Shelley Park

Shelley Park
University of Central Florida | UCF · Department of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Shelley Park is a Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on queer forms of kinship. She is currently working on a project exploring technologically mediated caregiving.
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August 1990 - September 2020
University of Central Florida
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  • Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies

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This commentary responds to Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal’s (2020) call for further investigations of the whiteness of AI. My response focuses on three overlapping projects needed to more fully understand racial bias in the construction of AI and its representations in pop culture: (1) unpacking the intersections of gender and other variables with w...
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This chapter focuses on the position of female faculty in the Western academy, with an emphasis on the U.S. academy. It sketches typical explanations for the disparate positioning of men and women within postsecondary educational institutions, arguing these explanations are inadequate. In the twenty‐first‐century academy, faculty tasks continue to...
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This essay seeks to unsettle feminist philosophy through an encounter with Aboriginal artist Tracey Moffatt, whose perspectives on intergenerational relationships between (older) white women and (younger) Indigenous women are shaped by her experiences as the Aboriginal child of a white foster mother growing up in Brisbane, Australia during the 1960...
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Editors' Introduction to the Special Issue of Hypatia on "Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Third World Women, Feminisms and Geopolitics"
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This paper advances the somewhat unphilosophical thesis that “Trump is gross” to draw attention to the need to take matters of taste seriously in politics. I begin by exploring the slipperiness of distinctions between aesthetics, epistemology, and ethics, subsequently suggesting that we may need to pivot toward the aesthetic to understand and respo...
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This paper critically examines the ways in which dominant poly discourses position polyamorists among other queer and feminist-friendly practices while setting polygamists outside of those practices as the heteronormative and hyperpatriarchal antithesis to queer kinship. I begin by examining the interlocking liberal discourses of freedom, secularis...
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Bewitched, created by Sol Saks (1964–72) Culver City, CA: Screen Gems Television Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Mitchell (2001) Los Angeles: New Line Cinema
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In 2008, over 400 children living on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a rural Texas polygamist community of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, were forcibly removed from their mothers’ care by State troopers responding to allegations of child abuse. This essay examines the role of neoliberal ideologies and, more specifi...
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Reflections on a queer politics of grief in the digital era, prompted by the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando in 2016. My concerns center on how to grieve queer losses while avoiding grief tourism and conspicuous compassion.
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In philosophy as in other arenas, the labor of caring about the well-being of others – women, minorities and the discipline itself – has been largely relegated to women with disadvantages accruing to those who care. These remarks focus on the figuration of two types of women who care about the " diversity problem " in philosophy: the happy woman of...
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Bridging the gap between feminist studies of motherhood and queer theory, Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood articulates a provocative philosophy of queer kinship that need not be rooted in lesbian or gay sexual identities. Working from an interdisciplinary framework that incorporates feminist philosophy and queer, psychoanalytic, poststructura...
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Explores how practices of mothering are transformed by technology, especially but not exclusively communication technologies.
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A pronatalist perspective on maternal bodies renders the adoptive maternal body queer. In this essay, I argue that the queerness of the adoptive maternal body makes it a useful epistemic standpoint from which to critique dominant views of mothering. In particular, exploring motherhood through the lens of adoption reveals the discursive mediation an...
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Asks whether queer parenting is possible and explores what it means to parent queerly.
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In the past two decades a growing body of empirical research has purported to demonstrate that transracial adoption does not negatively impact, and may positively benefit, children of color, particularly Black children. This manuscript critically examines the studies purporting to establish this conclusion. It is argued that several methodological...
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Reflections on Nancy Nicol's documentary, Politics of the Heart, with concerns about homonormativity in the quest for legal recognition of same sex families.
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Reflections on the importance of epistemic nomadism for women and queers in the academy.
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A pronatalist perspective on maternal bodies renders the adoptive maternal body queer. In this essay, I argue that the queerness of the adoptive maternal body makes it a useful epistemic standpoint from which to critique dominant views of mothering. In particular, exploring motherhood through the lens of adoption reveals the discursive mediation an...
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In this Presidential Address to the Florida Philosophical Association, I defend happiness as a disposition conducive to, or at least compatible with, a view of the world that is both cognitively and politically valuable, that is, both conducive to truth and ethically appropriate.
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Examines the social and cultural meanings of motherhood as taught to children through children's literature, and develops a child-centered ontology of motherhood that would allow children to claim more than one mother (and more than 2 parents).
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Review of Boudreau's Universitas--a plea for restructuring academia to better support interdisciplinarity, intersubjectivity, and interculturism.
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An examination of the debates over the so-called 'false' memory syndrome. In this paper, I concur that memory is malleable, but interrogate notions of truth and falsity underlying standards used to evaluate the accuracy of memories of abuse. Such standards divert us, I suggest, from recognizing the truth behind widespread recollections of abuse at...
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In this essay, I attempt to outline a feminist philosophical approach to the current debate concerning (allegedly) false memories of childhood sexual abuse. Bringing the voices of feminist philosophers to bear on this issue highlights the implicit and sometimes questionable epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical-political commitments of some th...
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This article critically examines current university tenure and promotion criteria, suggesting that such criteria are both an effect and a source of gender bias in academia. It argues that current working assumptions regarding (1) what constitutes good research, teaching, and service and (2) the relative importance of each of these endeavors reflect...
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This paper sketches a brief account of multiculturalism in order to distinguish it from other positions that have been under attack recently. Following this, we address two prevalent and diametrically opposed criticisms of multiculturalism, namely, that multiculturalism is relativistic, on the one hand, and that it is absolutist, on the other. Both...
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Reinterpreting Ryle: A Nonbehavioristic Analysis SHELLEY M. PARK 1. INTRODUCTION GILBERT RYLE IIAS BEEN VARIOUSLY INTERPR~r~D aS a naive realist, x a pragma- tist,, an instrumentalist,s a functionalist,4 a nominalist,5 a verificationist, 6 a phenomenologist,7 and even as a dualist, g Most prevalently, however, Ryle has been interpreted as a behavio...
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According to Nes and Iadicola (1989), feminist therapy is often aligned with one of the three major schools of feminist theory (i.e., liberal, radical, and socialist perspectives). More recently, feminist therapy also has been influenced by postmodernist and postcolonial approaches. These approaches develop logically from each perspective's overall...
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Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Calgary, 1984. Bibliography: p. 167-169.

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