Nordic Summer University : Feminist philosophy : Time and History

Publié le 1er décembre 2015 par Equipe GIS IdG

Nordic Summer University : Feminist philosophy : Time and History

Délai de soumission : lundi 7 décembre 2015

Lieu : Umeå University (SWE)
Ville : Umeå (SWE)

Invited speakers

  • Tuija Pulkkinen, Academy professor at the Department of philosophy, history and culture, Helsinki University.
  • Kristina Fjelkestam, Professor in gender studies, Stockholm University.
  • Claudia Lindén, docent and associate professor in literature, Södertörn University.
  • Sara Edenheim, docent in history and associate professor in gender studies, Umeå University

What is the relationship between feminism and philosophy today ? Although feminist philosophy is now a recognized field in the institution of philosophy, a tension between the two terms still seem to persist. Compared to the status of feminism in other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, feminist philosophy is generally marginalized in departments for philosophy. A lot of work in feminist philosophy is done in other disciplines, such as literary studies, the history of ideas, gender studies, and sociology. The prospective project Feminist philosophy has the ambition to be an international interdisciplinary platform for inquiries in feminist philosophy. Our aim is to explore the borders, connections and tensions between feminism and philosophy in critical historical and contemporary perspectives. We want to create a forum where philosophy is scrutinized from a feminist perspective and yet be able to ask questions about what philosophy has to offer feminism.

We invite scholars and students to an inaugural threeday symposium at Umeå University in Sweden on the theme of feminism and the philosophy of time and history. Papers may address, but are by no means limited to, the following subjects :

  • The concept of time in the work of feminist philosophers
  • Time as a question for feminist and queer theory
  • Time as an analytic category in feminist and queer historical investigations
  • The ethics of time and history in a feminist or queer perspective
  • Time, history and political change
  • Feminism and conceptual history
  • Feminism or queer theory and the philosophical canon
  • Methodological questions pertaining to the study of philosophers from marginalized groups in history
  • The historiography of feminist philosophy
  • The institution of philosophy in critical historical or sociological perspectives

We are also happy to include papers that address questions of philosophy and marginalized groups more generally speaking.

The symposium in Umeå is at once a conference in its own right and a preparatory gathering to write a proposal for a new circle in the Nordic Summer University (see below for more information about the NSU). If it is accepted, the circle will run from 20172019 and organize a total of six conferences on feminism and philosophy ; three annual symposia held in collaboration with universities in the Nordic and Baltic countries during the winter and three joint summer sessions together with the other circles in the NSU. All participants in Umeå are invited to contribute to the planning of the activities of the circle, which will be based on the interests of the attending scholars. There are plans for several publications in connection to the work of the circle.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper is invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to no later than December 7th, 2015. If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please write 50-100 words about yourself and submit by December 7th, 2015. Decisions will be communicated in the middle of December, together with further information on how to register. The cost of participating is 300 SEK for students and independent scholars and 500 SEK for senior scholars and doctoral students. The fee includes lunch and coffee during the symposium.

The Nordic Summer University is organized by the Umeå Center for Gender Studies, Department of historical, philosophical, and religious studies, Umeå University.