Call for Abstracts
Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland
5th Annual Conference and General Meeting
2-4 December 2016, NUI Galway, Ireland

Conference Theme: Challenging practices in contested domains: feminist ethics in theory and practice

Recent decades have seen increasing interest in feminist perspectives in ethics. Alternative approaches to ethical theory and practical moral concerns have led to the questioning of traditional approaches and have enriched the landscape of ethical reflection in both established and emerging areas of interest.

The Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland is inviting contributions to a conference on the topic of “Challenging practices in contested domains: feminist ethics in theory and practice” in December 2-4, 2016. Papers might address, but are not limited to, feminist considerations with regard to the following topics:

  • -       Care ethics and relational ethics
  • -       Narrative Ethics
  • -       Moral imagination
  • -       The ethics of empowerment and marginalisation
  • -       Ethical concerns with regard to disability, reproduction, genetics, information technologies, the environment, animals, biology


Professor Alice Crary (New School for Social Research) will be a keynote speaker at the conference. Papers related to any aspect of her work are also welcome. Other invited speakers will be announced soon.

The focus of the conference is primarily philosophical, however, interdisciplinary papers combining philosophy with, among others, healthcare perspectives, sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, politics, or medical humanities are welcome. People of all genders are welcome to contribute!

The most recent conferences in the SWIP Ireland conference series addressed “Ways of Knowing: Feminist epistemology and philosophy of science” (2015) and “Women’s Bodies” (2014). For further information on SWIP Ireland, see http://www.swip-ireland.com/. Galway is a university town in the West of Ireland with good travel connections from Dublin and Shannon.

Presentations will be 20 minutes plus discussion. There is the possibility of submissions for shorter panel presentations.

Abstract submission: September 15, 2016, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with the header “CFA SWIP Ireland conference”

Individual abstracts: Please submit an anonymised abstract of 250-400 words and provide separate contact details.

Panel submissions: Please submit an anonymised panel description of 400-600 words, including the proposed individual contributions on the panel theme. List the proposed contributors and the corresponding author’s contact details separately.

Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2016


Gender, Public Policy, and Philosophies of Emotion

SWIP Ireland cordially invites you to a workshop on Gender, Public Policy, and Philosophies of Emotion.

When: Friday, 17th June, 9.30-17.30

Where: Moot Court, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4


The event will include philosophical perspectives on gender, public policies, and emotion, and contributions from policy-makers and civil society representatives.

The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Bonnie Mann (University of Oregon) on "Gender, Shame, and Redemption."


For further further details and a full programme see here.

Please follow the Eventbrite link to register.


Supported by the Society for Applied Philosophy and UCD School of Philosophy.

Organised by Dr. Clara Fischer (UCD) in conjunction with SWIP Ireland.

The Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland cordially invites you to a talk by Prof. Dianna Taylor (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy, John Carroll University) on ‘Sexual Violence and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies: Collective Resistance Versus Individual Resilience.’

When: Friday, 20th May, 3pm

Where: Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


To RSVP, please follow the Eventbrite link.

For further details on the talk, please see the below abstract.


All welcome!


Sexual Violence and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies: Collective Resistance Versus Individual Resilience”


This paper analyzes sexual violence as a manifestation of the colonization of women’s bodies and considers how such violent colonization might be effectively resisted. It begins by showing that sexual violence functions to humiliate and, therefore, to individuate; as such it inhibits effective feminist resistance. The paper then extends existing critiques of the discourse of resilience, showing that it supports a neoliberal stance which holds individual women responsible for protecting themselves against sexual violence, thereby blaming those who “fail” to do so and valorizing as “resilient” those who “succeed.” The paper concludes by presenting possibilities for effective collective feminist resistance.



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

Download programme in pdf 

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.

Register for the event here.

Join the Facebook event here.

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.

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