Feminism in/and philosophy

A SWIP-UK conference at Oxford University, 27 - 29 March, 2014

Conference Schedule

All events will take place in All Souls College, Oxford. Talks will take place in the Old Library and meals will take place in the Hall.

Thursday 27th March

3.30 - 4.30: Registration (Hall)

4.30 - 5.30: Rae Langton (Cambridge), “Accommodating Authority in Philosophical Language Games.” (Old Library)

5.45 - 6.45: Drinks reception (Hall)

Friday 28th March

9.30 - 10.00: Coffee (Hall)

10.00 - 11.00: Elselijn Kingma (Southampton), “How Many in a Pregnancy? The Metaphysics of Human Reproduction.” (Old Library)

11.00 - 11.30: Coffee (Hall)

11.30 - 1:00: Panel on Women in Academic Philosophy: Practical Issues, with Paula Boddington (Oxford), Karen Margrethe Nielsen (Oxford), Ema Sullivan-Bisset (Birmingham)

1.00 - 2.30: Lunch (Hall)

2.30 - 3.30: Stella Sandford (Kingston), “Feminism, Philosophy and Transdisciplinarity.” (Old Library)

3.30 - 3.45: Short Break

3.45 - 4.45: Aislinn O’Donnell (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), “A Political Philosophy of the Singular” (Old Library).

4.45 - 5.15: Coffee (Hall)

5.15 - 6.30: Michele LeDoueff (Emeritus Professor, CNRS, Paris), “Towards a New Philosophical Imaginary?” (Old Library).

7.30: Dinner (Hall)

Saturday 29th March

9.00 - 9.45: SWIP General Assembly (Old Library) — All SWIP members are invited, and all women attending the conference are day-members of SWIP

9.30 - 10: Coffee (Hall)

10.00 - 11.00: Sandrine Berges (Bilkent), “Two Dimensions of Epistemic Injustice for the Feminist History of Philosophy, or Why the Work of Recovery is Always Political” (Old Library)

11.00 - 11.30: Coffee (Hall)

11.30 0 12.30. Alex Davies (Tartu), “Feminism and Method in the Philosophy of Language.” (Old Library)

12.30 - 2.00: Lunch (Hall)

2.00 - 3.00: Melissa Zinkin (Binghamton SUNY), “What Feminist Philosophy Should and Should Not Be” (Old Library)

3.00 - 3.30: Coffee (Hall)

3.30 - 4.45: Jennifer Saul (Sheffield), “Dogwhistles and Philosophy” (Old Library)

Registration now closed

We are thrilled with the overwhelming interest that the Feminism in/and Philosophy conference has attracted. Unfortunately space is very limited, and registration is now closed, with a very long waitlist. We are truly sorry we could not accommodate everyone. 

Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstracts (of up to 500 words) for 30-minute presentations on the theme of feminism in/and philosophy. Please email your abstracts to oxfordswip2014@gmail.com by 30 November, 2013. Travel within the UK and accommodation will be covered for speakers.


The conference is open to all but because of limited space requires pre-registration. To register, please email: oxfordswip2014@gmail.com with your department/university affiliation and also letting us know who you are (i.e. an undergraduate, graduate student, faculty). Please also let us know whether you would like to attend the (free) conference dinner on Friday, 28 March at All Souls College, along with any dietary requirements you have.

Conference Announcement

Feminism in/and Philosophy

All Souls College, Oxford, 27-29 March 2014.

Invited speakers are Michèle Le Doeuff, Rae Langton and Jennifer Saul.

“[W]hen you are a woman and a philosopher,” writes Michèle Le Doeuff in Hipparchia’s choice, “it is useful to be a feminist in order to understand what is happening to you”. Like many productive relationships, the relationship between feminism and philosophy has never been easy. Feminists and philosophers alike have claimed that between the two there can be no real dialogue. Radical feminists argue that the history of philosophy is the history of a patriarchal institution, the values of truth and reason no more than tools of subordination. Many philosophers meanwhile dismiss the very idea of ‘feminist philosophy’ as a category error: a conflation of a political project with an epistemic one.

And yet, we now have a rich tradition of feminist philosophy: a tradition that embraces orthodox philosophical values while drawing on the concerns and interests and methods of feminism. But just what is feminist philosophy, and how is it possible? What is it to be a feminist philosopher, beyond being both a philosopher and a feminist? What is it do philosophy as a feminist? And what is to practice feminism through philosophy? How are we to reconcile the demands of theory and practice, the goals of truth and emancipation, the perspectives of the universal and the particular?

This set of questions will be the starting point for the Feminism in/and Philosophy conference, at All Souls College, Oxford, 27-29 March 2014. Invited speakers are Michèle Le Doeuff, Rae Langton and Jennifer Saul.