Congratulations to the 2023 – 2024 UCHI/CLAS Undergraduate Research Fellows who have been supervised by our wonderful junior faculty members!
Breanna Bonner (Project advisor: Ayanna De’Vante Spencer)
“‘The Space Between Black and Liberation’: Analyzing Black Women’s Experiences of Intersectional Invisibility Within Liberation Movements”
Annabelle Bergstrom (Project advisor: Julian J. Schlöder)
“Minds Among Minds: A Pragmatist View of the Social and Spiritual Self in a Hyperconnected World”
Nathan Howard (Project advisor: Tracy Llanera)
“Homofascism: The Queering of Hate”
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera for being awarded a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship! Professor Llanera will write a new book titled The Misfits of Extremism.
Her book aims to place non-traditional extremist agents of Islamic fundamentalism and white supremacy at the front and center of philosophical and political debates. The work will offer a new theoretical framework for understanding the nature and character of extremism and extremist commitment, the dynamics of power and agency, and the problems of blame and moral accountability.
Congratulations to PH.D. student, Heather Muraviov, and Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera for presenting at the California State Fullerton Philosophy Symposium on Examining Extremism this week!
Heather’s talk is titled “Countering Extremist Mindsets through Liberatory Epistemic Virtues” and focuses on an application of Cassam’s view of extremist mindsets and radicalization to agents who resist oppression and engage in liberatory struggles.
Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera’s talk is titled “Extremist Women and Fanaticism,” and focuses on women and their propensity to become fanatics in extremist groups.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera for her essay, “Vain Feminists” (or “Feministas Vaidosas”), being published in Portuguese and English in the Forma de Vida journal! Forma de Vida is the journal of the Program in Theory of Literature at the University of Lisbon.
Check out Dr. Llanera’s essay here!
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera for her article, “The Misogyny Paradox and the Alt-Right” being feature in New Work in Philosophy. Dr. Llanera’s article offers a philosophical analysis of the misogyny women experience in the alternative right (alt-right) movement.
Check out the article here!
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera, who has been awarded a CLAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant to support her work titled “Resilience: A Workshop for Women Doing Philosophy.” Dr. Llanera’s work has already inspired an intellectual movement in the South Pacific, in which Indigenous and other South Pacific women of color working in philosophy have created a Women Doing Philosophy group and project. The result is a series of influential journal articles, conferences, colloquia, and a proposed anthology on resilience. The proposal for the anthology has been enthusiastically received by the series editors for the Routledge-India series Academics, Politics and Society in the Post-Covid World.
Check out Professor Tracy Llanera’s recent article in Philosophy and Global Affairs, “Pragmatism, Language Games, and the Philippine Drug War.”
This article explores the claim that how we talk can inspire how we reason and act. Contemporary research suggests that the words militant Christian leaders in the Philippines use shape how they rationalize President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Describing drug users as “sinners,” a trope in religious language, is particularly lethal. Using work on pragmatism and philosophy of language by Richard Rorty, Robert Brandom, and Lynne Tirrell, the author examines how the term “sinner” generates pernicious claims in the drug war. It explores how the use of the term inspires hermeneutic uptake, redirects discursive focus, and engenders certain social and political actions in the Philippines