On 7-8 September 2012, the Nordic Network for Women in Philosophy, in cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Iceland and EDDA – Center of Excellence, will organize the conference “Has Feminist Philosophy Changed Philosophy?” at the University of Iceland. Click here to view the conference programme.
Feminist philosophy has emerged in the last decades as a vibrant field within Western philosophy. It has resulted in questioning canons of philosophy as well as core concepts of the philosophical curriculum. Feminist epistemology, ethics, aesthetics and metaphysics have contributed to a richer understanding of the epistemic, ethical, perceiving and embodied subject. The past and the present of philosophy as an academic discipline appear in a different light. Despite this, philosophy still has one of the lowest proportion of women and minorities among students and faculty when compared to other disciplines within the humanities and the sciences as a whole. Does that have to do with the lack of acceptance of feminist work within philosophy? Or is it necessary to dig deeper in order to understand the resistance of philosophy towards change in this respect? The keynote speakers at this conference, Sally Haslanger and Linda Martín Alcoff, have gained widespread attention for their writings on the institutional culture, content and styles of philosophy, as well as for their initiatives on improving the situation of women and minorities in philosophy.
Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir, University of Iceland
Ásta Sveinsdóttir, San Francisco State University
Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir, University of Iceland
Salvör Nordal, University of Iceland
(Photo: “The Thinker” by Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir).