Welcome to Querelle.ca!

Feminist History of Philosophy blog has kindly invited us to share updates about our research project at McGill University. Below you will find some information about the project and a link to the project’s website. More to come! 

Querelle(dot)ca is part of a project, Equality and Superiority in Renaissance and Early Modern Pro-Woman Treatises (the “Equality Project”), directed by Professor Marguerite Deslauriers of the Department of Philosophy at McGill University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The team includes two other faculty researchers: Andrew Piper (McGill, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), and Laura Prelipcean (Concordia University, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics). The student Research Assistants, both graduate and undergraduate, are drawn from a variety of disciplines. 

The Equality Project is devoted to the works of authors who contributed to the pro-woman side of the querelle des femmes—a debate about the nature and worth of women that unfolded in Europe from the medieval to the early modern period. Our website functions as a hub for collecting and circulating texts, historical information, and teaching materials from and about the querelle des femmes. We present the work of authors writing in English, French, Italian, and Latin; these transcriptions – in searchable format – are public domain, and we encourage their use by researchers, instructors, students, and anyone interested in or curious about the history of this debate.

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Liberty, in thy name: a new book blog

I started a new blog on my personal webpage to follow the progress of my new book project:

Liberty, in thy name! Three women of the French Revolution: Olympe de Gouges, Manon Roland and Sophie de Grouchy.

The book is an intellectual biography of three philosophers I’ve been working on over the last few years. I’ve uncovered all sorts of fun historical titbits and this blog is where I put them.

So please come and have a look here.

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Spyridon Tegos on Adam Smith, Sophie de Grouchy, Germaine de Staël

Conférence de Spyridon Tegos – mercredi 19 avril, 17h30-19h30 

Politesse aristocratique et (in)civilité républicaine avant et après la Révolution :
Adam Smith, Sophie de Grouchy, Germaine de Staël 

La conférence aura lieu dans la bibliothèque de l’Institut Michel Villey (1, rue d’Ulm – 75005 Paris – 5eétage).



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PhD scholarship to work on Early Modern Women in Liverpool and Lille.

Liverpool Hope University and the Université Catholique de Lille offer a joint scholarship to pursue a PhD in early modern women’s literature under the direction of Dr. Lisa Walters. The scholarship will cover three years of full tuition fees.

The title of the project is “Early Modern Women and Intellectual History,” which can be understood in a broad sense. For example, the student could consider women’s literature in relation to history, literary traditions, philosophy, etc.   The scholarship asks for candidates to hold a merit or distinction in the UK. In the US this would be roughly equivalent to a B+ or A.  More details about the scholarship can be found here:



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Mary Astell on Project Vox

Project Vox, the go to website for teaching, studying and researching early modern women philosophers has just added one new philosopher to their database. 

Check out their material on Mary Astell here.

Thanks to Andrew Janiak and his team for their work on this!

Below is a screen shot from the new page.

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History of Women Philosophers and Scientists – International Libori Summer School 2017. Call for applications.

The Libori Summer School 2017 offers four parallel courses held by leading experts in the specific areas which will present, investigate, and discuss Women Philosophers and Scientists of various eras. The courses take place from Monday, July 24th to Friday, July 28th, 2017.

Click here for more info on the courses. noname

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Extended deadline for CFP: Wollstonecraft in Hull


MARCH 8 (International Womens Day) 2017


As part of the celebrations for Hull as UK City of Culture 2017 the University of Hull is hosting an interdisciplinary celebration of the life, work and legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft, (who spent her formative years in the nearby town of Beverley).

Papers are welcome on any aspect of Wollstonecrafts life, work and legacy from Gender Studies, Philosophy, Politics, History, Literature, Education or any other relevant discipline.

A prize of £100 will be awarded for the best paper, which will also be published in the Journal of Gender Studies Special issue on Mary Wollstonecraft which will follow the conference.

 Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to K.Lennon@hull.ac.uk  by  January 20 2017

 Topics can include, but are not limited to:

Wollstonecrafts Life and Legacy

Philosophy and Feminism

Women and Revolutionary Times

Wollstonecraft and her Circle

Mothers and Daughters

A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Travel Writing

Women and Politics

Reason and Passion: A life of Contradictions

Memorialising our Feminist Past

Invited Speakers include:

Professor Michelle le Doeuff :  one of the most important contemporary feminist philosophers. Her works include The Philosophical Imaginary, Hipparchias Choice and The Sex of Knowing,

Professor Janet Todd: distinguished biographer of Wollstonecraft ,whose books include: Mary Wollstonecraft : A Revolutionary Life,  and The Complete Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft.. 

Caroline Criado Perez: prominent campaigner for the memorialisation of women

Dr. Sandrine Berges, Wollstonecraft expert and lecturer in philosophy at  Bilkent University, whose publications include  The Routledge Guidebook to Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman , 2013

Roberta Wedge,  spokesperson for the high profile Mary on the Green campaign for the memorialisation of Mary Wollstonecraft.




Detailed access information, which is event specific, will be provided prior to registration.

Suitable quiet space will be made available for breast feeding if required.

Please contact K.Lennon@hull.ac.uk if you have access or childcare queries


Hull University City of Culture

Annette Fitzsimons Memorial Fund

Centre for Gender Studies University of Hull

Journal of Gender Studies

Philosophy (School of History Languages and Cultures), University of Hull

Royal Institute of Philosophy

Centre for 19th Century Studies, University of Hull

Waterstones bookshop University of Hull

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