Reader seeks suggestions for invited APA session

I’d like to ask the advice of readers of this blog. I’m arranging an invited session for an upcoming Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association called “New Approaches to Old Figures: Recent Work in Feminist History of Philosophy.” Although I already have some ideas both for invited speakers and for topics, I am curious to hear what/who others would like to see included on this topic. Please chime in! (But don’t be disappointed if your suggestion doesn’t end up making it to the program; this is just one short session, subject to many constraints.) Thanks for your help.

12 thoughts on “Reader seeks suggestions for invited APA session

  1. I think a focus on the recovery of early modern women philosophers (some proto-feminist) would be exciting. Lots of good scholarship is ongoing including the papers collected in “Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evlauation of Women’s Philosophical Thought” edited by Eileen O’Neill and Marcy P. Lascano.

  2. Charlotte, i wonder if you or someone else might think of it for an author meets critic session. There are a numbEr of ways in which the book affirms the presence of women in philosophy.

  3. Great idea! I will do so as an adviser for feminism to the Eastern Division APA program committee when the time comes. I’m so pleased to have made it past the spam filter.

  4. O dear, Charlotte! Please email us under “contact” if you have any problems. It does hate hyperlinks, by the way.

  5. Karen Detleftsen at Penn does very interesting work on women in the early modern period (among other things) and is a good choice. (I must confess that she’s a friend, but I think my opinion is largely objective.) If you’re willing to have a political theorist rather than, strictly speaking, a philosopher, than Nancy Hirschmann, in the political science department at Penn, has also done very interesting work on the history of modern political philosophy from a feminist perspective, looking especially (but not only) at the main social contract thinkers.

  6. There is lots of really good work going on in early modern philosophy on women thinkers. In addition to those already named (who are all great) let me add: Alice Sowaal, Deborah Boyle, Patricia Sheridan, and Rebecca Wilkin (who is actually in a French department but is working on the super interesting Gabrielle Suchon, and argues she has a really innovative political philosophy). I can likely come up with more names if needed.

  7. Hi everybody. I’m the session organizer. I appreciate the suggestions very much. But most suggested so far were already on my radar. Does anybody have any ideas outside of early modern? Thanks.

  8. Dorothy Rogers of Montclair State University has been doing work on American women at the end of the 19th-early 20th century.

  9. I have a non Early Modern suggestion. Marguerite Deslauriers at Guelph is doing great feminist work on Aristotle and Plato. (I’ll permit myself one Early Modern suggestion too — Deslaurier’s colleague, Hasana Sharp, is a wonderful feminist Spinoza scholar.)

  10. Amy,
    It would be really interesting to find people working on women philosophers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There are likely folks in English or comp lit departments. A colleague in English works on 18th century women writers. Not always philosophical, but I can ask her if you want. Let me know.

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