CFP: Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions

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
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 and
challenged 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

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 ( 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 (
Conference page:

4 thoughts on “CFP: Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions

  1. That’s good news, because it is an area of recent concern for both me and some of my female and male graduate students.

    The 8 invited slots all occupied by women concerns me less than similar conferences with all invited slots occupied by men. But I confess that it still concerns me.

  2. The social context is very different, so I think the case is different, and– as you say– less of a problem.

    My view is that it *is* a problem in so far as one’s goal is promoting feminist philosophy. I think doing that requires making it clear that men can do feminist philosophy, and breaking down gender stereotypes about feminist philosophy.

    But SWIP has two goals: one is promoting feminist philosophy and another is promoting women in philosophy. Some take the view that, given women’s under-representation at other conferences, it’s useful to have places where women are in the majority, or even all of the speakers. Until several years ago, a version of this view prevailed to the extent that only women were allowed to speak at or attend SWIP UK conferences. That’s no longer the case.

    Personally, I’d prefer to have some men on the line-up. But I can see the arguments for the other side.

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