13th February 2009—SWIP UK/International Association of Women in Philosophy (IAPh) Joint Conference
Venue: Women’s Library, London, Friday 13 February 2009, 10:00am to 6:15pm
Nearest tube: Aldgate East—take the Toynbee Hall exit
Feminist Philosophy Made Simple
Society for Women in Philosophy UK; International Association of Women Philosophers
SWIP UK, in association with the IAPh, invites women to a one-day conference on 13 February 2009 at the Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London E1 (directions).
Feminism claims women are oppressed, and aims to free them. Like any liberation movement, feminism is dogged by propaganda. But anti-feminist propaganda has been astonishingly effective. Despite clear, serious, persistent harms to women, and centuries of work by feminists, most people today will say “I’m not a feminist” or “feminism goes too far”.
At this conference we will use philosophy to affirm the unity and simplicity of feminism. This simplicity is captured well in Simone de Beauvoir’s phrase “absolute feminism”, which also points to necessity. The liberation of women is necessary, not something a just society can do without.
Please register by emailing your name with “SWIP 13/2/09” as the subject header to .
Programme: 13th Feburary 2009
- 10.00–10.30: Arrival, Coffee & registration
- 10.30–11.30: Introduction and Discussion: “Feminist Philosophy Made Simple”
- 11.30–12.45: Parallel Session I a: Gill Howie (Liverpool), “Militant Particularism: a defence of the concept of patriarchy”
- 11.30–12.30: Parallel Session I b: Louise Derksen (Free University of Amsterdam), “ Martha Nussbaum and the The Practical Pursuit of Gender Justice”
- 12.45–1.45: Lunch
- 1.45–3.00: Parallel Session II a: Bettina Schmitz (Wurzburg), “Balancing Feminisms: the Third Wave as a Lesson on How to be Different”
- 1.45–3.00: Parallel Session II b: Michaela Miroiou (National School for Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania), “A Mind of Their Own: Feminism as a Road to Autonomy”
- 3.00–3.30: Tea break
- 3.30–4.30: Board Meeting of SWIP UK: As day-members of SWIP UK, all delegates are encouraged to participate
- 4.30–5.45: Session III a: Birge Krondorfer (Vienna), “Female Subjects versus Gender-Identities”
- 4.30–5.45: Session III b: Maria Pena Aguado (Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich), “The Plath Complex—or why Intellectual Women don’t eat Green Figs”
- 5.45–6.00: Closing Remarks
- 6.00: Close
The organisers would be grateful if those who intend to come could by 6 February.
Fees (Payable on the Day)
Standard: £30.00; Concessions: (students, unwaged): £10.00. The fee includes coffee and tea. Anyone who will have difficulty paying these fees should .
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