Online Talk on Ancient Women Philosophers, 2 December

Philiminality Oxford is delighted to announce a talk (online) on “Ancient Women Philosophers: Key Findings and Methodological Considerations” by Katharine O’Reilly and Caterina Pellò. In this talk (full abstract below), they will discuss their exciting forthcoming book, Ancient Women Philosophers: Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives.

The talk is jointly organized by Philiminality Oxford and the Oxford Philosophy Faculty’s Women’s Student Representative, Lara Scheibli.


The talk will take place on Zoom on Thursday 2 December, from 12 noon to 1.30pm GMT. (Registration required – see below.)


Despite the common misconception that ancient philosophy was the domain of male thinkers, ancient sources suggest that women engaged in philosophical activity. However, with the sole – and highly debated – exception of the Pythagorean women, no direct evidence and no writings by these thinkers have survived. We are left with a list of names and records of their lives in the works of male authors. Our book Ancient Women Philosophers: Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives aims to retrieve the thought of ancient women philosophers and carve out a place for them in the canon. The book includes chapters on a vast array of philosophers, stretching from eighth century Indian philosophers to the Cyrenaic philosopher Arete, and from the Neoplatonist scientist Hypatia to the Chinese writer Ban Zhao.

In this talk, we plan to discuss source issues and survey the methodological strategies we can use to approach the evidence. We shall consider questions such as: What limiting factors prevent us from learning more about these women’s ideas? How can we engage with the available sources philosophically? Can fictional characters teach us anything about real women philosophers? And what can we learn from biographical and literary accounts? To what extent does it matter that these thinkers are women? Is there a different female voice in ancient philosophy? And ultimately, what counts as philosophy in antiquity?

About the speakers:

Katharine O’Reilly studied ancient philosophy at the University of Toronto, King’s College London, and Oxford (D.Phil, 2019). She is currently an Assistant Professor at X University (formerly Ryerson) in Toronto. Her primary research areas are ancient moral psychology, Hellenistic ethics, and methodological issues in the study of ancient women philosophers.

Caterina Pellò studied ancient philosophy in Durham and Cambridge, where she wrote a thesis on women in early Pythagoreanism. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at University College London and a Fellow of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. Her primary research areas are Presocratic philosophy, ancient Greek biology, and the study of women in the history of philosophy.


To register and receive Zoom details, please complete this form:

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at philiminality.ox[at] or to contact Lara (lara.scheibli[at] 

The Organizers

Lea Cantor & Alesia Preite (Philiminality Oxford)

Lara Scheibli (Graduate Women’s Rep)

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CFP: Extending New Narratives – Opening Discussions

Extending New Narratives: Call for Proposals Opening Discussions/Ouvertures des discussions– an online event March 4-5, 11-12

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Join New Voices on Women in the History of Philosophy

Are you an early career scholar, assistant or associate professor, a PhD student, or post-doc working on women in the history of philosophy or simply interested in joining a network of enthusiastic scholars studying and reviving the work of women in the history of philosophy?  

Consider joining New Voices:

New Voices on Women in the History of Philosophy is a group for emerging scholars at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and ScientistsNew Voices has the purpose of creating a forum for international scholars who work on women in the history of philosophy. New Voices intends to interconnect and further the work of scholars in the field of Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy. 

On our project website, you will find the profiles of our members and the search tool ‘Find Scholars’, which you can use to connect with scholars who work on specific women philosophers. The tool is intended for further cooperation and networking among scholars who work on women in the history of philosophy or are interested in this research.

New Voices runs a monthly online Talk Series dedicated to different themes in the field of women philosophers. The current talk series will start on the 30th of October and is entitled Women in History on Eduction. Some of our past talks are available on our website.

In our News section you can find up-to-date information on the work of New Voices Members, such as publications, talks, events or networking projects.

New Voices runs regular round tables and we hold casual meetings at events in Paderborn.

New Voices is organized by Clara Carus, Assistant Professor at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists (directed by Ruth Hagengruber), Paderborn University.

If you would like further information or wish to join New Voices, please contact Clara Carus: New Voices is free.

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Extending New Narratives Postdoctoral Fellows/Bourses postdoctorales 2022-23 academic year/l’année académique 2022-2023

You can find the ad posted on the ENN website, in both French and English.

 L’annonce est publiée sur le site Web de ENN, en français et en anglais.

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Program and registration: Women in History on Education

New Voices Talk Series – Women in History on Education

Opening Keynote Presentation and Interview: 

30/10 3pm CET (Saturday): Sylvana Tomaselli (St John’s College, Cambridge): Wollstonecraft and Education as Exercise of Body and Mind

25/11 4pm CET: Emanuele Costa (Vanderbilt University): Pen and Paper, Not Needle and Spindle: Maria Gaetana Agnesi on Women’s Equality

16/12 3pm CET: Manuel Fasko (University of Basel): Mary Shepherd’s threefold ‘Variety of Intellect’ and its Role in improving Education

27/01 3pm CET: Eszter Kovács (NKE, Budapest): Mary Astell on Female Self-improvement and Self-mastery

24/02 3pm CET: Sarah Bonfim (State University of Campinas): The Vindicatory Pedagogical Works of Mary Wollstonecraft

31/03 3pm CET: Piergiacomo Severini (University of Chieti-Pescara): Jeanne Hersch’s Pedagogy.  A wonder-ful way to Freedom28/04 3pm CET: Valentina Gaudiano (Sophia University Institute): Edith Stein’s Concept of ‘Bildung’ – to become what one is

To register and receive the zoom link please write to An empty email with New Voices Talk Series in the header is fine. The link is the same as last term and if you’re already registered for the talk series you do not need to register again. 

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New Voices on Women in the History of Philosophy is a group for emerging scholars at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and ScientistsNew Voices has the purpose of creating a forum for international scholars who work on women in the history of philosophy. New Voices intends to interconnect and further the work of scholars in the field of Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy. New Voices is organized by Dr. Clara Carus. For further information about New Voices or to join New Voices please visit: 

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CFP: Women in Controversy in Early Modern Italy

Women in controversy in Early Modern Italy.

Italian Learned Ladies 1500-1700

Itinerari is planning an issue devoted to Italian women’s contribution to intellectual controversies in the early modern period, (edited by Giuliana Di Biase, Valentina Zaffino and Emilio M. De Tommaso).

Details at this link:

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Seminar Series: Women in Intellectual History

The following announcement is from Sarah Hutton:

The International Society for Intellectual History is pleased to invite you to our new seminar series, Women in Intellectual History, which will take place in Autumn/Winter 2021.

Women thinkers and their writings are still underrepresented in the discipline of intellectual history. Despite decades-long efforts at canon-busting, research agendas and teaching curricula alike attest that much work remains to be done to counteract the bias of gendered historiographies. 

Through a series of online meetings in autumn and winter 2021, featuring selected presentations and commentary followed by discussion, early career researchers active in the field of women’s intellectual history – across different specialisations, historical periods and geographical boundaries – will be able to connect with each other and with senior scholars with matching expertise.

Meetings will take place online via Zoom, every other Thursday from 46pm (CET), starting on 21 October 2021

For information about the programme and registration visit 

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Extending New Narratives reading groups – call for participants

Early Career Researchers reading groups – call for participants

For 2021-22, the Early Career Researchers Committee for the Extending New Narratives Partnership Project will be running a few online reading groups in the history of philosophy.

Please feel free to forward this message to any students or colleagues who may be interested in participating. Details about the groups and how to register are below.

1# Reading group: Catharine Macaulay’s Letters on Education 

Facilitators: Lisa Shapiro & Martina Reuter 

Register by: 8 October 2021 

This reading group will focus on Macaulay’s last work, Letters on Education (1790)which develops her mature moral philosophy. The book includes a defence of republicanism and it attends to the role education plays in both repairing a corrupt polity and ensuring a healthy society.

Catharine Macaulay was one of the most renowned women intellectuals of the late 18th century. Initially, her fame derived from her A History of England from the Accession of James I (in 8 volumes, 1763-1783), which she wrote in direct response to David Hume’s History, as a republican alternative. Her republicanism was also articulated in political essays criticizing Thomas Hobbes and of Edmund Burke. Macaulay’s work is slowly being rediscovered, in part through the influence of her works on Mary Wollstonecraft, but there are still no modern editions of any of her major works. 

The reading group assumes no prior familiarity with Macaulay or her works. Some may simply want to read Macaulay to figure out her philosophy along a number of dimensions. Some may want to pursue intellectual historical antecedents and contemporary contextual connections to help better understand her arguments. Others may be interested in understanding Macaulay’s own intellectual development. Still others may be interested in how Macaulay connects to later thinkers. All are welcome. 

To register, please fill in the spreadsheet:

For further information: please contact the Extending New Narratives ECR Committee at 

2# Reading group: The history of analytic philosophy & oppression 

Facilitators: Audrey Yap & Frederique Janssen-Lauret 

Register by: 8 October 2021 

This reading group is aimed at considering the question of what the history of analytic philosophy can contribute to theorizing about oppression and social good more generally. This can include reading the work of politically engaged philosophers like Otto Neurath, as well as reading secondary literature about how historical figures might be read through a feminist, or anti-racist, or otherwise anti-oppressive lens. That might include reading the work of contemporary scholars about such historical figures, or reading the work of philosophers who did face social marginalization at the time. The group will meet regularly over Zoom with a time and reading list to be collectively determined. Suggestions for readings that fit the general description are more than welcome. The hope is that this will lead to participants writing pieces on the subject that could be submitted to a journal (for instance, the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy) either as stand-alone pieces or as part of a special issue.

To register, please fill in the spreadsheet:

For further information: please contact Prof. Audrey Yap (


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CFP: Rethinking the Narratives or Early Modern Philosophy – Copenhagen – Deadline 31 Jan 2022.

The European Society for Early Modern Philosophy invites submission of papers for presentation at the 6th international conference of the ESEMP:

Rethinking the Narratives of Early Modern Philosophy

University of Copenhagen, 14-16 September 2022

The investigation of early modern philosophy has flourished and expanded tremendously over the last couple of decades. More and more hitherto neglected texts, topics, and names become visible that enrich our knowledge of the past and shed new lights on the development of early modern philosophy. It thus becomes apparent that philosophy during the Early Modern period was a lively, multifaceted venture to which a great variety of people from diverse backgrounds and geographical regions contributed. At the same time, many of these findings encourage us to question common historiographical accounts. Traditional assumptions and conventions, such as linear accounts of the past, an exclusive focus on a few outstanding figures, or the neglect of women philosophers, are challenged and supplemented by alternative approaches. Still, many problems and issues remain unsolved and need to be addressed. All relate in one way or another to the underlying question: How do we tell the story of early modern philosophy?

This conference of the ESEMP addresses this and similar questions. Scholars working on early modern philosophy from all over Europe and beyond will share their ideas and discuss their various approaches, theses, and findings.

Keynotes speakers

  • Christia Mercer (Columbia University, US)
  • Ohad Nachtomy (Israel Institute of Technology, IL)
  • Gianni Paganini (Università del Piemonte Orientale, IT)
  • Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University, CA)

Sections of the conference

  1. Early modern philosophy and the sciences: Rethinking the effects of scientific innovations, new technologies, and the life sciences
  2. Early modern philosophy and religion: Rethinking the impact of religion, religious minorities, and religious dissidents
  3. Early modern philosophy and gender: Rethinking sex and gender, and women’s participation in early modern philosophy
  4. Early modern philosophy and race: Rethinking the notions of race and ethnicity in early modern philosophy
  5. Early modern philosophy and Europe’s periphery: Rethinking early modern philosophy in Europe’s North, South, East, and beyond
  6. Early modern philosophy and its history: Rethinking historiographical methods, models, and approaches


We invite submissions of research papers addressing all aspects of the conference topic. To submit, please email an abstract – between 500-700 words and anonymised for blind review – to Sabrina Ebbersmeyer ( Please use ‘ESEMP 2022 abstract’ as the heading of your email. The email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details) and the title of the section to which the proposal relates. Please use the PDF-file format for submission and render your text completely anonymous, allowing for blind refereeing.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2022.

Papers will be selected by the board of the ESEMP.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by 15 March 2022.

For each talk, there will be time for a 30-minute presentation, with about another 15 minutes for discussion. All accepted papers will be eligible in case of the publication of the proceedings.

Upon acceptance

Membership of the ESEMP is compulsory to present a paper at the conference. (Annual membership fee: 30 EUR, reduced annual membership fee: 15 EUR).

To become a member of the ESEMP, please use our application form or contact the Treasurer of the ESEMP,

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Online talk about George Eliot and Spinoza (Agora Series)

The School of Liberal Arts, University of Wollongong invites you attend the online Agora Speaker Series on Thursday 5 August, 3.30 to 5.00 PM AEST. Register here

Dr Sophie Frazer (University of Wollongong)

“Speaking brokenly”: Reading Romola with Spinoza 

George Eliot’s historical romance Romola (1862-3) has long been considered a failure. An ambitious revivification of Renaissance Florence, with an exacting verisimilitude, Romola has often been judged a failure of style and story. In this paper, I argue that Romola is one of the most affectively intelligent of Eliot’s fictional characters. In my reading, I account for the text’s reliance upon visual strategies of representation, or what I describe as an aesthetic of visualised mourning, by drawing out the complexity with which Eliot depicts the instability of the optical in Romola. Building upon the work of Moira Gatens, I draw out the ways Eliot gave vitality to Spinoza’s philosophy of affect, the philosopher with whose work she felt a peculiar resonance, in crafting the novel’s phenomenological contours. Romola allowed Eliot the scope to push to its farthest limit the implications of Spinoza’s corporeal imagination. Through being attentive to the correspondences of psychic pain and decentralized perspectival geographies, I will argue that we take seriously the phenomenally descriptive in its own right as performing a different ontology of radical loss, and a different kind of literary criticism. 

All are welcome to participate. Please find below instructions on how to register for anyone interested to attend.

·         In order to participate in Agora Speaker Series events, you will be required to register here, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

·         Prior to the event, registered participants will be contacted with further information, including the Access Code for the Webinar.

·         Please note that our team will be using Zoom to host this webinar and – if you do not already have Zoom installed it is advised, though not necessary, that you download the software to your device.

·         This webinar is scheduled to be recorded and will be uploaded to UOW owned websites and/or platforms, noting that the Q&A session may be edited for privacy reasons. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact us at

·         The session chair will explain any additional rules and expected norms of engagement to participants at the outset of sessions.

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