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 Rethinking Public Space, Oslo 8-10 March 2018

CfP Rethinking Public Space

8-10 March 2018

Oslo University, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas.


Invited speakers

Cecilia Rosengren, Department of Literature, History of Ideas, Religion, Univ. of Gothenburg

Line Cecilie Engh, Norwegian Institute in Rome

Jorunn Økland, Norwegian Institute in Athens

Public space is under rapid transformation today. Material, political, and historical developments as well as conceptual reconfigurations work together to profoundly affect what public space is and how we conceive of it. The question of the meaning of public space today surfaces for example in relation to recent protests in Stockholm by paperless migrants and the increasing right wing populist activity throughout Europe, both online and on the streets. Recent verdicts in the EU court of justice regarding the wearing of the veil in the work place reveal the need for critical research on the notion of public space in connection to categories such as gender and religion. The #metoo campaign, where social media is used to speak out about experiences of sexual abuse and harassment, calls attention to questions of gender, sexuality, and digital public space.

Drawing on the rich tradition of feminist philosophy and other critical bodies of knowledge, this symposium aims to provide a space for multifaceted discussions notions of the public in historical and contemporary perspectives, from Antiquity until today. Feminist philosophers from Enlightenment thinker Mary Wollstonecraft to socialist feminists such as Alexandra Kollontai, Emma Goldman, and Rosa Luxemburg have pointed out the gendered and bourgeois aspect of the division between the public and the private. According to political philosopher Wendy Brown (2015), late modern political institutions are increasingly defined by a rationality that switches the meaning of democratic values from a political to an economic register, thereby severely circumscribing public space. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s understanding of public space and the political, contemporary philosophers such as Bonnie Honig and Linda Zerilli have formulated visions of feminist politics in terms of agonism and world building. How should the changing material, conceptual conditions and their implications for feminist theory be formulated? What can feminists contribute to the project of rethinking public space, the political and the common? What do categories such as gender, sexuality, and race have to do with public space, historically and today? How can historical examples unsettle current understandings of what public space is?

The purpose of the symposium is to shed light on the notion of public space from as many angles as possible. The organizing network is based in the disciplines of history of ideas and philosophy, but we welcome contributions from scholars from a wide range

CfP Rethinking Public Space, Oslo 8-10 March 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).




Prel. program feminist philosophy summer 17

Program Feminist Utopias, Iceland 30 March – 2 April 2017.

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