Call for Proposals: The New Historia

The New Historia: mapping new knowledge through women’s lives and livelihoods – A digital magazine + knowledge network

Do women form a category of inquiry that demands a new kind of science? The New Historia aims for nothing short of creating a new knowledge-ordering system that builds off a new wave of historical research combined with innovative technologies for representation; together, these will surface previously unknown constellations of influential women and unexpected networks of knowledge.

Women of the past constitute “missing matter,” both as subjects not yet known and as

possessors of missing knowledge that has no obvious place in current knowledge ordering systems. It is not just that history has been written mostly by men and about men, and that we need to correct the record by adding in a few women’s stories. The New Historia argues, instead, that we must rebuild the practice of history from the ground up, exploring new ways of telling stories, new ways of organizing information, and new ways of connecting the past to the present. How do we do more than add women into received narratives of the past and stir?

New evidence calls into question the assumptions that structure our deepest beliefs about culture, each other, and what’s possible.

A unique collaboration between historical studies, design, and new journalism, The New Historia is dedicated to:

  • presenting authoritative, transdisciplinary female biographies that highlight women’s ingenious responses to prevailing knowledge-ordering systems
  • broadcasting these stories on an interactive, immersive digital platforms, using

technologies that create new experiences, stimulate further discoveries, and revealunimagined taxonomies

  • creating a new kind of history that values the roles women have always played in human endeavors.

We have the technology to secure these figures for posterity and to rewrite history as we have known it. Using emerging data technologies to visualize the unforeseen points of convergence between and among recovered figures, we will build a new technology for making history.

Find out more about TNH and the new knowledge-ordering system from this New School News article.


Call for Contributors:

The New Historia is looking to expand its collection of women’s biographies.

We are looking for authors to write detailed biographies, following a schema created by the New Historia, of women who should figure in human histories.

These women can come from any period of history, any part of the world, and their work can belong in any discipline and genre.

We are especially keen to identify authors who could write about non-western women.

Proposals should include your name, a brief CV, the name of the woman you are proposing to write about, her time and place of birth, the discipline or area she worked and what she contributed to it.

You should also state briefly why you are qualified to write about this specific woman.

You may propose more than one biography (but please specify how long it will take you to deliver all of them).

Selected biographies will be edited and published in the first instance on The New Historia webpage (currently under construction) before being fully integrated in the project.

Please send your proposals to

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CFA – The Canon Revisited: Women Philosophers at the University of Minho.

Call for Abstracts: 5th Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Minho (Braga, Portugal)

20-21 January 2020

The Canon Revisited: Women Philosophers

Our keynote speakers this year will be:

Professor Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent University)

Professor Ruth Hagengruber (University of Paderborn)

The Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society of the University of Minho is pleased to announce the 5th Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, an international annual conference to be held every year in January at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. The purpose of this conference series is to promote the study of the tradition of political and moral philosophy and its legacy in shaping our institutions, culture and beliefs.

In the last few decades, historians of philosophy have taken a keen interest in women philosophers from the past. One would expect them to be very few, given the historical hurdles women have met with in all areas of academy and all areas of public life, throughout history. But they have not been as few as that after all. And their intellectual output has been achieved in the context of the philosophical discussions of their times, in communication with male philosophers. Which suggests that the absence of women philosophers is the result of a selection, and not the mere reflection of an actual absence. A canon of western philosophers has been constituted in which only male philosophers appear, especially when it comes to philosophy before the second half of the 20th century. This means that you can have proficiency in the discipline without ever having studied or even read a philosophical text written by a woman. Our aim in this colloquium is both to contribute to the movement of retrieval and evaluation of women philosophers which is already underway and to deepen our understanding of the reasons, be they societal or philosophical, for the all male canon one is confronted with when looking at the discipline’s past. We also want to challenge the invisibility of contemporary work carried out by non-male philosophers within moral and political philosophy or more broadly relevant to understand such issues.

Thus, in this colloquium we hope to discuss themes such as, but not limited to, the following:

– Women in the history of philosophy

– The idea of a canon

– Contemporary philosophy from the point of view of a history of exclusion of women

– Feminist history of philosophy

– Feminist criticisms of traditional moral theories

– Feminist perspectives on sex and gender

– Social ontology: race, gender and disability

– Language and gender

The Colloquium welcomes original explorations of these and related topics.

Members of socially under-represented collectives are especially encouraged to apply.

Abstract submission:

Abstract proposals no longer than 500 words prepared for blind review, along with 5 keywords.

Please provide your name, contact information, affiliation, and a short 2-3 line bio.

Proposals must be sent via a Submission Form which can be accessed in the conference’s website here:

Further queries can be directed to

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 17, 2019.

Notifications of acceptance: December 1, 2019.

The official language of the conference is English.

Information about registration, program, accommodation and travelling is available on the conference’s website.

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CFP BSHP Women in the History of Philosophy

British Society for the History of Philosophy, Annual Conference 2020

Women in the History of Philosophy 

23 – 25 April 2020, University of Durham


Keynote Speakers

Peter Adamson (LMU/KCL)

Sophia Connell (Birkbeck)

Marilyn Fischer (Dayton)


Call for Papers

Proposals for individual papers and for papers organized in themed symposia are invited on women in philosophy from any period of the discipline’s history. In line with the BSHP’s commitment to broadening the canon, proposals on currently under-represented philosophical traditions, periods and authors are especially welcome. All proposals must be anonymized for blind peer-review.

Individual papers: please send an abstract of MAX 500 words (in word format) for a paper suitable for a 30 minute slot (20 mins for the paper, 10 mins for Q&A) to

Symposia: please send a proposal of MAX 500 words (in word format) for a symposium of 3-4 papers (each paper suitable for a 30 minutes slot) with abstracts of MAX 300 words for each paper to Please also submit, in a separate document, the email address and institution of each participant, and the name and email of the symposium organizer who will serve as contact person.

Deadline: 30th November, 2019

Please note: all conference participants, including accepted speakers, must be BSHP members. However, it is not necessary to be a member in order to simply submit an abstract. For information on the BSHP and how to join please visit

As signatories of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme, the BSHP will take steps to ensure gender balance among speakers and participants. As for all BSHP events, some funding is available for childcare. If you require childcare in order to attend the conference please contact

Graduate students and unwaged members may apply for a bursary of up to £200. Please email for details.


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PhD Scholarship Opportunity at Monash

PhD Scholarship Opportunities on Rights and Dignity

Job No.: 595778

Location: Monash University, Clayton campus, Australia

Employment type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year and 3 month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: Stipend value of $27,872 AUD per annum, plus allowances

The Opportunity

Two projects are available for two PhD candidates to carry out research on: one, the topic of rights and dignity in early modern philosophy; and two, the place of dignity in human rights and/or health care.

Project One: The student’s research will be connected to a larger project, ‘The Philosophical Foundations of Women’s Rights: A New History, 1600-1750’, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant (project no. DP190100019, 2019–22). The research team for this project comprises Associate Professor Jacqueline Broad (Monash) together with Prof. Deborah Brown (UQ) and Prof. Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill, Canada). The purpose of the project is to show that the history of women’s rights is much longer and richer than previously thought. The project expects to generate a new understanding of feminist history by investigating several texts calling for the recognition of women’s dignity, worth, nobility, and excellence (cognate concepts to rights) in England and Europe from 1600 to 1750, against the backdrop of the rise of Cartesianism.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to carry out independent research that complements this larger project in some way. For example, research proposals might focus on wider philosophical issues to do with rights and dignity in this period, or examine a single movement or group of early modern philosophers, or a single male or female philosopher. Proposals that fall outside the early modern time period will be considered, provided that they are relevant to the larger project. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, in consultation with the supervisors.

Project Two: The student’s research will be connected to a larger project, ‘Conferring Dignity in Law and Health Care’, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant (project no. DP190100734). The Lead Investigator for this project is Linda Barclay (Monash). The research team is Suzy Killmister (Monash), Paul Formosa (Macquarie), Oliver Sensen (Tulane) and John Tasioulas (KCL). The purpose of this project is to develop a new and more inclusive philosophical conception of dignity. A conception of dignity as something conferred will be developed, and the case made that such dignity can and should be conferred on all human beings. The expected outcome is a new understanding of the importance of dignity in human rights law and in health care services.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out independent research that complements this larger project in some way. For example, research proposals might focus on philosophical conceptions of dignity, the meaning and function of dignity in human rights law, and whether medical ethics should include respect for dignity as an independent value. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, in consultation with the supervisors.

The successful candidate(s) will be supervised by researchers in the Philosophy department within the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. As one of Australia’s leading centres for philosophical research, Monash Philosophy received a top rating of 5 in the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia ranking exercise, indicating an “outstanding performance well above world standard”. The department as a whole has a well-established track record of success in research publications and grants, including six ARC Future Fellowships and at least 15 ARC Discovery Projects in the past ten years.


n addition to the scholarship, research candidates in the Philosophy Graduate Research Program also have access to funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research, as well as other research-related expenses.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant(s) will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne.

The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $27,872 per annum 2019 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at:

The Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for a successful international awardee.

Please note: Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in philosophy or other relevant disciplines (e.g. politics, law, history of ideas, or feminist theory).

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol before March 2020. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


For more details about the research project please contact:

Project 1: Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Broad, Philosophy Department, SOPHIS, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, 3800,

Project 2: Dr Linda Barclay, Philosophy Department, SOPHIS, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, 3800,

Submit an Expression of Interest

Applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest to the Arts Graduate Research office via this link:

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability, clearly indicating the project being applied to.
  • A research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

Once an EOI is submitted, applicants will be required to notify the office separately by sending an email to

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing Date

Thursday 31 October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT

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The Wollstonecrafts in America – links and summary

In the past few weeks, I have posted a number of stories by Wayne Bodle about the Wollstonecraft (extended) family in America. This was prompted by an earlier announcement of the ‘discovery’ of a  botanic text by Mary Wollstonecraft’s sister in law, Nancy. As it turns out, the book had already been discovered, and Nancy and her descendants were the subject of Wayne’s research.

Here are, below, the links to the articles he kindly allowed me to post here. We look forward to his book!

Wayne Bodle is a Senior Research Associate of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.   Before retiring two years ago, he taught at Penn, the University of Iowa, Rider University, and mostly, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is working on a book on the “Wollstonecrafts in America,” from 1792 until at least 1904.

1. “Wollstonecrafts in America” Guest post by Wayne Bodle

2. Charles Wollstonecraft – by Wayne Bodle

3. Sarah Garrison Wollstonecraft (1789-1872) – by Wayne Bodle

4. Jane Nelson Wollstonecraft [Sims], (1806-1882)

5. Mary Ann and little Charles: Two Mysterious Wollstonecraft Children

6. The Case of Jenny Bullard

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New Books in the Feminist History of Philosophy

Margaret Cavendish. Essential Writings. Edited by David Cunning. Oxford New Histories of Philosophy. 


Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy. Translated by Sandrine Berges, and edited by Sandrine Berges and Eric Schliesser. Oxford New Histories. 

Grouchy cover

Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought. Edited by Eileen O’Neill and Marcy Lascano. Springer. 

Oneill lascano

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The Case of Jenny Bullard

This is the sixth of a series of posts by Wayne Bodle on the lives and works of the Wollstonecraft family in America.

Sarah Jane Wollstonecraft (Jenny)Bullard,” (1828-1904), was born in Boston to Mary Ann (Barrett) and Silas Bullard.   She was neither an “actual Wollstonecraft” by birth or by marriage, but her (second) middle name was something more than just a random, if tantalizing, bit of social evidence about the “reception history” of Mary Wollstonecraft’s ideas in America    a generation after her death in 1797.   Mary Ann Barrett was the daughter of Charles Barrett, Jr., of New Ipswich, N.H., who was an ally and an agent of Sarah Garrison Wollstonecraft in the abduction of her daughter, Jane Nelson Wollstonecraft, in 1818.  Sarah Jane’s father, Silas Bullard, was a Boston merchant and an industrial partner of Charles Barrett, Jr., in a series of mills at or near New Ipswich early in the nineteenth century.  The Bullards were an important, if non-elite, New England family from the early days of the puritan “Great Migration” to the New World in the 1630s.  He was a member of a branch of his family that migrated north from the family core at Dedham, Massachusetts to New Ipswich early in the eighteenth century.

Mary Ann, a late adolescent, and several of her girlfriends, befriended Jane when she entered the household of Rev. Richard Hall in 1818.  They apparently served as lookouts or decoys who got Jane far enough away from his house for the abduction to succeed that August.  In newspaper debates over the episode, supporters of Barrett and of Jane’s birth mother printed purported letters from her—by then living in New York State—to Mary Ann, thanking her for her assistance in escaping from Rev. Hall, and implying continued friendship between the two.  (It should be noted that supporters of Nancy Wollstonecraft, the de facto, if absentee, “evil step-mother” in this scenario, published purported letters from Jane to precisely the opposite effect.)

In 1820, Mary Ann married her father’s partner, Silas Bullard.  They had four children during the next eight years, the last of whom was Sarah Jane Wollstonecraft (“Jenny”) Bullard.  It is hard not to conclude that her name(s) memorialized an event still resonating powerfully in Mary Ann’s emotional consciousness a decade later.  Another daughter from this marriage, Mary Bullard Dwight, was a member of the Brook Farm community in Massachusetts, who in 1851 married John S. Dwight, a prominent transcendentalist teacher and musical scholar/editor.

Little is known about the early and middle years of Jenny’s life (or any of it, really).  Silas Bullard died in 1835 and his widow married Alfred C. Hersey, a Boston businessman, in 1838.  The U.S. Census catches Jenny in abstract slices once every decade from 1850.  In that year Mary Bullard, still unmarried, and “Sarah J[ane] Bullard,” lived in Boston with their mother and step-father.   In 1860 John and Mary Bullard Dwight lived in Boston, housing her sister “Jennie Bullard,” along with a woman music teacher and a domestic servant.   (Mary Dwight died in September of that year while her husband traveled in Europe).  By 1870, “Jennie Bullard” was living in her mother’s hometown in New Ipswich, listed singly as “keeping house” there. The Herseys lived until 1875 (for Mary), and until1888 (for Alfred), probably still in Boston.      Jennie may have kept house in New Ipswich at their “summer residence,” an increasingly popular amenity or asset class for Boston’s affluent elite inhabitants after the Civil War.  She probably resided in the house of her late great grandfather, Charles Barret, Sr. who built the huge mansion next door (to which Jane N. Wollstonecraft had been brought, kicking and screaming by some accounts, in 1818) as a wedding present for Charles Jr and his new bride. .

In 1880 “Jane W. Bullard” was again listed as heading a household in New Ipswich, now with two middle-aged female boarders, Mary F. Dean and Mary E Miller, and an Irish servant.   Neither of the boarders was identified by her occupation, if they had any.  In the fragmentary modern consciousness remaining today about Jane, there is a vague sense that this circumstance —a group of unrelated, or at least unmarried, female co-residents living autonomously without visible sources of income—became locally defining about the house; perhaps in a context of unease if not even scandal.  But this premise is based on no scholarship whatsoever, merely my own awkward stab at digesting ragged snippets of text in numerous ambiguous publications. [1]

This ambiguity is bolstered by the fact that Massachusetts’s federal census records for 1890 were destroyed in a fire.   In 1900 “Jennie W.Bullard” was still listed as residing in New Ipswich, now with Mary Dean but not Mary Miller.  There was a new and younger resident, Laura N. Barr, who was related to Jenny, about whom, see more below or in a later post.

Census data can only say so much beyond its primitive locational or tracking function.  The appearance, disappearance, and reappearance of initials in Sarah/Jane/Jennie’s mutating census name, especially the perhaps diagnostic “W,” is intriguing.  But we know nothing about the ceremonies of interaction between visiting enumerators and resident(s) of a house.  What did having the name “Wollstonecraft” mean to a provincial American woman in the late nineteenth century?   Non-census information is surely suggestive, but fragmentary enough to be galling. An undated scrawl in a notebook kept episodically by the poet Walt Whitman (of Brooklyn, or Camden, N.J., or Washington, DC) carries the mystifying signifier “Case of Jenny Bullard.”[2]

Another fragment about Jenny that we have to fill the gap between the 1880 and 1900 censuses is an “Account Book” of a Boston business, the “E.G. Bullard Apothecary,” for 1882-1883, held with the Barrett Family Papers in the collections of Historic New England.  The book is, on its face, about as articulate as any document created to record debts and receipts.  But one page has the notation “Jenny W.Bullard, proprietor.” I have found little information about E.G. Bullard beyond some prosaic references in pharmaceutical industry publications.  But Jenny’s first cousin, Enoch P. Bullard, was born in Boston and he grew up in Concord and Littleton, New Hampshire.  He worked in dry goods and in private merchant banking in Boston.  In 1857 he moved to New York City to marry Laura Jane Curtis, a feminist and abolitionist writer and editor who mixed literary production with suffragist and other women’s rights political work.  He was an executive in a wholesale drug company that grew out of the Curtis’s family’s involvement with the distribution of patent medicines. Still a third Yankee Bullard, Edwin, spent his career as a partner in a drug store in Keene, N.H,  a proverbial “few towns over” from New Ipswich., [3]

These factoids may be coincidental but coincidence and cultural connection are entangled phenomena in early modern New England family and community history. Take “Wollstonecraft” out of Jenny’s cascade of names—and its increasingly prevalent diminutive, “W” in her use of those names—and I might be inclined to think that this inquiry, or at least its book version, can end with Jane Nelson Wollstonecraft Sims’s death in New Orleans in 1882.  But Jenny died in New Ipswich in 1904 (the same year that Enoch did in New York City). Her probate executor and heir was her housemate and step-second cousin, Laura Maria Barr.  Barr’s middle initial was not “N.,” as the census taker heard it, but neither was it “W.” She was definitely, as Jenny was perhaps only inferentially, a feminist, a suffragist, an activist, and an agent of change.  She lived in the Old Barrett Place (at least during summers), as unmarried and as unconventional as Jenny had been for much of the rest of her life, which ended in 1949.  I want to get the Wollstonecrafts in America story as close as possible to the Nineteenth Amendment, if not down to my own time. For which reason, I think that I’ll proceed to investigate these things for a little while longer.

1  See, for example, Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era: Selections from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. (Boston, 1984), pp. 154-156,   “Chest of Drawers,” Provenance:  “…. A series of single people—widows and unmarried women—resided in the house….[including] Mary Ann Barrett Bullard Hersey until 1875; [and] Mary Ann’s daughter, Sarah Jane Bullard, until 1903…” 

[2]   The editorial apparatus for the published version of Whitman’s notebooks leads us to a “Letter from William D. O’Connor to Walt Whitman,” October 19, 1865, from New Ipswich, N.H., in which Whitman’s friend O’Connor writes “I am staying here at the house of Miss Jenny Bullard, a friend of whom I believe I have spoken to you.  I wish you knew her.  You would like her…. She told me today that she wanted me to invite you to come up here…”  The apparatus for this letter says that this is “the only other reference to Bullard in the poet’s papers. Bullard’s full name was Sarah Jane Wollstonecraft Bullard…..Bullard never married and is said to have lived with two women.”

[3]Denise M. Kohn, “Legacy Profile, Laura Jane Curtis Bullard (1831-1912),”  Legacy, Vol. 21 No. 1  2004. 

Wayne Bodle is a Senior Research Associate of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.   Before retiring two years ago, he taught at Penn, the University of Iowa, Rider University, and mostly, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is working on a book on the “Wollstonecrafts in America,” from 1792 until at least 1904.

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