Women Intellectuals in Antiquity Symposium: Registration and Programme

Registration is now open for the Women Intellectuals in Antiquity Symposium taking place 15-16 February 2020 at Keble College, Oxford.


The programme is available herehttps://tinyurl.com/WIAprogramme


You can register for the event herehttps://estore.kcl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/academic-faculties/faculty-of-arts-humanities/department-of-classics/women-intellectuals-in-antiquity-symposium


This Symposium aims to bring together scholars from across the humanities disciplines to discuss women intellectuals in Antiquity. In addition to paper sessions, it will feature keynote talks by Dr. Danielle Layne and Dr. Sophia Connell, and a panel discussions led by Armand D’Angour (https://www.armand-dangour.com/).


This event is jointly organised by Jenny Rallens, Peter Adamson, Katharine O’Reilly, and Ursula Coope. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Keble College Oxford, the British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP), The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Oxford University, the Department of Classics at King’s College London, and LMU Munich.


For any questions, please email WomenIntellectualsInAntiquity@gmail.com

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Wollapalooza 3!

We have just submitted the proposal below to APSA for the September 2020 annual conference in San Francisco. Watch this space for further news (and keep your fingers crossed)!


SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2020


The feminist political theorist and historian of political thought Megan Gallagher, in a recent review in the journal Political Theory (Summer 2019), called for the return of the WOLLAPALOOZA! mini-conference at APSA, after we took a one year hiatus. After two popular and productive iterations of this event—which generated the first philosophical compendium on Wollstonecraft, The Wollstonecraftian Mind (Routledge, 2019)—we’re back and ready to destabilize the canon of political thought even further! 24 scholars from Europe and the United States will gather in San Francisco to engage the enduring relevance of Wollstonecraft for political science and political philosophy, especially for questions and concepts of democracy, race, gender, and feminism.

Session 1 of WOLLAPALOOZA! III explores the paradoxes of the American dream and American democracy with respect to Wollstonecraft, her family, and her followers’ legacies in the Americas—including new evidence of her ideas spreading to the abolition movement in Jamaica just prior to the Haitian Revolution; her philosophical impact upon her sister-in-law, Nancy Kingsbury Wollstonecraft, during her life in Cuba, New Orleans, and New England; and her reception by Brissot, the Rolands, and Wright in their plans to establish utopian communes in the United States. Session 2 assesses the need to decolonize both canonical political thought on women and feminist criticism of it, beginning with pioneering figures such as Montesquieu and Wollstonecraft, and extending to nineteenth-century African-American women’s rights advocates such as Truth and Wells. Session 3 charts the relevance of late eighteenth-century political thought for honing new philosophical definitions of republicanism, liberalism, feminism, and democracy, and better understandings of their intellectual and political relationships with one another. Session 4 confronts the endless wars within feminism over the compatibility of motherhood and citizenship, which Wollstonecraft herself addressed in her landmark A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), but also were engaged before her by Astell and Keralio, and after her by Wright, Fuller, Taylor and Mill, and Woodhull.

The guiding questions of WOLLAPALOOZA! III will be: What is Wollstonecraft’s legacy for thinking about race as well as feminism, in the Americas and other regions of the world, as well as in Europe and her homeland of Britain? Was her political theory republican, liberal, or democratic? And does her categorization as one or the other matter for contemporary debates about democracy, liberalism, republicanism, and feminism? And, last but not least, we will treat perhaps the most vexed question surrounding Wollstoneraft and her work: Just what sort of a (proto-) feminist was she? And what sort of a feminist is one who studies her work and its philosophical and political legacies?

Going forward, we hope that WOLLAPALOOZA! will be an annual one-day mini-conference at APSA, organized by members of the international Wollstonecraft Philosophical Society (founded at APSA in 2017), and co-sponsored by the Foundations of Political Theory and Women and Politics Research sections. The mission of this annual event is to raise the profile of feminist political philosophy in the profession of political science, showcase new approaches to the history of feminist political thought, and provide a welcoming, international networking space for feminist scholars at all stages of the academic career.


SESSION 1. Traditional Panel: “Wollstonecrafts in the Americas: Utopian Dreams of Democracy in the Long 19th Century.”

Time: Thursday, 8 – 9:30am

Chair: Eileen Hunt Botting (University of Notre Dame)

The Londoner Wollstonecraft, like many revolutionary thinkers of the late eighteenth century, dreamed of going to America—the land of equality, freedom, and fresh starts. She didn’t, but she succeeded in sending her brother there. His second wife, Nancy Wollstonecraft, wrote a defense of women’s rights published in Boston in 1825.

In France, Brissot and the Rolands also planned to move to America to start a republican commune. Their plans fell through, so they turned their minds to buy a piece of land in France, and starting a commune there, to educate citizens in the new democratic mode.

In Scotland, the young Frances Wright also dreamt of escaping her conservative surroundings. She travelled to America to document what freedom looked like. In her second trip across the Atlantic, she had as a companion her adoptive father the French revolutionary statesman Lafayette. This time she stayed in America, founding a feminist and free-thinking commune in Kentucky for the goal of emancipating slaves.

Wright and Brissot had read Wollstonecraft. Brissot was possibly the French translator of her  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Wright sought out the patronage of Wollstonecraft’s daughter Mary Shelley in London as well as former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson in the United States.

The opening session of the mini-conference “WOLLAPALOOZA! III: Destabilizing the Canon with Feminism,” this panel traces the still largely uncharted legacy of Wollstonecraft’s American dream in democratic, feminist, abolitionist, socialist, communal and other utopian political thought of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It will begin with a presentation of the little-known yet fascinating history of the Wollstonecraft family in the United States and Cuba from the 1790s to the early twentieth century, by the American historian Wayne Bodle, then proceed with four papers on Wollstonecraft’s (previously unstudied or understudied) reception in American democratic imaginaries during the nineteenth century: (1) amid the Anglo-American abolition movement in the Caribbean, (2) by her American sister-in-law, Nancy Kingsbury Wollstonecraft, on women’s rights, (3) by British and French thinkers who were concerned with the development of democracy in America, Fanny Wright, Brissot, and the Rolands, and, finally, (4) by nineteenth-century American thinkers on women’s rights and race such as Nancy Kingsbury Wollstonecraft and Frederick Douglass.


1.    Wayne Bodle (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), “Wollstonecraft(s) in the Americas, 1792-1904.”
2.    Eileen Hunt Botting (University of Notre Dame), “Wollstonecraft and Jamaica: Feminist Abolitionism before the Haitian Revolution.”
3.    Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University), “Colonizing the American Republic – from Manon Roland to Frances Wright”
4.    Carol Bensick (UCLA), “’As Much Force, and More Justice’: The Boston Publisher’s Comparison of Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s ‘Natural Rights of Women’ with Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman in his 1834 Female Biography.”
5.     Alan Coffee (King’s College, London), “Women’s Rights and Race in America after Wollstonecraft.”

Discussant:  Virginia Sapiro (Boston University)

2. Traditional Panel: “Decolonizing Wollstonecraft.”

Time: Thursday, 10:00-11:30am

Chair: Laura Brace (University of Leicester)


Although Wollstonecraft demonstrated an overarching political concern with the injustice of slavery and the justice of abolition in her oeuvre between 1787 and 1797, she grew to use the concept of slavery to primarily conceptualize northern and central (white) European women’s conditions of subordination under patriarchy (especially in her internationally-received treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and posthumously published novel, Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman). Some have criticised her work, and the style of feminism that can be derived from it, for that reason, while others have tried to show that her arguments could and should, in fact, be used to decolonize feminism.

The second session of the mini-conference “WOLLAPALOOZA! III: Destabilizing the Canon with Feminism,” this panel will debate what Wollstonecraft’s position and legacy on slavery and non-white feminism is, and it will look at how philosophers (of colour, and white) have drawn on arguments similar to hers in their work, from Montesquieu to Sojourner Truth to  Ida B. Wells.


  1. Laura Brace (University of Leicester), “Decolonizing Wollstonecraft.”
  2. Manjeet Ramgotra (SOAS, London), “Orientalism, women and the west: Montesquieu’s uneven depiction of women in hot and temperate climes.”
  3. Karie Cross Riddle (Calvin University), “Decolonizing Wollstonecraft: liberal feminism and Sojourner Truth.”
  4. Stefan Wheelock (George Mason), “On Southern ‘Honah’ and Lost Causes: Ida B. Wells-Barnett on Lynching and the Foundations of American Exceptionalism.”
  5. Gozde Yildirim (Bilkent University), “How can Wollstonecraft argue against white feminism?”

Discussant: Alan Coffee (King’s College, London)

LUNCH BREAK: Thursday, 12:30-2pm

SESSION 3. Roundtable: “Rethinking Republicanisms after the Revolutionary Era.”

Time: Thursday, 2-3:30pm

Chair: Alan Coffee (King’s College, London)


What is the relationship between republicanism, feminism, liberalism, and democracy after the politics and political thought of the American and French Revolutions? This roundtable addresses this historical and methodological question with lightning-short presentations (10 minutes) so as to accommodate a broad (and often conflicting) range of views on how the development of republicanism, feminism, liberalism, and democracy should be represented in the history of political ideas. As part of the “WOLLAPALOOZA! Destabilizing the Canon with Feminism” mini-conference, it will treat the use of these four rubrics to interpret a pivotal revolutionary-era political thinker, Mary Wollstonecraft, in the canon of the history of political thought, and alongside her fellow political scientists and constitutional theorists of the late eighteenth century, such as Thomas Paine, John Dickinson, William Godwin, the Rolands, Olympe de Gouges, and Edmund Burke. It will also critically engage the broader methodological question of these four terms’ wider use and abuse in the fields of political theory and political philosophy. The upshot of this roundtable will be to think through, in new and creative directions, with the mini-conference participants and other audience members, “Do we need a new term or, better yet, a new vocabulary to discuss what Wollstonecraft and other revolutionary-era political thinkers stood for in their time, and stand for the schools of thought on republicanism, feminism, liberalism, and democracy that they have shaped since?”

Roundtable participants:

1.    Jane Calvert (University of Kentucky)
2.    Serena Vantin (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
3.    Adam Lebovitz (University of Cambridge)
4.    Stephanie DeGooyer (Willamette University)
5.    Megan Gallagher (University of Alabama)
6.    Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University)

SESSION 4. Roundtable: “Feminist Wars!  Motherhood, Domesticity, Sex & Citizenship.”

Time: Thursday, 4-5:30pm.

Chair: Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University)


Wollstonecraft famously argued that a mother did not deserve the title of citizen unless she cared for her children properly. On the other hand, she also argued that women did not have a duty to marry or become mothers. During and after Wollstonecraft’s lifetime, the question of whether women were wives and mothers before they were citizens or vice-versa divided feminists. The concluding session of “WOLLAPALOOZA! III: Destabilizing the Canon with Feminism,” this roundtable looks at Wollstonecraft’s attitudes on relationships and domesticity as well as that of 19th-century proto-feminists who were influenced by her.

Roundtable participants:

  1. Allauren Forbes (University of Pennsylvania), ‘Wollstonecraft and marriage’.
  2. Riitta Koivisto (Tampere), ‘Wollstonecraft on Private and Public Sphere’.
  3. Serena Mocci (Bologna), ‘Motherhood, Domesticity and American Empire in Margaret Fuller’s and Lydia Maria Child’s political thought’.
  4. Helen McCabe (Nottingham), ‘Marriage and slavery from Wollstonecraft and beyond’.
  5. Federica Falchi (Cagliari), ‘Frances Wright: a “realistic” dreamer’.
  6. Lorna Bracewell (Flagler), ‘Victoria Woodhull, Free Love, and the Politics of Motherhood’.
  7. Madeline Cronin (Santa Clara), ‘Wollstonecraft on Attachment Parenting’.

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Workshop on Edith Stein, 8-9 February, Maynooth University, Ireland.

Edith Stein’s Finite and eternal Being is among her works the one in which the phenomenological and scholastic traditions are most closely united. In consequence, identifying its exact argument presents a challenge, to the phenomenologist and the scholastic alike. In this seminar (details below, at Maynooth University, Ireland, on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020), we shall attempt to identify this argument through a close reading of the text with the help of scholars from different traditions and backgrounds.


Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being. Identifying the Argument

Saturday 8 February 2020

Iontas Building, Humanities Institute Seminar room (1.33), Maynooth University, Ireland


Chair: Mette Lebech

9.00 – 9.45: Sarah Borden Sharkey: ‘The Argument of Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being’

9.45-10.30: Philipp Rosemann: ‘I. Introduction: The Inquiry into Being’

10.30-11.15: Patrick Gorevan: ‘II. Act and Potency as Modes of Being’

11.15-12.00: James Smith: ‘III. Essential and Real Being’

12.00-12.45: Jadwiga Guerrero van der Meijden: ‘IV. 1-2 Wesen – essentia, ousia – Substance’


12.45-13.30 Lunch

Chair: Michaela Sobrak-Seton

13.30-14.15: Robert McNamara: ‘IV. 3-5 Form and Matter’

14.15-15.00: Mariele Wulf: ‘V. Beings as such’

15.00-15.30: James McGuirk: ‘VI. The Meaning of Being’


15.30-16.00 Coffee

Chair: Dermot Moran

16.00-16.45: Margaret Sealy (1-4 and 9) and Catherine Kavanagh (5-8 and 10-11): ‘VII. The Image of the Trinity in the created World’

16.45-17.30: Kevin Doran: VIII. ‘The meaning of and reason for Individual Being’

17.30-18.00: Cyril McDonnell: ‘Appendix: Martin Heidegger‘s Existential Philosophy’


Sunday 9 February 2020, The Edith Stein Room, St Teresa’s Church,

Clarendon Street, Dublin, 15.00:

Sarah Borden Sharkey: The Argument of Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being


(The workshop is supported by the Maynooth University Workshop Fund, The Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University and the Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University)



  • For further information, please contact: Dr Mette Lebech, Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University, Mette.Lebech@mu.ie


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Three female philosophers you’ve probably never heard of in the field of big consciousness – Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas crafted this piece on Idealists Mary Calkins, May Sinclair, and Hilda Oakeley, for The Conversation, and we’re sharing it in honour of World Philosophy Day.

Ask anyone to name a philosopher and they’ll likely name a man. So, let’s turn the spotlight on three women: Mary Calkins, May Sinclair, and Hilda Oakeley. They each defended “idealism” – the idea that consciousness composes, or somehow pervades, the universe we live in.

Big consciousness theories are trending right now. Ecologists such as Suzanne Simard argue trees can “talk”, and philosophers such as Philip Goff argue elementary particles exhibit basic forms of consciousness. These women should be remembered as part of this blooming tradition.

Happy World Philosophy Day!

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International conference


Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier | Université Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès

October, 1-2 (Montpellier) | December, 2-6 2020 (Toulouse)

 The history of philosophy, as a discipline and as a field of research, appears today in crisis. Under the effect of the independent development of postcolonial and decolonial studies on the one hand, of feminist and gender studies on the other hand, many scholars are defending the idea of a necessary and in-depth renewal of its methods and objects.

Indeed, it now seems impossible to continue to ignore the many texts in which philosophers belonging to the Western canon justify colonization, defend ethnocentric or racist positions, legitimize male domination and exclusion of women from the polis, and naturalize differences produced by the domination itself. To turn a blind eye to such moments, under the pretext that they would only refer to the prejudices of their authors, is in no way satisfactory. But the decision to take these texts seriously puts the commentators in front of another difficulty, insofar as the usual exegetical methods seem unsuited to such objects. It is the very constitution of this canon that must be questioned, insofar as it reflects the inequalities of gender, class, and race, and helps to reproduce them. Historians of philosophy all too often continue to abstract and minorize racialized theorists, women philosophers, thus reiterating the exclusion or marginalization of which these philosophers and theorists were the victims in their own time, sometimes not so far from ours. But should the exhumation of these forgotten texts be done in the usual framework of “the history of philosophy”? Shouldn’t it, on the contrary, lead us to question the well-founded nature as well as the limits of the philosophical discourse itself?

These questions and the calls for change that accompany them, however, are not taken into consideration in universities and educational institutions, particularly in France. The reason is that feminist and decolonial history of philosophy is more than a simple branch of the history of philosophy. It implies a radical critique of the discipline, reveals its biases, and the ideological parts it leaves unconceived, unacknowledged. While the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s has brought about notable changes in most social sciences, philosophy is one of the most reluctant disciplines in incorporating its conceptual contributions. Indeed, feminist history of philosophy is marginalized in reviews, publications and teachings. Sometimes it is also purely and simply delegitimized and considered as non-philosophical and militant. Moreover, despite the quasi-confidential character of these works in the academic field, a certain press pretends to be alarmed by the hegemony that decolonial and gender studies would be conquering at the university. This is why it is important to affirm the importance of a reorganization of teaching and research which would take into account the theoretical and conceptual contributions of these studies.

The challenge of this conference, the first of its kind in France, would be to reveal the richness and diversity of works in feminist and decolonial history of philosophy, but also to open a space for debate about principles and alternative methods to be implemented in a research and teaching of philosophy finally decolonized and demasculinized.


Thematic axes

1) Reading of the canonical texts of the history of philosophy under the prism of issues relating to male domination, sexual difference, sex and gender, sexuality, etc.;

2) Decolonial history of philosophy: (re) interpretation of philosophical texts / concepts in light of issues of race, racism, colonialism, coloniality, etc.;

3) Processes of material and symbolic exclusion of women and racialized people from the field of philosophy;

4) Exhumation, reading and exegesis of the texts of forgotten and minorized philosophers (women, racialized people, etc.);

5) Re-appropriation or abandonment of the operative concepts of masculinist, racist and imperialist philosophical systems;

6) What new method (s) for a feminist and decolonial history of philosophy?;

7) Feminist and decolonial pedagogy and didactics of philosophy;

8) Feminist theology: feminist and queer exegesis, (re)reading religious texts from a gender perspective.



Submission guidelines

Proposals, including the title of the paper, a summary of up to 500 words, 5 keywords, a short bibliography (5 references), as well as the name and affiliation of the author, should be sent to the following email address: philofemdeco@gmail.com, no later than February 15th, 2020. Please send a file (formats .doc, .docx, .pdf) with a title as follows : “LASTNAME_FirstName_philofemdeco”.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by April, 15 2020, after evaluation by the scientific committee.


Proposals should be submitted in French. However, it is possible to present in any language, provided that the text of the presentation can be displayed in French during the talk. Discussions will also be held in French.


Proposals related to the history of philosophy and the history of ideas are expected, but other disciplines/approaches may be proposed. In order to allow a greater diversity of methods (e.g. sharing of experience, artistic approaches, etc.), as well as the participation of non-academic contributors, the format of proposals is not limited to the dominant academic standard of research.


The conference will take place in two stages: on October 1st and 2nd, 2020 in Montpellier (Université Paul-Valéry, Saint-Charles) and the week of December 2nd, 2020 in Toulouse (exact dates and locations of the second event to be specified), and will be followed by a publication.


For more details : https://philofemdeco.wordpress.com/



Organizing Committee/ Comité d’organisation

Aurélie Knüfer (MCF, CRISES – UPV Montpellier)

Vanina Mozziconacci (MCF, LIRDEF – UPV Montpellier/TRIANGLE UMR 5206)

Axelle Cressens (docteure, CRISES, Montpellier)

Hourya Bentouhami (MCF, ERRAPHIS – UT2J Toulouse)

Marion Banabera (doctorante, HIPHIMO – Paris 1/UPV Montpellier)

Anna Caron (masterante, UPV Montpellier)

Lola Gouffé (professeure certifiée de philosophie, Académie de Montpellier)


Scientific Board/ Comité scientifique

Marion Banabera         Doctorante en philosophie, U. Paris 1 Sorbonne/ U. Paul Valéry, HIPHIMO EA 1451

Delphine Bellis               MCF philosophie, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Hourya Bentouhami    MCF philosophie, U. Toulouse Jean Jaurès, ERRAPHIS EA 3051

Sylvie Chaperon           PU histoire, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, FRAMESPA

Anne Coignard          Editrice Europhilosophie, Erasmus Mundus Recherche ERRAPHIS EA 3051/ TRANSMIS

Axelle Cressens           Docteure en philosophie, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Claire Ducourneau      MCF littérature, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, RIRRA21 EA 4209

Aline Estèves              MCF langue et littérature latines, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Caroline Fayolle          MCF histoire, U. de Montpellier, LIRDEF EA 3749

Claire Gallien              MCF études anglophones, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, EMMA EA 741/IRCL UMR 5186

Yosra Ghliss                Doctorante en sciences du langage, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier – ITIC, Praxiling UMR 5267- CNRS

Jean-Christophe Goddard PU philosophie, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, ERRAPHIS EA 3051/ TRANSMIS

Marie-Aude Haffen     MCF études anglophones, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, EMMA EA 741

Julie Jarty                    MCF sociologie, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CERTOP UMR 5044

Aurélie Knüfer            MCF philosophie, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Jérôme Lèbre               Professeur agrégé, HDR, Philosophie, Lettres Supérieures, ERRAPHIS EA 3051/ TRANSMIS

Cédric Molino-Machetto Professeur agrégé de philosophie, Académie de Toulouse

Vanina Mozziconacci  MCF philosophie/sciences de l’éducation, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, LIRDEF EA 3749 /

Marie-Agnès Palaisi    PU espagnol, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CEIIBA EA 7412

Lily Robert-Foley        MCF études anglophones, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, EMMA EA 741

Michèle Soriano          PU études hispaniques, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CEIIBA EA 7412

Marine Tregan             Professeure agrégée de philosophie, Académie de Montpellier


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CFA extended: Women in Pragmatism

Due to the many requests of people who wanted to submit an abstract and missed the deadline, the Scientific Committee agreed to open a second (and last extension) for the Women in Pragmatism International Conference (Universitat de Barcelona, January 2020).

New deadline: 7 NOVEMBER 2019*


The call for papers is open to all women and non-binary persons working on pragmatist topics.


The aim of this conference is to celebrate the past and current work of women researching and advancing philosophy in a pragmatist tradition and highlight their ongoing contributions to specialist academic research as well as public discourse. The conference will also promote mentoring, networking, and sharing good practice between women working on any aspect of the pragmatist tradition, broadly construed. As an output and lasting legacy of the meeting, we plan to create a virtual archive of women currently engaged in research on pragmatism, which will strengthen cooperation and facilitate communication between scholars. Lastly, the reunion of women pragmatists should lead to the adoption of some resolutions to correct gender bias in research, teaching and cooperation analogous to other associations of women philosophers.


Persons who self-identify as women and gender non-conform persons are encouraged to send a 300-word abstract prepared for blind-peer review to nsmiras@ub.edu before the 7th of November within one of the following research areas (please give the number of the area in which you wish to be considered):




Attendance is open to all persons interested in pragmatism.


The list of papers accepted in the first calls will be published the first week of November 2019 and the final program will be ready to download the first week of December.

For more information: www.womenpragmatistsbcn.wordpress.com

Sponsored by

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Associazione Culturale Pragma, Italy
Pragmata, France
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Braga Colloquium – CFA

3rd Call for Abstracts

for the  

5th Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy

University of Minho

Braga, Portugal


20-21 January 2020

 The Canon Revisited: Women Philosophers


Our keynote speakers this year will be:


Professor Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University)


Professor Ruth Hagengruber (University of Paderborn)



The Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society of the University of Minho is pleased to announce the 5th Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, an international annual conference to be held every year in January at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. The purpose of this conference series is to promote the study of the tradition of political and moral philosophy and its legacy in shaping our institutions, culture and beliefs.


In the last few decades, historians of philosophy have taken a keen interest in women philosophers from the past. One would expect them to be very few, given the historical hurdles women have met with in all areas of academy and all areas of public life, throughout history. But they have not been as few as that after all. And their intellectual output has been achieved in the context of the philosophical discussions of their times, in communication with male philosophers. Which suggests that the absence of women philosophers is the result of a selection, and not the mere reflection of an actual absence. A canon of western philosophers has been constituted in which only male philosophers appear, especially when it comes to philosophy before the second half of the 20th century. This means that you can have proficiency in the discipline without ever having studied or even read a philosophical text written by a woman. Our aim in this colloquium is both to contribute to the movement of retrieval and evaluation of women philosophers which is already underway and to deepen our understanding of the reasons, be they societal or philosophical, for the all male canon one is confronted with when looking at the discipline’s past. We also want to challenge the invisibility of contemporary work carried out by non-male philosophers within moral and political philosophy or more broadly relevant to understand such issues.

Thus, in this colloquium we hope to discuss themes such as, but not limited to, the following:

– Women in the history of philosophy

– The idea of a canon

– Contemporary philosophy from the point of view of a history of exclusion of women

– Feminist history of philosophy

– Feminist criticisms of traditional moral theories

– Feminist perspectives on sex and gender

– Social ontology: race, gender and disability

– Language and gender


The Colloquium welcomes original explorations of these and related topics.

Members of socially under-represented collectives are especially encouraged to apply.

Abstract submission:

Abstract proposals no longer than 500 words prepared for blind review, along with 5 keywords.

Please provide your name, contact information, affiliation, and a short 2-3 line bio.

Proposals must be sent via a Submission Form which can be accessed in the conference’s website here: https://bragacolloquium.weebly.com/submission.html

Further queries can be directed to bragacolloquium@ilch.uminho.pt

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 17, 2019.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by December 1, 2019.

The official language of the conference is English.

Information about registration, program, accommodation and travelling is available on the conference’s website: https://bragacolloquium.weebly.com/

Please like our facebook page “Braga Colloquium”

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