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)


 Download pdf programme



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.

Friday January 23 2015
Start of bi-weekly work in progress/reading group sessions. Venue, in central Dublin, to be confirmed.

Saturday February 28 2015
Mentoring Session and Good Practice Workshop with Ian Kidd (Durham University)

Second half of June 2015
Interdisciplinary Feminism Workshop organised by UCD graduate students (details to follow).

July 2015
Conference on Aesthetics. University College Cork. Organised by Mary Edwards and Aine Mahon

September 18 2015
Mentoring Session on implicit bias and related issues With Jennifer Saul (Chair of SWIP UK). Venue and programme to be confirmed

Late November 2015
Annual Conference and General Meeting. Theme: Women Across Philosophical Traditions.

At a meeting in December 2014 the SWIP-I Committee elected the following office holders:

Chairs: Maria Baghramian (UCD) and Heike Felzmann (NUIG)

Secretaries: Luna Dolezal (TCD/Durham) and Aine Mahon (UCD/UCC)

Treasurers: Lisa Foran (UCD) and Eileen Brennan (St Patrick's College)

Communications Officer: Clara Fischer (LSE)

Student Representatives: Siobhan Doyle (UCD) , Mary Edwards (UCC)

Ordinary Members: Lilian O'Brien (UCC), Susan Gottlober (NUI Maynooth)

Statutory Member: Editor of SWIP-I Newsletter, Sarah Otten (Carlow College)

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