Wollstonecraft in SWIP Ireland/UK conference

Good news: the programme for the joint UK/Ireland SWIP conference, below, promises three talks on Wollstonecraft – out of 16. Two of them are by our very own Martina Reuter and Alan Coffee. The third is a plenary session by Susan James. Martina and Alan’s talks are on at the same time, so it’s impossible to go to both, unfortunately. But another way of putting it, is that there is a session of the conference with compulsory Wollstonecraft!

Unfortunately, I can’t make it – I’ll be giving a paper on Heloise in Istanbul on those dates, and haven’t mastered the art of being several places at the same time yet, despite much effort.

So well done, Alan, Martina and Susan for bringing Wollstonecraft back to feminist philosophers. Let’s keep on working at this!


Society for Women in Philosophy

First Joint Ireland/UK Conference

Hosted by the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

Topic: Politics and Women Across Philosophical Traditions


November 9 and 10, 2012

Venue: Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O’Connell St., Dublin 1



Friday November 9:

1.00-2.00 Registration

 2.00 Opening Remarks

Maria Baghramian

University College Dublin, Ireland
2.30 Plenary Session I

Maeve Cooke

University College Dublin

“Rethinking Autonomy: Feminism and Beyond”

Chair: Maria Baghramian

4.00- 4.30 Coffee break

4.30 Parallel Session 1

Alan Coffee

Birkbeck College

“Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life”

Martina Reuter

University of Helsinki

“Mary Wollstonecraft’s Critique of Rousseau”

4.30 Parallel Sessions 2

Alison Assiter

University of West of England

“Birthing or the Body that can birth”

Danielle Petherbridge

University College Dublin

“Power in the Context of Freedom: Arendt, Butler and the concept of potential”

6.00-7.30 Plenary Session II

Louise Antony

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Is Diversity an Epistemic Value?”

7.30 Conference Dinner

Saturday November 10

10.00 – 12.45 Parallel Session 3

Elena Tzelepis

Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia

“Art and the space of community”

Heike Felzmann

NUI Galway

“Reflections on the Conceptualisation of Abortion in the Irish Context”

Helen Lauer

Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana

“African Women in the Politics of the Two-Thirds World”

 11.30-11.45 Break

 Susan Gottlöber

Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth

“‘Oppression through Function’ – Simone Weil’s Reflections on Factory Work”

Clara Fischer
Co-ordinator, Irish Feminist Network

“Women and Political Activism: Notes on Authenticity”

10.00 – 12.45 Parallel Session 4

Annika Willer

LMU Munich,

“Political Leaders and Their Evaluation in Moderata Fonte’s Il merito delle donne”

Bernard Cosgrave

University College Dublin

“Conservative Feminists?”

Mette Lebech

Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth

“Women in Society: Stein’s understanding of the role of the human person in relation to society”

11.30 -11-45 break

 Birgit Schippers

St Mary’s University College Belfast

“Plurality as a Feminist Political Strategy? Reconsidering Coalitional Politics in the Age of the ‘War on Terror’”

Amanda Cawston

University of Cambridge

“Feminism and Competition”

12.45 – 2.15 Lunch Break

2.15 Plenary Sessions III

Sarah Heinamaa

University of Helsinki

“Normality: A phenomenological Analysis

Chair: Iseult Honohan

3.30 – 4.30 AGM SWIP UK

3.30 – 4.30 AGM SWIP Ireland

4.30-4.45 Coffee break

4.45- 5.45 Round table on Women and Philosophy
6.00 pm: Plenary Session IV

Susan James

Birkbeck College, University of London

“Wollstonecraft on Rights” 

Chair: Attracta Ingram

7.30  Conference Close 

Registration Fee (including coffee/tea and conference pack)

 Salaried 35 euro/ 28 GBP

Unwaged 25 euro/ 20 GBP

To reserve a room at conference hotel,  Gresham Hotel,  at reduced conference rates please contact

http://www.gresham-hotels-dublin.com/ and mention SWIP Ireland conference

Alternative, less expensive, hotels and hostel are also available nearby. More detail will be provided on the conference webpage to be launched soon. 

Organising Committee

Maria Baghramian, University College Dublin

Michelle Bastian, University of Manchester

Luna Dolezal, Trinity College Dublin

Charlotte Knowles, Birkbeck College, London 

Details of conference registration to follow soon  

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