Tullia D’Aragona on Project Vox

The latest entry on Project Vox which ‘seeks to highlight philosophical works from marginalized individuals traditionally excluded from the philosophical canon’ is Italian poet and philosopher Tullia d’Aragona (1501/5-1556).

Click here for a wealth of biographical and philosophical resources for research, teaching and general knowledge.

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Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent – Newington Green, 30/04

‘Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent,’ Saturday, 30 April 2022, 9 am – 6 pm. 

A hybrid event: in person and online. 

Following the success of the Celebration to mark the 260th anniversary of the birth of the great feminist thinker Mary Wollstonecraft in April 2019, join us for a new Celebration in April 2022, exploring the origins of her revolutionary ideas and their continuing relevance. 

We will also be celebrating the re-opening of the Newington Green Meeting House, the oldest Non-Conformist place of worship in London. Following extensive renovation sponsored by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, this beautiful historic building was relaunched in 2020 as an accessible heritage space dedicated to the legacy of the Dissenters at the birthplace of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft established a school for girls at Newington Green in 1784, and gained inspiration and support from activists and intellectuals settled in the neighbourhood, including such Dissenting luminaries as Richard Price and Anna Letitia Barbauld.    

Talks and roundtable discussions will explore dissent, both in relation to the community of religious Dissenters in Wollstonecraft’s time and as a key aspect of feminism and progressive politics today.     

There will be an art display, a book stall, free historical walking tours around Newington Green and Stoke Newington, birthday cake, and more…

Speakers include: Sandrine Bergès, Emma Clery, Alan Coffee, Hannah Dawson, Mary Fairclough, Laura Kirkley, Susan Manly, Charlotte May, Catherine Packham, Bee Rowlatt, Eileen Hunt, Kandice Sharren, Janet Todd, Roberta Wedge, and Daisy Hay, who will be discussing her exciting new group biography of Dissenting London, Dinner with Joseph Johnson: Books and Friendship in a Revolutionary Age (Chatto & Windus).

Activists, enthusiasts, students and scholars – all welcome. 

Tickets for attendance in person are limited, but talks will be streamed online. 

This event is hosted by ‘Newington Green Meeting House: Revolutionary Ideas since 1708,’ with the Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship and the support of the National Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Program:

9 – 10  

Free guided walks (details to follow)

Registration opens at Newington Green Meeting House. Bookstall; Mary Wollstonecraft Walk App (wollstonecraftwalks.netlify.com); Art Display.

10 Welcome – Roberta Wedge

10:15 – 11:45 The Culture of Dissent at Newington Green

Chair: Janet Todd

Alan Coffee, ‘Richard Price’.

Mary Fairclough, ‘Wollstonecraft and the Burghs of Newington Green’ 

Charlotte May, ‘”My constant wish has been to live with those who are eminent”: How Newington Green forged Samuel Rogers’s sociability’ 

Laura Kirkley, ‘The Cosmopolitanism of Richard Price and Mary Wollstonecraft’. 

11:45 – 12  Short Break

12:00 – 12:45  

Daisy Hay, ‘On Dinner with Joseph Johnson: Books and Friendship in a Revolutionary Age (Chatto & Windus)’

12:45 – 2:15 Lunch 

2:15 – 3:45

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Dissenting Legacy

Chair: tbc

Susan Manly, ‘“To a Little Invisible Being who is Soon to Become Visible”: the unfolding of daughters’ powers in Barbauld and Wollstonecraft.’

Sandrine Berges, ‘Dissent, Gironde-style: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Revolution’

Kandice Sharren, ‘The circulation of Wollstonecraft’s works in the early Nineteenth Century’ 

Catherine Packham, ‘What would Mary Wollstonecraft dissent from now?’

3:45 – 4:15

Tea and birthday cake

4:15 – 4:35

Amy Todd, Programme Manager, ‘Newington Green Meeting House: Revolutionary Ideas Since 1708’, plus updates on Wollstonecraft-related associations: Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship: a literary society, Wollstonecraft Philosophical Society, and The Wollstonecraft Society: an educational trust

4:45 – 6:00  Roundtable: Dissenting from Patriarchy, then and now

Chair: Emma Clery

Hannah Dawson, editor of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing (2021) 

Eileen Hunt, author of Portraits of Mary Wollstonecraft (2021)

Bee Rowlatt, Chair of The Wollstonecraft Society: an educational trust 

6 – 7 

Guided walks

7-8:30

Conference Dinner – optional / not included in fee.  

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Research fellowships at UNAM in Feminist Philosophy (including history of philosophy)

The Institute of Philosophical Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is interested in hiring a full-time female research fellow (tenure-track) in the area of Gender Studies and Feminist Philosophy.

Applicants should have a PhD or should obtain it at least two months before the start of the contract. Priority will be given to applicants with proficiency in Spanish at teaching level. If the chosen person cannot teach in Spanish at the moment of hiring, being able to do so will be a necessary condition for the extension of the contract after a year.

The Institute seeks applications from female candidates with the following areas of specialization:

  1. Feminist epistemologies
  2. Political philosophy and gender
  3. Critical gender theory
  4. Feminist readings of the history of philosophy
  5. Gender writings and images
  6. The institution of gender: normative systems and ideologies
  7. Science, technology, and gender

Interested candidates should send their dossier with:

  • Cover letter 
  • CV
  • Ph. D. diploma or official letter indicating the date of the doctoral examination/defense.
  • Research Project (maximum suggested length: 2500 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly by the referees)
  • Publications and/or writing samples (highlighting the most important three)

Contact address for applications and inquiries: seleccion.iifs@gmail.com

Deadline for application: April 22, 2022

Shortlisted candidates will give a talk and be interviewed (in person or via zoom) during May and June 2022.

Tentative starting date: August 2022.

http://www.filosoficas.unam.mx/sitio/contratacion-investigadora-2022

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Women Philosophers in the Process of Decolonization. Online conference, 17 & 18 March

Online Conference. Details here.

March 17th and 18th 2022
 

Presented by Koselleck Project
Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective
Organized by Namita Herzl
 

Information and Registration: herzl@uni-hildesheim.de

Download Program and Abstracts
 

Abstract

For many centuries the discipline of philosophy maintained a tradition that denied intellectual abilities of women. As practices and processes of colonization supported the dissemination of philosophical works almost exclusively written by male philosophers, ideas and theories written by female thinkers have been ignored. This institutional ignorance started to change since the movement of women’s rights in the 19th century. But especially the rise of feminism in the 1960s caused a rapidly growing interest in the works of female philosophers within academic philosophy. Nonetheless, women that are being discussed are mainly of European origin. This shows that colonial relations of power continue to persist in our present. While white women philosophers have criticized the oppression of the female gender, they lacked the awareness of situating themselves within the system of white domination. As it is the responsibility of academic philosophy to overcome such dynamics of suppression and destructive enmeshment on a global level, an interinstitutional shift must happen in order to avoid further oppressive practices in the future. Since years feminist postcolonial theories have been struggling with the question of how to include gender in the attempt of decolonizing philosophy. Considering these ongoing debates, it is now important to go beyond the framework of post- and decolonial feminist theories that have been developed within a western philosophical framework. Examining the theories of black feminism, Latin-American feminism, Asian feminism etc. can lead to a wider, more complex, and global perspective on developing critiques about the problems we face with institutional oppression. Regarding this process of revealing blind spots of the history of philosophy and feminism, our first attempt is to overcome a tradition that denied intellectual competence of women in the system of domination throughout the history of colonization. Secondly, the structural causes that led to the exclusion of non-European women thinkers shall be examined. In this discussion, our final aim is to find sources for reconstructing the knowledge of women philosophers that have been excluded from the canon until today.

All times listed are local time CET (Central European Time). 

17.03.2022

14:00 – 14:20 Introduction by Namita Herzl 

14:30 – 15:15  Transnational Feminisms Decolonizing Philosophy

Margaret A. McLaren, Professor of Philosophy, Rollins College, USA

15:15 – 15:45  Discussion

16:00 – 16:45  A Genealogy of Speaking Out of Turn: Tracing the Philosophical Legacies of Black Women in America

Tiesha Cassel, PhD Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

16:45 – 17:15 Discussion 


18.03.2022

14:00 – 14:45 Revitalizing Native American Feminism Through Dance

Shay Welch, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Spelman College, USA

14:45 – 15:15 Discussion

15:30 – 16:15  In the Face of Modernity: Luisa Capetillo, Free Love, Spiritism, and Emancipation

Stephanie Rivera Berruz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University, USA

16:15 – 17:00 Final Discussion

 

Transnational Feminisms Decolonizing Philosophy

Margaret A. McLaren, Professor of Philosophy, Rollins College, USA

What role can feminist philosophy play in decolonizing philosophy?  To answer this question, we must consider the ways that colonialism shapes both the history and the methodological approaches of philosophy. The male Eurocentrism of the history of philosophy affects not only the content and purview of philosophy but also its methodological approaches.

In this talk, I focus specifically on transnational feminist philosophy and its role: in challenging patriarchy, undermining the hegemony of the global North and rejecting the view that philosophy is primarily abstract.  Drawing from the lives and experiences of grassroots women activists in India, I show how their activism challenges traditional philosophical conceptions of rights, freedom, and autonomy.  I conclude by suggesting that shifting our attention to feminist activism in the Global South can provide important lessons for feminist theorists and expand philosophical conceptions and methodological approaches.  

A Genealogy of Speaking Out of Turn: Tracing the Philosophical Legacies of Black Women in America

Tiesha Cassel, PhD Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

In this paper, I argue that the intellectual traditions of Black women’s (within the American context) philosophical legacies constitute a practice of “speaking out of turn.” I take this term from cultural critic Michelle Wallace who notes in her essay “Variations on Negation and the Hersey of Black Feminist Creativity, “to define a ‘tradition’ that integrates black female critical voices is to be forced to confront how such voices have been systematically excluded from previous notions of ‘tradition.’ It is, in other words, a ‘tradition’ of speaking out of turn.”  By leaning into this observation and pointing out Black women’s (within the American context) philosophical contributions as a practice of ‘speaking out of turn,’ I seek to uncover a historical framework that has the capacity to 1. Account for the history of Black women as professional philosophers, 2. Hold the reality that not all Black women philosophers do Black feminist philosophy, and 3. Not all Black women philosophers have the traditional educational markers that we often see as affirmations of one’s philosophical merit.

Revitalizing Native American Feminism Through Dance

Shay Welch, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Spelman College, USA

In this talk, I set out a brief framework for Native American feminism and the various modes of practicing and participating in Native and Indigenous feminisms.  I then focus on the area of Native American dance, both tradition and contemporary, to explain how feminism is exemplified through communal and artistic movement practices.  Further, I explain how traditional forms of ceremonial dance is being used by Native women to engage in practices of epistemic resistance and knowledge reclamation.  I argue that dancing resistance is a paradigmatic form of exercising feminist agency within broader Indigenous political resistance movements.  Moreover, I argue that this form of feminist resistance is a unique and distinctively feminist epistemology in action.

In the Face of Modernity: Luisa Capetillo, Free Love, Spiritism, and Emancipation

Stephanie Rivera Berruz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University, USA

Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922), often heralded as Puerto Rico’s first feminist figure, was an anarcho-feminist activist whose life reflected her philosophical commitments. She forges her intellectual and political life during a time of fervent anarchist and working-class activism largely emanating out of Puerto Rico’s tobacco factories, which were the epicenters of radical activism that demanded an end to class hierarchy, private property, religion, and nationalism. In this context, Capetillo creates an anarchist intellectual framework oriented around the emancipation of women specifically advocating economic self-sufficiency, sexual education, and class struggle undergirded by the importance of sexual autonomy for women’s lives. As the talk will demonstrate, her intellectual framework is undergirded by a metaphysics largely informed by her commitment to spiritism and naturalism that understood the human spirit to be part of the material-natural world. It is for this reason, I argue, that she repeatedly looks to nature as a source for normatively structuring her senses of equality and love.

Philosophical interest in Capetillo’s work is scant, but not an isolated case of historiographical omission. Hence, my research on her work sits as part of a larger project that is interested in lettered women from the Hispanaphone Caribbean writing at the same time. Specifically, I am interested in the crosscurrents of conversations taking place at the turn the of the 20th century in this archipelagic space during a time of colonial, imperial, and capital transformation. Although these women may have never physically heard each other’s voices, I engage with their writing by staging conversations between them, with the aim of demonstrating how they assembled notions of belonging in the face of the catastrophes of modernity that swept the Caribbean the wakes of which are still temporarily present.

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Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) – Call for Applications

Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC)
Pilot Summer Program

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Overview

The Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) seeks applications for participants in the inaugural Summer Program. Participants will take part in a week-long collaborative workshop, in which they learn about figures in an expanded canon of early modern philosophy (such as Anton Wilhelm Amo, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway) and cutting-edge research on them; discuss inclusive, student-centered, and equitable pedagogy; and collaboratively craft their own (collective) early modern course syllabus. After the workshop, participants and guides will meet regularly and continue to communicate as their courses (and future versions of it) are implemented. Participants will also receive an award from CCEC attesting to their experience with canon expansion and inclusive teaching.

The workshop guides are the co- founders of the Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) as well as outside experts.

Co-Founders:

Jessica Gordon-Roth, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Setterberg Fellow, UMN

Dwight Lewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UMN

Bennett McNulty, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UMN 

Guest Early Modern expert:
Julie Walsh, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College

Guest Pedagogy experts: TBD

The workshop is set to take place on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, as well as surrounding areas of Minneapolis August 1-6, 2022.

Applications

Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest (1 page outlining their interest in the program and how it connects with their research and/or teaching) and a curriculum vitae. We welcome applications from advanced graduate students and faculty members (contingent or permanent). We especially encourage applications from individuals of groups underrepresented in (Anglo-American) philosophy. Faculty members with institutional funding to participate should communicate this in their application. 

Applications should be submitted to Bennett McNulty (mcnu0074@umn.edu) by April 1, 2022.  Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by May 1, 2022.

About

The Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) was founded in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2021 with the goal of effecting meaningful change in the way that philosophy is done, understood, organized, and – especially – taught. In particular, CCEC focuses on supporting instructors who want to teach neglected figures or a new canon of early modern philosophy, but otherwise lack the resources to do so. CCEC aims to teach instructors how to create a safe and vibrant learning environment that speaks to a multitude of perspectives and allows students to learn about philosophers with voices like their own. The idea behind this is that we tend to teach as we have been taught, and this is the way (at least in part) the canon is maintained or upheld. This also means that this is where we can best effect change: if instructors are taught to think of the canon in a more broad and inclusive way, their students will too. Moreover, it’s only through changing the canon and understanding the way in which our respective positionalities affect learning in the classroom that we can be in a better position to change the face of philosophy. 

Sponsored by University of Minnesota Department of Philosophy (Setterberg and Chair funds) and the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop: Public Scholarship and Teaching, with additional funding pending.

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A book and an event on the history of African American political thought – including women

The book, African American Political Thought, A Collected History, came out in 2020 and is edited by Melvin Rogers and Jack Turner.

Eight of its thirty chapters are dedicated to specific African American women political thinkers, from Phillis Wheatley to Angela Davis.

The event, tomorrow night, is a roundtable discussion of some chapters in the book, including one on Anna Julia Cooper and one on Toni Morrisson:

African American Political Thought Roundtable

 02/18/2022

This roundtable event celebrates the recent publication of African American Political Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2021, description here), an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and African diaspora who addressed key political issues: democracy, race, violence, liberation, solidarity, and mass political action. The event brings the volume’s editors (Profs. Melvin Rogers and Jack Turner) into conversation with several of its contributors (Prof. Carol Wayne White on Anna Julia Cooper; Prof. Lawrie Balfour on Toni Morrison; and Prof. Cedric Johnson on Huey P. Newton). The roundtable will take place online on Friday, February 18, from 3-5pm. Use this link, or the Meeting ID 993 6652 1687, to join the Zoom.

Speakers

Melvin L. Rogers: Brown University, Associate Professor of Political Science
Jack Turner: University of Washington, Associate Professor of Political Science
Lawrie Balfour: University of Virginia, James Hart Professor of Politics
Cedric Johnson: University of Illinois-Chicago, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
Carol Wayne White: Bucknell University, Presidential Professor of Philosophy of Religion

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NEW VOICES on Women in the History of Philosophy CONFERENCE on the 25th/26th of February 2022

From Clara Carus:

We are delighted to present the exciting programme of the first online NEW VOICES on Women in the History of Philosophy CONFERENCE on the 25th/26th of February 2022.

More than 70 speakers will present their work on women in the history of philosophy. We would like to thank you again for helping making this event possible.

Please share the poster and programme in your (academic) circle, with your friends, family, students, colleges.

Registration is free and open to everyone, but required to receive the zoom links. You as chairs are automatically registered and you will receive the zoom links shortly before the conference. You will receive some brief instructions and bios from the speakers as well. For anyone else to register please write to contact@historyofwomenphilosophers.org.

We are proud to have four excellent keynote speakers: Priyanka Jha (Banaras Hindu University, India/University of Cambridge), Samantha Matherne (Harvard University), Julia Borcherding (University of Cambridge), Pedro Pricladnitzky (UNIOESTE, Brazil)

You can find the full programme attached and here:

Topics covered are: Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance, Early Modern, Modern, Phenomenology, History of Feminism, Analytic Philosophy, History and Politics, Eastern Philosophy, South-American History of Philosophy

Women covered are, among others: Gargi Vachaknavi, Tullia d’ Aragona, Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht, Edith Stein, Grace A. de Laguna, Isotta Nogarola, Cassandra Fedele, *Mary Wollstonecraft,* Ingeborg Heidemann, Alice Ambrose, Gilda de Mello Souza, Marie de Gournay, Eugenia Ginsberg-Blaustein, Susan Stebbing, Nisia Floresta, Marguerite Porete, *Anne Conway*, Gerda Walther, Christine de Pisan, Germaine de Staël, Iris Murdoch, Im Yunjidang, Karoline von Günderrode, *Émilie Du Châtelet*, Nataliya Kobrynska, Natalia Ilyina, Maria Gołaszewska, Jenny d’Héricourt, Janine Bouissounouse, Jane Addams, Clarice Lispector, Hannah Arendt, Jeanne Hersch, Diotima, Lucretia Marinella, Ann Margaret Sharp, Hypatia of Alexandria

Mary Astell, Julia Ward Howe, Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Shepherd’s

The conference is organised by Clara Carus with the help of Violeta Milicevic, Ruth Hagengruber and the team at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists.

We are very much looking forward to your talks.

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Anna Ezekiel’s blog

If you don’t follow it already, check out Anna’s blog. Every two weeks she posts about historical women philosophers, their work, and the recovery project. I’m looking forward to finding out more about Karoline von Günderrode.

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“Opening Discussions” – Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy 4&5 March 2022

From Lisa Shapiro:

I am very pleased to share the program of  the inaugural conference of the SSHRC partnership project, Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy/Pour de nouveaux histoires de la philosophy.  We are still looking for chairs of three of the sessions. If you are interested or willing to chair a session please get in touch.

“Opening Discussions” is a virtual conference that will take place on 4th & 5th March 2022. It features six distinct panels exploring the works of a set of marginalized philosophers in different periods and places. The panels are anchored by a presentation, followed by two discussants to help to get the conversation started. We plan that a good part of the session will be taken up by questions and comments, as we are aiming to build connections across areas as much as we are wanting to build depth in the particular areas.

Details of the program are below and also at www.newnarrativesinphilosophy.net/conferences.html  [French version www.newnarrativesinphilosophy.net/confeacuterences-fr.html. I’m also also attaching a poster. Please share widely!

All are welcome to attend any, or all, of these talks. There is no registration fee, but attendees must first register in order to be able to gain admission. 

The conference platform will also offer attendees an opportunity each day (11.30am-12.30pm PST) to mingle and continue the discussions with each other.Again, please feel free to circulate this information. 
You can contact Mark Campbell at 

new_narratives@sfu.caif you have any 

questions about the conference. (If you have technical issues in the registration process, you can contact sfu-hopin@sfu.ca.)

We are looking forward to seeing everyone (virtually) at this exciting event!

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New Voices talk on Mary Astell – 27 January

New Voices Talk Series Women in History on Education.

Speaker: Eszter Kovács (NKE, Budapest)

Date:  Thursday, 27th of January, 3pm CET.

Registration: If you have registered for the New Voices talk series previously you do not need to register again. If you haven’t registered before, please register here: clara.carus@uni-paderborn.de (an empty email with “New Voices Talk Series in the subject is fine).


Mary Astell on Female Self-improvement and Self-mastery

Mary Astell outlines in the first part of the Serious Proposal (1694) the project of a “Retirement” for young women who are not inclined to marry or who prefer studies before choosing a husband. After having received diverse criticism, she returns to this question from a different viewpoint in the second part (1697). Instead of an establishment, she proposes individual self-improvement for women. However, her goal remains collective: individual self-education is destined to prepare gradual social change.

In my talk, I will focus on the early phase of this program. As I aim to show, the idea of female rationality and the claim of coequality on a rational basis appear already in the Proposals. The improvement of their mind, the development of their understanding and the guidance of their will are necessary for women in order to live a happier life. The mastery of harmful passions is also a major goal.


New Voices on Women in the History of Philosophy is a group for emerging scholars at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. New Voices has the purpose of creating a forum for international scholars who work on women in the history of philosophy. New Voices intends to interconnect and further the work of scholars in the field of Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy. New Voices is organized by Dr. Clara Carus. For further information about New Voices or to join New Voices please visit:

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