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SWIP Ireland 6th Annual Conference - Programme


Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland

In association with (in)Parenthesis, University of Durham and University of Liverpool


6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of SWIP-Ireland

17-19 May, 2018

University College Dublin, Ireland

Sutherland School of Law


Women in Philosophy: Past, Present and Future

Marking the 101 years of a  publication in Mind by the Irish philosopher, suffragist and prominent librarian, Agnes Cuming (1890-1962)




Thursday May 17


10.00-10.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin): “Agnes Cuming: The Philosopher Librarian”


10.30-11.30 Keynote Address I

Eileen Brennan (Dublin City University): “Repositioning Feminism: Between Care and Justice”


11.30. 12.00 Coffee Break


12.00-1.00 Parallel Session 1

1A: History of Philosophy

Alissa MacMillan (University of Antwerp): “Curiosity’s Awakening: Women desiring knowledge in the early modern period”

Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin): “Effeminate Edmund Burke and the Masculine Voice of Mary Wollstonecraft”

1B: Metaphilosophy

Stella Andrada Kasdovasili (Panteion University): “Women, philosophy and patriarchy in the “land of democracy””

Elizabeth Lanphier and Shannon Fyfe, (Vanderbilt University): “Stronger Together: Analytic Feminism and the Community Imperative”

1C: The Role of Women

Laura Alvarez Garro (University of Costa Rica): “The role of women in Philosophy: a discussion between political theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis”

Qinghua Zhu (Capital Normal University, Beijing and UCD): “Women in Chinese Philosophy”


1.00-2.00 Lunch


2.00-3.30 Parallel Session 2

2A: History of Philosophy

Siobhan Doyle (UCD): “Kierkegaard: A call for equality”

Panayiota Vassilopoulou (University of Liverpool): “Women Unboxed: The Myth of Pandora in Plotinus”

Giovanna Caruso (University of Koblenz-Landau): “Hedwig Conrad Martius: Between Faith, Philosophy and Science"

2B: On Judith Butler

Natalie Helberg (University of Toronto): “Insubordinate Plasticity: Judith Butler and Catherine Malabou”

Paul Giladi (University College Dublin/Manchester Metropolitan University): ”The Metaphilosophical Potential of Judith Butler’s Critique of Feminist Identity Politics”

Jack Coopey (Durham University): “Parsimonies: Feminine Difference and its Non-Identity towards Resistance and Emancipation in Cixous, Butler, Kristeva and Irigaray”

2C: The Gendered Philosopher

Natalie Delimata (Institute of Technology, Sligo): “Disclosing Intersex: Sex Complementation and Exposing the Invisible Middle”

Susan Kennedy (Boston University): “Re-Defining the Role of Women qua Mothers: A Biotechnological Vision for the Future of Women in Philosophy”

Anna Bortolan (University College Dublin): “What it is like to be a woman philosopher

Epistemic Emotions, Self-Esteem, and Being a Woman in Academic Philosophy”

2D: Philosophy and Resistance

Melissa Burchard (University of North Carolina): “The Importance of Radical Women’s Voices in Philosophy”

Natalie Nenadic (University of Kentucky): “Catharine MacKinnon’s Thought as Philosophy”

Laura Gioscia (Universidad de la República Uruguay): “In(corpor)ated epistemic injustice”


3.30-4.00 Coffee


4.00-5.30 Panel I

Molly Brown (The University of Chicago), Ruth Groenhout (University of North Carolina Charlotte), Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College): “The Place of Utilitarian Reasoning in Feminist Theory”


5.30-6.30 Keynote Address 2

Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): “Consciousness Raising and the Epistemology of Justice”


7.00 Conference Dinner



Friday May 18


10.00-11.00 Keynote Address 3

Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool): “Susan Stebbing: Early Analytic Philosophy and Present-Day Linguistics”


11.00-11.15 Coffee


11.15-1.15 Parallel Session 3

3A: On Iris Murdoch

Cathy Mason (University of Cambridge): “Iris Murdoch and the Epistemic Significance of Love”

Evgenia Mylonaki (University of Athens): “On the Philosophical Friendship of Anscombe, Foot, Murdoch, Midgley and Warnock”

Andrew Cooper (University College London): “Murdoch’s Heidegger”

Jacquelyn Maxwell (Queen's University, Canada): “Interpretations of Moral Attention in the work of Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch, and Jan Zwicky”

3B: On Science and Mathematics

Katherine Furman (University College Cork): “Hunting Causes and Using Them… In Epidemiology”

Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University): “Equality and Pluralism. How Feminism Has Changed Contemporary Philosophy of Science”

Clare Moriarty (Kings College London): “On Discovering That He Hates You”

Katarina Mihaljević (University of Groningen): “Re-weaving the tapestry of history: Rose Rand and the Vienna Circle”

3C: History of Philosophy

Jeremy Dunham (University of Durham): “Overcoming the Divide between Freedom and Nature: Clarisse Coignet on the Metaphysics of the Independent Morality”

Sara Uckelman (University of Durham): “Looking for women where there are none”

Julia Borcherding (NYU): “Nothing Is Simply One Thing: Re-Examining Anne Conway’s Metaphysics of Substance”

Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin): “Catharine Trotter Cockburn and Mary Astell on the Possibility of Thinking Matter”

3D: On De Beauvoir

Mary Edwards (Cardiff University): “From Out of the Shadow: Beauvoir’s Influence on Sartre’s Later Existentialism”

Lisa Foran (University of New Castle): “De Beauvoir and Cassin: Ambiguity, Translation, and Ethical Politics”

Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull): “De Beauvoir and the Aging Body“

Ivory Day (Université 1 Paris Panthéon) : ”Stebbing and Russell on Bergson: Early Analytics on Continental Thought”


1.15-3.00 Lunch and Visit to the Irish Young Philosopher Festival


3.00-5.00 Panel II

Clare Mac Cumhaill (University of Durham), Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool): “(In) parenthesis”

Q&A with former Durham undergraduate women students

Poetry performance by Carole Sommer


5.30-6.30 Keynote Address 4

Nancy Cartwright (University of Durham & UC San Diego): “What’s with scientific method? What’s with rigour?”


6.30        Book Launch and Reception




Saturday May 19


10.00-11.00 Keynote Address 5

Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University): “Out of Oblivion: De Staël’s Hermeneutic Philosophy”


11.00-11.15 Coffee


11.15-1.15 Parallel Session 4

1A: On Arendt

Anandita Mukherji (Boston University): “Agonism and Pluralism: Arendt on Common Sense”

Elisa Magri (UCD): “Beyond Empathy? Hannah Arendt on Respect and Belonging”

Diana Gianola (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore): “Forgiveness and Politics: A Comparison Between Arendt and Nussbaum”

Anne Pollok (University of South Carolina): “Feminizing the Public Sphere: The German Salon in Early 19th Century”

1B: History of Philosophy

Valeria Stabile (University of Bologna – Italy): "Mulier taceat in ecclesia": Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's response to misogyny”

Jeremy Dunham (University of Durham): “Overcoming the Divide between Freedom and Nature: Clarisse Coignet on the Metaphysics of the Independent Morality”

Giovanna Caruso (Universitat Koblenz Landau): “Hedwig Conrad-Martius Between Faith, Philosophy and Science”

Ashton L. Green (University of Notre Dame): “The Power to Start”: Challenges to the Argument for Mechanical Causation in Émilie Du Châtelet's Fire Essay”

1C: Topics in Ethics

Jasmine Browne (University of Durham): “Liberating Care Ethics”

Rebecca Harrison (The University of Michigan): “Against Epistemic Neutrality: On the Presumption of Innocence in Sexual Violence Cases”

Ana Barandalla (The Aga Khan University): “Epistemic Injustice: Its Moral Content and its Scope”

Jakub Betinsky (University of Durham): “Elizabeth Anscombe’s unacknowledged contribution to
the fact-value debate in meta-ethics”

1D: Graduate Session

Valentina Bortolami (University of Padova): “Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism in Feminist Epistemology”

Richa Shukla (Jawaharlal Nehru University): “Philosophy: A Motherless Discipline?”

Luísa Winter Pereira (University of Granada – University of Lodz): “Notes toward a performative metatheory of Academia: nomadic subjects as resistance to the institutional knowledge”

Alyx Robinson (University of Kent): “Transhuman Gender and Becoming”


1.15 -2.30 Lunch and SWIP Annual General Meeting and elections


2.30 -3.30 Panel III

Lily King (University of South Florida), Ashley Taylor Potts (University of South Florida), Garrett Potts (University of South Florida): “Women Challenging Pure Reason”


4.00-5.00 Keynote Address 6

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland): “Philosophy as a Woman: Reflections on Sophia in The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius”


5.00 Close of the conference and visit to an Irish Pub


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