Joint Conference Programme

Hosted by the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

November 9 - 11, 2012 Gresham Hotel, Dublin

Topic: Politics and Women Across Philosophical Traditions

Friday November 9

1.00 - 2.00



Opening Remarks
Maria Baghramian and Charlotte Knowles



2.30 Plenary Session I (Swift Room)

Maeve Cooke (University College Dublin)
Rethinking Autonomy: Feminism and Beyond
Chair: Maria Baghramian

4.00 - 4.30 Coffee break


Parallel Session 1 (O'Sullivan Suite)

Alan Coffee (Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, London, UK)
Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life


Martina Reuter (Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Mary Wollstonecraft’s Critique of Rousseau

4.30  Parallel Sessions 2 (Swift Room)

Alison Assiter (Department of Arts, University of West of England, Bristol, UK)
Birthing or 'The Body that can birth'

Danielle Petherbridge
(IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland)
Power in the Context of Freedom: Arendt, Butler and the concept of potential

6.00 - 7.30 Plenary Session II (Swift Room)

Louise Antony (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Is Diversity an Epistemic Value?
Chair: Dolores Dooley

7.30 Dinner



Saturday November 10 

10.00 - 12.45 Parallel Session 3 (Swift Room)

Susan Gottlöber (Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth)
"Oppression through Function" – Simone Weil's Reflections on Factory Work

Heike Felzmann (NUI Galway)
Reflections on the Conceptualisation of Abortion in the Irish Context

Helen Lauer (Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana)
African Women in the Politics of the Two-Thirds World

11.30 - 11.45


Elena Tzelepis (Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia)
Art and the space of community

Clara Fischer (Co-ordinator, Irish Feminist Network)
Women and Political Activism: Notes on Authenticity

10.00 - 12.45 Parallel Session 4 (O'Sullivan Suite)

Annika Willer (LMU Munich)
Political Leaders and Their Evaluation in Moderata Fonte’s Il merito delle donne


Bernard Cosgrave (University College Dublin)
Conservative Feminists?


Mette Lebech (Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth)
Women in Society: Stein’s understanding of the role of the human person in relation to society

11.30 - 11.45 Break

Birgit Schippers (St Mary’s University College Belfast)
Plurality as a Feminist Political Strategy? Reconsidering Coalitional Politics in the Age of the ‘War on Terror’

Amanda Cawston (University of Cambridge)
Feminism and Competition

12.45 - 2.00


1.00 - 2.00

AGM SWIP UK (Swift Room)

2.00 Plenary Sessions III (Swift Room)

Sarah Heinamaa (University of Helsinki)
Normality: A phenomenological Analysis
Chair: Iseult Honohan

3.30 - 4.30 AGM SWIP Ireland (Swift Room)
4.30 - 4.45 Coffee break

4.45 - 5.45 Round table on Women and  Philosophy 

6.00  Plenary Session IV (Swift Room)

Susan James (Birckbeck College, University of London)
Wollstonecraft on Rights
Chair: Attracta Ingram

7.30 Conference Close

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