CFP: Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions

Call for papers

Society for Women in Philosophy
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London

Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions
Central London, Friday 18th-Saturday 19th November 2011

The aim of this conference is to reflect critically on the relation of feminist epistemology to the various philosophical traditions that
generated it and those that have nourished it intellectually and challenged it in the past three decades. These traditions include that of epistemology itself (of course), but also more generally the analytical philosophical traditions, the continental philosophical
traditions, feminist philosophical traditions, and other philosophically inflected theoretical traditions, for example psychoanalytical theory. It is to be hoped that responses to the call for papers will add to this list.

Questions to be addressed include:
• What, currently, is the relation between feminist epistemology and the more mainstream traditions of epistemology?
• What influence has feminist epistemology had on the more mainstream traditions of epistemology, if any?
• Is there any unity to ‘feminist epistemology’ across its relation to different philosophical traditions (for example the analytical and the continental traditions)?
• How have other theoretical traditions influenced andchallenged feminist epistemology?
• What is the significance of the mainly Anglo-American constitution of the field of feminist epistemology?
• ‘What, if anything, remains distinctive about ‘feminist epistemology’? That is, when is ‘feminist epistemology’ simply ‘epistemology’?

Plenary speakers:

Kirsten Campbell (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘Feminist Epistemology and Psychoanalytical Theory’
Respondent: Stella Sandford (Kingston University)

Miranda Fricker (Birkbeck College, University of London)
‘Feminist Epistemology as Social Epistemology’
Respondent: Stella Gonzalez Arnal (University of Hull)

Gillian Howie (University of Liverpool)
‘Is There a “Continental” Feminist Epistemology?’
Respondent: Alison Stone (Lancaster University)

Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University).
‘From Margin to Centre: Feminist Epistemology as Socially Responsible Epistemology’
Respondent: Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)

Submissions for papers for parallel sessions (sessions comprising a maximum of 3 short – 15–20 minutes – papers each) are invited on any
aspect of feminist epistemology. Graduate students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts for the parallel sessions.

Please submit abstracts, prepared for anonymous review, of no more than 500 words to Stella Sandford (S.Sandford AT Kingston.ac.uk) by Friday 24th June 2011. Abstracts will be scrutinised by the Conference Committee. Decisions will be made by by Friday 22nd July.

Further information: Stella Sandford (S.Sandford AT Kingston.ac.uk)

2 thoughts on “CFP: Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions

  1. I’m wondering if it bothers anyone that all of the plenary speakers for this conference are female?

    Here is one worry… all female line-ups perpetuate the stereotyping of feminist philosophy as a game only women can play. Here is another, worries about epistemic injustices due to exclusion run the same regardless of gender. Put another way, you could be losing out on perspectives from those who’s situation isn’t that of being a woman. I’m sure there are good responses to these worries and I’m sure there is a reason your gendered conferences campaign doesn’t flag such conferences, I’m just not sure what they are.

  2. The gendered conference campaign is concerned with women being under-represented in philosophy. All-female conferences don’t help to perpetuate that. Hence the lack of concern by the GCC.

    However, a quite separate concern is that feminist philosophy is not taken seriously enough by the mainstream. Getting more men into feminist philosophy would indeed help with that, *I think*. But that would be a separate campaign, and it would (I think) call for a different methodology. (In fact, many of us are trying to get more men to work in these areas.)

    More generally, the fact that feminist philosophy is a marginalised subject within the larger discipline really does alter the way one needs to think about it.

    I should also note that my opinions on this are controversial within feminist philosophy. A few years ago SWIP UK didn’t even *allow* men to come to conferences. Now they can not only come but give papers, but every step has been a battle.

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