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University of Oregon

19-22 June, 2008

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Keynote Speakers

Donna Haraway
Professor of History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz

Donna Haraway is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she teaches feminist theory, science studies, and animal studies.  She earned her PhD in Biology at Yale in 1972 and has taught biology at the University of Hawaii and the history of science at The Johns Hopkins University. Haraway is the author of Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields:  Metaphors that Shape Embryos (Yale University Press, 1976; North Atlantic Books, 2004); Primate Visions:  Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science (Routledge, 1989);Simians, Cyborgs, and Women:  The
Donna Haraway & Cayenne Pepper
Reinvention of Nature (Routledge, 1991); Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©  Meets OncoMouse™  (Routledge, 1997); The Companion Species Manifesto:  Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003); and When Species Meet (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).  When Species Meet is an example of the recent explosion of trans-disciplinary animal studies, for example, in literature, social geography, art history, film studies, anthropology, environmental studies, philosophy, law, sociology, and—not least—science and technology studies.

John Llewelyn
Emeritus Reader in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

John Llewelyn has been Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor at the University of Memphis and Arthur J. Schmitt Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago.  Among his publications are Beyond Metaphysics?, Derrida on the Threshold of Sense, The Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience, Emmanuel Levinas: The Genealogy of  Ethics, The HypoCritical Imagination, Appositions--of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas, Seeing Through God: A Geophenomenology, and (forthcoming 2008) Margins of Religion: Between Kierkegaard and Derrida. John Llewelyn

Gary Paul Nabhan
Distinguished Professor, Southwest Center and Department of Geography, University of Arizona

Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., is a writer, lecturer and world-renowned conservation scientist. This fall, he will take a position as Distinguished Professor at the Southwest Center and Department of Geography at the University of Arizona, where he will teach in Geography and Creative Writing. He is the outgoing Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, where he catalyzed the Canyon Country Fresh regional food initiative on the Colorado Plateau.

After gaining degrees in agriculture and arid lands resources from the University of Arizona, Dr. Nabhan co-founded Native Seeds/ SEARCH and became a leading voice for conserving and renovating native plant agriculture in the Americas.

Gary Nabhan

Over three decades, he has worked withmore than a dozen indigenous communities on cross-cultural initiatives to revive indigenous foods to prevent diabetes, to restore ancient agricultural landscapes and to honor traditional knowledge. For this work and his related writings, he has received a MacArthur “Genius” award, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Conservation Biology, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is a currently a Board member of the Seed Savers Exchange. He is author of twenty books (including Coming Home to Eat ) and well over 200 technical articles and essays in addition to op-eds, poems, and reviews.

Dr. Nabhan's work moves from policy to practice, as his founding of the Renewing America's Food Traditions and Forgotten Pollinators campaigns demonstrate. He and wife Laurie Monti raise Navajo-Churro sheep, Black Spanish turkeys and native crops in the pygmy woodlands near Winona, Arizona. Among his recent books are Why Some Like It Hot: Genes, Food and Cultural Diversity and Renewing America's Food Traditions.

Alberto Pérez-Gómez
Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture, McGill University

Alberto Pérez-Gómez was born in Mexico City in 1949, where he studied architecture and practiced. He did postgraduate work at Cornell University, and was awarded an M.A. and a Ph.D. by the University of Essex (England).  He has taught at universities in Mexico, Houston, Syracuse, Toronto, and at London’s Architectural Association. In 1983 he became Director of Carleton University’s School of Architecture.  He has lectured extensively around the world and is the author of numerous articles published in major periodicals and books.  He is also co-editor of a well-known series entitled Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture.

Alberto Pérez-Gómez

In January 1987 he was appointed Bronfman Professor of Architectural History at McGill University, where he chairs the History and Theory division, and is currently Director of Post-Professional (Master’s and Doctoral) Programs.

His book Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (MIT Press, 1983) won the  Hitchcock Award in 1984. Later books include the erotic narrative theory Polyphilo or The Dark Forest Revisited (1992), Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge (co-authored with Louise Pelletier, 1997), which traces the history and theory of modern European architectural representation, and most recently, Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (2006).  In his last book, Dr. Pérez-Gómez examines points of convergence between ethics and poetics in architectural history and philosophy, and draws important conclusions for contemporary practice.

Karen Warren
Professor of Philosophy, Macalester College

Karen J. Warren is Professor in the Philosophy Department at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, where she teaches ecofeminist philosophy and environmental ethics. She earned her PhD in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1978. She was Ecofeminist Scholar-in-Residence at Murdoch University, Western Australia in 1995, and held the Women's Chair in Humanistic Studies at Marquette University in 2004. She is author or (co)editor of numerous books, including Ecological Feminism (Routledge, 1994); Ecological Feminist Philosophies (Indiana University Press, 1996); Bringing Peace Home: Feminism, Violence, and Nature (Indiana University Press, 1996); Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature (Indiana University Press, 1997); and Ecofeminist Philosophy: A Western Perspective on What It Is and Why It Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). Her most recent project is the first text ever to include women historical contemporaries of canonical men philosophers in the history of Western philosophy, called Gendering the History of Karen Warren
Western Philosophy: Pairs of Men and Women Philosophers from the 4th Century B.C.E. to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). 


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