Consciousness Raising and the Epistemology of Justice


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Thursday  May 17
10.00-10.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Colin Scott, Vice President for Diversity and Equality (University College Dublin)
Agnes Cuming: The Philosopher Librarian

Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin)
10.30-11.30  Keynote Address I (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Repositioning Feminism: Between Care and Justice
Eileen Brennan (Dublin City University) 
Chair: Áine Mahon (UCD)
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break 
12.00-1.00 Parallel Session 1
Parallel Sessions will be chaired in round robin style. The Last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.
  1A: History of Philosophy (L246)
Curiosity’s Awakening: Women desiring knowledge in the early modern period
Alissa MacMillan (University of Antwerp) 

Hedwig Conrad Martius: Between Faith, Philosophy and Science
Giovanna Caruso (University of Koblenz-Landau)
  1B: Metaphilosophy (L247)
Women, philosophy and patriarchy in the ‘land of democracy'
Stella Andrada Kasdovasili (Central European University): 

Stronger Together: Analytic Feminism and the Community Imperative
Elizabeth Lanphier and Shannon Fyfe, (Vanderbilt University)
  1C: The Role of Women (L247)
How Bracha Ettinger’s reworking of the Levinasian concept of the feminine contributes to a broader account of political community
Noirin MacNamara (Queen's University Belfast)

Women in Chinese Philosophy
Qinghua Zhu (Capital Normal University, Beijing and UCD)
1.00-2.00  Lunch
2.00-3.30  Parallel Session 2
Parallel Sessions will be chaired in round robin style. The Last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.
  2A: History of Philosophy (L246)
Kierkegaard: A call for equality
Siobhan Doyle (UCD)

Women Unboxed: The Myth of Pandora in Plotinus
Panayiota Vassilopoulou (University of Liverpool)
  2B: On Judith Butler  (L247)
Insubordinate Plasticity: Judith Butler and Catherine Malabou
Natalie Helberg (University of Toronto)
The Metaphilosophical Potential of Judith Butler’s Critique of Feminist Identity Politics
Paul Giladi (University College Dublin/Manchester Metropolitan University)  
Parsimonies: Feminine Difference and its Non-Identity towards Resistance and Emancipation in Cixous, Butler, Kristeva and Irigaray
Jack Coopey (University of Durham)
  2C: The Gendered Philosopher   (L248)
Disclosing Intersex: Sex Complementation and Exposing the Invisible Middle
Natalie Delimata (Institute of Technology, Sligo)
Re-Defining the Role of Women qua Mothers: A Biotechnological Vision for the Future of Women in Philosophy
Susan Kennedy (Boston University)
Epistemic Emotions, Self-Esteem, and Being a Woman in Academic Philosophy
Anna Bortolan (University College Dublin)
  2D: Philosophy and Resistance   (L249)
The Importance of Radical Women’s Voices in Philosophy
Melissa Burchard (University of North Carolina)
Catharine MacKinnon’s Thought as Philosophy’
Natalie Nenadic (University of Kentucky)

In(corpor)ated epistemic injustice
Laura Gioscia
 (Universidad de la República Uruguay)
3.30-4.00  Coffee
4.00-5.30  Panel I  (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)  
The Place of Utilitarian Reasoning in Feminist Theory
Molly Brown (The University of Chicago), Ruth Groenhout (University of North Carolina Charlotte), Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)  
5.30-6.30 Keynote Address 2 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre) 
Consciousness Raising and the Epistemology of Justice
Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
7.00 Conference Dinner  (Ardmore House, UCD)
Friday  May 18  
9.00-10.00 Roundtable on Abortion and Women’s Right to Choose (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Convener: Heike Felzmann (University College Galway) 
Participants: Nancy Cartwright (Durham), Clara Fischer (UCD), Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Aislinn O'Donnell (Maynooth) and Audience
10.00-11.00 Keynote Address 3 Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Convener: Heike Felzmann (University College Galway) 
Susan Stebbing: Early Analytic Philosophy and Present-Day Linguistics
Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool)
Chair: Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool)
11.00-11.15 Coffee  

Parallel Session 3 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Parallel sessions will be chaired in round robin style, i.e. the last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.

3A: On Iris Murdoch (L246)

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

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

Murdoch’s Heidegger
Andrew Cooper (University College London)

Interpretations of Moral Attention in the work of Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch, and Jan Zwicky
Jacquelyn Maxwell (Queen's University, Canada
3B: On Science and Mathematics (L247)

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

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

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

Re-weaving the tapestry of history: Rose Rand and the Vienna Circle
Katarina Mihaljević (University of Groningen)
  3C: History of Philosophy (L248)

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

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

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

Overcoming the Divide between Freedom and Nature: Clarisse Coignet on the Metaphysics of the Independent Morality
Jeremy Dunham (University of Durham)
  3D: On De Beauvoir and Continental Thought  (L249)

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

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

Transhuman Gender and Becoming
Alyx Robinson (University of Kent)

The ethics of vulnerability - The social philosophy of Judith Butler
Anna Becker (University of Oldenburg, Institute of philosophy)
1.15-3.00 Lunch and Visit to the Irish Young Philosopher Festival The Festival brings together young philosophers from primary and secondary schools from across Ireland. Finalists will exhibit their philosophy projects and philosophy mind-maps and students are encouraged to discuss their projects with philosophers and the public.  From 1.15-3pm there will be a chance to view projects and discuss them with students the Young Philosopher Awards will be announced between that time. Visit and encouragement of the young philosophers rom SWIPI attendees will be much appreciated.
3.00-5.00 Panel II (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
(In Parenthesis): Clare Mac Cumhaill (University of Durham), Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool) and 
Q&A with former Durham undergraduate women students  
(In Parenthesis) studies the collective corpus of Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley and Iris Murdoch.
Poetry performance by Carol Sommer
5.30-6.30 Keynote Address 4 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
What’s with scientific method? What’s with rigour?
Nancy Cartwright (University of Durham & UC San Diego)
Chair: Clare Mac Cumhaill (University of Durham)
6.30 Book Launch and Reception (The Atrium, School of Law, Sutherland School of Law)
Launch of New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), edited by SWIP-I Committee members Clara Fischer and Luna Dolezal (eds). This the first book to emerge from a SWIPI conference. The conference, on the theme of Women's Bodies, was held in 2014 in UCD Newman House and was supported by the Irish Research Council
Saturday May 19
10.00-11.00 Keynote Address 5 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Out of Oblivion: De Staël’s Hermeneutic Philosophy
Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University)
Chair: Danielle Petherbridge (UCD)
11.00-11.15 Coffee

Parallel Session 4
Parallel sessions will be chaired in round robin style, i.e. the last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.

4A: On Arendt (L246)

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

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

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

Feminizing the Public Sphere: The German Salon in Early 19th Century
Anne Pollok (University of South Carolina)
  4B: History of Philosophy (L247)
The Power to Start’: Challenges to the Argument for Mechanical Causation in Émilie Du Châtelet's Fire Essay
Ashton L. Green (University of Notre Dame)

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

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

  4C: Topics in Ethics (L248)

Liberating Care Ethics
Jasmine Browne (University of Durham)

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


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



Elizabeth Anscombe’s unacknowledged contribution to 
the fact-value debate in meta-ethics
Jakub Betinsky (University of Durham)
1.15 -2.30 Lunch and SWIP-I Annual General Meeting and Elections
2.30 -3.30 Panel III (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Women Challenging Pure Reason
Lily King (University of South Florida), Ashley Taylor Potts (University of South Florida), Garrett Potts (University of South Florida)
4.00-5.00 Keynote Address 6 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Philosophy as a Woman: Reflections on Sophia in The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
Chair: Heike Felzmann (NUIG)
5.00 Close of the conference and visit to an Irish Pub

To register for this event, please follow the Eventbrite link here .                The event is supported by UCD Seed Funding and UCD School of Philosophy


The Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland (SWIP-I) welcome all to a seminar:


Resisting Ableism & Neoliberalism: Concepts and Strategies

Tuesday April 3rd - 5pm

NUI Boardroom, 49 Merrion Square


Is a non-ableist future possible?  In what ways does the global economy bear on some more than others, in a way that makes some lives more grievable while others less grievable, dismembered, disabled, or disposable?  If “ableism is a dismembering phenomenon,” how is it to be resisted in its very specific harms? 

A current account of ableism as it operates – a mapping of its scope and scale – permits speculation about future forms of resistance and possible reversal of its invisibility and permissibility.  The goals of this discussion will be to experiment with philosophical inquiry as a kind of prosthesis, to validate and prioritize the experience of disability as having both moral and epistemic value, and to play with the function of diagnostic thinking independent of its more familiar paternalizing, neoliberal contexts.    

Jennifer Scuro, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of New Rochelle in New York.  She is author of Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Questions via Disability Studies (Lexington Books, 2017) and The Pregnancy ≠ Childbearing Project: A Phenomenology of Miscarriage, a project that is part graphic novel narrative and part philosophical analysis, (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).

If you would like to read some of Prof. Scuro's work in advance of the seminar, please follow the links to:


The seminar is wheelchair accessible through the car park at the rear of the building – please phone (01) 439 24 66 for assistance.


Register for free on Eventbrite


Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland

In association with In Parenthesis, Durham University and University of Liverpool

Would like to announce the 

6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of SWIP-Ireland

17-19 May, 2018

University College Dublin, Ireland

Conference Theme

Women in Philosophy: Past, Present and Future


True it is, Spinning with the Fingers is more proper to our Sexe, then studying or writing Poetry, which is the Spinning with the braine: but I having no skill in the Art of the first (and if I had, I had no hopes of gaining so much as to make me a Garment to keep me from the cold) made me delight in the latter – Margaret Cavendish


Though academic philosophy is still a male-dominated discipline, and the canon of philosophy is largely male, the future of philosophy promises to be less so. After years of scholarly neglect, the contribution of a large number of women philosophers across the ages is now being recognised – from medieval mystics to Enlightenment philosophers of science to founding mothers of analytic philosophy and phenomenology. At the same time, broad consensus is afoot that certain disciplinary norms, once-entrenched, no longer serve our discipline and have contributed to the attrition of female talent from philosophy.

This SWIP-Ireland conference, in collaboration with In Parenthesis, invites papers on the broad topic of Women in Philosophy: Past, Present and Future. The occasion of the workshop is the centenary of a paper published in Mind by the Irish philosopher and prominent librarian, Agnes Cuming. The conference welcomes contributions relevant to the general theme of the role of women in philosophy. Papers from all approaches and traditions in philosophy including submissions on neglected historical figures, reports of archival visits, as well as reflection on methodological practice and on visions for philosophy in the future are encouraged. Papers from graduate students and philosophers working outside academia are also welcome. Presentations and panels related to any aspect of the ​work of the keynote speakers are also welcome.  

Keynote speakers:                           

  • Eileen Brennan (Dublin City University)
  • Nancy Cartwright (Durham University)
  • Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool)
  • Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University)
  • Sally Haslanger (MIT)
  • Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
  • An additional panel will be convened by the In Parenthesis project.

In Parenthesis studies the collective corpus of Irish-born philosophers Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Anscombe, together with Phillipa Foot and Mary Midgley, with whom they studied in Oxford during WWII. For more information see womeninparenthesis.co.uk

For further information see







SWIP Ireland Summer Conference On

“The Home”

26th – 27th May 2017

University College Cork, Ireland

Call For Registration

Registration is free but essential. Please register online before the Friday 19th May at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swip-ireland-summer-conference-on-the-home-tickets-34109902637

Why do they stay? Why do people want to stay in homes when they have the option of leaving, and it seems like there are very good reasons to leave? Why do people choose to stay in a home that is severely distressed? Why do they stay in homes that are threatened by natural disaster or war? Why do they stay in homes in neighbourhoods that are so bad that they fear for their life? Why do immigrants long for their home long after they have left it behind?

The current migrant crisis, as well as the shortage of affordable housing in Ireland and other countries, illuminates the central significance of the home. Although technological developments mean that the role of the home is ever changing and, arguably, becoming more of a public space, the relative privacy of the home means that it remains a place of sanctuary for some and a place of violence, abuse, or oppression for others. This SWIP Ireland conference aims to provide a supportive and engaging environment for researchers working on the topic of “The Home”, broadly construed.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Karen Houle (University of Guelph)
  • Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)
  • Cara Nine (University College Cork)

Conference Organisers:

  • Raymond Davidson (University College Cork)
  • Mary Edwards (University College Cork)
  • Cara Nine (University College Cork)


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Friday 26th May

12:00 – 12:45, The CACSSS Seminar Room Registration
12:45 – 13:00, The CACSSS Seminar Room  Welcome
13:00 – 14:00, The CACSSS Seminar Room

Keynote Address
Cara Nine (University College Cork),
“Home, Displacement, and the Extended Mind”

14:00 – 15:30, ORB_123 Displacement & Homelessness I
Danielle Petherbridge (University College Dublin), “Displacement, Hospitality and Home”
Anya Daly (University College Dublin), “Homelessness and the Limits of Hospitality”

Melissa Chaplin (University of Durham), “Creative Community: How Refugee Authors Experience Writing and Being Researched in the UK”

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30, ORB_123 Politics and the Home
Clara Cecilia Fischer (University College Dublin), “Shame, Stigma, and the Grievability of Irish Lives”
Yianna Liatsos (University of Limerick), “The White Family Archive and Intergenerational Memory in Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat”
Henrietta Zeffert (The London School of Economics and Political Science), “‘Heygate Was Home’: Home and the Right to Housing in the City”
18:00 Conference Dinner at Jacobs on The Mall

Saturday 27th May

10:00 – 11:00, The CACSSS Seminar Room Keynote Address
Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull), “Home Places”
11:00 – 12:30, ORB_132: Philosophical & Phenomenological Explorations of the Home
Morgan Flanagan-Folcarelli (Mount Holyoke College), “More Than Where the Heart Is: A Philosophical Consideration of the Home”
Luna Dolezal (University of Exeter), “A Feminist Phenomenology of Home”
Mary King (University of Guelph), “The Experience of the Home: Repetition and Attention”
12:30 – 13:30, ORB_156: SWIP-I Members’ Meeting and Break for Lunch
13:30 – 15:00, ORB_132: Stability and the Home
Ashika L. Singh (KU Leuven), “To be at Home is to Leave Home: Unpicking the ‘Public’ from the ‘Private’ through the Calais Jungle”
McKay Holland (Georgetown University), “Stability and Creativity: Tensions in the Value of Home”
Rosemary Marron (University College Dublin), “Homelessness and the Education of the Child”
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:30, ORB_132 Displacement & Homelessness II
Bart Van Leeuwen (Radboud University Nijmegen), “Should the Homeless be Forcibly Helped?”
Dianna Taylor (John Carroll University), “Homelessness, Statelessness, Rightlessness: Population Management and Biopolitics in the Age of Trump”
16:30 – 16:45 Short Break
16:45 – 17:45, The CACSSS Seminar Room Keynote Address
Karen Houle (University of Guelph), 

Guelph), “Dis-lodged? A Foucauldian Analysis of The Radical Feminine Economy in Marilynne Robinson`s novel, Housekeeping”

17:45 – 19:00, The CACSSS Seminar Room Wine Reception

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