Has feminist philosophy changed philosophy?

Let’s all visit Iceland!

Conference of the Nordic Network for Women in Philosophy at the University of Iceland (in cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy and EDDA – Center of Excellence), September 7 and 8, 2012.

Feminist philosophy has emerged in the last decades as a vibrant field within Western philosophy. It has resulted in questioning canons of philosophy as well as core concepts of the philosophical curriculum. Feminist epistemology, ethics, aesthetics and metaphysics have contributed to a richer understanding of the epistemic, ethical, perceiving and embodied subject. The past and the present of philosophy as an academic discipline appear in a different light. Despite this, philosophy still has one of the lowest proportion of women and minorities among students and faculty when compared to other disciplines within the humanities and the sciences as a whole. Does that have to do with the lack of acceptance of feminist work within philosophy? Or is it necessary to dig deeper in order to understand the resistance of philosophy towards change in this respect? The keynote speakers at this conference, Sally Haslanger and Linda Martín Alcoff, have gained widespread attention for their writings on the institutional culture, content and styles of philosophy, as well as for their initiatives on improving the situation of women and minorities in philosophy. The NNWP calls for papers that discuss if, and if so how feminist philosophy has changed philosophy.

Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir, University of Iceland
Ásta Sveinsdóttir, San Franciscso State University
Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir, University of Iceland
Salvör Nordal, University of Iceland

Abstracts (max 200 words) are due by May 25, 2012. Please submit your abstracts to sigrthor@hi.is.
Replies to submissions will be sent out June 5th.

Dr. Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir
Associate Professor of Philosophy
San Francisco State University


Berlin: Collectivity Beyond Identity


“Collectivity beyond Identity” Conference

Organized by the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Location: Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6 (Berlin)
Date: 28th – 30th of June 2012

Modes of collectivity play an important role in numerous social and everyday contexts. Collectives form the basis of political practice and engagement as well as of economic and labor relations. Collectivity appears to be a particularly important notion in areas like feminist theorizing; this is especially so once the notion of the subject has been submitted to critical examination, and no longer construed as sovereign and isolated. After all, how might we rethink the notion of community and how can we conceive of collectivity, when the seemingly crucial aspect of collectivization – identity – has become the object of critical study?

Keynote Speakers:
Susanne Baer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Linda Alcoff (Hunter College / The City University of New York)
Sabine Hark (Technische Universität Berlin)
Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago)
Adriana Cavarero (Università degli Studi di Verona)

For a detailed program and registration information, see:

Registration deadline: 18th of June 2012 (reduced registration fee until *1st of June* 2012)

Conference languages are English and German.

The conference is financially supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Local Organisers:
Sophia Ermert (Law), Gabriele Jähnert (Gender-Studies), Ina Kerner (Social Sciences), Kirstin Mertlitsch (Gender-Studies), Mari Mikkola (Philosophy), Eva von Redecker (Philosophy)