Dr. Renee Conroy

Dr. Renee Conroy

Associate Professor in the Philosophy department at Purdue University Northwest, Hammond Campus, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323.

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(Purdue University Northwest campus)

Formerly Purdue University Calumet was renamed Purdue University Northwest in 2016.

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It is a public university with two campuses located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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It offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 10,500 students and has more than 64,000 alumni.


Sparkly blue sphere bullet Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Washington, 2009
Sparkly blue sphere bullet M.A. (Philosophy), University of Washington, 2004
Sparkly blue sphere bullet B. A. (Philosophy – Honors, magna cum laude), University of Washington, 1997

Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  B.A. (Dance – Honors, magna cum laude), University of Washington, 1997

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:  Aesthetics, Metaphysics
AREAS OF COMPETENCE:       Ethics, History of Early Modern Philosophy


Purdue University Northwest (formerly, Purdue University Calumet (PUC))

Associate Professor of Philosophy 2015-present
Assistant Professor of Philosophy 2009-2015

Interim Associate Dean, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences 2017-present

Philosophy Program Coordinator 2012-2017

University of Washington

Pre-Doctoral Teaching Associate 2005-2009

Graduate Teaching Assistant 2003-2005

Bellevue College

Instructor 2006


Dr. Conroy’s primary research interests are in aesthetics and the philosophy of art with her publications predominantly focusing on issues related to dance and human movement performance.


Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  Aesthetics

Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  The ontology of fiction

Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  The cognitive value of literature

Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  The aesthetic appreciation of nature

Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  The places of intersection between ethical and aesthetic values

Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  Ethical theory

Shiny aqua bulllet 16 pt  Contemporary metaphysics


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Matte red sphere bullet  “Rust Belt Ruins” in Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials: Artifact and Memory, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Jeannette Bicknell, and Jennifer Judkins (eds.) (Routledge), forthcoming 2019.

Matte red sphere bullet  “Kinesthetic Imagining and Dance Appreciation” in Art and Imagination, ed. Ananta Sukla (Bloomsbury Academic Press), forthcoming TBA.  [For a related paper see Noel Carroll and William P. Seely’s “Kinesthetic Understanding and Appreciation in Dance”, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 71:2 Spring 2013.]


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Matte red sphere bullet  “Body Matters: The Aesthetic Relevance of ‘Dancing Along’” in Feminist Aesthetics and the Philosophyof Art: The Power of Critical Visions and Creative Engagement, ed. Ryan Musgrave (Springer Press), Chapter 10, forthcoming 2019.


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Matte red sphere bullet  “Gestural Fiction: Dance” in Fiction and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory, ed. Ananta Sukla (Bloomsbury Academic Press), 2015, pp. 284-300.

In his Review of Fiction and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory, Anders Pettersson of Umeå University comments on Conroy’s essay:

“Conroy’s “Gestural Fiction: Dance” is a critical but generous discussion of Susan Langer’s theory of dance as virtual spontaneous gesture in her Feeling and Form (1953). Conroy also introduced —— at least for me —— rewarding things to say about the multiplicity of dance performances and about the “complex imagined landscape” (p. 299) such a performance can create.”


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Matte red sphere bullet  “The Beat Goes On: Reconsidering Dancework Identity” in Thinking Through Dance: The Philosophy of Performance and Practices, eds. Jenny Bunker, Anna Pakes, and Bonnie Rowell (Dance Books Ltd.), 2013, pp. 20-44.

Describing some of Conroy’s accomplishments in the above paper, Aili Bresnahan in her Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article , “The Philosophy of Dance,” comments on Conroy’s positions: ,

“Both Van Camp and Renee Conroy have argued that the ontology of dance needs to be more reflective of and responsive to actual danceworld and artworld practice. . . . Conroy (in “The Beat Goes On: Reconsidering Dancework Identity”) has instead of a definition provided an argument for what she calls three “minimal desiderata” for an adequate account of dancework identity, two of which require that any theory be responsive to and applicable in danceworld practice, and one that requires that criteria of metaphysical adequacy be met.”

Matte red sphere bullet  “Responding Bodily,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71, no. 2, (Spring 2013): 203-210.


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Matte red sphere bullet  Introduction: Dance Art and Science,” with Julie Van Camp, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71, no. 2, (Spring 2013): 167-168.


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Matte red sphere bullet  “Dance,” in The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics, ed. Anna Christina Ribeiro (Continuum Books), 2012, pp. 156-170.

Matte red sphere bullet  “Review of The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance: Identity, Performance and Understanding by Graham McFee, November 2012, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70(4). DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6245.2012.01531_3.x.


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Matte red sphere bullet  Review of Before, Between, and Beyond: Three Decades of Dance Writing by Sally Banes,
in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 66(3), (July 2008): 312-314 . DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6245.2008.00311_7.x.


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Matte red sphere bullet  “Dancework Reconstruction: Kinesthetic Preservation or Danceworld Kitsch?,” American Society for Aesthetics Quarterly Newsletter, eds. Sondra Bacharach and Sheila Lintott, Spring 2007, pp. 1-3.

Matte red sphere bullet  “Engaging Berleant: A Critical Look at Aesthetics and Environment: Variations on a Theme,” in Ethics, Place and Environment, vol 10, no. 2 (June 2007): 217-227.  See the entire text uploaded by the author of Arnold Berleant’s Aesthetics and Environment: Theme and Variations on Art and Culture.  Berleant has also recently uploaded a related paper, “Art, Environment, and the Shape of Experience,” originally published in Environment and the Arts; Perspectives on Art and Environment, Ashgate, 2002.


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Dr. Renee Conroy lecturing on Monnstous Morality and Horror 2013 standing in front of Powerpoint slide

Shiny reflecting purple sphere bullet  For the second presentation in the Philosophy Matters Series, Renee Conroy gave a talk entitled “Moral Monstrosity and Horror Fiction: The Case of Hannibal Lecter,” for the Department of Philosophy, Purdue University Calumet (now Purdue University Northwest), October 30, 2013.

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on dance as philosophical literature and the aesthetics of dance, November 2015.

Earth continents in 3d gold cutout bullet  Fullbright Scholar Award for research and lecturing, University of Roehampton, London, UK, Winter 2015

Earth continents in 3d gold cutout bullet  Responsibilities included: (1) instruction of upper-division aesthetics course in the Department of Dance; (2) oversight of Bachelor of Arts dissertations on dance with philosophical content, (3) two public presentations for the University of Roehampton Centre for Dance Research, (4) public presentation at the Open University in the philosophy colloquium series, (5) public presentation of “Rust Belt Ruins” for the British Society for Aesthetics Cambridge Lecture Series at Cambridge University

Earth continents in 3d gold cutout bullet  NWI Times newspaper article about Dr. Conroy’s Fulbright scholarship award

Earth continents in 3d gold cutout bullet  Purdue University Northwest News article, “Purdue Calumet professor combines philosophy & dance as Fulbright Scholar,” November 30, 2015 reporting on Dr. Conroy’s Fullbright Scholarship

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