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I’m C Dalrymple-Fraser (they/them), a PhD Candidate and Vanier Scholar in the Department of Philosophy and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. My current research focuses on the connections between silence, resistance, and oppression in health and healthcare for trans, queer, (and) disabled communities. You can read a little more about that on my research page. For questions relating to my research, teaching, or anything else, please feel invited to contact me.

I’m currently pursuing a ‘major’ research project (my dissertation) on the varieties of silence that occur in health research and practice, as well as a ‘pet’ research project exploring the relationships between suicide, disability, and death. You can find a general description of these two projects on my research page.

2022 News

Winter 2022: Teaching: In this new term, I will be the instructor for the seminar PHL413: Topics in Applied Ethics. We’ll spend the first half on theoretical and methodological issues in “doing” practical ethics in its lived and researched forms; the second half will be more topics-focused, based on our individual research projects. I’ll also be a teaching assistant to PHL384: Ethics, Genetics, & Reproduction, and PHLC10: Topics in Bioethics.

February 16th: I am filling in a slot in the Joint Centre for Bioethics’ Seminar Series with a talk titled “Reconsidering Suicide: A Morbid Approach.” The plan for this talk is to explore some of the limitations that come with a preoccupation with fatality in the context of suicide research and communication. I propose we broaden our focuses on suicide to more centrally consider “morbid” outcomes in the sense of morbidity and not merely mortality: those outcomes understood to be health related that are not death. This is an earlier exploration of the project I am building up for the April conference (below). More information on the Seminar Series talk, including registration, is available by clicking this sentence.

April 19th: I will be presenting a talk titled “Disabling Suicides and COVID-19” at the University of Pennsylvania Minorities and Philosophy conference on philosophy of illness and disability. My talk hopes to explore the preoccupation with fatalities in suicidological research, and the relationships between death and disability, by focusing on some public discourses on suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the conference, including registration, is available by clicking this sentence.

2021 News

Winter 2021: I will be continuing to serve as a Lead Writing Teaching Assistant through the Writing-Integrated Teaching program, as well as a Teaching Assistant for: PHL273H1S: Environmental Ethics; PHL355H1S: Philosophy of Natural Science; and PHLC10H3S: Topics in Bioethics (Reproduction and Research).

March 2021: I am grateful to have received the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Superior Teaching Award for graduate course instructors, for my bioethics course PHL382H1S: Ethics: Death & Dying. The Department of Philosophy has posted a short interview about that course on their website.

May 2021: I will be presenting (through recorded video) two talks at the Canadian Bioethics Society annual conference. The first, titled “COVID-19 and the ‘Curbcut Effect’: Disabled design and public health” discusses how disability-centric accessibility designs could have helped reduce the transmission of COVID-19, and how it is important for public health generally. The second is titled “What’s in a word? ‘Disability’ in health research and practice” and discusses how (a) the ways we talk about disability, and (b) how we use the word ‘disability’ both cause issues for the ways we research and practice disability-inclusive healthcare. Both are short talks at 10 minutes each, and recordings will be available by email request after the conference dates.

Summer 2021: This summer I will be instructing the course “PHLC14H3Y: Topics in Non-Western Philosophy” at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. That course will focus on questions of metaphilosophy and the value(s) of knowledge. I will also be teaching “PHL382H1S: Ethics: Death & Dying” at the University of Toronto at St. George in the second summer term. Prospective students are welcome to email me with any questions or concerns in advance for either course.

Autumn 2021: I will be the course instructor for “PHL383: Ethics and Mental Health” at the University of Toronto St George campus. Prospective students are welcome to email me with any questions or concerns in advance of the course.


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