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:

CfP Feminist Philosophy and the Presence of the Past, Södertörn 18-20 March 2019

Feminist philosophy and the presence of the past

Södertörn University, Sweden.

18-20 March 2019.

Deadline 28 January 2019


Invited speakers:

Ulrika Björk, Södertörn University, Sweden

Fanny Söderbäck, Sienna College, USA

Cecilia Sjöholm, Södertörn University, Sweden

Ingvild Torsen, Oslo University, Norway


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) on the theme Feminist philosophy and the presence of the past.


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 captured something essential about the feminist project: what is feminism if not a movement towards a better future and a critique of those who claim that the past and the present should limit our visions of the future? However, Wollstonecraft’s quote 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). The question is, how to go about it?2019 marks the anniversary of two important texts on this topic; it is 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?

The purpose of the symposium is to shed light on the notions of time and history and their relevance for feminist thought. The organizing network is based in the disciplines of history of ideas and philosophy, but we welcome contributions from scholars from a wide range of disciplines, for example literature, art, gender studies, sociology and political science. The organizers also plan a publication based on the symposium.

The conference is organized by the network Feminist Philosophy: Time, History and the Transformation of Thought of the Nordic Summer University in collaboration with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies and the School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, both atSödertörn University, Sweden.


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 28 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.

Practical information

The registration fee is 300 SEK for students from Södertörn university, participants from the Baltics and people with low income, 500 SEK for extramural students and PhD candidates and 800 SEK for senior scholars. Registration entitles you to accommodation in a shared double room and lunch meals, all of which will be taken care of by the organizers. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. Further instructions about registration and payment will follow in an e-mail to all accepted participants. NSU will also be able to fund the travel expenses for a number of Nordic and Baltic participants. Please indicate whether you are interested in travel support in your application.


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