Faculty Led Workshops


TEX 2016
TEX (the Texas Epistemology eXtravaganza) will be a collaborative workshop for philosophers around the Houston and Austin areas, specializing in epistemology. The plan is to hold five pre-read paper sessions at a rented house in a central Texas location. TEX is the first (and only) forum for epistemologists at Rice, Baylor, UT, SMU, and other schools to meet and exchange ideas.

Organized by Sophie Horowitz


Workshop on the Nahda Project
The rationale for the project is (1) to underscore at a time of extreme sectarian pressures on and in the Middle East the extraordinary history of coexistence in the Levant that involved different Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities and individuals (2) to recover, reconstruct and document the lived experiences, trajectories and works of these individuals (3) to push back against orientalist, Islamist and minoritarian narratives that obscure the degree to which modern coexistence was both a lived experience and a modern cultural norm in the region (4) and finally to underscore the degree to which this coexistence was a choice and an expression of will and an act of interpretation of an undeniable historic social reality of religious and ethnic diversity that has long defined the Middle East. 

Organized by Ussama Makdisi (History)

Workshop: History of Philosophy
The workshop focuses on the history of European thought from Greek antiquity to the present, seeking to contextualize contemporary intellectual debates on both sides of the Atlantic and thus to bridge conventional institutional boundaries between philosophy, political thought, literary studies, and the history and philosophy of science.

Organized by Martin Blumenthal-Barby (Philosophy)

Why so Few?
Underrepresentation of women in philosophy nationally has been a long term concern. Unlike the previous academic year, there have been no high profile cases of alleged sexual harassment in the Chronicle of Higher Education or the New York Times, and the graduate program at the University of Colorado has been permitted to admit another class of students. But even if the discipline is making progress on reducing harassment and overt bias, major problems persist. Only about 20% of full-time faculty in philosophy are women, approximately 30% of graduate students in Ph. D. programs are women, and approximately 35% of undergraduate majors are women. The pipeline leaks at every step. The aim of this conference series is to gain a more accurate understanding of the status of women in the profession of philosophy and present eye-opening research on the underlying contributing factors in local academic cultures.

Organized by Richard Grandy; Gwen Bradford, Sophie Horowitz (Philosophy)

Texas Epistemology eXtravaganza
TEX (the Texas Epistemology eXtravaganza) will be a collaborative workshop for philosophers around the Houston and Austin areas, specializing in epistemology. As a result of recently made hires in epistemology at a number of nearby Texas schools, including Rice, Baylor, UT Austin, and Texas A&M, this event will offer a forum for local epistemologists to meet one another and exchange ideas. Recent hires constitute an opportunity to forge collaboration between schools in the area, and to establish a strong Texas epistemology community.

Organized by Sophie Horowitz


After Globalization and Theory
To study problems of post-globalization, this workshop examines the ways that recent fiction by international creative writers negotiate what Caribbean novelist and theoretician Edouard Glissant identifies as the chaos and instable memory inherent in the fluidity of contemporary geocultural production. Invited speakers will explore the conflicts and confluences between cultural memories and utterances in multiple disciplines, as well as proprietary imagination approached from a longitudinal perspective.

Organized by Bernard Aresu (French Studies)

Cognition, Culture, and the Humanities
Situated cognition is considered dependent on the situation or context in which it occurs, locally or globally. The workshop fosters interdisciplinary exchange and innovative research across the humanities to challenge dominate views of the mind, such as the idea that the mind is identical to or realized in the brain, or that cognition is explained by reference to computational and representational theories of mind. 

Organized by April DeConick (Religion)

Cultural Studies of Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics
This workshop has presented wide-ranging topics such as courtroom evidence as considered in law and science, the "perfect model" of science itself and distinctive features of nanoscience research. It will continue to bring speakers to campus whose work engages the intersection of the humanities, sciences (both social and natural), engineering, medicine, and mathematics.

Organized by Richard Grandy (Philosophy)

Global Hispanism
​Brazil's prominent role as a global and regional leader presumes a shift in the configuration of power relations in which the periphery becomes part of the center. This workshop interrogates to what extent such re-location reflects Brazil's current social and cultural realities. The workshop's main theoretical line of inquiry stems from Roberto Schwarz' seminal analysis of how cultural production and social organization in Brazil have been inherently informed by the place the country occupies in the periphery of capitalism. 

Organized by Leonora Paula (Spanish and Portuguese)

History of Philosophy
This workshop focuses on the history of European thought from Greek antiquity to the present to contextualize contemporary intellectual debates and bridge conventional boundaries between philosophy, political thought, literary studies, and the history and philosophy of science. To provide a focused forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of research in the history of philosophy and European intellectual history, it connects existing research at Rice to new developments in both North America and Europe through the invitation of distinguished guest speakers.

Organized by Martin Blumenthal-Barby (German studies)

Nontenure Track Faculty First-Book Workshop
This workshop addresses the gap in institutional support for non-tenure track faculty in the humanities and social sciences as they work toward publishing their first books. This is accomplished by providing internal peer feedback within the group, general publishing advice from junior and senior scholars, and discipline-focused feedback from colleagues beyond Rice. 

Organized by Brian Riedel (Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality)

Women in Philosophy: Why So Few?
Underrepresentation of women in philosophy leadership has been a growing subject of concern in institutions. The impact of implicit bias and stereotyping on academic decisions in philosophy has largely not been understood. Through conferences to highlight gender and other inequalities and focused discussions with prominent scholars to identify underlying factors for the marginalization of underrepresented groups, this workshop strives to find ways to effect positive change. 

Organized by Richard Grandy (Philosophy)