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


7 thoughts on “Has feminist philosophy changed philosophy?

  1. Funny, I’ve been working on a related paper all day, but I’m sad to say that I’m starting to conclude: Not as much as one would’ve thought. It’s a bit depressing to read stuff from the ‘eighties all day and realize how much progress we haven’t made.

  2. Maybe a Chou En-Lai verdict is in order. (When Henry Kissinger asked his views about the historical impact of the French Revolution, Premier Chou is supposed to have replied “It is too early to say.”)

  3. I wonder if it would be helpful to bombard pop culture with images promoting the idea of women as philosophers and serious thinkers such as a t-shirt with a picture of a female version of the sculpture “The Thinker” or a picture of women philosophers…. since people outside of academic philosophy, including people in other academic departments, still think only men are philosophers, or that it’s a not a place for women.

  4. Oh, what a criminal disappointment that the conference is scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8! Why don’t academics schedule these things for summer? I would have loved to have applied to this, but ah, well.

  5. I wondered about the date too but I think universities in other parts of the world don’t go back until late September so it’s probably not the university term in Iceland. I suspect the early September start is just North America. Grrr.

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