CFP: Perspectives on Gender

Perspectives on Gender

October 24th-25th, 2014

University of California, Irvine


In light of recent national attention given to the status of women in the field of philosophy, this conference aims to promote open and multi-disciplinary discussion of issues related to gender. We plan to exchange views on a variety of topics organized under our conference themes of gender and knowledge, gender and social justice, gender and science, and gender and discrimination.  Central goals of the conference are to encourage discussion in the face of disagreement and a commitment to problem recognition and resolution in areas related to the conference themes. Although the conference discourse will extend across disciplines, we will devote special attention to concerns of women in philosophy.

Perspectives on Gender is organized by the UC Irvine Hypatia Society, an organization aimed at promoting the recruitment, retention, and success of graduate women in philosophy at UC Irvine.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Azizah al Hibri (University of Richmond)

Claudia Card (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Ann Cudd (University of Kansas)

Helen Longino (Stanford)

Call for Papers

We invite contributions on any topic related to gender and particularly those connected to the themes of gender and knowledge, gender and social justice, gender and science, and gender and discrimination. Special consideration will be given to submissions concerning women in philosophy.  For consideration, please submit a long abstract (500-1000 words) through our website.

Presentations will be 20 minutes long and will be followed by a 20-minute question and answer session. Additionally, we have scheduled a one-hour round table discussion on women in the profession. This session is open to all, but we especially hope for contributions from conference presenters.

Submission site:

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014

Conference Organizers: Ashley Dressel (, Maura Priest (, Cailin O’Connor (


9 thoughts on “CFP: Perspectives on Gender

  1. Heh.

    “Women Discuss Gender”
    “(No Male) Perspectives on Gender”
    “Gendered Gender Conference”

    I kid, I kid.

  2. Philosophy of gender is no laughing matter Anon. This is serious work being done by serious philosophers.

  3. Not trying to be snarky, but if the goal is a multidisciplinary discussion on gender, why are only philosophers represented on the list of speakers? Where are the social sciences?

  4. Anon 9:45pm : while our four primary speakers are, its true, women (and powerhouses, I might add, coming at gender from very different angles), it is not our intention to include only female perspectives on gender at the event. I hope that we will see solid abstract submissions from both women and men.
    Anon 4:25: our organizing group is a group of female philosophers, and so, naturally, we drew most of our speakers from our field (though, I would like to note, Azizah is best known for her work in law and was most recently a professor of law). However, we worked to find speakers with multidisciplinary appeal – figures who work in philosophy of science, who hold joint appointments in other departments, and so forth. Now that we are on to collecting abstracts, we hope to advertise the CFP across disciplines to draw in more speakers from the social sciences, law, biology, etc. as well as additional philosophers.

  5. Get off it Anon 9:45 — the Gendered Conference Campaign was clearly design to apply to areas of philosophy with a gender diversity problem. Philosophy of Gender has no such problem because plenty of women work in the field. So it doesn’t apply. Get it?

  6. AD,
    I’m sure that’s true. The GCC tries hard not to imply anything about the intentions of the organizers of gendered conferences, and I hope I can do the same.

    Hi Jane,
    I think you are not serious, but I can’t tell for sure. I think it’s best for me not to comment further.

  7. Jane: So by your reasoning, you would have no problem at all with a conference on philosophy of gender that featured only male speakers (since apparently the GCC now applies to some fields but not to others). Something tells me that wouldn’t be the case.

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