Faculty Research Workshops

The workshop will provide an opportunity for Gender Studies faculty members to share their research and solicit feedback from colleagues who share their interest in gender and sexuality. Our expectation is that the great diversity of perspectives and expertise among our faculty will improve everyone’s work by highlighting disciplinary blind spots, introducing scholars to new literature and emerging lines of inquiry, and fostering cross-disciplinary intellectual community for sharing ideas and scholarship related to gender and sexuality.

Spring 2020 Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshops

"Representational and Attitudinal Sexual Objectification: Philosophical Insights from James Tiptree, Jr.'s 'And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side.'" 
Michael Rea (Philosophy)


Friday, February 21 | 12:00-1:15pm
339 O’Shaughnessy Hall

Michael Rea Faculty Research Workshop

“James Tiptree, Jr.” is a pseudonym of Alice B. Sheldon, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, CIA analyst, experimental psychologist, and one of the most important and highly acclaimed science fiction writers of the twentieth century. Sheldon’s work as Tiptree (both fiction and non-fiction) deals with a variety of important feminist concerns—among them, sexism, misogyny, objectification, sexual assault, the “otherness” of women, and silencing. This paper explores in a philosophical mode some of the important insights about objectification conveyed in one of Tiptree’s most well-known stories, “And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill’s Side.” These insights lead naturally to a characterization of sexual objectification that both avoids problems with standard philosophical characterizations and also sheds important light on the relationship between objectification and silencing.


Michael Rea is Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for
Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Professorial Fellow at the
Logos Institute for Analytic & Exegetical Theology at the University of St. Andrews.




Past Workshops