New Book by Karen Green: Joan of Arc and Christine de Pizan’s Ditié

This is much anticipated book, a carefully researched mystery in the feminist history of philosophy.

Joan of Arc and Christine de Pizan’s Ditié


Grounded in a close reading of the records of Joan’s trial and rehabilitation, on the early letters announcing her arrival at Chinon, and on three literary works; Christine de Pizan’s Ditié, Martin le Franc’s Le Champion des dames, and Alain Chartier’s, Traité de l’Esperance, this controversial work argues that serious historians should accept that Joan was trained. It proposes that she was identified and taught how to behave in the expectation of the fulfillment of the Charlemagne Prophecy and other prophecies from the Joachite tradition. It explores the possibility that Christine de Pizan, who had been promoting these prophecies from the beginning of the century, had some hand in the process that resulted in Joan’s appearance and demonstrates, at the very least, that there are many links connecting Christine de Pizan to the knights who fought with Joan.

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Editorial Assistant position – Simone de Beauvoir Studies

The Simone de Beauvoir Studies Editorial Team is seeking an Editorial Assistant

We seek to fill a graduate student position in our editorial team. Tasks include posting announcements and reminders about calls for papers, subscriptions, the release of new issues, and other relevant material to listservs and social media accounts. The editorial assistant may also be asked to assist with other day-to-day editorial tasks such as responding to emails, helping with indexing, and contributing to discussions about submissions. As a member of the SdBS Editorial Team, the Editorial Assistant is expected to attend monthly Team meetings online and to participate in discussions with the journal’s Advisory Board as they arise. 

Position Term: July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

Qualifications: SdBS Editorial Assistants must be graduate students at the time of application. Facility with both English and French languages is desirable though not necessarily required.

Candidates should send a CV and a statement of interest and qualifications (1 page) in English or French to the Editor in Chief, Jennifer McWeeny,, by June 20, 2021. Applications without an accompanying letter of interest that explains why the candidate would like to join the Editorial Team will not be considered. Candidates can find more information about the journal at

SdBS is especially interested in establishing an Editorial Team that is diverse in regard to the disciplinary training and geographical and social locations of its members. None of the Editorial Team positions is remunerated. However, SdBS Editorial Team members gain considerable experience and opportunities for collaboration as part of a diverse international network of scholars devoted to publishing multidisciplinary and multi-genre work on cutting-edge themes.

L’équipe de rédaction de la revue Simone de Beauvoir Studies est à la recherche d’un.e assistant.e éditorial.e

L’équipe éditoriale de SdBS compte deux assistant.e.s qui sont chargé.e.s de promouvoir les activités de la revue en communiquant des annonces variées (appels à contribution, forfaits d’abonnement, parution de nouveaux numéros…) aux listes de diffusion et aux médias sociaux. L’assitant.e peut également être amené.e à participer à des tâches éditoriales telles que la correspondance, l’indexation et la sélection des contributions au journal. En tant que membres de l’équipe de rédaction des SdBS, les assistant.e.s éditorial.e.s sont tenu.e.s d’assister aux réunions mensuelles en ligne (Zoom) de l’équipe et de participer aux discussions avec le comité de rédaction de la revue. 

Durée de l’engagement : 1er juillet 2021 au 31 décembre 2023.

Qualifications : L’assistant.e éditorial.e de SdBS doit être un.e étudiant.e des cycles supérieurs. Une aisance écrite et orale en anglais et en français est un atout. 

Les candidat.e.s doivent envoyer leur CV et une lettre de motivation (1 page) en anglais ou en français à la directrice, Jennifer McWeeny,, au plus tard le 20 juin 2021. Les candidatures soumises sans une lettre de motivation expliquant pourquoi le ou la candidat.e désire se joindre à l’équipe éditoriale de la revue ne seront pas considérées. Il est possible de trouver plus d’information au sujet de la revue sur le site web :

La revue SdBS souhaite mettre en place une équipe éditoriale diversifiée, notamment en ce qui a trait à la formation disciplinaire ainsi qu’à la localisation géographique et sociale de ses membres. Aucun des postes de l’équipe éditoriale n’est rémunéré. Cependant, ses membres bénéficient du mentorat prodigué par les collègues de l’équipe, acquièrent une expérience considérable et bénéficient de l’opportunité de collaborer avec un réseau international de de renom qui se consacrent à la publication de travaux multidisciplinaires de genres variés sur des questions d’actualité dans le secteur où il.elle.s œuvrent.

Sophia Millman, Editorial Assistant

Simone de Beauvoir Studies

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Four papers on Women Philosophers at the Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

The Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy has two papers on Sophie de Grouchy, one on Anne Conway and one on Mary Shepherd. Thanks Eric Schliesser for pointing this out.

Programme for the Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, 2021

Via Zoom: July 07 – 09, 2021.

Hosted by the Philosophy Department, Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Those interested in joining the Zoom meeting should contact Tom Vinci:

Wednesday, July 07. 

10:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)/ 11:00 am Atlantic Standard Time (AST).  Eve-Lyne Perron. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)  “Leibniz on animals’ awareness of unified objects: for or against a Cartesian, mechanistic approach?”

11:30 am EST/12:30 pm AST. Manuel Fasko (University of Basel), “ ‘The complicate being self’ – Mary Shepherd’s notion of the ‘self’ and the problem of individuating minds.”

1:00 pm EST/2:00 pm AST. Lunch break

1:30 pm EST/2:30 pm AST.  David Scott. (University of Victoria, Canada) “Ways of Talking about the Cartesian Will.”

3:00 pm EST/4:00 pm AST. Fabio Malfara. (The University of Western Ontario). “Cartesian Dualism and the Ens Per Se: Desgabets on the Substantial Union.”

Thursday, July 08.

10:00 am EST/11:00 am AST.  Todd De Rose. (The Ohio State University)

 “Natural Causes and Berkeley’s Divine Language Hypothesis”.

11:30 am EST/12:30 pm AST. Tom Holden. (University of California, Santa Barbara)  “The Meaning of Philo’s Reversal” 

1:00 pm EST/2:00 pm AST. Lunch break.

1:30 pm EST/2:30 pm AST. James Messina. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Look Ma, No Hands!: The Evolution of Kant’s Theory of Space Before Incongruent Counterparts.”

3:00 pm EST/4:00 pm AST. Curtis Sommerlatte (Florida State University)

“Productive Imagination and Abstract General Images: Tetens on the Formative Fictive Power’s Contribution to Human Cognition.”

Friday, July 09.

10:00 am EST/11:00 am AST. Anna Markwart (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland) “Adam Smith and Sophie de Grouchy on love and children.”

11:30 am EST/12:30 pm AST. Getty L. Lustila. (Northeastern University) “Remorse and Moral Conflict in Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy”

1:00 pm EST/2:00 pm AST. Lunch break.

1:30 pm EST/2:30 pm AST.  (Presented in conjunction with the Friday Colloquium of the Philosophy Department of Dalhousie University.) Julia Jorati. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) “Capitein on Natural Slavery and Human Equality.” 

3:00 pm EST/4:00 pm AST. Hope Sample. (Grand Valley State University)

“Anne Conway on Divine and Creaturely Freedom”

Contact Information.

Department of Philosophy: 902 494 3811 (office); email:

Organizer (Tom Vinci): 902 880 8919 (cell); 506 352 3275 (home); email:

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Performance of Olympe de Gouges: The Necessity of Divorce.



by Olympe de Gouges

Translated by Clarissa PalmerWritten in the early days of the French Revolution, The Necessity of Divorce is a comedy in which an incorrigibly roving husband realizes how much he loves his wife when he learns that divorce will soon be legal and she could leave him. 

director: Lynn Marie Macy, video creation: Luisa Battista
dramaturg: Melody Brooks

Premiering Saturday, May 22 at 2:00pm via YouTube
Admission is by Donation (suggested $10)


Noah Anderson*, Bill Blechingberg*, Janelle Clayton,  Archa Joshi, C. Amanda Maud*, 
Bess Miller, Arisael Rivera*, Leajato Robinson*
* appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity

Register and DONATE on Eventbrite to receive the link to view the presentation shortly before the premiere

You may use that link at any time between 2:00pm May 22nd and midnight on Wednesday, May 26

“A woman has the right to mount the scaffold.
She must possess equally the right to mount the speaker’s platform.”

Quote from Olympe de Gouges, who was executed during the Reign of Terror for her criticism of the regime and relentless pursuit of civil rights for women and the oppressed.

An unfinished play manuscript was used against her.

The Play in Context, the dramaturgical and scholarly presentation component to the program, is sponsored in part by the League of Professional Theatre Women, a non-profit organization promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in theatre since 1982. 
Women’s Work LABs are incubating more than 20 scripts!
On May 9, the 2021 Short Play LAB will review the next to last drafts of six scripts written to the theme of “EMERGENCE” in preparation for June table readings. Our hope is to return to a live (though modified) Festival in mid-August. We’ll keep you posted!
Scripts from 2020 could not be presented in a live festival last August but are in rehearsals this month for a virtual presentation at the end of June. Our goal is to still give these “NOW OR NEVER” plays a live production sometime in late fall, as performances in front of an audience are a critical part of the development process. Stay tuned for more details…The Full-length LAB currenty has 11 scripts in various stages of development, from first drafts to almost ready for production. We will be sharing virtual readings of at least two of them before June 30 (the end of our season.) Schedule information will be coming shortly.
WOMEN’S WORK is made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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De Beauvoir: New Perspectives for the 21st Century

De Beauvoir: New Perspectives for the 21st Century

June 2-4, KU Leuven (online)

Organizational committee:  Ashika Singh (KU Leuven),  Julia Jansen (KU Leuven),  Karen Vintges (UvA), Liesbeth Schoonheim (KU Leuven)

More information and registration:

Wednesday June 2

15.00-15.30: Introduction by the organizers

15.30-16.30: Keynote: Jennifer McWeeny: How Does Your Mind Grasp Your Body? Recovering Phenomenological Figures in The Second Sex
Response: Tessel Veneboer


16:45-18:15: Panel 1
Heli Mahkonen: Love: Patriarchal oppression or emancipatory potential? Aspects of feminist love critique
Dianna Taylor: Counter-violence: A Beauvoirian Response to Sexual Violence?


18:30-20:00: Panel 2
Filipa Melo Lopes: What do incels want? Explaining Incel Violence Using Beauvoirian Otherness
Adam Kjellgren: Feminist Perspectives on Myth: The Case of Simone de Beauvoir


20.30-22.00: Cultural event, in collaboration with 30CC, with a.o. Ruud Welten and Kathleen Gyssels



15.00-15.15: Welcome Back

15:15-16:45: Panel 3
Dana Miranda: An Ambiguous Repossession
Mickaelle Provost: A Transatlantic Existentialism: Simone de Beauvoir, Richard Wright and the Phenomenology of Racial Oppression


17:00-18:30: Panel 4
Sonia Kruks: Old Age and Intersectionality: Beauvoir and Beyond
Kate Kirkpatrick: Epectant Anxiety in The Second Sex


18:45-20:00: Panel 5
Dana Rognlie: Repeating Her Autonomy: Beauvoir, Kierkegaard, and Women’s Liberation in the Twenty-First Century

Elaine Stavro: Rethinking radical democratic agency: Simone de Beauvoir’s approach to fugitive and coalitional politics


15:00-15:15: Welcome Back

15:15-16:45: Panel 6
Catherine Raissiguier: Beauvoir, Bardot, and Burqinis: Making Sense of Modern France
Ana Maskalan: “I Didn’t Ask for It”. Women of Former Yugoslavia Vs. The Invisibility of Rape


17:00-18:30: Keynote: Qrescent Mali Mason: title t.b.a.
Response: Daan Van Cauwenberge

18.30-19.30: Round table

Dr. Liesbeth Schoonheim ● FWO Junior Post-Doctoral Fellow ● RIPPLE, Institute of Philosophy ● KU Leuven
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, 3000 Leuven, Belgium ●

Visiting address: Pedagogisch Instituut, room 2.60, Vesaliusstraat 2

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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Project Vox

Project Vox would like to announce the newest philosopher entry on our site, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz!

Born at the end of the Spanish “Golden Century,” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) is, in many senses, the perfect embodiment of the Baroque spirit. Her poetry and her plays have been the object of dozens of scholarly studies and monographs, all of which recognize her immense literary talent and her amazing poetic abilities. However, one aspect of Sor Juana’s polymathy that has received comparatively little attention is her engagement with philosophical questions. Though her philosophical work is not presented in conventional forms such as treatises or dialogues, some of her poetry (in particular, the epistemological poem First Dream, which is considered her masterpiece) and her letters (the Letter Worthy of Athena and the Reply to Sor Filotea) offer novel suggestions regarding the relationship between dreams and knowledge, the connection between the natural and the divine, and original arguments supporting the right of women to study and be educated. 

In other news:

A year in review: over the past year Project Vox has reached over 17,000 viewers from 150 countries around the world.

Check out our newest blog series, Project Vox Classroom! If you work in or are a student of Philosophy education, k-12 or college-level, and would like to contribute, please reach out to

One of our most read blog posts over the past year is Deepshikha Sharma’s Revealing Voices post entitled “Forgotten Women”; Deepshikha highlights marginalized women philosophers in the Indian Philosophical Canon. 

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Brazilian Women Philosophers: Sueli Carneiro by Djamila Ribeiro

Here is the first video of the series Brazilian Women Philosophers: Sueli Carneiro by Djamila Ribeiro.

From Carolina Araújo and Carmel Ramos:

The series, promoted by the Extending New Narratives in Philosophy and by the Brazilian Network of Women Philosophers, is produced in Portuguese with English subtitles, aiming at the accessibility of the international public. 

With curation by Carolina Araújo and Carmel Ramos, both at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the series invites intellectuals to present the work of prominent Brazilian philosophers. Centered on the author’s concepts and arguments, the videos intend to show the importance of reading her works and introducing them in the academic curriculum.

Premiered every six weeks, the videos will be available for free on the YouTube channels of Extending New Narratives in Philosophy and the Brazilian Network of Women Philosophers.In this first video, learn more about philosopher Sueli Carneiro with philosopher Djamila Ribeiro.

Sueli Carneiro is PhD in Philosophy from São Paulo University (USP) and CEO of the Geledés Institute for Black Women. She is author of “Writings of a life” [Escritos de uma vida] (Editora Letramento, 2018); “Racism, sexism and inequality in Brazil” [Racismo, Sexismo e Desigualdade no Brasil] (Selo Negro, 2011); “The color of prejudice” [A cor do preconceito] (Ática, 2006); “Grounding other as non-being as the ground of being” [A fundação do Outro como Não-Ser como fundamento do Ser] (FEUSP, 2005); “Women who make São Paulo” [Mulheres que fazem São Paulo] (Celebris, 2004), “Black women in the women’s decade” [A mulher negra na década da mulher] (Nobel, 1985). She received numerous awards, including the Kalman Silvert, Vladimir Herzog and Bertha Lutz awards.

Djamila Ribeiro holds a Master’s Degree in Political Philosophy from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). She is Editor of the “Feminismos Plurais” Collection and author of “Lugar de Fala” [Place of Speech] (Pólen, 2011); “Quem tem medo do Feminismo Negro?” [Who is afraid of Black Feminism?] (Companhia das Letras, ) and “Pequeno Manual Antirracista” [Short Antiracist Manual] (Companhia das Letras, ). She is a columnist for the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo and considered by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential women in the world. She won the Jabuti Award in Humanities in 2020. 

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Africana Women Philosophers at ENN

The Extending New Narratives blog has a an Africana women philosophers section with a post on Mary Ann Shadd Cary and forthcoming posts on Nísia Floresta and Phillis Wheatley which can currently be read on the New Narratives facebook page.

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Mary Wollstonecraft and the Vindication of Human Rights – LSE

An exciting online public event with Bee Rowlatt, chair of the Wollstonecraft Society, and Professor Amartya Sen.

Join two great minds in exploring the themes of justice and equality: Amartya Sen and Enlightenment hero Mary Wollstonecraft, as Amartya Sen gives the inaugural Wollstonecraft Society Lecture.Mary Wollstonecraft claimed human rights for all. She overcame limited education and a background of domestic violence to become an educational and political pioneer, and one of the greatest thinkers of the eighteenth century. As well as her intellectual audacity, it is Wollstonecraft’s love for humanity, her self-proclaimed “ardent affection for the human race” that continues to inspire. This event explores how, despite a savage pandemic, economic downturn, and increasing isolation in both political and individual life, there is a counter-story of community building and education, of optimism and hope.

Note that the event will be streamed live on Facebook as well as broadcast over Zoom.

Preregistration is required, here.

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New Voices Talk Series

New Voices Talk Series entitled Early Modern Women on Knowledge at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists(directed by Ruth Hagengruber, Paderborn University): 

29th of April 2-3.40 PM CET: Julia Borcherding (University of Cambridge) – TBA

10th of June 2-3.40 PM CET: Fatema Amijee (University of British Columbia) – The Disharmony of Leibniz and Du Châtelet

24th of June 2-3.40 PM CET: Ariane Schneck (Bielefeld University) – Emotions and Knowledge in Elisabeth of Bohemia

29th of July 2-3.40 PM CET: Sebastian Bender (Humboldt University Berlin) – Is Anne Conway a Monist?

26th of August 2-3.40 PM CET: Nastassja Pugliese (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) – Anne Conway on Imagination and Reason

30th of September 2-3.40 PM CET: Katarina Peixoto (Rio de Janeiro State University) – Émilie du Châtelet against Innocence

The talk series will take place online. We plan for 45 minutes talk followed by 45 minutes discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend. To register for one or all talks please contact

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 Clara Carus. For further information about New Voices or to join New Voices please visit: 

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