2015 Keynote Speakers


Elisabeth Camp                                        Bryan Van Norden                                       Lynne Tirrell


Elisabeth Camp is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick; before that, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania and held a junior fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Camp’s research focuses on thoughts and utterances that don’t fit standard propositional models, including metaphor, sarcasm, slurs, and insinuation, as well as non-human animal cognition and maps. Her work has been published in journals including Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies and Philosophical Quarterly.

Bryan W. Van Norden is a Professor in the Philosophy Department and in the Department of Chinese & Japanese at Vassar College.  He has also lectured and held visiting positions at leading universities in China.  He has written, edited, or translated eight books, including Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011) and most recently Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy (2014). In addition to being a prolific author and translator, he has been praised as one of the 300 best college or university professors in the U.S. by the Princeton Review. His hobbies include poker, and he has participated in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.      

Lynne Tirrell is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UMass Boston, where she is affiliated with Women’s Studies. Tirrell’s articles on metaphor, hate speech, pornography, genocide, transitional justice, the politics of discourse, feminist theory, storytelling, and aesthetics, have appeared in numerous journals, including The Journal of Philosophy, Noûs, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Hypatia, as well as in edited collections. Her current research analyzes on the ways that linguistic practices enhance social justice or facilitate injustice, which has led to a deepening focus on the role of discursive practices in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda and in Rwanda’s recovery. Recent publications include “Genocidal Language Games,” “Apologizing for Atrocity: Rwanda and Recognition,” and “Transitional Justice in Rwanda: an Integrative Approach”, and in press is “‘Listen to What You Say’: Rwanda’s Post-Genocide Language Policies.” Tirrell is currently the chair of the APA Committee on Public Philosophy.