Daughters, Dissenters, Democracies, Discontent
American Political Science Association, Boston September 1, 2018
Sat, September 1, 8:00am to 5:30pm, Sheraton, Republic Ballroom B
This mini-conference (hereafter, WOLLAPA-2-ZA!) to be held at APSA 2018 in Boston showcases further work in preparation for The Wollstonecraftian Mind, the first comprehensive philosophical compendium on Wollstonecraft and her legacies, and also directly engages the themes of the broader conference–democracy and its discontents–from various historical, feminist, republican, intersectional, and critical race perspectives. WOLLAPA-2-ZA! also celebrates two major bicentennials for feminist political theory in 2018: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (London, 1818) and Hannah Mather Crocker’s Observations on the Real Rights of Women (Boston, 1818) The work of these intellectual daughters of Wollstonecraft provide a frame for thinking about how Wollstonecraft’s work as a writer, mother, philosopher, and advocate of women’s and other human rights has shaped discourses and practices of dissent among discontented creatures of modern democracy, including women, slaves, racial, ethnic, gender, and religious minorities, the disabled, and children.
Sandrine Berges (Bilkent)
Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame)
Alan Coffee (King’s College London)
FRANKENSTEIN’S CREATURE AT 200: WOLLSTONECRAFT’S DAUGHTERS,
DEMOCRACY’S CHILDREN, & THEIR DISCONTENTS
Format: Presenters speak for 15 minutes each, followed by discussion with audience adjudicated by chair.
Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame), Chair
Emily Dumler-Winckler (St. Louis University), “Science and Virtue in Frankenstein.”
Michael Lamb (Wake Forest), “Frankenstein on Trial.”
Emma Planinc (University of Chicago), “On ’the unnameable’: universals and particulars in Frankenstein.”
Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame), “Hearing the Creature: Articulating the Child’s Right to be Genetically Modified.”
DISSENTING LIKE A GIRL: FEMINIST MODES & DEMOCRATIC ORDERS
Format: Authors present papers (12 minutes) followed by comments from discussant (8 minutes). Chair adjudicates discussion with audience for remaining time.
Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University), Chair
Spyridon Tegos (University of Crete), “Wollstonecraft’s Appropriation of Adam Smith.”
Emily Dumler-Winckler (St. Louis University), “Wollstonecraft, Religious Dissent, and Democracy.”
Alea Henle (Miami University), “Hannah Mather Crocker’s Inclusion in the Archives.”
Helen McCabe (University of Nottingham), “Harriet Taylor Mill as a Dissenting–and Probably Discontented–Daughter of Wollstonecraft.”
Discussant: Ruth Abbey (Notre Dame)
NOON-2PM LUNCH BREAK IN BOSTON
COMPARATIVE FEMINIST REPUBLICANISMS
Format: This session format incorporates a handful of topic clusters engaging the comparative study of feminist republicanisms, past and present, each staffed with a scholar in the field who has successfully used new methods and epistemological frameworks to engage the justification and import of feminist approaches to republican politics. Attendees group together at tables to discuss research processes, methodologies, ask questions, and brainstorm together around issues in this growing field in the history of political thought, feminist theory, and political theory more broadly.
Chair: Alan Coffee (King’s College, London)
Wendy Gunther-Canada (University of Alabama-Birmingham) on Catherine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft
Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University) on Republican Women of the French Revolution
Lisa Pace Vetter (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) on Frances Wright’s civic republicanism and socialism
Alan Coffee (King’s College London) on Mary Wollstonecraft and Frederick Douglass
Helen McCabe (University of Nottingham) on Harriet Taylor (Mill) and John Stuart Mill
BROOKINGS FORMAT PANEL
DEMOCRACY’S DISCONTENTS: SLAVERY, RACE, AND GENDER
Format: Each discussant presents analysis of paper (12 minutes) followed by response by author (8 minutes). In remaining time, the chair adjudicates discussion with the audience.
Chair: Wendy Gunther-Canada (University of Alabama-Birmingham)
Laura Brace (University of Leicester), “The 1792 Debates on Slavery.”
Discussant: Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, MA)
Alvin B. Tillery (Northwestern), “Black Readers of the Declaration of Independence.”
Discussant: Alan Coffee (King’s College London)
Jack Turner (University of Washington), “Empire and Equal Opportunity: Audre Lorde on the U.S. Invasion of Grenada.”
Discussant: Madeline Cronin (Santa Clara University)
Garrett FitzGerald (Notre Dame), “A Wollstonecraftian Theory of Restorative Justice.”
Discussant: Penny Weiss (St. Louis University)
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