CFA: Women in Early Modern Philosophy

Lehigh University 5th Annual Philosophy Conference

                                                            Bethlehem PA 18015

                                                                        U S A

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Friday, October 20, 2017


The Lehigh University Philosophy Department welcomes abstracts concerning any aspect of the philosophical work of — or about — women during the Early Modern Period. We are looking forward to proposals related to any field of philosophy — from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics, aesthetics, political theory, and philosophy of religion. We are interested both in proposals that are primarily historical and in those that emphasize the contemporary relevance of texts from this period.

Keynote Speakers:

Karen Detlefsen

University of Pennsylvania

Marcy Lascano

California State University, Long Beach

Submission Deadline

July 17, 2017

Electronic submissions of abstracts (350 words) should be in Word or pdf format. Reading time for presented papers is 30 minutes; there will be 10 minutes for discussion.  Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Your submission may be made either to EasyChair at    or to

Roslyn Weiss at

Changing Conference details will be posted at:

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BJHP Special Issue :Women Philosophers

Women and the History of Philosophy

Call for Papers for a special issue of British Journal for the History of Philosophy

In recent years, the attention that has been paid to the philosophical women of the past has challenged prevailing assumptions that women made no significant contribution to the history of philosophy. An increasing body of work in the history of philosophy has demonstrated that women did indeed contribute significantly to philosophy. The history of women’s philosophy is now recognised as a rich new domain of scholarly enquiry.

To highlight new research in the field, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy is planning a special issue devoted to women’s contribution to philosophy in the early modern period broadly understood (i.e. from the Renaissance to the early Enlightenment), to be edited by Sarah Hutton and Ruth Hagengruber.

Proposals are therefore invited for papers to be included in the special issue. These may be either on individual philosophers, women’s contribution to different branches of philosophy (including natural philosophy), or any other aspect of the history of early modern women’s philosophy. Submissions on the more neglected female thinkers in this period will be particularly welcome. And younger scholars are encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals in the form of a 500 word summary should be sent to with a copy to Deadline 15th August.

All submissions will be refereed in accordance with BJHP practice (double-blind peer review). The deadline for submitting papers accepted for peer review will be 31st January 2018.

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Bridging the gender gap through time: how women philosophers of the past contributed to today’s thought



Call for Abstracts:

King’s College London
Friday, 23rd February 2018

Convenors:  Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent), Alan Coffee (King’s)
Keynote Speakers: Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame) and TBA

Conference webpage.

We invite abstracts of between 300 and 500 words. Talks will be 20 minutes long with a further 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

Please send abstracts prepared for anonymous review or any enquiries to by 30 September 2017. We aim to notify participants by 30 October. Registration for all other attendees will open in due course.

Women have had a far deeper and more extensive influence on the history than is commonly realised. Far from confining their interests to questions of gender and domestic matters, women have been writing on all aspects of philosophy for as long as such a discipline can be identified. Indeed, it is often surprising just how much high quality philosophical and political thought women have produced throughout history given that so few of the writers are known outside of a few specialist departments.
Across history, women’s writing is now being recovered not as marginal but as theoretically important in its own right. Amongst the many names one could list, we might think of Hildegard von Bingen and Christine de Pizan from the Middle Ages; Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Mary Astell in the Early Modern Period; Catharine Macaulay, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, as well as Olympe de Gouges and Sophie de Grouchy, in the revolutionary period of the Enlightenment; to say nothing of Mary Prince, Harriet Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth amongst the numerous slave and abolitionist writings of the nineteenth century.
In spite of the many difficulties women have had in making their voices heard philosophically – women did not have access to the highest levels of education, they often had to confine themselves to safe subjects to avoid social censure, they frequently found it necessary to write anonymously or to destroy one’s work, and they were in any case not normally taken seriously – their work far was more influential in their own time than we often realise today, and it still has the potential to speak to us in our own time through its influence on contemporary debates and issues.
The purpose of this conference is both to raise awareness of the rich historical tradition of women’s philosophy as well as to help make the connection with current social, moral, political and philosophical debate by bringing neglected women writers, past and present, into dialogue with today’s discourses.
We invite submissions for papers on any related theme, including but not limited to those named above. We are also interested in papers focused on women writing from a non-Western tradition, or under conditions of social or political oppression today. Presentations may address any area of philosophy, or of social, moral and political thinking more widely conceived. Some suggested topics include women philosophers on education, social reform, or revolution.


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Wollstonecraft conference at Bilkent


The contributions of Mary Wollstonecraft to contemporary issues in philosophy

1-2 June 2017 Bilkent University (Room A130)

Keynote speakers:

Sarah Hutton  (York)

Hatice Nur Erkizan (Muğla)

Full details and program  here.

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Welcome to!

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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