There is so much good work already underway and more getting off the ground in efforts to reinvigorate the philosophical canon. This is particularly true of those working in the history of philosophy of the early modern period, where lots of attention is being paid to the women philosophers and intellectuals of the period. This New Narratives in the History of Philosophy Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), aims (among other things) to provide some coordination of efforts internationally so that limited resources are used effectively. The project website at www.newnarrativesinphilosophy.net will strive to be a hub directing interested students and researchers to all the great work that is going on right now to diversify the standard stories which form the history of philosophy. So, if you have a project or an event, please let us know and we will aim to add it to the site (The contact info is on the site.) (See Related Activities under Projects for what is already listed.)We are also undertaking some projects of our own, including an open access bibliography of works by women of the early modern period (and beyond). We are particularly interested in tracking which works are already digitized (and in what form) and what digitizations are underway. This is a great project for students to see the hard work that goes into the editions that they and many of us have taken for granted. If you’d like to get involved, or would like your students to get involved, please let us know. We are trying out a collaborative software that allows for those involved in the project to ask questions and get answers on a discussion thread (rather than fill email boxes).Once the bibliography gets a bit more content in it, we’ll share the link to the Google Sheet.
New Narratives in Philosophy:
Rediscovering neglected works by early modern women
Co-Directed by Andrew Janiak and Marcy Lascano
Hosted at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
Durham, NC, USA
April 14 – 17, 2016
The New Narratives in Philosophy conference will be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. The four day conference will focus on the early modern philosophers Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Emilie Du Châtelet and will explore the various aspects of each figure’s primary philosophical works, investigate the relationships between her works and those of her contemporaries, and examine her works in relation to the political, social, ethical, theological, and scientific works of the period. In addition, the final, fourth day of the conference will be devoted to methodological questions that are important for transforming the teaching and study of early modern philosophy. All conference proceedings and materials – video clips, sample syllabi, papers, bibliographies and translated texts – will be disseminated on the Project Vox website, so that philosophers will have everything required to alter the teaching and research of early modern philosophy. The conference is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding and support provided by Duke University.
Sandrine Berges, Bilkent University
Deborah Boyle, College of Charleston
Katherine Brading, Notre Dame
Jacqueline Broad, Monash University
David Cunning, University of Iowa
Marguerite Deslauriers, McGill University
Karen Detlefsen, University of Pennsylvania
Stewart Duncan, University of Florida
Sarah Hutton, University of York
Andrew Janiak, Duke
Marcy Lascano, CSU Long Beach
Christia Mercer, Columbia University
Anne-Lise Rey, CNRS
Samuel Rickless, UC San Diego
Justin Smith, Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII
Marius Stan, Boston College
Abstracts: We welcome abstracts on any of the figures or topics mentioned in the conference description above. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to the organizers (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1st, 2015. Acceptances will be sent by the end of December 2015. Funding is available for transportation and lodging for those accepted to present at the conference.
Any questions should be addressed to email@example.com.
Although this call is not strictly to do with women in the history of philosophy, it strikes me that anonymity and pseudonymity are especially rife amongst women authors. Also, having just been to San Francisco, I can definitely recommend it!
Anonymous Modern Philosophy
Panel of the Society for Modern Philosophy
APA Pacific Division Meeting 2016
March 30-April 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Deadline: October 5, 2015
Authorship is central to our grasp of philosophical contributions. People tend to associate an idea with its originator—think of: ‘Platonist’, ‘Humean’—and especially for the modern period, scholarship on seven big names dominates the field. However, not all philosophical moves have been made by identified figures. Sometimes authors made deliberate efforts to remain hidden from view, be it to allow for a more neutral assessment of their work, or to distance themselves from controversial opinions. As yet, only fragmented attention has been paid to the anonymous and pseudonymous face of modern philosophy. The current panel will begin to address this gap. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, specific anonymous texts, authors’ strategies in unnamed publishing, and the conception of anonymity in philosophical debates. Its findings will have implications not only for emerging efforts to reshape the philosophical canon of the modern period, but also for thinking about named authorship in research practices more generally.
We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks/papers on any topic related to anonymity in modern philosophy. Send your anonymized abstract in PDF to Chris Meyns (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 5, 2015. Decision by mid-October.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
Event hashtag: #AnonModPhil
Texts and contexts: the cultural legacies of Ada Lovelace
“That brain of mine is more than merely mortal; as time will show.”
A workshop for graduate students and early career researchers
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Mathematics Institute and St Anne’s College, Oxford
The mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), daughter of poet Lord Byron, is
celebrated as a pioneer of computer science. The notes she added to her
translation of Luigi Menabrea’s paper on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine
(1843) are considered to contain a prototype computer program. During her
short life, Lovelace not only contributed original ideas to the plans for
this early computer; she also imagined wider possibilities for the engine,
such as its application to music, and meditated on its limitations. Lovelace
leaves a legacy not just as a computer scientist, but also as a muse for
literary writers, a model to help us understand the role of women in science
in the nineteenth century, and an inspiration for neo-Victorian and
As part of the University of Oxford’s celebrations to mark the 200th
anniversary of Lovelace’s birth, this one-day workshop will bring together
graduates and early career researchers to discuss the varied cultural
legacies of this extraordinary mathematician. The day will feature an expert
panel including graphic novelist Sydney Padua and biographer Richard Holmes,
as well as a keynote address from Professor Sharon Ruston, Chair in
Romanticism in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster
The day will conclude with a reception and buffet when there will be
opportunities to meet with speakers from the Ada Lovelace 200 Symposium,
which will also take place in the Mathematics Institute on the following two
days (9-10 December). Researchers from all disciplines are invited to submit
proposals for papers on the influences of Lovelace’s work, on topics
including, but not limited to, literature, history, mathematics, music,
visual art, and computer science. This might include:
* Lovelace’s place in the study of the history of science;
* Lovelace and women in science in the nineteenth century;
* Early nineteenth-century scientific networks, including Lovelace’s
relationship with such individuals as Charles Babbage and Mary Somerville.
We also encourage papers which consider other scientific networks from this
period, beyond Lovelace’s circle;
* Lovelace and discussions about the role of the imagination in
scientific practice in the nineteenth century;
* Lovelace as translator and commentator;
* Mathematics and music, and the musical possibilities Lovelace
envisaged for Babbage’s engine;
* Lovelace’s own textual legacies, such as her correspondence,
childhood exercises and mathematical notes held in the Bodleian;
* Lovelace’s technological legacies, from her seminal work on
Babbage’s Analytical Engine to her impact on computer programming today;
* Lovelace’s role in the steampunk tradition, from Gibson and
Sterling’s The Difference Engine to Sydney Padua’s The Thrilling Adventures
of Lovelace and Babbage, and neo-Victorian fashion;
* Efforts and activities to commemorate and memorialise Lovelace, from
the recent Google Doodle to the annual Ada Lovelace Day.
Proposals, not exceeding 250 words, for 15-minute papers should be submitted
<mailto:email@example.com> by Midnight, Friday 18 September
2015. Those who are accepted to speak at this graduate workshop will also be
offered free registration for the Ada Lovelace 200 Symposium taking place on
the following two days.
Saturday 5 september, Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, 2:00-3.45.
Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft: Two Concepts of Neo-Roman Liberty – Alan Coffee
Reassessing the impact of the ‘Republican Virago’ – Karen Green
From Republican Housewife to French Macaulay: The Paradox of Phlippon Roland. – Sandrine Berges
The Politics of Taste in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Egalitarian Educational Ideal. – Madeline Cronin
Wollstonecraft’s Concepts of Virtue and Duty. – Martina Reuter
I have just received the following call for abstracts:
Call for Papers – Women and the Canon
We are pleased to announce a two-day conference on ‘Women and the Canon’ to be held at Christ Church (University of Oxford) on 22-23 January 2016. The venue and facilities are fully accessible.
This conference seeks to problematize received notions of canonicity, and therefore of artistic and intellectual authority, by approaching them through their relationship to gender. We will be pursuing options for publication of proceedings from this conference.
For full details, see: https://womenandthecanon.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
Please send an abstract of 250 words with a brief biography by 15th September to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you,