Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland

4th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

Ways of Knowing: Feminist Philosophy of Science and Epistemology

Dublin, November 27 and 28, 2015

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Friday November 27
Venue: UCD Newman House, 86 St Stephen’s Green*

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-11.00 Plenary Session 1. A. Physics Theater

Opening Welcome

Feminist Epistemology and the Relativist Menace
Maria Baghramian (UCD)

Expressing the World: Merleau-Ponty and the New Feminist Materialisms
Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)
11.00-11.30 Coffee

Parallel Session 1. A. Lecture Theatre 

Pragmatism and Problems of Ecological Thinking
Devin Fitzpatrick, University of Oregon

Epistemic Diversity and Gender Neutrality: On the Possibility of Embodiment without Essentialism
Nicolle Brancazio, University of Memphis
The Truth of the Matter
H.Mussell,  University of Cambridge
Parallel Session 1. B. Physics Theatre

Imaginative ResistanceExpanded
Amber Rose Carlson, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Testimonial Injustice: A Second-personal Account
Audra Goodnight, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

1.00-2.30 Iveagh Room, Newman House
Annual General Meeting of SWIP Ireland
(sandwich lunch provided)


Parallel Session 2. A. Lecture Theatre

Can Non-Cognitive Values Have a Beneficial Role in the Assessment of Scientific Theories? A Case Study of Evolutionary Psychology
Silvia Ivani Tilburg University, The Nerherlands
Expertise and Gender in Science
Darcy McCusker, University of Washington
Theory-Ladenness and Pluralism in an Experimental Context
Jamie Shaw, University of Western Ontario
Parallel Session 2. B. Physics Theater
Battling Epistemic Injustice: More Poetry Than Prose
Sandy Skene, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Katherine O’Donnell, UCD
Stopgap: The Play of Ignorance in Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent
Vertical Rolls: Performing a Gendered Reading of Bernard Stiegler
EL Putnam, Dublin Institute of Technology
4.00-4.30 Coffee Break

4.30 - 6.30 

Parallel Session 3. A. Lecture Theater
Epistemic Oppression
Emily McWilliams, Harvard
Epistemic Advantages of the Epistemically Disadvantaged? What a Difference the First-­Person Perspective Makes
Nadja El Kassar, ETH Zurich

Feminist Perspectivism: A Case for a Nietzschean Critique of Social Hierarchy
Chevan L. Lindsay, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Argument as Combat.
Jonny Blamey, London

Parallel Session 3. B. Physics Theatre
Knowledge in the Face of Silence
Pamela Foam, Brown University, USA
Acquaintance with Others’ Perspectives, and Why Feminist Epistemology Needs an Account of It
Katherine Dormandy, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Stories Count: Testimony, Gender, and Knowledge
Karyn L Freedman, University of Guelph, Ontario
Epistemic Authority: Women as Co-Producer of the Meanings that Shape our Culture
Inmaculada Perdomo Reyes, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife
6.30- 7.30  Conference Reception
7.30-9.30  Conference Dinner


Saturday November 28
Venue:  Trinity College Dublin, Irish School of Ecumenics*


Parallel Session 4. A.

The Idleness of Truth Relative to Shared Milieu (Or How not to Make Sense of Ideology Critique)
Riin Kiov, University of Tartu, Estonia
The Relevance of Feminist Epistemology for Educational Research  
Valerija Vendramin, Pedagoški inštitut, Ljubljana
Parallel Session 4. B.

Brain, Gender and Cognition: Feminist Critical Approach to Neuroscience
Aleksandra Derra, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
On the Politics of the Function Inference
Megan Hyska,  University of Texas at Austin

Autism and the Gendered Ways of Knowing Hypothesis                                 
Meredith Plugg, TCD, Dublin

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Session 5
Epistemology’s Liberatory Futures
Phyllis Rooney, Oakland University, Michigan
Are Women’s Lives (Fully) Grievable? Gendered Framing and the Normalization of Sexual Violence
Dianna Taylor, John Carroll University, Ohio, USA
12.30-2.00 Lunch Break

2.00-4.00 Session 6
Objectivity and Situated Knowledge
Roxana Baiasu Oxford University and Birmingham University
Feyerabend—Feminist Philosopher ofScience?
Ian Kidd, Durham University, UK

Authoritative Beliefs, Stereotpye Threat, and Alienation: A Story of Wronged Right
Ana Barandalla, Coventry, UK
Must we be Either Ignorant or Biased?: A Solution to Gendler’s Dilemma
Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff University, Wales
3.30-4.00 Coffee

4.00-6.00 Plenary Session 2 and Close of Conference

Gender and the Public Understanding of Science: The Underrepresentation of Women as Science Communicators and its Societal and Epistemic Consequences.
Helen de Cruz , VU University Amsterdam

Decolonizing Epistemology
Linda Alcoff,  CUNY, New York

* Please note that all the sessions for the first day of the conference will take place in UCD's Newman House in St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 and the sesssions for day 2 are scheduled in the Irish School of Encumenics in TCD, also in Dubln 2. The two venues are in 10 minutes walking distance of each other and easily accessible by bus and other means of public tranport.

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Society for Women in Philosophy - Ireland
4th Annual Conference and General Meeting

November 27-28, 2015
Dublin, Ireland

Ways of Knowing: Feminist Philosophy of Science and Epistemology
Call for Abstracts


The 4th annual conference of SWIP- Ireland is on the theme of Feminist Philosophy of Science and Epistemology. The conference will investigate the ways in which issues relevant to gender influence conceptions of scientific knowledge, its methodology and justification. The conference will also be a forum for investigating the idea of situated and gendered knowledge and its connections with the theories and practices of the natural sciences.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The social situatedness of knowledge
  • Gendered ways of knowing
  • Gender, power and knowledge
  • Feminist perspectives on science
  • The social and cultural dimensions of science
  • Gender and the ideals of objectivity and value-neutrality
  • Diversity in Science
  • Science and the question of implicit bias
  • Expert testimony and epistemic injustice in a scientific context
  • Feminist standpoint theory
  • The role of social and biological location in shaping knowledge
  • The role of ethical and political values in science
  • The epistemology of ignorance
  • Gendered peer disagreement

The focus of the conference is primarily philosophical, however, contributions from scientists interested in gender issues are strongly encouraged and are very welcome.

Invited Speakers:

  • Professor Linda Alcoff (City University of New York, USA)
  • Professor Maria Baghramian (Universitiy College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Professor Helen De Cruz (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands​)
  • Professor Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull, UK) 

Papers directly relevant to the work of the invited speakers are also very welcome.

Please submit abstracts of not more than 500 words, prepared for blind review, by September 1, 2015 to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Successful applicants will be contacted by 25th September 2015.

We’re organising a Summer Conference for The Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, which will be held at University College Cork on 17th-18th July 2015 called “Aesthetics and the Feminine.” Register online at: www.eventbrite.ie/e/aesthetics-and-the-feminine-swip-i-summer-conference-tickets-16569073545

SWIP Ireland Mentoring Workshop

Saturday, February 28th 2015
Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green
9.45-10.00  Welcome and Introduction
Session 1
10.00-11.30 Gender Action in Philosophy 
Dr. Ian Kidd (Durham University)
11.30-12.00 Coffee 
Session 2 

Philosophy and Community Engagement

  • Dr. Charlotte Blease (University College Dublin)
  • Dr. Clara Fischer (London School of Economics)
  • Dr. Dolores Dooley (University College Cork)
1.30 - 2.30 Lunch

Philosophy and Career Pathways

  • The Hon. Ms. Justice Marie Baker, The High Court of Ireland
  • Carol Hunt, Freelance Journalist
  • Dr. Máiréad Collins, Emergency Programme Manager with Christian Aid


All participants are welcome to join the speakers for dinner, on a pay-your-own-way basis, at Dunne and Crescenzi (South Frederick Street, Dublin 2)


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Announcement and Call for Abstracts: Aesthetics and the Feminine Conference

Friday 17th – Saturday 18th July 2015

The ‘Aesthetics and the Feminine’ Summer conference is supported by The Society for Women In Philosophy Ireland (SWIP-I) and the Philosophy Department at University College Cork and aims to provide a supportive, engaging environment for all researchers working on the topic of the feminine in aesthetics, or the thought/work of female aestheticians/artists. Both females and males are encouraged to present their papers!

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

· Studies on the work of female artist(s)

· Relevant topics in aesthetics generally and especially the work of female aesthetician(s)

· Representations of women in the visual arts

· Critical analyses of “feminine” characters in literature/film

· Analysis/Application of feminist criticism

· Analysis/Application of feminist psychoanalytic criticism

· The role of art in the creation and perpetuation of Myth of Woman

· “Feminine” beauty 

· “Feminine” art

· Androgyny in art/literature/film

· Representations of female sexuality in art/literature/film

· Interpretations of the “feminine” in art as empowering/degrading

· Feminist art/literature/film

· “Masculine” or un-“feminine” females in art/literature/film

· Tragic heroines

· “Feminine” Vs “Masculine” Art

· Écriture féminine

· The femme fatale

· “Chick-flicks” and “chick-lit”: art for females?

Submissions: Abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute presentations (a l lo w i n g f o r 1 0 minutes Q&A after ward), in Word document format should be prepared for blind review (together with a separate cover sheet detailing institutional information etc.) and emailed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We welcome proposals from a broad range of disciplines including philosophy, comparative literature, art history, gender studies, cultural studies, The social sciences and other relevant disciplines. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged as well as proposals for
co-presentations and panels. We also invite artists, working on relevant
themes/subjects, to discuss and present their work at this event.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 20th April 2015 and we aim to respond to applicants with the results of our selection processes in early May 2015. Please send any queries to: Mary Edwards at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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