dr. Mariana Ortega 

6:30-9:30pm — Dinner Gathering for speakers and invited guests (Location TBD)

Saturday, September 24th

8:30-8:55am — Welcome gathering

9:00-9:40am — “Feminist comedy and political crisis: learning endurance from Sarah Cooper’s TikToks”

Jana McAuliffe (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

9:50-10:30am — “Rejecting Current Methods of Transgender Data Collection in the Electronic Health Record (EHR)”

Rebecca Sanaeikia (University of Rochester)

10:40-11:20am — “Rethinking the Tensions between Anti-imperialism and Feminism: Towards a Multi-Directional Feminist Critique of Gender Oppression in the Global South”

Zeinab Nobowati (University of Oregon)

11:30-12:10pm — “The Decolonial Imagination as Strategy of Resistance – Global Feminist Imaginations in Dialogue”

Shaila Wadhwani-Greenhalgh (Marquette University) and Karisa Krystal Bridgelal (Syracuse University)

12:20-1:00pm         — “Epistemic Injustice in Medicine: Dismissal of Women’s Symptoms as Psychosomatic”

Deniz Durmus (John Carroll University)

1:00-2:00pm — Business Lunch (catered by Marquette) + conversation/reflection


Program Organizer                                                          Host Liaison

Meredith Verrochi, PhD                                                    Desiree Valentine, PhD                              

Department of Philosophy                                               Department of Philosophy

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville                   Marquette University

midwestusswip@gmail.com                                                    desiree.valentine@marquette.edu                   

A special thanks to this year’s program committee:

Dr. Desiree Valentine 

Dr. Eva Cadavid

Dr. Sahar Heydari Fard 


There are many lodging options within a mile or two of Marquette’s campus. 

Hotels tend to range from $130-250 a night. Visit Priceline.com, hotwire.com, or 

other travel sites for up-to-date prices. Some notable options: 

Other lodging options: 

Travel from Airport 

  • Milwaukee’s airport (MKE) is roughly 8 miles from Marquette University; by Lyft or Uber, it is usually a 15-20-minute ride, depending on traffic.  
  • Busing is also an option and tends to be ~40-50 minutes a trip. Consult google maps and/or ridemcts.com 
  • Carpooling is a good option if people arrive at the airport around the same time.  

You can use the link below to add your contact and arriving information and to see with who you can carpool.  


Parking on Campus 

Information on parking on campus can be found here. Rates are $10/day. 

Marquette accommodates campus guests in two parking structures: 

Other parking options: 

  • There is also metered timed parking on the streets around campus and free 2-hour parking on some of the side streets (such as 13th, 14th, and 15th street) 
  • The closest free street parking is on State Street, which is 3 blocks from campus and tends to fill up quickly.