Kathy Jones at UVic

Technology Integrated Learning is pleased to welcome Kathy Jones, PhD to the University of Victoria Monday August 10th, 2015. Kathy will be joining us for two talks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both talks are located in the Clearihue building room B 215.

Born and educated in New York, Kathleen B. Jones taught Women’s Studies for twenty-four years at San Diego State University. Her academic works include Compassionate Authority: Democracy and the Representation of Women, (Routledge, 1993), The Political Interests of Gender, (Sage, 1988), and The Political Interests of Gender Revisited, (Manchester University Press, 2009) both edited with Anna G. Jónasdóttir, and Women Transforming Politics (New York University Press, 1997) edited with Cathy Cohen and Joan Tronto, She was founding co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics from 1997-2005.

Her creative non-fiction includes Living Between Danger and Love,  (Rutgers University Press, 2000), a memoir about the difficult choices we make in the face of violence, and Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt, a memoir about a late mid-life dialogue with the life and work of the philosopher Hannah Arendt

Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Fiction International, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and The Briar Cliff Review. Kathy was managing director of Laterthanever Productions, a non-profit regional theater in San Diego. Her first play, Acts of Faith, a world premiere based on the short stories of Grace Paley, was written in collaboration with Sharyn C. Blumenthal, and produced in March 2009 by Laterthanever Productions. Her second play, The Origin of the Seasons, is an adaptation based on her non-fiction book, Living Between Danger and Love.

Among her numerous awards, she is a recipient of multiple grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, writers’ grants to the Vermont Studio Center, and an honorary doctorate from Örebro University, Sweden. She lives in the Bay Area in Fairfield, CA.

10:00-11:30 am presentation: "To Think What We Are Doing": An Arendtian Perspective on Political Theory and the Public.

  • Few political theorists have been as consistently engaged, in form and content, with the public and matters affecting public life as Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s method of theorizing is more akin to “philosophical storytelling.” In this presentation, Jones explores her adaptation of Arendt's method in her most recent book, Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt, a mixed genre work combining biography with memoir, tapping unexplored archival resources, and drawing on Jones' work with schoolteachers in her seven years of directing NEH seminars on Arendt for educators. 

2:00-3:30 pm presentation: Alternative Pathways to Academic Publishing in the Digital Age?

  • What is the political impact of increasingly "exclusionary" and "disciplinary" gatekeeping practices in academic publishing and writing, and in professional development evaluations on efforts to expand the impact and widen the reach of critical race, gender, sexuality and class analysis, along with queer studies, through alternative writing and publishing practices? What potential does the rise of independent and digital publishing and social media have to alter current trends?