International conference


Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier | Université Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès

October, 1-2 (Montpellier) | December, 2-6 2020 (Toulouse)

 The history of philosophy, as a discipline and as a field of research, appears today in crisis. Under the effect of the independent development of postcolonial and decolonial studies on the one hand, of feminist and gender studies on the other hand, many scholars are defending the idea of a necessary and in-depth renewal of its methods and objects.

Indeed, it now seems impossible to continue to ignore the many texts in which philosophers belonging to the Western canon justify colonization, defend ethnocentric or racist positions, legitimize male domination and exclusion of women from the polis, and naturalize differences produced by the domination itself. To turn a blind eye to such moments, under the pretext that they would only refer to the prejudices of their authors, is in no way satisfactory. But the decision to take these texts seriously puts the commentators in front of another difficulty, insofar as the usual exegetical methods seem unsuited to such objects. It is the very constitution of this canon that must be questioned, insofar as it reflects the inequalities of gender, class, and race, and helps to reproduce them. Historians of philosophy all too often continue to abstract and minorize racialized theorists, women philosophers, thus reiterating the exclusion or marginalization of which these philosophers and theorists were the victims in their own time, sometimes not so far from ours. But should the exhumation of these forgotten texts be done in the usual framework of “the history of philosophy”? Shouldn’t it, on the contrary, lead us to question the well-founded nature as well as the limits of the philosophical discourse itself?

These questions and the calls for change that accompany them, however, are not taken into consideration in universities and educational institutions, particularly in France. The reason is that feminist and decolonial history of philosophy is more than a simple branch of the history of philosophy. It implies a radical critique of the discipline, reveals its biases, and the ideological parts it leaves unconceived, unacknowledged. While the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s has brought about notable changes in most social sciences, philosophy is one of the most reluctant disciplines in incorporating its conceptual contributions. Indeed, feminist history of philosophy is marginalized in reviews, publications and teachings. Sometimes it is also purely and simply delegitimized and considered as non-philosophical and militant. Moreover, despite the quasi-confidential character of these works in the academic field, a certain press pretends to be alarmed by the hegemony that decolonial and gender studies would be conquering at the university. This is why it is important to affirm the importance of a reorganization of teaching and research which would take into account the theoretical and conceptual contributions of these studies.

The challenge of this conference, the first of its kind in France, would be to reveal the richness and diversity of works in feminist and decolonial history of philosophy, but also to open a space for debate about principles and alternative methods to be implemented in a research and teaching of philosophy finally decolonized and demasculinized.


Thematic axes

1) Reading of the canonical texts of the history of philosophy under the prism of issues relating to male domination, sexual difference, sex and gender, sexuality, etc.;

2) Decolonial history of philosophy: (re) interpretation of philosophical texts / concepts in light of issues of race, racism, colonialism, coloniality, etc.;

3) Processes of material and symbolic exclusion of women and racialized people from the field of philosophy;

4) Exhumation, reading and exegesis of the texts of forgotten and minorized philosophers (women, racialized people, etc.);

5) Re-appropriation or abandonment of the operative concepts of masculinist, racist and imperialist philosophical systems;

6) What new method (s) for a feminist and decolonial history of philosophy?;

7) Feminist and decolonial pedagogy and didactics of philosophy;

8) Feminist theology: feminist and queer exegesis, (re)reading religious texts from a gender perspective.



Submission guidelines

Proposals, including the title of the paper, a summary of up to 500 words, 5 keywords, a short bibliography (5 references), as well as the name and affiliation of the author, should be sent to the following email address:, no later than February 15th, 2020. Please send a file (formats .doc, .docx, .pdf) with a title as follows : “LASTNAME_FirstName_philofemdeco”.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by April, 15 2020, after evaluation by the scientific committee.


Proposals should be submitted in French. However, it is possible to present in any language, provided that the text of the presentation can be displayed in French during the talk. Discussions will also be held in French.


Proposals related to the history of philosophy and the history of ideas are expected, but other disciplines/approaches may be proposed. In order to allow a greater diversity of methods (e.g. sharing of experience, artistic approaches, etc.), as well as the participation of non-academic contributors, the format of proposals is not limited to the dominant academic standard of research.


The conference will take place in two stages: on October 1st and 2nd, 2020 in Montpellier (Université Paul-Valéry, Saint-Charles) and the week of December 2nd, 2020 in Toulouse (exact dates and locations of the second event to be specified), and will be followed by a publication.


For more details :



Organizing Committee/ Comité d’organisation

Aurélie Knüfer (MCF, CRISES – UPV Montpellier)

Vanina Mozziconacci (MCF, LIRDEF – UPV Montpellier/TRIANGLE UMR 5206)

Axelle Cressens (docteure, CRISES, Montpellier)

Hourya Bentouhami (MCF, ERRAPHIS – UT2J Toulouse)

Marion Banabera (doctorante, HIPHIMO – Paris 1/UPV Montpellier)

Anna Caron (masterante, UPV Montpellier)

Lola Gouffé (professeure certifiée de philosophie, Académie de Montpellier)


Scientific Board/ Comité scientifique

Marion Banabera         Doctorante en philosophie, U. Paris 1 Sorbonne/ U. Paul Valéry, HIPHIMO EA 1451

Delphine Bellis               MCF philosophie, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Hourya Bentouhami    MCF philosophie, U. Toulouse Jean Jaurès, ERRAPHIS EA 3051

Sylvie Chaperon           PU histoire, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, FRAMESPA

Anne Coignard          Editrice Europhilosophie, Erasmus Mundus Recherche ERRAPHIS EA 3051/ TRANSMIS

Axelle Cressens           Docteure en philosophie, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Claire Ducourneau      MCF littérature, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, RIRRA21 EA 4209

Aline Estèves              MCF langue et littérature latines, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Caroline Fayolle          MCF histoire, U. de Montpellier, LIRDEF EA 3749

Claire Gallien              MCF études anglophones, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, EMMA EA 741/IRCL UMR 5186

Yosra Ghliss                Doctorante en sciences du langage, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier – ITIC, Praxiling UMR 5267- CNRS

Jean-Christophe Goddard PU philosophie, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, ERRAPHIS EA 3051/ TRANSMIS

Marie-Aude Haffen     MCF études anglophones, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, EMMA EA 741

Julie Jarty                    MCF sociologie, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CERTOP UMR 5044

Aurélie Knüfer            MCF philosophie, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, CRISES EA 4424

Jérôme Lèbre               Professeur agrégé, HDR, Philosophie, Lettres Supérieures, ERRAPHIS EA 3051/ TRANSMIS

Cédric Molino-Machetto Professeur agrégé de philosophie, Académie de Toulouse

Vanina Mozziconacci  MCF philosophie/sciences de l’éducation, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, LIRDEF EA 3749 /

Marie-Agnès Palaisi    PU espagnol, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CEIIBA EA 7412

Lily Robert-Foley        MCF études anglophones, U. Paul Valéry Montpellier, EMMA EA 741

Michèle Soriano          PU études hispaniques, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CEIIBA EA 7412

Marine Tregan             Professeure agrégée de philosophie, Académie de Montpellier


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