CfA: Defining the Future, Rethinking the Past, IAPh, Paderborn

Defining the Future, Rethinking the Past.

The XVIII conference, July 19-22, 2020
of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh)

at Paderborn University,
Philosophy Department and the Center for the History of Women Philosophers announces

Call for Papers

For more than 40 years, the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) has been a decisive organisation in encouraging and promoting women’s research in philosophy and its history. Founded in Germany in the 1970s, it is now a global network for all women who work in philosophy. Given its strong tradition, IAPh covers feminist philosophy as well as the history of women philosophers. The slogan of our conference emphasizes and does justice to the crucial role women have played in shaping and advancing our discipline.

Focal themes of IAPh 2020 will be economy, technology, ecology, and the history of philosophy.


We welcome submissions within the following philosophic sub-disciplines:

Value Theory including aesthetics and environmentalism, Analytical Philosophy, including philosophy of mind, Philosophy of Religion, Ontology, Metaphysics including Phenomenology, Philosophy of Science, Value Theory including Ethics and Aesthetics, Social and Political philosophy.


  1. Feminist Philosophy of Economics:

a.       Value Theory
b.       Micro/Macro Economics
c.       Political issues of Feminist Economics
d.       Housekeeping, Mothering, Nurturing & Caregiving
e.       Food: Ethics & Economics
f.        Environmental Protection & Sustainability
g.       History of Feminist Philosophy of Economics

  1. Feminist Philosophy of Technology
  2. Algorithms and Digitization
  3. Responsibility
  4. Social Engineering, Genetic modification and Disabled persons
  5. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  6. New Work/Future Directions
  7. History of Feminist Philosophy of Technology
  8. Feminist History of Philosophy
  9. Feminist Historiographic Methodology
  10. History of Women Philosophers: Western & Non-Western Traditions
  11.            Antiquity
  12. Medieval
    iii.            Early Modern/18th Century
    iv.            19/20th Century
  1. Workshop in German:“Die IAPh – Ihre Anfänge”, for which we welcome submissions as well.

If you would like to present a paper at IAPh 2020, please submit an abstract ca. 500 words (plus a single title page with: paper title, author’s name and  contact details, affiliation, section to which abstract is submitted (e.g.,section 3 b, iv.) a short CV) to


Additionally, selected papers will be published in the Springer Book Series “Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences” (Ruth Hagengruber, Gianni Paganini and Mary Ellen Waithe, Editors-in-Chief).



If you would like your paper to be considered in advance of the conference for publication, please submit an essay of up to 10,000 words (including notes) to: (include a separate, single page containing: title, author contact details, affiliation, conference section to which you are submitting the paper (e.g., section 2.e.,) abstract and short CV). YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT AN ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT FOR PRESENTATION AT THE CONFERENCE


Ø  Conference dates: July 19-22, 2020

Ø  Conference venue: Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany

Ø  Deadline for all submissions: December 1, 2019

Ø  Notification of acceptance: by February 27, 2020

Ø  Membership in IAPh required for consideration of papers.

Ø  Conference fee: approx. 50 €

Updated information coming soon – please visit:


Looking forward to seeing you in Paderborn!

Ruth Hagengruber, Janelle Pötsch and Jessica Harmening, Paderborn University, Philosophy.

The IAPH Board 2018-2020: Chris Sanchez, Madrid, ES; Mary Ellen Waithe, Cleveland/Washington US; Xiao Wei, Beijing, CH; Karen Green, Melbourne, AUS; Heisook Kim, Seoul KR, Christina Schues, HL, G; Cintia Martinez Velasco, Mexico City MX, Martina Reuter, Iväskala, FN; Ruth Hagengruber, PAD, G.

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