Bridging the gender gap through time: how women philosophers of the past contributed to today’s thought



Call for Abstracts:

King’s College London
Friday, 23rd February 2018

Convenors:  Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent), Alan Coffee (King’s)
Keynote Speakers: Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame) and TBA

Conference webpage.

We invite abstracts of between 300 and 500 words. Talks will be 20 minutes long with a further 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

Please send abstracts prepared for anonymous review or any enquiries to by 30 September 2017. We aim to notify participants by 30 October. Registration for all other attendees will open in due course.

Women have had a far deeper and more extensive influence on the history than is commonly realised. Far from confining their interests to questions of gender and domestic matters, women have been writing on all aspects of philosophy for as long as such a discipline can be identified. Indeed, it is often surprising just how much high quality philosophical and political thought women have produced throughout history given that so few of the writers are known outside of a few specialist departments.
Across history, women’s writing is now being recovered not as marginal but as theoretically important in its own right. Amongst the many names one could list, we might think of Hildegard von Bingen and Christine de Pizan from the Middle Ages; Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Mary Astell in the Early Modern Period; Catharine Macaulay, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, as well as Olympe de Gouges and Sophie de Grouchy, in the revolutionary period of the Enlightenment; to say nothing of Mary Prince, Harriet Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth amongst the numerous slave and abolitionist writings of the nineteenth century.
In spite of the many difficulties women have had in making their voices heard philosophically – women did not have access to the highest levels of education, they often had to confine themselves to safe subjects to avoid social censure, they frequently found it necessary to write anonymously or to destroy one’s work, and they were in any case not normally taken seriously – their work far was more influential in their own time than we often realise today, and it still has the potential to speak to us in our own time through its influence on contemporary debates and issues.
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.
We invite submissions for papers on any related theme, including but not limited to those named above. We are also interested in papers focused on women writing from a non-Western tradition, or under conditions of social or political oppression today. Presentations may address any area of philosophy, or of social, moral and political thinking more widely conceived. Some suggested topics include women philosophers on education, social reform, or revolution.


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Wollstonecraft conference at Bilkent


The contributions of Mary Wollstonecraft to contemporary issues in philosophy

1-2 June 2017 Bilkent University (Room A130)

Keynote speakers:

Sarah Hutton  (York)

Hatice Nur Erkizan (Muğla)

Full details and program  here.

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Welcome to!

Feminist History of Philosophy blog has kindly invited us to share updates about our research project at McGill University. Below you will find some information about the project and a link to the project’s website. More to come! 

Querelle(dot)ca is part of a project, Equality and Superiority in Renaissance and Early Modern Pro-Woman Treatises (the “Equality Project”), directed by Professor Marguerite Deslauriers of the Department of Philosophy at McGill University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The team includes two other faculty researchers: Andrew Piper (McGill, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), and Laura Prelipcean (Concordia University, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics). The student Research Assistants, both graduate and undergraduate, are drawn from a variety of disciplines. 

The Equality Project is devoted to the works of authors who contributed to the pro-woman side of the querelle des femmes—a debate about the nature and worth of women that unfolded in Europe from the medieval to the early modern period. Our website functions as a hub for collecting and circulating texts, historical information, and teaching materials from and about the querelle des femmes. We present the work of authors writing in English, French, Italian, and Latin; these transcriptions – in searchable format – are public domain, and we encourage their use by researchers, instructors, students, and anyone interested in or curious about the history of this debate.

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Liberty, in thy name: a new book blog

I started a new blog on my personal webpage to follow the progress of my new book project:

Liberty, in thy name! Three women of the French Revolution: Olympe de Gouges, Manon Roland and Sophie de Grouchy.

The book is an intellectual biography of three philosophers I’ve been working on over the last few years. I’ve uncovered all sorts of fun historical titbits and this blog is where I put them.

So please come and have a look here.

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Spyridon Tegos on Adam Smith, Sophie de Grouchy, Germaine de Staël

Conférence de Spyridon Tegos – mercredi 19 avril, 17h30-19h30 

Politesse aristocratique et (in)civilité républicaine avant et après la Révolution :
Adam Smith, Sophie de Grouchy, Germaine de Staël 

La conférence aura lieu dans la bibliothèque de l’Institut Michel Villey (1, rue d’Ulm – 75005 Paris – 5eétage).



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PhD scholarship to work on Early Modern Women in Liverpool and Lille.

Liverpool Hope University and the Université Catholique de Lille offer a joint scholarship to pursue a PhD in early modern women’s literature under the direction of Dr. Lisa Walters. The scholarship will cover three years of full tuition fees.

The title of the project is “Early Modern Women and Intellectual History,” which can be understood in a broad sense. For example, the student could consider women’s literature in relation to history, literary traditions, philosophy, etc.   The scholarship asks for candidates to hold a merit or distinction in the UK. In the US this would be roughly equivalent to a B+ or A.  More details about the scholarship can be found here:


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Mary Astell on Project Vox

Project Vox, the go to website for teaching, studying and researching early modern women philosophers has just added one new philosopher to their database. 

Check out their material on Mary Astell here.

Thanks to Andrew Janiak and his team for their work on this!

Below is a screen shot from the new page.

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