c/o Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto
4th Floor, Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
c.dalrymple.fraser at mail.utoronto.ca
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My email practices: During the regular academic terms I try to respond to emails within two business days of receipt. I often reply on weekends and holidays but reserve the right to spend them offline (and so should you! COVID-19 has made our study/life balance strenuous enough as it is). In cases where my internet access is limited due to COVID-19 complications, I will often have an auto-responder on so you aren’t left in limbo. I generally respond faster to emails with clear and descriptive subject lines, as this makes it easier to locate and prioritize emails at-a-glance. If you are a student, please include our course code in the subject line of the email (to make sure it is sorted into my priority inboxes). My working day may not be your working day; please do not feel obliged to reply to my emails outside of your normal working hours.
Alternative means of contact: I know that email will not always be the most appropriate or accessible form of communication. I am happy to arrange alternative means of contact where possible, including but not limited to phone calls, video chats, mediated or facilitated communication, in-person meetings (post-COVID-19), group conversations, and other alternatives according to our joint situations and needs.
Forms of address: I am in the process of legally changing my given (first) name. Please try to refer to me just by my first initial “C” both in professional and personal contexts in the interim. People use they/them pronouns to refer to me, and I ask that you also try to use those when referring to or talking about me, whether in professional citation or in casual conversation, and to avoid specifically gendered language. Being attentive to the pronouns of others is important for building more accessible and inclusive spaces and practices.
But, I also acknowledge that it can take time to change our practices around names and pronouns, that practices of addressing people differ across languages and cultures, and that language practices can be particularly insidious and hard to change or unlearn quickly. I still make mistakes with my own friends’ and colleagues’ forms of address sometimes. This is not intended as permission to take the matter lightly: there is a considerable difference between thinking such mistakes are just not a big deal, and recognizing that not every language has practices of gendered pronouns and that there is hence a grammatical learning curve sometimes (i.e., between disregard and language justice). Rather, I mention this to encourage us to actively recognize our mistakes, to correct ourselves as needed, to interpret moments of failure as opportunities to become more attentive to our learned practices and assumptions.
If you are a student and/or you find addressing instructors or teaching assistants stressful, whether because of naming, pronouns, or power dynamics etc., you have my permission just to start an email with “Hello!” or to jump right into the message without any lead in. Emails can be stressful enough as it is. I will not be offended!
Social media: I am not currently active on any social media accounts. Please contact me by email. If you are looking for teaching materials or other resources I previously shared through social media accounts, you may email me for those as well.