CfP on Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia

Call for papers:

Elisabeth of Bohemia: A workshop on Women and Early Modern Philosophy

to be held at:

Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University

Thursday 17  May 2018

Proposals are invited from graduate students and early career scholars for short papers to be presented at a workshop being held in connection with the up-coming international conference Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680) – Life and Legacy (Paderborn/Herford 18-20 May 2018)

The aim of the workshop is to promote communication and collaboration amongst younger scholars working on early modern women philosophers. We welcome submissions relating to Elisabeth’s of Bohemia’s letter exchanges and intellectual networks, and the conditions and challenges of women’s participation in the development of early modern philosophy. The workshop will be led by Sabrina Ebbersmeyer, Sarah Hutton and Ruth Hagengruber.

Proposals should be sent to Jessica Harmening, no later than 28th February 2018  

Proposals should include the following:

  • Name
  • E-mail address
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation abstract (300 words max.)
  • A short biography, indicating the point you have reached in your studies and/or career (250 words max.)

Papers should be 20 minutes in length.

Response to submissions will be sent by 31st March 2018.

A selection of the papers from the workshop will be included in the conference publication.

Participants will be welcome to attend the ensuing conference on Elisabeth of Bohemia which will be held at Paderborn and Herford 18th-20th May 2018.

The workshop is a joint event of the Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists (HWPS) the working group ‘History of Women Philosophers/Frauen in der Geschichte der Philosophie’ of the German Society of Philosophy (DGPhil):

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CFA:The XVIIth Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers

Note that the first section of the call for abstracts concerns women  in the history of philosophy. 

Women and Philosophy in the Era of GlobalizationPast, Present, and Future.



To be held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 10-12 August 2018


Founded in 1976, the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) is an organization committed to promoting discussion, interaction, and cooperation among women in philosophy worldwide. The IAPh’s XVIIth symposium will be held immediately preceding the World Congress of Philosophy taking place in Beijing, and proposes to celebrate women’s diverse historical and contemporary contributions to philosophy, and to highlight the work of female philosophers in all branches of philosophical and feminist inquiry. We particularly invite papers that reflect on globalization and the history of women’s engagement with philosophy and feminism in Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Africa, and elsewhere, during the past forty-two years, and back to the earliest periods. The conference theme, ‘Women and Philosophy in the Era of Globalization’ is intended to capture the broad scope of contemporary research on historical women philosophers, on feminist ethics, aesthetics, and politics, and on questions of feminist epistemology in multiple cultures. Submissions in other areas of philosophy and feminist theory are also welcome.



Invited speakers:


Professor Tan Lin, All-China Women’s Federation, China


Professor Nancy Tuana, Penn State University, USA.


Abstracts of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a biographical note of 100 words, should be sent to the organizers (  or by 28 February 2018. Acceptances will be sent out by mid April 2018.


In addition, in to aid us in organizing the conference into coherent streams, please choose at least one descriptor from those provided below, and include your choice(s) with your abstract.


1. Women in History of Philosophy: (Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Enlightenment, Nineteenth-century, Twentieth-century)

2 Contemporary Women and Philosophy: New Issues and Visions (Feminist Theory and/or Philosophy of European, Asian, African, American, Australasian Feminisms)

3 Knowledge, Science, and Politics (Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Politics, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Language)

4 Gender and Value (Meta-ethics, Ethics, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Aesthetics)

5 Marxist Philosophy and Women’s Development (Development theories of Human Beings, Theory of Women’s Development, Women’s Emancipation, Women and Capitalism, Women and Market, Transnational Feminism, Women’s Situations in the era of Globalization)

6 The Future for Women and Philosophy (Future of Feminist Philosophy, Women’s Future in Philosophy, Women and Future Philosophy)


Suggestions for panels (with three speakers per panel) are also welcome.

For this conference the IAPh expect that the principal languages will be English and Chinese. Should speaks prefer to present in one of the other official languages of the organization, German and Spanish please contact the organizers.



For further details see:

To contact the organizers,



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Registration open: Bridging the Gender Gap through Time

Registration is now open for our conference Bridging the Gender Gap Through Time. 

We hope to see many of you there!

Bridging the Gender Gap Through Time

King’s College London, 22 and 23 February.

Organized by Sandrine Berges and Alan Coffee.

Keynotes: Penny Weiss (St Louis), Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame), Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill)

The purpose of this conference is both to raise awareness of the rich historical tradition of women’s philosophy as well as to help make the connection with current social, moral, political and philosophical debate by bringing neglected women writers, past and present, into dialogue with today’s discourses.

Program available here.

The conference is free, and anyone can attend. But for reasons of space (and planning) we ask people to register in advance via Eventbrite. You can do this by clicking on the button below or visiting the official KCL page here.

Note that although the conference is taking place during the first two days of the UCU strike action, King’s College, is not taking part that week so that our conference should not be affected.

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Conference: Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics, at the University of Notre Dame, 26-28 April 2018.


e_milie_du_cha_teletIn 2009, Isabelle Bour and Judith Zinsser published a partial translation of Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics. Since 2014, faculty and students at the University of Notre Dame have worked to complete the translation (see This conference celebrates the completion of the project.

The conference will feature talks, presentations, and discussions of the text, its philosophical and historical context and significance, and ways of incorporating Du Châtelet’s philosophy into undergraduate teaching.

For more information, and registration, please go to:
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Workshop in Paderborn The Unknown Du Châtelet: Inedita from St. Petersburg

The Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists recently acquired the Du Châtelet manuscripts contained in the Voltaire Collection of the Russian National Library at Saint Petersburg. In this workshop, the Center’s working group that focuses on the respective writings will give an introduction into new aspects of the Du Châtelet research arising from their insights into the manuscripts.


The Unknown Du Châtelet: Inedita from St. Petersburg

2018, January 23rd, 4 – 8 pm

Room: O1.258

Welcome and Commentaries

Sarah Hutton (University of York)


Stefanie Ertz (Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn)

Inedita from St. Petersburg: some new details from the intellectual biography of Mme Du Châtelet

Elena Muceni (Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn)

Emilie Du Châtelet’s intellectual background

Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn University)

Du Châtelet on social order and the foundations of morals

Guest Talk

George Vlahakis (Hellenic Open University Patras)

The “Greek” Emilie and her role for the re-appearance of metaphysics in natural philosophy books during modern Greek Enlightenment


All are welcomed to attend!


For more information, please visit



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Mary Wollstonecraft Audiobook



We are in the process of creating audio books for selected texts, starting with Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” and Hume’s first “Enquiry”, to be followed soon by Descartes’s “Meditations”, and Mill’s “On Liberty”. These will be presented with a strong woman’s voice, that of  Mil Nicholson, acclaimed for her readings of Charles Dickens.

The website receives about 55,000 visits per month.

Comments on the audio or any other aspect of the project can be sent to the text-preparer Jonathan Bennett at

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Eileen O’Neill – RIP

Below is a list of links to obituaries and remembrances for Eileen O’Neill, who shaped the the sub-discipline of the history of women philosophers.

RiP: Eileen O’Neill (1953-2017)

Eric Schliesser in Disgressions and Impressions

Eileen O’Neill, 1953-2017 (obituary by Christia Mercer)

Christia Mercer in Daily Nous

Guest Post by Lisa Shapiro: RiP: Eileen O’Neill (1953-2017)

Lisa Shapiro in Disgressions and Impressions

Eileen O’Neill: Obituary

Christia Mercer and Louise Anthony in Feminist Philosophers.

In Memoriam: Eileen O’Neill (1953-2017)

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog.

A lecture by Eileen O’Neil (introduced by Christia Mercer)

Eileen O’Neill’s “Disappearing Ink:Early Modern Women Philosophers and Their Fate in History”.


Please contact me if there is a link you would like me to add.

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