Colloquium Series | Philosophy & Religion

Colloquium Series

With the COVID-19 pandemic still limiting our ability to connect with colleagues and fellow classmates in person, the PHIL speakers committee have organized a bi-monthly department colloquium. Every other Friday from 2pm-3pm, we will meet on Zoom to learn about and discuss a faculty member's or grad student's recently finished projects or works in progress. In addition, once a semester we will be hosting a lecture and conversation with an invited scholar from outside the department.

Our hope is that this colloquium might provide an opportunity to get valuable feedback on work at a time when many of us have lost the opportunity to do this through various canceled or postponed conferences, provide virtual space to connect when we are all so physically disparate, be inspired by, and support the work of department grad students, faculty, and invited speakers.

All Colloquiums begin at 3pm unless specified below.

Fall 2022 Schedule

11/4/22 ~Colloquium TBD


Spring 2022 Schedule:

4/22/22 ~ Colloquium with Allen Thompson (Oregon State), 3-4 pm.

Please join us this Friday, April 22, at 3 pm for our last colloquium of the semester with Dr. Allen Thompson of Oregon State University in ENV 120 or Zoom.

Dr. Thompsom's primary areas of interest are environmental philosophy (including ethics, metaphysics, and aesthetics), philosophical ethics, social and political philosophy, and practical reason. Recent publications have focused on forward-looking conceptions of human natural goodness and re-visioning our moral responsibility for managing ecosystems under conditions of global climate change.

He will join us this Earth Day 2022 for his talk here at UNT.

4/1/22 ~ Colloquium with David Kaplan: "What's Wrong with Disgusting Food?" ENV 120 or Zoom.

Psychologist Paul Rozin defines disgusting food as a particularly strong emotion, as "revulsion at the prospect of oral incorporation of an offensive object." These offensive objects are seen-as contaminants, which can make acceptable foods unacceptable by even brief contact (e.g., feces on your fork, or someone's spittle on your spoon). Disgust reactions reject foods perceived to be dangerous, inappropriate, defiled, and polluted. They are part cognitive, part affective. Yet, not everyone agrees on what foods are disgusting (insects for you, pork for me), or even finds them distasteful (mold makes blue cheese delicious!) I argue that disgust reactions are potent warning signs that something might be off about a food, and that maybe there are some things you should find unappetizing. Although the politics of disgust is usually reactionary and conservative, it is not necessarily so and it may be worth dabbling in.

3/26/22 ~ Colloquium with Leah Kalmanson: Exploring Jain perspectives on interfaith dialogue and religious pluralism. ENV 130.

Please join us for a colloquium exploring Jain perspectives on interfaith dialogue and religious pluralism. We are pleased to welcome three exciting voices in Jain studies and global-critical philosophy of religion, including Purushottama Bilimoria (University of Melbourne), Marie-Hélène Gorisse (Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion), and Tim Knepper (Drake University). The event will feature talks by each speaker, followed by a roundtable discussion, and ample time for conversation with the audience.

We are currently planning to hold the colloquium in person on UNT's campus (ENV 130), along with a livestream accessible via Zoom. Updates and details will be posted here as available. Please reach out to Leah Kalmanson at with any questions. Doors open at 3:30pm.

3/4/22 ~ Colloquium with Leah Kalmanson: Beyond God and Gaia: Reclaiming the Locality of the Divine for Environmental Thought. ENV 120 and via Zoom.

Arguably, contemporary philosophy of religion lacks appropriate language for speaking of (or to) local gods. Monotheistic theologies would struggle to accommodate even the notion of a local divinity. Holistic spiritualities like perennialism, pantheism, or deism may seem more egalitarian at first but ultimately render local gods as various manifestations or avatars of a greater whole, thus reducing difference to sameness in the end. In this talk, I survey several South and East Asian traditions in search of better language for taking up the specificity and locality of divinity as a site of philosophical engagement. In turn, I hope this exercise in global-critical philosophy of religion has something to offer environmental thought to support its ongoing engagement with lands and places, Indigenous traditions, and more-than-human ecologies.

Please join us in ENV 120 or via Zoom at

2/25/22 ~ Colloquium with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson (USC Dornsife): Black Women at the Podium: The Ecstasy and Npoise of Kathleen Collins' Losing Ground, 3:30pm, via Zoom at

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Feminist Research atthe University of Southern California. Professor Jackson is the author of Becoming Human: Matter andMeaning in an Antiblack World: winner of the Harry Levin First Book Prize from the American ComparativeLiterature Association, the Gloria Anzaldúa Book Award from the National Women's Studies Association,the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Studies and is featured in Art Forum magazine's "Best of 2021" issue. Her research explores the literary and figurative aspects of Western philosophical and scientific discourseand investigates the engagement of African diasporic literature, film, and visual art with the historicalconcerns, knowledge claims, and rhetoric of Western science and philosophy.