On 23 February 2012, which was the 220th anniversary of the publication of Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication for the Rights of Woman, a small group of us got together in Lund, invited by Lena Halldenius, director of Human Rights Studies at Lund University and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and by Martina Reuter, adjunct professor in philosophy at the University of Helsinki and fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. Both were presenting at the symposium as were Karen O’Brien, from the University of Birmingham, Alan Coffee, from Birkbeck College and Sandrine Berges from Bilkent University. We knew each other from previous conferences, or simply reading each other’s work. This was the occasion to spend some time discussing our work more intensively, something that most philosophers get to do when they go to conferences, but that rarely happens for those of us who do feminist history of philosophy. And it got us thinking that we needed some sort of forum in which we could exchange ideas, conference call for papers, advertise new publications, in brief a place where we can start building a community of academic philosophers who do history of philosophy from a feminist perspective.
If you’d like to be part of this community, or if you feel that you already belong to one like this but would like to invite us to join you, please leave a comment, or email me at sandrinebergesatgmaildotcom. We can add you to the blog as an author so you can post yourself, or you can send us texts and cfps that we can post for you.