CfA : New Narratives in Philosophy at Duke, April 14-27

A big conference on women in the history of philosophy!

Feminist History of Philosophy

New Narratives in Philosophy:
Rediscovering neglected works by early modern women

Co-Directed by Andrew Janiak and Marcy Lascano

Hosted at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
Durham, NC, USA
April 14 – 17, 2016

The New Narratives in Philosophy conference will be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. The four day conference will focus on the early modern philosophers Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Emilie Du Châtelet and will explore the various aspects of each figure’s primary philosophical works, investigate the relationships between her works and those of her contemporaries, and examine her works in relation to the political, social, ethical, theological, and scientific works of the period. In addition, the final, fourth day of the conference will be devoted to methodological questions that are important for transforming the teaching and study of early modern philosophy. All conference proceedings and materials – video clips, sample syllabi…

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Call for registration: Feminist Philosophy Workshop

Call for Registration

Feminist Philosophy Workshop

9 October 2015

University of Hamburg

Invited Speaker: Anca Gheaus (Sheffield)

“Feminism and Basic Income”

All are warmly invited to participate in our upcoming workshop on Feminist Philosophy. We intend this workshop to provide an opportunity to highlight contemporary feminist scholarship, and to bring early career researchers, established scholars, and students together to share their ideas.  Our speakers will explore a range of feminist perspectives on topics in metaphysics, epistemology, intersectionality, autonomy, implicit bias, and morality and rationality.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Erin Beeghly (Utah) – Does Morality Require Stupidity? The Case of Forbidden Base Rates
  • Jade Fletcher (Leeds) – Feminist Metaphysics and the Canberra Plan
  • Marta Jorba (Girona -LOGOS) & Maria Rodó de Zárate (Estadual de Ponta Grossa) – What Constitutes What in Intersectionality? Beyond Mutually Constitutive Models: The Wholeness of Experience
  •      Nadja El Kassar (Zürich) – An Examination of the Idea of Epistemic Advantages of the Epistemically Disadvantaged
  • Ji-Young Lee (Bristol) – A Feminist Challenge to Procedural Accounts of Autonomy
  • Robin Zheng (Cambridge) – Collective Responsibility for Implicit Bias: From Restorative to Transformative Accountability


Registration is free, but places will be limited. Please send an email to to reserve a place. While not required, we highly recommend pre-distribution of papers, slides, or other presentation material. To that end, we will make a shared Dropbox folder available to presenters and registered workshop participants.

Location and Accessibility:

Please visit the workshop website for maps of the location as well as detailed accessibility information. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you need further information.


Please visit the workshop website for more information. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the workshop organisers: Amanda Cawston ( or Nathan Wildman (

Republicanism for men

The Review of International Social and Political Philosophy has a nice special issue on “Freedom and Domination: exploring republican freedom” with the following contributors:

Cillian McBride
Philip Pettit
Arto Laitinen
Andreas Busen
Christian F. Rostbøll

Fabian Schuppert
Colin M. Macleod
Keith Breen

For those of us who’ve spent some time and effort arguing that no, republicanism did not need to exclude women, this is a little disheartening…

CfA: Gender and the Politics of Shame

Call for Abstracts: Gender and the Politics of Shame

London School of Economics and Political Science

14th November 2015

Recent decades have seen unprecedented scholarly interest in affect and the politics of emotion, particularly in feminist and queer theoretical frames. At the same time, activists outside the academy have drawn attention to the role emotions, particularly the self-conscious emotion of shame, have played in mobilisations against marginalised groups, and have suggested ways of countering the shaming of said groups. While significant advances have been made in the development of shame theory and in the further theorisation of affect and political emotions, scholars and activists are now invited to take stock of contemporary theoretical work on shame, and to present new and promising ways of thinking about and engaging the conference theme of gender and the politics of shame.

To this end, papers might address, without being limited to, the following topics:
–       Shame and masculinities and femininities
–       Shame and LGBTQI experiences
–       Shame and class
–       Racialized shame
–       Shame and theories of emotion and affect
–       Shame and related self-conscious emotions (embarrassment, guilt, pride)
–       Shame and agency/subverting shame
–       Body shame
–       Shame and the nation-state
–       Shame and aesthetics
–       Shame and social movements/activism

Given the interdisciplinary interest in shame and the politics of emotion, papers from a variety of disciplines, including gender studies, philosophy, politics, sociology, cultural studies, and history, are welcome.

Confirmed keynoted address: Professor Bonnie Mann (University of Oregon).

Please submit abstracts of not more than 500 words by September 1, 2015 to Successful applicants will be contacted by 14th September.

This conference is supported by an award from the British Academy.

Diversity Reading List: Combating under-representation in Philosophy

The Diversity Reading List  is a great new resource for introducing texts by women and non-white authors in philosophy courses. It is still very new so please contribute to help it grow.

The issue of under-representation of women and non-white persons in philosophy is now more widely known, and students are asking explicitly “why is my curriculum white?” Many faculty members are aware that one way to combat this under-representation is to include work from under-represented groups in their syllabi as it directly challenges the stereotype of the white male philosopher. However, locating a good number of suitable texts can be difficult and time consuming, and this is why we have created the Diversity Reading List which enables teachers to quickly locate high-quality texts from under-represented groups that are directly relevant to their teaching. Currently, the list focuses on ethics, but in the near future it will be expanded to all areas of philosophy.

The List exists largely thanks to the involvement and recommendations of all those who care about making philosophy a discipline of equal opportunity. It is a new and evolving resource, and we would welcome recommendations of texts to be included. We also encourage you to share your experiences of using specific texts in teaching by posting comments to particular list entries. Please use our Contribute page for recommendations and all other comments and suggestions.

Society for Modern Philosophy: Reflections on Canon

Lewis Powell kindly posted the drafts of two great papers from the Pacific APA 2015 panel for the Society of Modern Philosophy. Lisa Shapiro and Justin Smith address questions about the nature of the philosophical canon, and in particular about why it is so narrow and excludes in particular women authors.

The Mod Squad

This past spring at the Pacific division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Modern Philosophy hosted a panel about the Modern Canon featuring Lisa Shapiro and Justin E. H. Smith.  Despite the panel occurring at dinner time on the final evening of the program, it was well attended, and led to some lively discussion during the Q&A.  I am pleased to share the following documents with anyone who wasn’t able to attend the session.*

Lisa Shapiro: What is a Philosophical Canon

Justin Smith: The ‘Two Libraries Problem’: Poetry, ‘Fancy’, and the Philosophical Canon

The session and subsequent discussion were extremely interesting, and I hope that future SMP panels continue to be as fascinating and thought-provoking.  Joining the society is free, and means receiving a handful of e-mails from me over the course of the year, as well as giving you the opportunity to help plan society events or projects.

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