Professor Gail Weiss
Philosophy, George Washington University

Gail Weiss is Director of the Human Sciences graduate program and Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University.  Her areas of specialization include phenomenology and existentialism, feminist theory, and philosophy of literature.  She is the author of Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality (Routledge 1999), and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Penn State Press 2006), Thinking the Limits of the Body (SUNY 2003) and Perspectives on Embodiment: The Intersections of Nature and Culture (Routledge 1999).  Her newest monograph, Refiguring the Ordinary is forthcoming from Indiana University Press and a new edited volume, Intertwinings: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty, is forthcoming with SUNY Press.  She is currently working on a monograph on Simone de Beauvoir entitled, Beauvoir’s Ambiguities: Philosophy, Literature, and Feminism and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on philosophical and feminist issues related to human embodiment.

Paper: "Intertwined Identities: Challenges to Bodily Autonomy" (abstract)