Two calls from the Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS): Guest Editors and Featured Translation.

Call for Guest Editors

Simone de Beauvoir Studies is currently seeking a guest editor/s for a special issue (Vol. 31, Issue 2) that will be published in fall 2020. Each special issue of Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) generally contains six to seven articles organized by a theme chosen by the guest editor. Interested parties should submit a CV, a sample Call for Papers for the proposed theme, and a brief statement of interest that outlines their qualifications and addresses the following questions: (a) Why is the proposed theme important for Beauvoir studies, or for topics germane to the legacy of her thinking? (b) What types of work do you expect will be featured under the theme? (c) Who in the field is currently doing work that would fall under this theme? (d) Which audiences and disciplines will the theme most likely engage? How would the theme invite new audiences to Beauvoir studies? (e) Does the theme speak to any contemporary debates occurring outside of Beauvoir studies in different fields or disciplines?

Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBSis published by Brill on behalf of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, and is housed in the Humanities & Arts Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute under the direction of Professor Jennifer McWeeny. Articles are published in English or French. To apply for the guest editor position, please email your proposal to the Editor-in-Chief, SdBS@wpi.eduby May 15th, 2019. For more information, see


Call for Nominations
Simone de Beauvoir Studies – Featured Translation of 2020

Consistent with its mission of promoting international and cross-cultural exchange, Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) selects one article-length work per year that has already been published in the field of Beauvoir studies and translates it into either English or French in order to increase its international accessibility and broaden the journal’s audience. The 2020 SdBS Featured Translation will be published in French; eligible works are those that were originally published in English or any language other than French. Nominated works should be the length of a standard journal article or book chapter (ideally less than 10,000 words). The SdBS Featured Translation of 2020 will appear in Vol. 31, Issue 1.

To submit a nomination for the SdBS Featured Translation of 2020, please see the full call for nominations under the About/Downloads tab on our website: Nomination letters are due by May 15th, 2019.


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Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy on OUP list of 12 of the most important books for women in philosophy

To celebrate women’s enormous contributions to philosophy, here is a reading list of books that explore recent feminist philosophy and women philosophers. Despite their apparent invisibility in the field in the past, women have been practising philosophers for centuries. Some of the great social and cultural movements have also been enriched by the female minds and their indefatigable efforts. Explore books on feminist philosophy, gender oppression, and women’s empowerment by female authors who approach pressing issues with analytical clarity and insight. Learn more about the classic female philosophers and their legacies.

And we’re in great company! The list is here.

The book will come out next month.

Grouchy cover

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CFP Gournay Philosophe/ Gournay Philosopher

Gournay philosophe / Gournay philosopher

Call for papers

Writer, translator, publisher, linguist, critic, literary theorist, Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565–1645) is already recognized as a woman of letters. She is usually associated with philosophy through her association with Montaigne, who referred to her as his adopted daughter, or fille d’alliance, and entrusted her with the posthumous publication of his Essays. The aim of this conference is to consider Marie le Jars de Gournay as a philosopher in her own right.  A broader aim of this symposium is to contribute to the recovery of a philosophical matrimoine (female philosophical heritage), which the standard philosophical canon still largely obscures, especially in France

Questions to be addressed include:

What are de Gournay’s philosophical influences?

Can we identify Gournay’s own philosophy?

What are the anthropological, moral, social, and political issues of her feminism?


Proposals for contributions should include a title and a 200 word summary to be sent as an attachment (word or PDF) to M.-F. Pellegrin (marie- before September 15, 2019.

The conference will held at: Université Jean Moulin-Lyon on 1-2 April 2020

Organiser : M.-F. Pellegrin

Comité scientifique: P. Desan, S. Ebbersmeyer, E. Ferrari, I. Garnier, T. Gontier, R. Hagengruber, S. Hutton, M.- F. Pellegrin, L. Shapiro.


A selection of the papers will be published in the Springer series Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences (Eds. R. Hagengruber, G. Paganini, M. E. Waithe)


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Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics: Winner

Adwait Parker, a visiting predoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) who is completing his dissertation in Stanford’s department of philosophy, has been named the winner for his paper “Newton on Active and Passive Quantities of Matter.” Parker will accept his award — which includes a $1,000 prize — and give his prize lecture during the 2019 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics Workshop, April 4-5. His presentation will be Thursday, April 4 at 4:40 p.m. in Friedl Building 107, East Campus.

Attendance to the Du Châtelet Prize Workshop is free and open to all. Along with Parker’s presentation, other speakers include members of the committee that selected this year’s prize winner: Andrew Janiak (Duke University), Mary Domski (University of New Mexico), Chris Smeenk (University of Western Ontario), George Smith (Tufts University) and Katherine Brading (Duke University).

The Du Châtelet Prize is named in honor of Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), the French philosopher who wrote on a range of topics at the intersection of physics and philosophy, including epistemology and method, the nature of matter and of bodies, and the laws of motion. Her work in physics was closely connected to her interest in human liberty and free will.

See here for more.

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New Book: The Other Pascals

So this is an exciting new book:

The Philosophy of Jacqueline Pascal, Gilberte Pascal Périer, and Marguerite Périer

by John J. Conley

  • 266 pages
  • eBook (EPUB) | 9780268105167 | April 2019
  • Hardcover | 9780268105136 | April 2019
  • eBook (PDF) | 9780268105150 | April 2019

There have been many studies analyzing the philosophy of Blaise Pascal, but this book is the first full-length study of the philosophies of his sisters, Jacqueline Pascal and Gilberte Pascal Périer, and his niece, Marguerite Périer. While these women have long been presented as the disciples, secretaries, correspondents, and nurses of their brother and uncle, each woman developed a distinctive philosophy that is more than auxiliary to the thought of Blaise Pascal. The unique philosophical voice of each Pascal woman is studied in The Other Pascals.

As the headmistress of the Port-Royal convent school, Jacqueline Pascal made important contributions to the philosophy of education. Gilberte Pascal Périer wrote the first philosophical biographies of Blaise and Jacqueline. Marguerite Périer defended freedom of conscience against coercion by political and religious superiors.

Each of these women authors speaks in a gendered voice, emphasizing the right of women to develop a philosophical and theological culture and to resist commands to blind obedience by paternal, political, or ecclesiastical authorities. The Other Pascals will be of keen interest to readers interested in early modern philosophy, history, literature, and religion. The book will also appeal to those with an interest in women’s studies and French studies.


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Interactive Atlas of the Disciplines: Go Add Women!

The University of Geneva has just made available a new online resource: an
“Interactive Historical Atlas of the Disciplines”. This is an open access website:

This atlas aims at mapping the evolution of the (thematic) disciplinary
structure of science over time, as well as tracing back the successive
redefinitions of scientific disciplines throughout the centuries.
Furthermore, the project is open to scholarly (reviewed) participation:
each disciplinary map comes with dedicated tools for adding content or
bibliographic entries.

Unfortunately, so far all the 86 entries are men!

But: you can get involve and add missing scholars. This is an opportunity to include women, so please go and add your favourite women philosophers!

If you know of any missing scholar that should be added to the list of maps, you are especially welcome to provide us with any relevant information in this respect (bibliographic references, scanned picture of a table or a disciplinary tree, etc.). If you are ready to build a new map for the project, you can use the open source software ‘vym’ for that purpose (downloadable at:
Please email any material as attached files to:

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Call for Papers: Libori Summer School 2019 – Teaching Women Philosophers

Call for the English Section:

For the third year in a row, the Libori Summer School will be held by the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists in Paderborn, Germany. This year’s summer school takes place from July 29th to August 2nd at Paderborn University. This conference provides a platform for experts to present and further their work on women philosophers in cooperation with peers. This opportunity for networking allows researchers to experience an inspiring community, and exchange ideas and experiences with regard to teaching women philosophers.
“Teaching Women Philosophers” is the topic of the Libori Summer School 2019. This year, we will run two parallel Libori Summer Schools, one in English and one in German language.
The morning workshops will be held by Sarah Hutton (University of York, UK), Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (University of Copenhagen, Germany/Denmark), Ronny Miron (Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv), Luka Borsic and Ivana Skuhala Karasman (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Antonio Calcagno (Kings College, London, Ontario, CA); our invited guests for the English section.
The afternoon lectures provide a forum for presenting your papers. Please send us your proposal specifying which topic or about which philosopher you would like to teach or can provide teaching experience. What are the main ideas of your teaching concepts and to which texts does your concept refer? Conceptual comparisons in the history of philosophy are welcome, as well as papers that focus on the work of specific women philosophers.
The time frame is – depending on the proposals submitted – between 30-90 minutes. You are free to choose an interactive style of presentation (workshop opposed to a classical talk).
The Summer School`s program will be organized according to the proposed topics and will run in parallel sections.
The best conference presentations have the chance to be published in the volume Teaching Women Philosophers (in the Springer book series Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences, see making practicable advice and teaching material available within the community.
· Deadline: May 5, 2019
· Between 500-2.000 words
· Abstracts are to be submitted via e-mail to
Everyone is welcome to attend the Libori Summer School! A registration is required, the conference fee will be approx. 10€.
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