Symposium to honour Gillian Howie

Feminism, Materialism, Critical Theory:

A Symposium to Celebrate and Engage with the Work of

Gillian Howie (1965-2013)


Monday 16th December, 2013

School of the Arts Library, University of Liverpool




My guiding principle is that the work of philosophy should be concerned with the intelligibility of the world. This is not because everything can be explained, grasped, or even communicated, but because if, as feminists, we wish to change the world, then we need to know what we are dealing with”.

(Gillian Howie, 2010)



Morning Sessions


10.15: Welcome


10.20 – 11.20: Session 1


J’annine Jobling, University of Liverpool

‘The Angel of History: Death, Transcendence and a Feminist Materialist Spirituality’


Patrice Haynes, Liverpool Hope University

‘Encouraging a Thoughtful Love of Life: Practicing Philosophy with Pamela Sue Anderson and Gillian Howie’


Chair: Daniel Whistler, University of Liverpool


11.20 – 11.40: Coffee



11.40 – 13.00: Session 2


Christine Battersby, University of Warwick

‘Gillian Howie’s Situated Philosophy: Theorising the Intersections of Self, Body and World’


Stella Sandford, Kingston University

‘“I suggest we regroup around the idea of dialectical materialism’”.


Chair: Joanna Hodge, Manchester Metropolitan University


13.00- 14.15: Lunch



Afternoon Sessions


14.15 – 15.15: Session 3


Roundtable discussion on ‘Living with Dying’

With Pamela Sue Anderson (Oxford University), Beverly Clack (Oxford Brookes University), Ned Hassan (Liverpool Hope), Michael McGhee (University of Liverpool), Ruth Gould (Dadafest, Liverpool)


Chair: Laura Green, University of Liverpool


15.15 – 15.45: Coffee


15.45 – 17.00: Session 4


Kimberly Hutchings, London School of Economics

‘Reflections on Howie on Late Feminism’


Victoria Browne, Oxford Brookes University

‘“Come back to me when you’ve read the Critique of Pure Reason”:

Gillian Howie on Pedagogy and Intellectual Inheritance’


Chair: Margrit Shildrick, University of Linköping



17.00: Closing





17.30 – 19.00


Wine Reception (SOTA Library)



Dinner at The Quarter, Falkner Street




Enquiries to v.r.browne at liv dot ac dot uk