Major European Grant Goes to Recovering Texts by Women

Carme Font, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, has won a 1.5 million Euro ERC grant to recover texts by women writers of the past.

“What they wrote was seen as minor, as being a mere repetition of what men had written. Because a lot of these woman never had a formal education, they wrote in a more informal way. They weren’t following a formal essay style and they were criticised for that and told, ‘No, your writing isn’t proper; you don’t respect the flow of cause and effect’, and so on. That’s how their writings came to be marginalised.”

Congratulations, Carme!

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Call for Abstracts: Women, Revolution and Republicanism in the 18th Century. Australian Philosophical Review.

Abstract submissions for Open Peer Commentaries Australasian Philosophical
Review 4.3 are due on **1** March 2019**.


Call for Proposals for Open Peer Commentaries: Australasian Philosophical
Review (APR) 4.3

Theme: Women, Revolution, and Republicanism in the Eighteenth Century

Lead Author: Sandrine Bergès “Revolution and Republicanism: Women Political
Philosophers of Late Eighteenth-Century France and Why They Matter”

Curator: Jacqueline Broad

Invited commentaries from: Karen Green, Lena Halldenius, Patrick Ball.

Committee: Jacqueline Broad, Karen Detlefsen, Alan Coffee


The APR is seeking proposals for open peer commentaries on Sandrine Bergès
“Revolution and Republicanism: Women Political Philosophers of Late
Eighteenth-Century France and Why They Matter ”

To view the article you must register as an online commentator with the APR

Proposal abstracts should be brief (100-500 words), stating clearly the
aspects of
the lead article that will be discussed, together with an indication of
the line that will be taken. Once you are registered as a commentator and
logged in, more details are available at the APR website, including the
online submission form for abstracts:

Abstract submissions for APR 4.3 are due on **1 March 2019**.

Invitations to write commentaries of 2000-3000 words will be issued on 31st
March 2019. Full-length commentaries will be due on 30th June 2019.

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CFA: Workshop on Britain’s Early Philosophers, including Hild of Whitby

For more details and updates see the workshop webpage. 

Britain’s Early Philosophers

A two day workshop at Durham University

April 1-2, 2019

Who were Britain’s earliest philosophers? What were Alcuin of York’s contributions to philosophy? To what extent can we consider thinkers such as Hild, Bede, Cuthbert, Gildas, and Cædmon philosophers? How did philosophy reach Britain? Who was reading it, who was writing it, who was teaching it, who was learning it? In this seminal exploratory workshop, we will be considering these questions as well as other questions such as: What counts as philosophy in the early medieval British period? What are the boundary/ies between philosophy and theology? Is there a specifically/uniquely early British philosophical tradition? Just who was reading Alfred’s translation of Boethius?

Invited talks

In this two-day workshop, we will have plenary talks given by:

These talks will set the stage by focusing on some of the intellectual context of early medieval Britain and the contributions of leading figures in early British intellectual history, including Bede, Alcuin, and Hild.

Call for abstracts: Contributed talks

In addition to the plenary invited talks, we are soliciting proposals for contributed papers on any aspect of philosophy and philosophers born in or living in Britain before 1000. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Dr. Sara L. Uckelman by January 31, 2019; responses to decisions on abstracts will be communicated by February 15, 2019.


An optional excursion to Lindisfarne is planned for April 3, after the conclusion of the workshop.

Registration & practical information (travel, accommodation, costs)

To be added


We are very grateful for the sponsorship and financial support of the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Durham University, and Mind Association.

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Duke announces new prize named in honor of Emilie du Châtelet

DURHAM, N.C. (December 6, 2018) — Duke University is pleased to announce the Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics, an award that celebrates excellence in philosophy of physics and promotes breadth across the field both historically and philosophically.

The prize — supported by Duke in collaboration with the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science — will be awarded next Spring to a U.S. or international graduate student or recent Ph.D. to recognize their previously unpublished work in philosophy of physics. The winner will receive $1,000, an invitation to participate (all expenses paid) in a workshop at Duke, and consideration for the winner’s paper to be published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

The Du Châtelet Prize is named in honor of Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), the French philosopher who wrote on a range of topics at the intersection of physics and philosophy, including epistemology and method, the nature of matter and of bodies, and the laws of motion. Her work in physics was closely connected to her interest in human liberty and free will.

Submissions for the Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics are being accepted through February 17, 2019 at These entries should address this year’s topic — “How the parts of matter act on one another, as that issue stood at any time in the period 1680-1780.”

Entries will be evaluated by a five-member panel of philosophy professors who will select the winner. Members of the panel will also present during the free-to-the-public Du Châtelet Prize workshop on April 4-5 at Duke University.

For more information about the prize, submission information, and the workshop, visit

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Several announcements from Simone de Beauvoir Studies.

Announcing the relaunch of Simone de Beauvoir Studies!

Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) is currently accepting submissions. Please find more information including the call for papers for the first special issue, “Beauvoir in Conversation,” a call for guest editors and Editorial Team members, and subscription information at SdBS is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal dedicated to advancing scholarship relevant to the writings, thinking, and legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. SdBS places particular emphasis on recognizing diverse social, cultural, and disciplinary receptions of Beauvoir’s thought and on featuring cutting-edge approaches to the investigation of her oeuvre. In addition to articles that discuss Beauvoir’s writings directly, the journal publishes pieces that connect to central themes in Beauvoir’s oeuvre such as gender, race, sexuality, literary theory, and global politics. Articles are published in English and French.



Seeking Candidates for Open Positions on the Editorial Team at Simone de Beauvoir Studies!

Are you interested in helping to publish high quality and cutting-edge scholarship in fields like gender, critical race, and sexuality studies in a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, and international journal? Consider joining the Editorial Team at Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS). Due to the recent relaunch of SdBS and the current renaissance in Beauvoir studies that has led to an increased demand for a prominent publication venue in the field, we are seeking an Assistant Editor, Managing Editor, and Book Review Editor to join the SdBS Editorial Team. Candidates will ideally already hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent level of professional experience, although all applications will be considered. Please read the full call for open positions available in English and French on the journal’s website under the About/Downloads tab before submitting a letter of interest. Candidates should send a CV and a statement of interest and qualifications (1 page in English or French) to the Editor in Chief, Jennifer McWeeny,, by December 15, 2018.


Call for Guest Editors for SdBS

Simone de Beauvoir Studies is currently seeking a guest editor/s for a special issue (Vol. 31, Issue 2) that will be published in fall 2020. Interested parties should submit a CV, a sample Call for Papers for the proposed theme, and a brief statement of interest that outlines their qualifications and addresses the following questions: (a) Why is the proposed theme important for Beauvoir studies, or for topics germane to the legacy of her thinking? (b) What types of work do you expect will be featured under the theme? (c) Who in the field is currently doing work that would fall under this theme? (d) Which audiences and disciplines will the theme most likely engage? How would the theme invite new audiences to Beauvoir studies? (e) Does the theme speak to any contemporary debates occurring outside of Beauvoir studies in different fields or disciplines? To apply for the guest editor position, please email your proposal to the Editor-in-Chief,, by December 1, 2018. For more information, see


Call for Papers – Special Issue of SdBS

“Beauvoir in Conversation”

Simone de Beauvoir Studies is currently accepting submissions for its Fall Issue 2019 (Vol. 30, Issue 2), which will be oriented around the theme “Beauvoir in Conversation.” There are at least three relevant senses of conversation at play in the essays featured in this special issue. First, it implicates engagement with those thinkers who were Beauvoir’s interlocutors in life or on the page, as well as those conversations that are waiting to happen with thinkers whose ideas and writings speak to Beauvoir’s in some regard. Second, the word invites new disciplinary and interdisciplinary engagements with Beauvoir’s oeuvre, including those that place her ideas in relation to fields such as anthropology, geography, religion, critical race theory, and transgender studies. Third, “Beauvoir in Conversation” explores how Beauvoir is talked about¾how her texts and ideas have been received historically, how her sex has influenced how she is heard, and the extent to which her influence extends into popular culture, art, and the spirit of people today. Articles are published in English or French. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but to guarantee consideration for publication in this special issue (Vol. 30, Issue 2) submissions must be received by March 1, 2019. To submit an article, please refer to Instructions for Authors and additional information found on the journal’s website:


Subscribe to Simone de Beauvoir Studies!

An institutional subscription to Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) will give students and faculty on your campus electronic access not only to the current volume of the journal (Vol. 30, Spring and Fall 2019), but also to all 29 previously published volumes of SdBS (1983-2013), which includes more than 300 articles on Beauvoir and related themes. To order, ask your librarian to 844-232-3707 (toll free) or 860-350-0041 (for orders in North and South America) or +44 (0) 1767 604-954 (for orders in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia).



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“A Google Earth for Knowledge” the New Historia Project

Check out this exciting new project from Gina Walker at The New School:

Imagine brushing shoulders with history’s most influential women.  Women whose stories were never included in textbooks and encyclopedias. The New Historia, a new digital archive of female history was created by Dr. Gina Luria Walker, professor of women’s studies at The New School, that is changing the way we look at the past and eventually the way we’ll navigate it.

From poets to scientists, philosophers to soldiers, The New Historia was designed to document and promote the achievements of women in history that have long gone unnoticed and unrecognized by society. Inspired by Mary Hays’s Female Biography collection, (first published in 1803, updated in 2013 ) The New Historia’s goal is to create a knowledge-ordering system that builds on a new wave of a of historical research. combined with innovative technologies for representation and delivery.

The innovative technology is a Virtual Reality program created by  Lisa Strausfeld, a senior research fellow with Parsons School of Design and principal of the design studio Informationart, and it sends the viewer inside the data, so that you can walk from the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft to the death of Mary Shelley, bumping your head into Olympe de Gouges’ execution on the way.

“You’re actually inside the data and it feels real. Instead of thinking of each biography as a handful of pages, this is a world that’s infinitely expandable.”

This is still work in progress, both in terms of gathering the data and populating the VR program with images as well as well as timelines but it’s very exciting progress so far.

I was one of the fortunate few to try out the VR program at a symposium on New Historia at the New School last month and it struck as a combination of Star Trek’s Holodeck and the Tardis. Feminist History of Philosophy is going SciFi!

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Endorse a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women Philosophers (1600-1800)


Jacqueline Broad, Marilyn Stendera, Patrick Spedding, and Mia Goodwin are planning a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to increase the visibility of early modern women philosophers and women writers (c. 1600-1800) —and they need our support.

They are preparing an application to the Wikimedia Foundation for a Project Grant, which is due on 30 November. The purpose of the grant is to invite academic experts from around the world to update and/or create Wikipedia entries about early modern women philosophers/writers.

Jacqueline Broad sent me the following request which I am passing on to all of you along with the instructions for endorsing the project.

One of the criteria that Wikimedia uses in assessing proposals is the number of public endorsements a project receives on the official grant portal. These can be anonymous or linked to your Wikipedia account (if you have one already).

Please would you kindly consider endorsing us? It should take only a few minutes of your time. We need every endorsement we can get by the end of the month; it will make a huge difference to our application’s feasibility.

We have included instructions on how to endorse our project below, plus a link to the application itself. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you in advance for your help—it’s greatly appreciated!

How to endorse our project:
1 Head to our project proposal – you can also read our full grant application there.


  1. Scroll down a bit until you see the bright blue ‘Endorse’ button on the right side, and click this.


  1. A new window will pop up. Write up a comment explaining why you want to support the project; length is up to you. Keep in mind that it will be publicly available indefinitely, so be careful with any identifying information. Anything that you can add which will add weight to your comment (expertise but also role as part of Wikipedia’s target audience) would help. E.g. “As someone who researches/has published on X…”, “I use Wikipedia all the time and would love to see more articles on X…”, “I direct my students to use Wikipedia as a first stop in their research, and it would be great if they could see more information about X…”.


  1. Click ‘Endorse’ to publish the comment.


  1. If you don’t have a Wikipedia account/are not signed in, the comment will appear linked to IP address of the computer you’re using (which is how Wikipedia tracks you anyway).


  1. If you have a Wikipedia account and are signed in, the comment will appear linked to your profile.


  1. We don’t recommend creating a Wikipedia account just for this. However, if you do, please familiarise yourself with the Wiki guidelinesfor this, especially their argument against using your real name. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.


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