Feminist Philosophy: Time, History and the Transformation of Thought

Feminist philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought is an international platform for inquiries in feminist philosophy and the history of ideas. The network aims to create a space for critical feminist practices of reading. We want to develop and draw connections between philosophy and feminist theory, informed by historical perspectives. How can feminism revitalize philosophy and interpretations of its history? What would a philosophical feminism look like? What does it mean to read feminist theory historically?

From 2017 to 2019, we will organize six conferences on different themes in feminist philosophy. Our next event:

Feminist philosophy and the presence of the past

Södertörn University, Sweden, 7-9 March 2019.

Scholars, students, artists and activists are invited to participate in the fifth conference of the network Feminist Philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought(2017-2019).

In a Vindication of the Rights of Woman(1792), Mary Wollstonecraft wrote: ”Rousseau exerts himself to prove that all was right originally: a crowd of authors that all is now right: and I, that all will be right”.Writing in the aftermath of the French revolution in times of upheaval, Wollstonecraft captures something essential to the feminist project: what is feminism if not a movement towards a better future? The quote also epitomizes a modern understanding of time that makes clear cuts between the past, the present, and the future. In recent years this notion has been scrutinized by an increasing number of feminist scholars interested in the philosophy of time and history. Criticizing the possibility of breaking completely with the past, Tina Chanter writes that feminism rather needs “an understanding of processes of social change that accommodates both a sense of continuity with the past and the possibility of and need for discontinuity” (2001: 22).

2019 marks the 70thanniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s the Second Sexas well as the 40thanniversary of Julia Kristeva groundbreaking essay “Women’s time”. Both texts have been crucial for questions relating to time, history and feminist in 20thcentury feminist philosophy. While Simone de Beauvoir combines the traditions of left-Hegelianism and phenomenology to understand why woman is “the Other”, Kristeva starts our from psychoanalysis in order to raise questions regarding the history of feminism, modernity and the philosophy of time.

How should feminist philosophy theorize time? How does feminist thought and feminist movements relate different understandings of time? How should feminist philosophy understand notions of feminist memory and remembrance?


Anyone interested in presenting a paper at the symposium at Södertörn is invited to submit an abstract of 300 words to feministphilosophy@nsuweb.orgno later than January 7 2019. Presentations can be made in English or a Scandinavian language. Decisions regarding acceptance will be communicated shortly thereafter. We might be able to accept late applications, contact the organizing committee if deadline has passed.


The coordinators of Feminist Philosophy are Synne Myreböe, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, Sweden, Valgerður Pálmadóttir, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies at Umeå University, Sweden, and Johanna Sjöstedt, Department of literature, history of ideas and religious studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Contact the coordinators at feministphilosophy@nsuweb.org  and join our Facebook group Feminist philosophy (NSU).



For further details, see CfP Feminist Philosophy, Fårö 2018

Preliminary list of participants and papers Fårö 2018


Feminist Philosophy- Rethinking Public Space, Oslo University, 8-10 March 2018

Prel. program feminist philosophy summer 17

Feminist Utopias, University of Iceland, 30 March – 2 April 2017.

Feminist Philosophy Time & History Umeå University 15-17 March 2016