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Presentations & Events

“Obligations to Others, Part 1”, University of San Diego, Kappa Delta Sorority, via zoom, July 12, 2020.

“Obligations to Others, Part 2”, University of San Diego, Kappa Delta Sorority, via zoom, July 19, 2020.

Research trip to University of Auckland, New Zealand, and University of Sydney, Australia, planned for August 2020, postponed due to COVID-19*.

Philosophy of Linguistics and Language, Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2020, cancelled due to COVID-19*.

“Meaning in Bodies & Bodily Adornment”, Philosophy Colloquium, University of Nevada, Reno, via zoom, Thursday, October 22, 2020.

ABSTRACT: Bodies and the things we adorn them with have meaning. In this talk I will argue that such communication is best understood as a branch of philosophy of language, and, in particular, within a Gricean theory of meaning. This argument begins with discussion of a previous study of meaning in bodily adornment undertaken by Roland Barthes working in the Saussurean, semiotic tradition. I argue that Barthes’ attempt fails for the same reason many theories of linguistic meaning failed: they treat meaning as the result of a system of codes – an assumption that leads to theories that can never fully explain communication. I take Barthes’ attempt as an indication that dress should be treated instead as a fundamentally Gricean, intentional process, with meaning first delineated into Grice’s categories of natural, and non-natural meaning, as well as a new category I will introduce: ‘imitation of natural meaning’. I present specific cases to show how these categories apply to meaning in dress. In the course of this argument I will also defend Gricean intentionalism from a number of objections.

Session Chair for Stephen Davies Author Meets Critics Session for Adornment (Bloomsbury 2020), American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division Meeting, via zoom, Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Co-Organizer (with Corey Barnes) of On Race and Philosophy, conference hosted by the Humanities Center and Department of Philosophy, University of San Diego, February 22-23, 2021.

Me at an excavation in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, March 2019 | Photo by Milagros Ocampo

 

Past Presentations, Events, Field Work, Etc.

2019

“A Gricean Proposal for Communication by Bodily Adornment”, Philosophy of Linguistics and Language, Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 9-13, 2019.

“Coffee Would Keep Me Awake: Sperber & Wilson’s Relevance Theory”, Phi Sigma Tau: The Philosophy Club, Florida International University, April 9, 2019.

Archaeological Dig with PIs William Pestle and Carmen Laguer Diaz, University of Miami, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, March 7-17, 2019. Photos from the dig can be viewed here.

“Making Meaning Manifest”, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, February 25, 2019.

“Making Meaning Manifest”, University of Miami, Philosophy of Film Club, Miami, FL, February 19, 2019.

“Making Meaning Manifest”, FIU Philosophy Department, Miami, FL, February 14, 2019.

2018

“Women in Philosophy: Deirdre Wilson“, Women in Philosophy Banquet, Phi Sigma Tau: The Philosophy Club, Florida International University, November 27, 2018.

“Philosophical Perspectives on Communication by Prehistoric Bodily Adornment”, Visual Authority: Its Philosophy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, September 27-28, 2018.

“Consciousness and Making Manifest”, A Conference in Honor of Michael Devitt’s 80th Birthday, Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 10-14, 2018.

Interpreter in Tino Sehgal’s “This Situation“, Museum of Art + Design at MDC, Miami, FL, March 31-April 29, 2018.

Comments on “Fashion as Play”, American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, April 20-21, 2018.

“Tree Trimming: Four Non-Branching Rules for Priest’s Introduction to Non-Classical Logic“, Phi Sigma Tau: The Philosophy Club, Florida International University, February 27, 2018.

“Artistic Capacities, Mindreading, & the Archaeological Record”, Gregory Currie Workshop, University of Miami, February 1, 2018.

“On Prum’s Theory of Biotic Aesthetics”, American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Savannah, Georgia, January 4, 2018.

2017

“Philosophical Perspectives on Communication by Prehistoric Bodily Adornment”, Digging Deeper: Philosophical and Archaeological Perspectives, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, December 2, 2017.

“On Prum’s Theory of Biotic Aesthetics”, Florida Philosophical Association Meeting, College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida, November 4, 2017.

“Fashion & Philosophy”, Philosophy-in-Manhattan, New York, New York, Sunday, October 22, 2017.

“Systems of Dress: A Gricean Proposal for Communication by Bodily Adornment”, Fashion: Now & Then Conference, LIM College, New York, Friday, October 20, 2017.

“Seeking Speaker Meaning in the Archaeological Record”, Science Studies SeminarCUNY Graduate Center, New York, March 3, 2017.

“Incompleteness & Interpretation”, Great Incompletes: Italy’s Unfinished Endeavors, Columbia University, February 4, 2017.

2016

“Reference Through Instruments”, Science Studies Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, September 30, 2016.

“Consciousness & Making Manifest”, 7th Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication Conference, University of Split, Croatia, June 10-12, 2016. *Received Best PhD Student Paper Award*

“Systems of Dress: A Gricean Proposal for Communication by Bodily Adornment”, Cognitive Science Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, February 26, 2016.

2015

“Cooperation with Multiple Audiences”, School of Philosophy Thursday Seminar Series, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, December 10, 2015.

“Systems of Dress: A Gricean Proposal for Communication by Bodily Adornment”, Philosophy Research Seminar, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, November 27, 2015.

“Meaning Through Things”, Symbols and Communicative Behaviour in Pleistocene Hominins Workshop, University of Sydney, Australia, November 21-22, 2015.

“Systems of Dress: A Gricean Proposal for Communication by Bodily Adornment”, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry Seminar, University of Sydney, Australia, November 19, 2015.

“Metaphysics of Meaning”, Logic & Metaphysics Workshop, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, October 26, 2015.

“Cooperation with Multiple Audiences”, Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 7-11, 2015.

“Reference Through Instruments”, Bucharest Colloquium in Analytic Philosophy: Meaning and Reference, European Society for Analytic Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania, June 19-21, 2015.

“Women in Analytic Philosophy”, SWIP-Analytic Invited Panel, presented with Kate Pendoley, Hypatia and the APA Committee on the Status of Women Conference: Exploring Collaborative Contestations and Diversifying Philosophy, Villanova University, PA, May 28–30, 2015.

“Reference Through Instruments”, Envisioning Science Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, February 27, 2015

2014

“Why We Implicate: Revising Pinker’s Game-Theoretic Proposal”, CUNY Pragmatics Workshop: Relevance, Games, and Communication, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, October 14-15, 2014

“Reference Through Instruments”, The British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference, St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK, September 19-21, 2014

“Maxim of Politeness, Please”, 6th Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication Conference, University of Malta, May 30 – June 1, 2014

2013

“Tree Trimming”, Saul Kripke Center Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, December 9, 2013

Comments on “Incompatibilist About What”, Experimental Philosophy: Possibilities and Limits, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, April 5, 2013

“The Inner ‘I’”, Minding the Body Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, March 1, 2013

Presenting “Cooperation with Multiple Audiences”, at the Interuniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2015. Photo by Dunja Jutronić.

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