New Cambridge Element on Mary Wollstonecraft

Martina Reuter’s contribution to the new series Elements on Women in the History of Philosophy, edited by Jacqueline Broad, Mary Wollstonecraft is out, and available for free download for a short while:


Other elements have come out in that series since I last posted about it, including Mary Shepherd, by Antonia LoLordo and Susan Stebbing by Frederique Janssen-Lauren.

The whole series is here.

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CFA: The Hannah Arendt Circle, June 2023, Verona



June 26-29th, 2023 · University of Verona, Italy

The Arendt Circle meets annually to share research on any aspect of Hannah Arendt’s work. This year’s conference will be in person with presentations in English.

Deadline for Submission: December 1, 2022

Submit a 750-word abstract, prepared for anonymous review, as a Word Document or PDF, to

Our working groups are in flux due to Covid and this year’s international conference. Updates on the working groups will be posted to our website at

2023 Organizing Committee

Katherine Brichacek, Northwestern University

Magnus Ferguson, Boston College

Valentina Moro, DePaul University and University of Verona

Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona

This conference has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101029336.

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CFA: Questioning ‘Western Philosophy’: Philosophical, Historical, and Historiographical Challenges

Questioning ‘Western Philosophy’: Philosophical, Historical, and Historiographical Challenges

Conference, 28-30 April 2023, University of Oxford

Call for Abstracts. Deadline: 30 October 2022

Confirmed invited speakers:

  • Peter Adamson (LMU, Munich/King’s College London)
  • Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins/Witwatersrand) 
  • Yoko Arisaka (Hildesheim)
  • Robert Bernasconi (Penn State)
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia)
  • Lin MA (Renmin, Beijing)
  • Lewis Gordon (Connecticut)
  • Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter College/Graduate Centre, CUNY)
  • Kimberly Ann Harris (Virginia)
  • Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Catherine König-Pralong (EHESS Paris)
  • Christoph Schuringa (New College of the Humanities, London)

We are excited to invite proposals for papers to be given at an international conference, organized in collaboration with Philiminality Oxford, entitled ‘Questioning ‘Western Philosophy’: Philosophical, Historical, and Historiographical Challenges’. The idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ has become pervasive in academia and beyond, and yet what the term refers to is often left vague. Moreover, few scholars have directly explored the idea’s conceptual and historical underpinnings. Questioning ‘Western Philosophy’ will be the first international conference that subjects this idea to critical interrogation, asking whether it is legitimate, where it originates, when and how it becomes widespread, and how it impacts our understanding of philosophy and its history. 

The conference will explore the ‘legitimacy debates’ which have thus far been reserved for so-called ‘non-Western’ philosophical traditions, to ask whether the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ is a legitimate one, rather than simply assuming that it is – and is tantamount to philosophy as such. This might involve interrogating the linear narrative that presents the history of philosophy as a continuous, progressive, self-standing development from the ancient Greeks to contemporary Euro-America. We thus welcome discussion about how entanglements between philosophy in Europe and the rest of the world have a bearing on the notion of ‘Western Philosophy’. Recent scholarship has highlighted the erasure of African and Asian philosophical sources, starting in 18th century European historiography, and its repainting of philosophy as purely European and White, while others have highlighted the erasure of women from the history of philosophy across Europe over the same period. Through the conference presentations, we hope to develop a clearer picture of how these dynamics shaped or even grounded the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ which emerged over the 19th and 20th centuries. The conference also seeks to explore the impact of colonialism and how its legacies have contributed to the construction of ‘Western Philosophy’. We anticipate critical debates about the origins and rapid ascendancy of the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’, opening new directions in scholarship that pinpoints key moments in the genealogy and dissemination of the idea itself.  


Lea Cantor (Oxford) –

Josh Platzky Miller (KwaZulu-Natal) –

Conference venue & Accessibility: Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, University of Oxford, UK. Fully wheelchair accessible. PA system with handheld and lapel microphone units, infrared hearing system.

We welcome abstracts that address topics related to the issues outlined above, including:

  • Conceptual engagement with the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’, including
    • Intersectional analyses of the construction of ‘Western Philosophy’, especially regarding nationalism, racism, and sexism
    • Engagements with (assumed) characteristics and presuppositions of ‘Western Philosophy’
    • Epistemologies of Ignorance and ‘Western Philosophy’
    • Decolonial and anti-colonial approaches to the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’
    • Comparative and Intercultural approaches to the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’
    • Genealogical approaches to the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’
  • Historical and Historiographical analyses of ‘Western Philosophy’, including
    • The origin of the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’
    • How the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ was popularized
    • Intellectual influences and entanglements between ‘canonical’ European thinkers and contexts/ideas/thinkers outside of Europe, and their implications for the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ 
    • Historical critiques and defences of the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ (especially its earliest promoters and critics from around the world)
  • The impact of the idea of ‘Western Philosophy’ on, inter alia,
    • The history and historiography of philosophy
    • Teaching philosophy
    • Philosophical research
    • Public and popular understanding of philosophy and its history

Eligibility & submission guidelines: 

We invite abstracts of maximum 500 words from graduate students and Early Career Scholars (within 5 years of PhD completion), suitable for 20-minute presentations in English. We especially encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, particularly scholars from/in the Global South. Please submit abstracts as a .PDF file in an email attachment to questionwesternphilosophy[at] by 30 October 2022. Please write ‘Conference Abstract Submission’ in the subject line of your email and include your name, departmental affiliation (if relevant), email address, and the title of your paper (Early Career Researchers: please include the year in which your PhD was awarded) in your email. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review, so please ensure that your abstract is free from any identifying personal details (i.e. including title and abstract, but no information about author or institutional affiliation). Decisions will be communicated by 30 November 2022.


For more information and updates, please visit our conference website

For any inquiries, please contact one of the organizers directly. If you wish to be kept informed about the conference (and how to attend), please register your interest here

This conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and the Aristotelian Society. 

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CFP: Rewriting the History of Political Thought from the Margins.

Rewriting the History of Political Thought From the Margins 

Humboldt University Berlin, June 8-9, 2023. Lehrbereich Theorie der Politik 

Organizational committee: Ieva Motuzaite (Humboldt University Berlin), Alessandro Mulieri (University of Pennsylvania/Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Jenny Pelletier (University of Gothenburg), Liesbeth Schoonheim (Humboldt University Berlin) 

Call for Papers 

The history of political thought is usually narrated as a sequence of canonical authors reflecting on a limited set of perennial problems, such as justice, freedom, domination, tyranny, and the just regime. However, feminist and decolonial approaches have long contested this narrative. By tracing diverse lineages in the history of political thought, they seek to rectify problematic omissions while elucidating contemporary issues. In recent years, scholars working in the history of political thought have increasingly showed an interest in re-centering marginalized bodies of thought. This conference aims to set up a dialogue between these different approaches to shed light on the thematic, methodological, and political dimensions of rewriting the history of political thought. How can we place authors, traditions, and concepts center-stage that are typically relegated to the margins of the dominant historical narrative? Particular attention will be paid to marginalized concepts (slavery, foreignness, infidelity), non-Western and women political thinkers who have been excluded, and political events that have been dismissed as falling outside of the scope of political thought (for example the “woman question” or the Haitian revolution). 

In this workshop, we wish to contribute to the current discussion by addressing case studies, methodological questions, and strategies that aim to diffuse Western, male-centered history of political thought. Covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the present, this conference follows three closely interwoven threads: 

1. By diversifying lineages in the history of political theory, we can redefine key concepts and themes. By focusing on forgotten radical experiments, traditions of political thought and activism, and neglected authors, some concepts in the history of political thought (such as the state, sovereignty, authority) might lose their centrality, while others (such as freedom, citizenship, property rights) might have various conflicting and alternative meanings. Such a “history of political concepts from below” (Bogues and Laudani) starts from the use of concepts within political struggles, rather than their theorization in canonical texts. Furthermore, if we do start from canonical texts, we will likely find theoretical reflections on politics scattered both in treaties on metaphysics and ethics (e.g. Ibn Sina, Ibn Tufayl, Ibn-Rushd, John of Jandun, Elijah Del Medigo) as well as through the works with a more forthright political intention (e.g. Giles of Rome, Ptolemy of Lucca, Marsilius of Padua, Leonardo Bruni, Donato Giannotti, the treatise of the Monarchomachs, Henry Parker, Ibn Khaldun etc.). How can we relate their reflections on politics to those in other fields, such as ontology and metaphysics, and what does this teach us about the various theorizations of social and political relations? Finally, the very periodization of political thought is the object of critique: how is exclusion and marginalization affected by the much-criticized notion of modernity? How does de-centering hegemonic texts and events (e.g. Machiavelli’s The Prince, the French Revolution) and the re-centering of other texts or events (e.g. the treaties in North America and the Haitian Revolution) alter our periodization and the key concepts associated with each era? 

2. Rewriting the history of political thought brings up a number of methodological issues. Political thought is typically based on texts, while the transmission of texts is itself biased in favor of those political and theoretical groups that have been dominant. As a consequence, unorthodox positions as well as the position of marginalized authors such as women and non-Western thinkers have been lost, handed over to us by means of texts written by others, or transmitted orally. Furthermore, if we do have texts, these might not be widely available as they might not be translated or digitally accessible, and they might also be of another nature than the texts that dominate the canon – they might, for instance, be letters and diaries rather than lectures and monographs. How can we remedy these lacunas – what reading strategies can we develop to recuperate their thought? Moreover, what is the best way to write about authors and intellectual-political debates, especially when there is a dearth of textual sources? In the absence of texts written in their own voice, could we engage in fiction to conjure up the lost authors of the history of political thought – and to what extent would such a romanticized version be different from the historical constructions that are published as ‘genuine’ academic work? 

3. To explore alternative histories of political thought raises strategic questions related to the           institutions in which we pursue our research and teaching, as well as to contemporary politics. If we assume that the ontological and metaphysical assumptions underpinning these works are radically different from our own, how can we assess their relevancy for understanding contemporary politics? These questions also speak directly to challenges in teaching these texts. Rethinking the history of political thought has implications both for scholarship and education, and while our emphasis will be on the former we also welcome submissions that focus on the implications for teaching. 

Confirmed speakers

Catarina Belo (The American University in Cairo), Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University), Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Sussex), Barrymore Bogues (Brown University), Julia Costa Lopes (University of Groningen), Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill University) and Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths, University of London). 


Speakers can choose between a) giving a 30-minute talk, followed by a 30-minute Q&A, or b) pre-circulating their papers, and presenting for 10 minutes followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Please indicate in your submission your preferred format. The conference will be concluded with a roundtable with all the speakers (and open to the audience) to discuss the status of the canon in political theory. 


Submission deadline: October 17, 2022 Communication of results: November 1, 2022 Deadline for pre-circulated papers: May 15, 2023 

Submission & Contact 

Please submit your abstract here:

For any questions regarding the call, please contact Liesbeth Schoonheim and Ieva,

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ENN Seminar: From Enlightenment to Romanticism: Women at the Turning Point. 

This Extending New Narratives Seminar will be held at Western University in London ON, Canada, on October 13-14. If you’re interested in participating, whether in person or via Zoom, please contact Prof. Corey W. Dyck:

See the poster and program, below.

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CfA: Women and Their Body: Talk Series and Conference


Recent events have shown that it is urgent and fundamentally important to shed new light, through philosophical, linguistic, literary, scientific, medical and artistic perspectives, on the female body and the position of women in relation to their body. Too often it seems that women do not have the right to determine their own body, although men have never been deprived of this right. The question of power over the body is strongly linked to the distinction between men and women. It seems that men have more rights and power on their own body than women. But how is this possible? What is the status of the female body in culture and society? Why is the female body both, an object of desire and a battlefield for demonstrating male power? To what extent have medicine and technology interfered in recent years with the female body and with what consequences?

In the context of the New Voices Talk Series at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at Paderborn, we are inviting you to share with us your ideas about Women and their Body. We are inviting abstracts exploring any aspect of this urgent matter, covering categories like: Female Body in medicine (anatomy; childbirth, menstrual “tools” etc.); Female Body and Culture, Arts etc.; Body and Literature; Body Language; Body Experience; Body in Phenomenology; Female Body and Technology; Women on their body; Female Body as Battlefield; beauty mania; Female Body and Sports and even more.

New Voices on Women in the History of Philosophy is a group for emerging scholars who work on Women in the History of Philosophy organised in the winter term 2022/23 by Jil Muller. This term and subject intend to enlarge the network by making it more interdisciplinary, starting with a multidisciplinary Talk Series and Conference. Early scholars as well as established researchers are invited to send abstracts covering different fields in the humanities, speaking about Women and their body. New Voices is a place to connect and to foster communication on our work.

In the Talk Series from Winter 2022/23, there are at least 6 meetings/dates (completely on Zoom) to be covered, but depending on the number of people interested in this subject, an international, hybrid conference is also planned on March, 16th and 17th 2023. For both events, please send an abstract (300 words max.), and personal details, including a contact email, to, by the 1st of September 2022 (indicating if you are available for both events, or if you prefer one or the other). You can expect to hear back from Jil Muller by September 12th.

For further information or any question, please feel free to send an email to

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New series on Women in the History of Philosophy

Cambridge Elements has just published the first four titles in a new series, edited by Jacqueline Broad on Women in the History of Philosophy. Two more titles are coming out soon, and several more later.

The four titles that are out now are Simone de Beauvoir, by Karen Green, Frances Power Cobbe, by Alison Stone, Pythagorean Women, by Catarina Pello, and my own Olympe de Gouges. Forthcoming titles are on Early Christian Women by Dawn LaValle Norman, and Im Junjidang by Sungmoon Kim.

As usual with Cambridge Elements, the titles will be available online for free, for the two weeks following publication.

I look forward to reading them!

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Call for Papers and Abstracts: Emilie du Chatelet Leibniz and Wolff

Call for Papers: Émilie Du Châtelet in Relation to Leibniz and Wolff – Similarities and Differences

As part of the DFG funded research project “Émilie Du Châtelet in Relation to Leibniz and Wolff – Similarities and Differences” at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, we are inviting papers exploring any aspect of Du Châtelet’s work especially in relation to Leibniz and Wolff for publication in an edited volume by Jeffrey McDonough and Clara Carus. Please send your paper (10.000 words max. excluding bibliography and in English) prepared for blind review along with a separate title page containing your personal information and contact details to by the 31st of October 2022. Published papers will follow Chicago Author/Date style: Graduate students, early career scholars and women scholars are especially encouraged to submit papers. If you wish to identify in one of these groups please do so on the title page. 

The edition is part of a DFG funded research project dedicated to exploring Émilie Du Châtelet’s relation to Leibniz and Wolff. As part of the project we are holding a conference on the theme from September 28-30, 2022 at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at Paderborn University. There is a separate call for abstracts for presentation at the conference. Double submissions (abstract to the conference and paper for publication) are possible and encouraged. Please find the call for abstracts here:

We are looking forward to your submissions.

With best wishes,

Clara Carus, Jeffrey McDonough, Ruth Hagengruber

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CFP: WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS – BEYOND BOUNDARIES Brill: First Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists

Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists (BRILL)

Call for paper for the first thematic issue Vol I, 1: 

Women Philosophers – Beyond Boundaries

Full paper submission: June 30, 2022
The Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists (JHWP) is the world’s first journal dedicated to restoring and discussing the history of the texts written by and about women philosophers. We seek to integrate women’s intellectual heritage into the canon of philosophy, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences and publish peer-reviewed articles about women’s contributions to these disciplines. The time period investigated by articles in the Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists ranges from 2200 BCE to the 20th Century CE in both the Western and non-Western world.

The Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists publishes biannually a thematic and a non-thematic issue. The Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists understands itself to be contributing to a renewal of philosophy and as a critical instrument to the hitherto studied traditions.

The first issue is devoted to the pressing questions of the present, which goes hand in hand with the rediscovery of the history of women philosophers and scientists.

–       Should these newly discovered texts be placed within the patriarchal context or do we need a new start?

–       Do the texts of women philosophers fit seamlessly into the conventionalized patriarchal historiography or do they revolutionize our cultural intellectual habitudes? 

–       What role do women from history play regarding non-Western philosophy, colonialism and classism?

–       How does the history of women philosophers contribute to promoting change in philosophy, politics, science?

To submit an article, please visit and click the “Submit Article” button for instructions. Publication date of Volume 1, Issue 1 is Spring 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact the editors-in-chief: 

Mary Ellen Waithe and Ruth Hagengruber

Non-themed issue Vol I, Issue 2 please submit your paper (7.500-10.000 words) for blind peer not later than 30st  September 2022. 

Publication date of Vol 1, issue 1 and 2 is Spring 2023.


Ruth E. Hagengruber and Mary Ellen Waithe 

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Talk by Emily Thomas tomorrow (18 May): “Women Idealists in Britain 1882-1891: Constance Naden, Victoria Welby, and Arabella Buckley.”

Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism seminar

The next CINL seminar takes place next week on Wednesday 18th May, 4pm to 5.30pm (British Summer Time). 

Emily Thomas (Durham), “Women Idealists in Britain 1882-1891: Constance Naden, Victoria Welby, and Arabella Buckley.”


Idealists agree that reality is somehow mental, holding say that reality comprises consciousness or spirit. Idealism can be developed in many different ways and,  before the distinctive “British idealism” of T. H. Green and F. H. Bradley emerged, other idealisms were present in Britain. This paper explores the idealist metaphysics of Constance Naden, Victoria Welby, and Arabella Buckley. I show that each develops a different kind of idealism, drawing on varied sources from Kant to Herbert Spencer; contrast their idealisms with one another; and explain how these idealisms connect with the emerging Green-Bradley line.

TO REGISTER, please email c.tyler[at] for the Teams invitation.

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