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Convention updates

Below are two announcements from our 2018 Convention Program Chair, Justin Karter:

Division 24 Announces the Women and Diversity Initiative (WDI)

As part of the Critical Theories and Social Practices special interest group, Cacky Mellor and Robyn Long are co-chairing the Women and Diversity Initiative (WDI). The primary focus of the WDI is to expand Division 24 membership, in keeping with shared goals about inclusion. While all new membership is encouraged, the title of the initiative reflects our intentional hospitality toward and invitations to new members who are visible minorities, members of marginalized groups, persons who self-identify as not fully enabled, and/or women. Efforts to foster community among and between new and existing members as part of the WDI will begin by holding monthly calls to discuss topics named in advance, potentially making use of specific (however brief) readings, cultural foci, or other points of interest or concern. All are welcome to participate in the calls, and suggested topics for discussion will not be categorically limited beyond their inclusion in the broader realm of theoretical/philosophical/psychological issues explored by the division.

The WDI will be further discussed during the Critical Theories and Social Practices session at the annual convention, and we are currently exploring possibilities for an additional gathering time (for fun) while in San Francisco. Please feel free to contact Cacky ( and/or Robyn ( with questions, comments, interests, contributions, etc.

In alignment with these goals, the program chairs and the Division 24 President have created the “Women in Philosophy and Psychology Discussion Hour” to immediately follow the “Roles for Women in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences---Historical and Current Perspectives” symposium and the invited address by philosopher Louise Antony. This discussion hour will be held from 6 to 6:50 PM in the Hilton Union Square Hospitality Suite on Friday August 10th. In addition, we would like to invite you to our Women & Diversity Initiative breakfast gathering in the hospitality suite on Sunday morning at 8 AM.

We want to draw special attention to the invited address by Louise Antony, PhD and the award presentation by Jill Morawski, PhD. You can find the information on these sessions below as well as on the attached schedule.

Symposium: Roles for Women in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences---Historical and Current Perspectives

Co-chairs: Kathleen L. Slaney, PhD, Simon Fraser University, Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, JD, Fordham University

Friday, August 10th, 2018

4:00-4:50 PM

Moscone Center, Room 2006

Invited Address: “What Is Naturalized Epistemology? Continuity versus Reduction”

Louise Antony, PhD, University of Massachusetts

Antony’s work has focused on the question how mentality can be realized in a physical world; she has written extensively about mental causation, the nature of mental representation, and the relation between language and mind. In addition, she works in feminist philosophy, particularly feminist epistemology.

Friday, August 10th, 2018

5:00-5:50 PM

Moscone Center, Room 2006

Conversation Hour: Women in Philosophy and Psychology

Friday, August 10th, 2018

6:00-6:50 PM

Division 24 Hospitality Suite, Hilton Union Square Hotel

Division 24 Award Ceremony: "Chasing Psychology’s Objects: The Quest for Ontological Certainty"

Jill Morawski, PhD, Wesleyan University

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

12:00-12:50 PM

Marriott Marquis Hotel, Golden Gate Room C1

Meeting: Women and Diversity Initiative

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

8:00-8:50 AM

Division 24 Hospitality Suite, Hilton Union Square Hotel


On Friday, August 10th from 12:00-2:50 PM, The Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology will host a graduate student lunch in the Division 24 hospitality suite in the Hilton Union Square Hotel.

The theme of the lunch is "Medical Neoliberalism in Contemporary Mental Health Research and Practice" and students will be encouraged to get to know one another and discuss how this topic intersects with their own lives and work.

As food will be provided for this event, attendance is limited to 40 students. First come, first serve. Please RSVP at the link below.

Friday, August 10th

12:00 – 02:50 PM Graduate Students Lunch Div 24 Hospitality Suite, Hilton Union Square

Medical Neoliberalism and Contemporary Mental Health Research and Practice

Discussant: Lisa Cosgrove, PhD, UMass Boston


In this lunch discussion, the graduate students below will briefly present how concepts of medical neoliberalism have informed their clinical work and research in psychology. The remainder of the lunch is intended as a time for students to build solidarity with one another through conversation and a discussion of the role that a critique of neoliberalism might play in their work and lives.

Neoliberalism and Neocolonialism in Global Mental Health

Zenobia Morrill, MA, MEd, UMass Boston

Medical Neoliberalism and the New Maternalism

Akansha Vaswani, MS, UMass Boston

Being Shaped Within and Against the Neoliberal University

Justin M. Karter, MA, UMass Boston

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