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Bassam Romaya

Romaya-Bassam
Bassam RomayaAssistant Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentPhilosophy
  • Phone(978) 934-4000
  • EmailBassam_Romaya@uml.edu

Research Interests

Philosophy of war, peace, and nonviolence, world philosophy and religion, aesthetics and philosophy of art, philosophy of sex, GLBTQ studies, and Middle East studies.

Education

  • Ph D: Philosophy, (2010), Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
  • MA: Philosophy, (2002), San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
  • BA: Art, (1997), San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
    Supporting Area: Philosophy

Awards and Honors

  • Philosophy Department Teaching Award, Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Department's Annual Teaching Award (2013), Teaching - Department of Philosophy

Publications

  • Romaya, B., Portmess, L. (2013) "Confronting Cyber Warfare," Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 23:1 pp. 44–60
  • Romaya, B. (2012) "The Iraq War : a philosophical analysis,"
  • Romaya, B. (2011) "Erectus interruptus : all erections are not equal,"
  • Romaya, B. (2011) "The philosopher's brew,"
  • Romaya, B. (2010) "The Straight Sex Experiment," College Sex: Philosophers with Benefits
  • Romaya, B. (2008) "'The Politics of Sexual Cleansing' in 'Newsletter on Philosophy and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues'," American Philosophical Association Newsletters 08:1 pp. 1-5
  • Romaya, B. (2006) "Iraq and the Question of Philosophy," Re-Ethnicizing the Minds? Cultural Revival in Contemporary Thought
  • Romaya, B. (2000) "The Psychical Aesthetic Distance of Pornographic Apprehension," Philosophy and Theology 12:2 pp. 317-340

Presentations

  • Daoist Ethics - Daoism: Tradition and Transition, 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies, May 2014 - Boston, MA
  • Travel Bans, Asset Freezes, and Other Targeted Preventions of Terrorist Acts at the Interface of War and Peace (by Hadassa Noorda) - Annual Central Devision Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, February 2014 - Chicago, IL
  • He's 50 Feet Away: Love and Sex in the Grindr Age - Annual Central Division Meeting of the Society for LGBTQ Philosophy, February 2014 - Chicago, IL
  • Mystical Transformation: The Aesthetic Dimension in Sufi Traditions - Triannual Meeting of the International Congress of Aesthetics, July 2013 - Krakow, Poland
  • Permanent War and the Problem of Cyber Warfare - Annual Pacific Division Meeting of the Radical Philosophy Association, March 2013 - San Francisco, CA
  • Queer Pacifism - Annual Pacific Division Meeting of the Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy, March 2013 - San Francisco, CA
  • What's New about New Wars: Defending the New War Thesis - Annual Meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association, October 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • The Void In and As Visual Art - Annual Central Division Meeting of the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, February 2012 - Chicago, IL
  • Reflections on the Christians of Iraq, April 2011 - Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Queer Perspectives and the Just War Tradition: Prospects for a Queer War Theory - Annual Central Division Meeting of the Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy, March 2011 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Iraqi Modernism and the Politics of Occupation Art - Middle East Studies Lecture Series, February 2011 - Gettysburg, PA
  • From Persecution to Propaganda: Iraq and the Question of Sexual Cleansing - Annual Central Division Meeting of the Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy, February 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Revisioning Contemporary Political Theory in Light of Recent Middle East Events - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
  • - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, December 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
  • The Politics of Occupation Art - Annual National Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, November 2008 - Northampton, MA
  • Desiderata for a Post Bellum Aesthetic - Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division, July 2008 - Santa Fe, NM
  • Ethics, Geopolitics, and Art - Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division, July 2008 - Santa Fe, NM
  • Philosophizing War After Iraq - Annual Meeting of the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Philosophy, June 2008 - Athens, Greece
  • Revenge of the Mere Real Things (by John Carvalho) - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, April 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
  • On the Distinction Between Arabic and Islamic Aesthetics - Annual Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 2008 - Pasadena, CA
  • - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, December 2007 - Baltimore, MD
  • Iraq and the Question of Aesthetics - Triannual Meeting of the International Congress of Aesthetics, July 2007 - Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Art, Vagueness, Counter-Examples and Kinds (by Thomas Adajian) - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, April 2007 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Aesthetics and Race - Annual National Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, October 2006 - Milwaukee, WI
  • The Abuse of Essentialism: Historicism, Contextualism, and Dantoês Philosophy of Art - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, December 2005 - New York, NY
  • Binary Aesthetics of East and West: the Rasasastra of Dhvani and Rasa - Annual Central Division Meeting of the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, April 2005 - Chicago, IL
  • The Objectification of Male Bodies - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the Society for Women in Philosophy, April 2005 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Drag Ontology as Visual Art - Annual Pacific Division Meeting of the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, March 2005 - San Francisco, CA
  • Content and Embodiment: Dantoês Essentialist Constituents Revisited - Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division, July 2004 - Santa Fe, NM
  • Dawn of a New Femme Fatale: Not So Feminist Desiderata for Political Insurrection - Gender Studies Conference: Gender Acts! Activism, History, Theory, and Practice, March 2004 - Greenville, SC
  • The Coalescence of Dichotomy in Drag Aesthetics - Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 2003 - Washington, D.C.
  • The Aesthetics of Gender Performativity - Philosophy Department Works in Progress Lecture Series, November 2002 - Philadelphia, PA
  • A Heideggerian Defense of Modern Art, March 2001 - San Diego, CA