Call for Abstracts

Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland 
Annual Conference and General Meeting
21st – 22nd November 2014, Newman House, Dublin 2, Ireland

Conference Theme: Women’s Bodies

Recent decades have seen unprecedented scholarly interest in the body, particularly the gendered body. This interest has been fostered by critical work emanating from the fields of philosophy, sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, medical humanities, and politics. Traditional concepts such as sex and gender have also come under scrutiny outside of the academy, where feminists and LGBT activists have drawn attention to the conceptualisation of the body in social and political milieus. 

Given this widespread appeal of theorisations on the body, the Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland is organising a conference on the topic of Women’s Bodies. Papers might address, but are not limited to, the philosophical considerations arising from the following topics:

  • biological and social constructions of sexual difference.
  • essentialism regarding sex and  gender,
  • materiality of the body
  • embodiment
  • pornography
  • pregnancy, biotechnologies
  • the body and sexuality
  • sexual violence and harassment
  • the phenomenology of pregnancy, birth and parenthood
  • technologies and the gendered body
  • social movements, activism, and the gendered body
  • the gendered body in media and culture


The focus of the conference is primarily philosophical, however, interdisciplinary papers combining philosophy with, among others, sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, politics, and medical humanities are also welcome.

Professor Rae Langton (Cambridge) and Professor Gail Weiss (The George Washington University) are keynote speakers at the conference.  Papers relevant to their work are also very welcome.

Please submit abstracts of not more than 500 words by September 1, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Successful applicants will be contacted by 20th September.

This conference is supported by an award from the Irish Research Council.

Call for Abstracts: The Being Female in Philosophy: political and phenomenological perspectives workshop is supported by the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP Ireland) and aims to provide an opportunity for females in philosophy, as well as males, working on related topics, to present their work.

Participants are invited to present for 20 minutes on this broad theme, with an opportunity for Q&A afterwards. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

• Any of the work of a Female Philosopher

• Recognition

• Gender

• Discrimination

• Oppression

• Personal identity

• Embodiment

The workshop will conclude with a presentation, by Dr Cara Nine (UCC, Philosophy), who will lead a discussion on professional culture in academic philosophy, the series of sexual harassment issues in the philosophy profession over the past couple of years, the BPA Good Practice Scheme and its implications.

Registration is free and all are welcome (Female and Male alike)!

Format: abstracts of 500 words (approx.)

Deadline for submission: Monday 23rd June 2014

Submission (or for further information): please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Arts Humanities & Social Sciences Research Building (Library Extension), Room GO11, NUI Galway

10:30-10:45 Coffee
10:45-11:30 Aleksandra Derra, TCD: Women as a Concealed Factor. The Benefits of a Feminist Philosophical Approach to the Epistemological Entanglement of the Medical Phenomenon of Anorexia
11:30-12:15 Aine Mahon, UCD: “The Difficulty of Reality” in Cora Diamond and David Foster Wallace
12:15-12:30 Coffee Break
12:30-13:15  Mary Edwards, UCC: Sartre and de Beauvoir on Freedom: in Sickness and in Chains
13:15-2:15 Lunch
2:15-3:00 Noirin Mac Namara, QUB: Toward a sensate and responsive democracy – Judith Butler and Responsiveness
3:00-3:45 Ciara Griffin, NUIG: From Bengal to the Balkans: Rethinking Subjectivity through The Cut of the Real
3:45-4:00 Coffee Break
4:00-4:45 Jo Kavanagh, NCAD: Examining Self/Other Interactions Through the Paradigm of Smell
4:45-6:15 Promoting women in Philosophy
Luna Dolezal, TCD: SWIP Update
Heike Felzmann, NUIG: The BPA Good Practice Scheme
Su-Ming Khoo, NUIG: Engaging Ethics in higher education
Mette Lebech, NUIM: Teaching Women Philosophers

Conference Dinner


All welcome; you don’t have to be a woman and/or a philosopher to attend. There is no registration fee. Please contact Heike Felzmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend.

SWIP Ireland Annual Conference 2013 Programme

Friday 15 - Saturday 16 November, 2013
Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD


Friday 15 November, 2013

1.45pm Welcome & Opening Remarks
2pm Marta Jorba & Maria Rodó de Zárate (UCD & UAB)
'What Is It Like to Be a Woman in Philosophy? A Phenomenological and Intersectional Approach'
2.40pm David Archard (Queen's University, Belfast)
'Morality, Embodiment and Gender'
3.30pm Tea/Coffee
4pm Alice Pinheiro Walla (TCD)
'Kant’s Moral Theory and Demandingness’
4.40pm Sinead Hogan (Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology)
'The Absent Mise-en-scène...’
5.20pm Lisa Foran (UCD)
'The Feminine in Levinas'
6pm Drinks & Informal Dinner – venue to be announced
Saturday 16 November, 2013
11am Susan Gottlöber (NUI Maynooth)
'The Value of Beauty: Scheler on the Importance of Art’
11.40am Tina Kinsella (NCAD)
'The hand is another thought ... : On the Poetic Aesthetics of Painting'
12.20pm Charlotte Blease (UCD)
'Psychotherapy, Placebo Effect and Informed Consent'
1-2pm Lunch
2pm Sarah Otten (Carlow College)
'Adam Smith's Notion of Justice: Some Hints Towards Reframing the Justice Problem in Care Ethics'
2.40pm Adina Preda (Limerick)
'Are There Any Conflicts of Rights?
3.20pm Heike Schmidt-Felzmann, (NUIG)
'Suicide as grounds for abortion: exploring an Irish anomaly?'

4pm - 4.30pm


4.30pm - 6pm

Roundtable and Discussion


Sponsored Dinner – Venue to be announced






SWIP Ireland Annual Conference 2014 Programme

21-22 November, 2014
Newman House, Dublin, Ireland


Friday 21 November, 2014

Morning Sessions
9.00 - 9.30 Registration and Welcome
9.30 - 10.30

Plenary Address I 
Chair: Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin)
Lillian Alweiss (Trinity College Dublin) 
'Why the Self is not Embodied'

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 13.00 Parallel Session 1: New Developments in Feminist Philosophy
11.00- 11.30 

Clara Cecilia Fischer (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
'Turning to Affect: Shame and Embodiment in Feminist Philosophy'


Emily Jones (SOAS, London UK)
'Towards a feminine morphology of/in international law'

12.00- 12.30

Matthew Cull (University of St Andrews, UK)
'Anti-Essentialism and the Intelligibility Problem'


Janelle Pötzsch (Ruhr –Universitat Bochum, Germany)
'Liberating for whom? Biotechnologies and women’s status'

11.00 - 13.00 Parallel Session 2: The Body Politics
11.00- 11.30

Caroline Glorie (University of Liège, Belgium)
'A body’s narrative: appropriation of abortion, between decision and legal abnormality'

11.30- 12.00

Amy L. McKiernan (Vanderbilt University, USA)
'Hate Silence and Abortion: Do Women Deserve Better?'

12.00- 12.30

Roja Fazaeli (Trinity College Dublin)
'Women's bodies in Islam: narratives of life and death'

12.30- 13.00

Dianna Taylor (John Carroll University, USA)
'Militant Feminism'

13.00 - 14.30

Lunch Break

Afternoon Sessions

Parallel Session 3: Pornography and Power

14.30- 14.30

Daisy Dixon (Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK)
'Through Thick and Thin: Silencing and the Illocutionary Act of Refusal'

 15.00- 15.30

Natalie Nenadic (University of Kentucky, USA)
'Heidegger, Pornography, and Technology: Rethinking Freedom in the Age of the Internet'

 15.30- 16.00

Lillian O’Brien (University College Cork, Ireland)
'Pornography and Propaganda'


Nicolle Hall (University of Edinburgh, UK)
'Sexiness, Film and Porn'


Parallel Session 4: Pregnancy/Surrogacy 2


Sara Cohen Shabot (University of Haifa, Israel)
'Laboring with Beauvoir: In Search of the Embodied Subject (lost) in Childbirth'


Hannah Carnegy (University College London, UK)
'The Body as a Commodity – What is Special About Surrogacy or Prostitution?'


Carlotta Cossutta (University of Verona, Italy)
'Motherhood and Biopolitics. Knots of power between science and naturalization'


Ursula Del Aguila (Paris 8, Saint Denis, France)
'From the Homunculus to the Artificial Womb: Erasing the
Maternal Body'

16.30-17.00 Coffee Break

Plenary Address II Chair: Aisling Crean (St Andrews)
Rae Langton (University of Cambridge, UK)
'Speech and the accommodation of women’s bodies'


Wine Reception


Dinner: O’Callaghan Stephens Green


Saturday 22 November, 2014

Morning Sessions


Parallel Session 5: The Social Construction of the Female 

9.30- 10.00

Kate Phelan (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
'What is a Woman?'

10.00- 10.30

Sophia Pavlos (Michigan State University, USA)
'Strategic Knowledge: Property Models of the Body'

10.30- 11.00

Mindi Torrey (Michigan State University, USA)
'Creative Knowing: Fleshing Epistemic Subjects'


Coffee Break

11.30- 12.00

Roma Hernández (Rice University, USA)
'Gendered Bodies and Inferences to Neuro-Essentialism'

12.00- 12.30

Abigail Klassen (York University, Canada)
'The Social Construction of 'Woman’: Emancipation or Snafu?'


Mona Gerardin-Laverge (Sorbonne, France)
'Performativity of language, gendered bodies and feminist empowerment'


Parallel Session 6: Themes from History of Ideas and Literature

9.30- 10.00

Susan Gottlöber (NUI Maynooth, Ireland)
'Same Same but Different? Perspectives on Gender Differences in Renaissance Thought'

10.00- 10.30

Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin, Ireland)
'For she was both a man and a woman: Constructions of the Lesbian Body in Dublin 1732-1736'

10.30- 11.00 

Clemence Saintemarie (University College Dublin, Ireland)
'Resisting Dis-Embodiment: Ambiguous Bodily Imaginaries and Female Desire in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale'

11.00- 11.30

Coffee Break


Alice Podkolinski (University College London, UK)
'Becomings and Goings: Mapping the Transgression of Public and Maternal Spaces in Doris Lessing’s Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five'

12.00- 12.30

Jessie Patella (Duquesne University, USA)
'The Mystical Writings of Hadewijch as Ecriture Feminine'

13.00- 14.30

Lunch Break

13.10- 14.30

AGM Of SWIP Ireland (Ivey Room)
Sandwiches and coffee will be provided for the participants of the AGM.
Those not attending the AGM will have lunch break until 2.30.

Afternoon Sessions

Parallel Session 7: Pregnancy and Surrogacy 2
Chair: Meline Papazian (UCD)

14.30- 15.00

Luna Dolezal (TCD, Ireland/Durham, UK)
'Embodied Hospitality in the Case of Commercial Surrogacy: Welcoming the Other'

15.00- 15.30

Emily Lauren Putnam (Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, USA)
'Reflective Trans-subjectivity: An Aesthetic Investigation of Pregnancy'

15.30- 16.00 

Maeve Kelly (University College Dublin, Ireland)
'Mother and Infant as a Combined and Complementary Physical and Mental Identity'


Lauren Freeman (University of Louisville, USA)
Saray Ayala (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/MIT)
Andrea Smith (McMaster University)
Via Skype
'The Placental Microbiome and the Risk of (more) Policing of Women’s Bodies'


Parallel Session 8: Rape and Violence
Chair: Clara Fischer (LSE)

14.30- 15.00

Alasia Nuti (Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK)
'Sharing responsibility for Intimate Partner Violence Prevention: The Social Connection Model and the Bystander Approach'

15.00- 15.30 

Diana Tietjens Meyers (University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA)
'Victims of Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Asylum' 

15.30- 16.00 

Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (University of Genoa, Italy)
'Intersexuality as a threat against sex dualism'


Bonnie Mann (University of Oregon, USA)
'Gendered Play and Gendered Torture: The Paradoxes of Gender in U.S. Nationalism After 9/11/2001'


Parallel Session 9: Beauty


Carla Milani Damião (UvA – The Netherlands/UFG – CAPES - Brazil)
'How can women be sublime? Feminist Aesthetics concerning matters of taste'


Barbara J. Lowe (St. John Fisher College, USA)
'Slathered, Zapped, Nipped, and Tucked: Bioethics and the Medical Practice of Advertising and Offering Cosmetic Treatments in a Dermatological Practice'


Alison Ainley (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)
'Simone de Beauvoir on Old Age'


Jen Rinaldi (Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada)
Andrea Lamarre (University of Guelph, Canada)
Carla Rice (University of Guelph, Canada)
'Recovering Bodies: The Production of the Recoverable Subject in Eating Disorder Treatment Regimes'


Coffee Break


Plenary Address III 
Chair: Luna Dolezal (Trinity College Dublin/ Durham)
Gail Weiss (George Washington University, USA)
'A Genealogy of Women’s (Un)Ethical Bodies'


Dublin Pubs


Dinner: Carluccio’s Restaurant, 52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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