Center for Canon Expansion and Change Summer Program: Call for Applications.

Call for Applications

Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC)
2023 Summer Program

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Twitter: @MNCCEC


The Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) seeks applications for participants in its 2nd annual Summer Program. Participants will take part in a week-long collaborative workshop, in which they learn about figures in an expanded canon of early modern philosophy (such as Anton Wilhelm Amo, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway) and cutting-edge research on them; discuss inclusive, student-centered, and equitable pedagogy (with 2 sessions dedicated to teaching a predominantly white subject in predominantly white institutions); and collaboratively craft their own early modern course syllabus. After the workshop, participants and guides will meet regularly and continue to communicate as their courses (and future versions of it) are implemented. Participants will also receive an award from CCEC attesting to their experience with canon expansion and inclusive teaching.

The workshop guides are the co- founders of the Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) as well as outside experts.


Jessica Gordon-Roth, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UMN

Dwight Lewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UMN

Bennett McNulty, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UMN 

Guest Early Modern expert:
Julie Walsh, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College

Guest Pedagogy experts: TBA

Summer RA: Kylie Shahar, Philosophy PhD candidate, UMN

The workshop is set to take place on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, as well as surrounding areas of Minneapolis June 5-9, 2023.


Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest (1 page outlining their interest in the program and how it connects with their research and/or teaching) and a curriculum vitae. We welcome applications from advanced graduate students and faculty members (contingent or permanent). We especially encourage applications from individuals of groups underrepresented in (Anglo-American) philosophy. Faculty members with institutional funding to participate should communicate this in application. Those eligible for an ODEI-sponsored BIPOC participant scholarship should also communicate this in their application.

Applications should be submitted to Kylie Shahar ( by March 1, 2022.  Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1, 2022.


The Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) was founded in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2021 with the goal of effecting meaningful change in the way that philosophy is done, understood, organized, and – especially – taught. In particular, CCEC focuses on supporting instructors who want to teach neglected figures or a new canon of early modern philosophy, but otherwise lack the resources to do so. CCEC aims to teach instructors how to create a safe and vibrant learning environment that speaks to a multitude of perspectives and allows students to learn about philosophers with voices like their own. The idea behind this is that we tend to teach as we have been taught, and this is the way (at least in part) the canon is maintained or upheld. This also means that this is where we can best effect change: if instructors are taught to think of the canon in a more broad and inclusive way, their students will too. Moreover, it’s only through changing the canon and understanding the way in which our respective positionalities affect learning in the classroom that we can be in a better position to change the face of philosophy. 

Sponsored by University of Minnesota Department of Philosophy (Setterberg and Chair funds), an Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) & Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) Pilot Grant, and an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) Grant, with additional funding pending.

To check out last year’s inaugural Summer Program, check out Twitter: @MNCCEC

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CFP: Special Issue of Australasian Journal of Logic on Women in/and Logic

Special Issue of Australasian Journal of Logic on Women in/and Logic

Recent research has shown that many academic disciplines, mathematics 
and philosophy included, suffer from a problematic gender imbalance, 
with women disproportionately underrepresented in publications, academic 
positions, and in the teaching syllabi. Recognition of this fact has 
come with a push to revisit the history of these fields to resurrect and 
rehabilitate the contributions of women.

A special issue of the Australasian Journal of Logic, edited by Sara L. 
Uckelman (Durham), on the subject of Women in/and Logic will be compiled 
in order to contribute to this project. We invite contributed papers 
dealing with any topic concerning women and logic, including:

* Historical texts on logic written by women
* Women in logic in the 21st century
* Women’s access to the study and teaching of logic
* Feminist logic

Submissions (preferably in pdf or doc) will be peer reviewed according 
to the standards of the AJL, and should be submitted through the AJL 
editorial portal, following the instructions for submissions here:

Queries can be directed to the editor at

Submission Deadline: May 30, 2023

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Writing about women philosophers: Dos and Donts

Here is a link to my editorial for The New Historia. Thanks to Gina Luria Walker and the New Historia Team for publishing it and making it look so pretty!

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CFP Early Modern Social Epistemology

CFP – Conference on Early Modern Social Epistemology

Central European University (Vienna), 19-20 May 2023

Invited speakers:

Martin Lenz (Groningen)

Jennifer Marusic (Edinburgh)

Traditionally, early modern epistemology is seen as strikingly individualist. It is epitomized by the Cartesian meditator’s attempt to find a foundation for the sciences on the basis of her individual reason alone. Recently, however, this picture has begun to be challenged. Concurrent with a shift in contemporary analytic epistemology towards a more practical and embodied view of knowledge, historians have begun to draw attention to the role of social features in early modern epistemologies in both canonical and non-canonical authors. This conference aims to both reflect on this shift and to further it.

We welcome papers on the following questions and topics:

  • Is early modern epistemology inherently or especially individualist?
  • Are canonical early modern thinkers surprisingly social in their thinking about epistemology?
  • Are there non-canonical early modern thinkers whose epistemologies are surprisingly social?
  • Elements of social epistemology itself in early modern thinkers, including but not limited to:
    • Testimony
    • Disagreement, consensus and its epistemological implications
    • Expertise and trust in epistemic authorities
    • Prejudice and superstition
    • Intersubjectivity
    • The role of the passions/affects for knowledge
    • The social constitution of scientific knowledge (through e.g. the Royal Society)

Submission guidelines:

Please prepare a 500-word abstract for blind review, together with a separate document containing the title of your talk and your name and institutional affiliation. Submissions (in docx or pdf format) can be sent to

Presentations will be given 45-minute slots (30 mins. talk + 15 mins. Q&A). There will be no parallel sessions.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2023 at 23:59 CET.

We expect to make our decisions by the end of February.

We will aim for gender equity in accepted presentations. Members of underrepresented groups are especially welcome to apply. We hope to be able to support accepted speakers with a travel bursary of up to 200 euros.

In case of any questions, please contact the organizers at


Dávid Bartha, Ruben Noorloos & Mike Griffin

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A blog dedicated to recent works on Olympe de Gouges

As part of her effort to make Olympe de Gouges and her writings better known, and hopefully send her to the Pantheon, Sylvia Duverger runs a blog in which she publishes excerpts from recent books on Olympe de Gouges (mostly in French).

Here is the blog.

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A New Petition to Bring Olympe de Gouges to the Pantheon

The Pantheon, a classically inspired monument in the latin quarter of Paris, was first built as a church, but because it was completed during the French Revolution, became instead a monument to the ‘great men of France’, where their remains, ashes, or sometimes cenotaphs could be kept and visited.

Although Gouges has been put forward as a candidate for inclusion in the Pantheon, she has not, so far, been successful.

There are women in the Pantheon. The first to be buried there was Louise Michelet (1905) who was transferred to the Pantheon because her husband refused to be buried without her. Ninety years later, a second woman was transferred to the Pantheon, this time on her own merit: Marie Sklowdoska Curie. Twenty years after that, two women who had distinguished themselves during the resistance came to join the first two: Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz (niece of the General). Three years later in 2018, Simone Veil the health minister responsible for the legalization of abortion was transferred there, a year after her death. Last year, the remains of Josephine Baker, whose participation in the French resistance was recently recognized, joined the others, making it a total of six women for eighty-five men.

Were Olympe to be brought to the Pantheon, she would be joining old friends, colleagues and enemies: Condorcet, Gregoire, Mirabeau, Marat, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. She would enter only as a commemorative plate, as her remains were first disposed of in a common grave, then removed to the Paris Catacombs, they would be tricky to identify.

If you would like to see Olympe de Gouges honored as a ‘great man of France’ (so that perhaps, eventually, we can begin to think of ‘great people’ rather than great men), please sign the petition started by Sylvia Duverger and presented in Le Monde on 7 January 2023 (behind a paywall).

In order to sign, please send an email with the heading ‘panthéonisation d’Olympe de Gouges’, stating your name and title in the body.

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CFP (in French) Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale – Les Canons

Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale
Appel à contributions

Les canons : arts, littérature, philosophie Argumentaire

La question du canon est aujourd’hui au cœur de nombreuses discussions et polémiques dans plusieurs secteurs de la culture et de la vie intellectuelle. La forme la plus simple de cette question est la suivante : lorsque certaines œuvres (artistiques, littéraires, philosophiques…) sont présentées comme absolument classiques, insurpassables et indispensables à connaître, ces jugements, parfois très institutionnels, ne correspondent-ils qu’à des valeurs relatives et contextualisées, avec une part de convention, ou bien se rapportent-ils en partie à des réalisations qui traversent les époques et les cultures par leurs qualités propres ?

En privilégiant les études de cas précis (telle œuvre musicale, telle figure littéraire ou philosophique, telle « école », etc.), les propositions pourront notamment explorer les directions suivantes :

1/ Comment reconstruire l’histoire de l’idée de canon dans les divers domaines où la question se pose ? Quels sont les apports spécifiques des nouveaux outils et champs de recherche (la perspective globale, notamment) pour repenser cette idée ? Que nous apprend sur le canon le partage progressif et différencié (en fonction des pays et des époques) des arts et des disciplines ? Comment articuler les réflexions sur la genèse d’un canon et celles qui portent sur sa dimension normative ?

2/ Comment la philosophie et les sciences sociales d’aujourd’hui conçoivent-elles les jugements de valeur en matière esthétique, culturelle, intellectuelle, leurs fondements ou leur relativité ? Les notions de chef-d’œuvre, de génie, etc., conservent-elles un sens ?

3/ Qu’est-il advenu, dans nos sociétés, des hiérarchies correspondantes ? Faut-il y renoncer ou non ? Les complexifier est-ce les défaire ? Dans tous les cas, pour quelles raisons, et avec quelles conséquences pratiques ? Toute promotion d’un canon implique-t-elle un académisme ? À l’âge du numérique, quel sens conserver à la notion de bibliothèque, de discothèque, etc., et quelle fonction pour les musées ? Les « modernes » peuvent-ils se passer d’« anciens » ?

4/ Comment décrire la constitution d’une culture scolaire au sens large ? Quelle définition pour ses formes et ses contenus ?

La coordinatrice de ce dossier thématique, Delphine Antoine-Mahut, invite toute personne intéressée à adresser un résumé de deux pages maximum à l’adresse: avant le 1er mars 2023. Les auteurs sélectionnés seront ensuite invités à soumettre à la même adresse une première version de leur manuscrit (environ 7 000 mots) pour le 15 novembre 2023 (évaluation par la coordinatrice en simple aveugle et par un expert externe en double aveugle)*. La publication finale est envisagée pour l’été ou l’automne 2024.

* Pour les normes de la Revue, cliquer sur le lien suivant :

Une fois sur la page de destination, en bas de la page, cliquer sur le bouton « Afficher plus », puis « charte éditoriale ».

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JHP Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy

JHP Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy

Call for Applications: JHP Summer Seminar, “Ancient Origins of Renaissance and Early Modern Feminism” (May 15–19, 2023)

The Summer Seminar will take place from May 15th to May 19th, 2023.

The deadline for applications is on February 15, 2023.

Mindful of the challenges facing young scholars working in the history of philosophy, the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Philosophy has established a Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy. The central idea of the program is that a senior scholar who works primarily in some area of the history of philosophy would undertake to direct an intensive week of summer classes for the benefit of a small group of recent PhDs whose main research and teaching are in the relevant area. Normally, the classes will focus on one or more texts that are typically not part of material that the participants would have studied as graduate students. The goal of the program is the enhancement of the expertise and understanding of the young scholars in their area of specialization.

The JHP will select up to six individuals from among those who apply to participate in five days of intense classes on the announced subject. All travel and housing and food for the duration of the classes will be paid by the JHP up to $1,750.  

Dates: May 15–19, 2023

Location: McGill University

Topic: “Ancient Origins of Renaissance and Early Modern Feminism”

Instructor: Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill University) 

Course Description: The history of feminist philosophy often begins in the late 17th century, neglecting important earlier works. This seminar will focus on a feminist work from 1601, Lucrezia Marinella’s La nobiltà et l’eccellenza delle donne co’ diffetti et mancamenti de gli uomini (The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men), with two aims in mind. The first is to consider the ancient sources of Marinella’s arguments, and their transmission and transformation in Renaissance and early modern pro-woman works. The second is to consider how the concepts that emerged from this reworking of ancient sources, e.g. dignity, rationality, liberty, body, virtue, were foundational to later feminist projects.  A third aim is methodological: to explore research (and teaching) with non-academic works and genres usually excluded from philosophy. 

Application: Applicants should send a letter of interest along with a CV to Prof. Mariska Leunissen (

Qualifications: Applicants with a PhD in philosophy received no earlier than January 1, 2017 as well as advanced graduate students are welcome to apply. 

AOS: This seminar will be useful to those interested in the history of feminist philosophy, in the reception of ancient philosophy in the Renaissance, and in the development of egalitarian concepts. The readings will be available in English, but any knowledge of Italian, Greek, or Latin will be helpful.

Deadline for submission: Applications must be received no later than February 15, 2023. Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2023.

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Happy Holidays from the Women Philosophers of the French Revolution!

If you’re looking for a stocking filler, consider my new book Liberty in Their Names: The Women Philosophers of the French Revolution.

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Review of Eileen Hunt’s Portraits of Wollstonecraft – by Sylvana Tomaselli

The following is a review of Eileen Hunt‘s Portraits of Wollstonecraft, by Sylvana Tomaselli, based on a talk she gave at the book launch organized by Notre Dame.

Why Appearances Matter, or, the Appearance of Mary Wollstonecraft

I will not be the only person who on reading Portraits of Wollstonecraft wished it had appeared a long time ago. Considering the many presentations and representations of Wollstonecraft these two volumes bring together gives rise to a myriad of disparate thoughts not only about her as an author, but also about issues of methodology in the history of ideas, of philosophy and political thought, and of feminisms.  They make one reflect, amongst other things, about biography as a genre as well as about autobiographies.   They make one ponder as to how thinkers become adopted, appropriated in various ways, and owned.  This is brought home by the very helpful accounts of the serial ownership of portraitures of Wollstonecraft, those by Keenan and Opie in particular.  It is also highlighted, for instance, by Alice Wexler’s remarks in ‘Emma Goldman on Mary Wollstonecraft’ on the way the early twentieth-century anarchist made the eighteenth-century writer her own.  Through making copious or scare references to Wollstonecraft a variety of authors have spoken about the condition of women as if the portrait of the great ‘pioneer’ hung on the wall behind them as heads of states do in offices throughout the world.  This in turn engenders questions about canonical figures, and the need we seem to have for find the Ur-mothers and fathers of every idea, concept, and ideology, our craving for genealogies.

            I stop my enumeration of the many ideas that these volumes provoke and hope you will forgive my making a personal remark starting with what might appear as a confession, but I very much hope it will not be taken as such or I will have failed to make my point.  

            Until relatively recently, I would not have known Wollstonecraft had she been seated opposite me at dinner, let alone recognised her in the street, not, that, is until she had spoken.  One did not comment on appearances, especially not of a female intellectual, and to ensure this I took no interest in portraits of Wollstonecraft.  I blanked them out, though of course that could not but wane with the years, given that most editions of her works and works about her feature a portrait on their cover.  The same was true of her personal life.  One made a point of not knowing it and, if one did, one made a point of not bringing it up.  Principles, ideas mattered, not scandals or dull routines, if one worked on Immanuel Kant. Contexts, to be sure, but intellectual contexts, battles of ideas not bedroom ones, especially not when studying the works of a woman, and most especially not those of Wollstonecraft.

            That was the Zeitgeist in much of the academic environment of the 1970s/1980s.  In relation to Wollstonecraft, it was largely a reaction to the exaggerated interest in her love life of which one is reminded in many of the texts Eileen has judiciously included in her edition.  Reflecting on these two volumes however makes me realise that it was also due to the manner in which Beauvoir’s novels and theoretical works were received for much of the C20th.  

            Both Wollstonecraft and Beauvoir themselves blurred the divide between their private and public selves, or rather between their multi-layered public-private and private-public selves.  How much one said or did not say about Wollstonecraft’s (or Beauvoir’s, for that matter) has not only changed in time, but may be a question of culture.  In her comments on Roy’s engraving, ‘Marie Wollstonecrafft,’ for the frontispiece to Vie et mémoires de Marie Wollstonecraft Godwin, Auteur de la Défense des droits de la Femme, Traduit de l’anglais (1802), Eileen explains how Mary Hays’s long anonymous obituary barely mentioned Fuseli and said not much more about Imlay.  She further remarks how ‘The French translator of Vie et mémoires took Hays’s philosophical approach to Wollstonecraft’s biography to a higher level of abstraction. In the translator’s preface, Fuseli and Godwin are not mentioned, and Imlay only once, with a reminder that this episode in her life must be viewed with impartiality. Instead, the translator attempts a character sketch of Wollstonecraft from the perspective of French culture and politics.’  How much a light was or is cast on Wollstonecraft’ life and appearance in print or on canvas has fluctuated over time and according to cultures.  This is just one of the fruits in the cornucopia of ideas that Portraits of Mary Wollstonecraft offers to its readers.

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