Hospitality and Solidarity:
Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action

The full Summer Session program 2020!

Free lectures, workshops and reading groups to join! 

About this study circle:

This circle is born out of the success and the strengths of the previous study circle Feminist Philosophy; Time, history and the Transformation of Thought (2017-2019) and is taking up a new interdisciplinary topic that is present in contemporary philosophy, politics, and theology as well as feminist theory: the topic of hospitality and solidarity. Exploring the different themes of our symposia, feminism will allow us to create unexpected connections, experimental interventions and rethink these themes anew.

Read more about the study circle by following this link.

Summer Session Theme:

Feminist philosophy:
Where is the human today?

Nordic Summer University 2020:
Online/virtual event with local satellite programs where possible: July 26 to August 2, 2020

[Finished] Call for participation in experiments, workshops and exchange of thought
Read the full CFP [webpage]. [PDF]

Scholars, students, artists and activists are invited to participate in the first conference of the Nordic Summer University study circle Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action (2020-2022) on the themes of Hospitality and Solidarity.

The question of what defines the human being and humanism are recurring themes in the history of ideas, philosophy and theology. Historically the human being has been defined in relation to God, to animals and to the material world. Human centered reasoning can be found in Ancient Greece, most notably in the words of pre-Socratic philosopher Protagoras, who claimed that ”man is the measure of all things”. In an essay on education, Renaissance humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote that ”man is certainly not born, but made man”. In the debates about humanism in 20th century European philosophy, humanism became the occasion to protect and defend humans from powers and processes that tear them apart, sometimes threatening to annihilate humanity altogether. Since then, the intellectual strands of post-humanism and trans-humanism have taken the project of decentering the human even further. For feminists, the tradition of humanism constitutes a challenge. If “what is proper to man” is attributed only to elite Western men, then humanism “functions ideologically to justify exploitation and oppression” (Kruks: 2012: 21). Nonetheless, the question of the human being and the values of humanism cannot be jettisoned as such. During this sympodium, we will focus on the intersections between feminist theory, humanism and posthumanism. What does the legacy of humanism mean for feminists today? How should the concepts of woman and man be understood in relation to the concept of the human? Where is the human today? What does it mean to be human today?

Trace / Proposal deadline

Please send in proposals for a trace, which can include a paper, presentation, workshop or other type of experiment by May 31st, 2020, to Please indicate what format of presentation you are interested in, and how you envision the resulting trace that can be shared with other participants in virtual or other manner. Please also send in a short bio (5-10 lines) we can share with all participants beforehand. 

You are also welcome to participate without giving a presentation. Please apply by the same deadline if you’d like to join as a participant. 

When you’d like to actively participate, we ask people to become member of NSU (25/10 euro). There is no other participation fee. Results and online sessions will be available for free to all.

Offering grants to create traces

Several grants (of 7000 DKK each) will be made available for individuals or groups organising the production of a trace in collaboration with the other participants. A trace can be small – a picture of a local meeting – or big – a panel discussion, podcast with interviews, experimental writing workshop, etc. If you would like to apply for a grant to create a trace that can celebrate the NSU spirit throughout the world, please let us know when you send in your application. 

Read for more information on requirements of traces: the full CFP [pdf]

About the network

Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action is a three-year study circle for critical interdisciplinary inquiries based in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The symposium at Åbo Akademi Univeristy is the first of a total of six conferences from 2020 to 2022. The network builds on the project Feminist philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought (2017-2019), which attracted more than 200 participants from five continents. The network aims to transcend the hierarchies of academia and the limits of thought. For more information about the network, visit our website:
feminist-philosophy-thought-history-action/ and FB-group Feminist Philosophy (NSU).

The first winter symposium on Feminism and Hospitality: Religious and Critical Perspectives in dialogue with a Secular Age took place from March 3-5, 2020 in Turku. Finland. Read more.


Nicole des Bouvrie (International)
Board member International 2019- , Coordinator Study Circle 3
nicole.nobyeni [at]
NSU Treasurer. Contact for: Föreningen Norden Forbund (FNF) and Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM). Board member 2019, 2020, Coordinator Circle 3: Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action

Laura Hellsten (Finland)
Board member 2020-, Coordinator Study Circle 3
laura.hellsten [at]
Board member 2020- , Coordinator Circle 3: Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action