We are pleased to announce out first newsletter for SWIP Ireland. See link below to download.

SWIP Newsletter V1 Autumn 2014

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






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