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:

Scholars, students, artists and activists are invited to participate in the fourth conference of the network Feminist Philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought (2017-2019), to be held in the Swedish island of Fårö from 29 July to 5 August 2018. Guiding threads for the session are the conceptual triad of concepts, contexts, and critique. Feminist philosopher Andrea Nye once rightly noted: “thinking necessarily uses concepts with roots in the past” (2004: ix). This simple observation highlights the first two aspects, namely the connection between thinking and language and the importance of taking into consideration the historical context of both the production and the reception of thinking. Critique, finally, refers to feminist scholarship as a transformative practice aimed at change and emancipation. In bringing these notions together we want to create a space for dialogues on feminist practices of reading. Following a feminist tradition we consider reading a political act with close connections to feminist activism. What does it mean to read as a feminist today? Although the network is based primarily in the disciplines of philosophy and the history of ideas, we welcome contributions and participants from a wide range of disciplines, for example literature, art, gender studies, sociology and political science. We encourage both empirical studies of individual thinkers, concepts, or close readings of texts as well as more theoretically oriented efforts.

For further details, see CfP Feminist Philosophy, Fårö 2018

Preliminary list of participants and papers Fårö 2018



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).




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