Reflection on our Keynote Lecture

On July 3rd, we had the pleasure of welcoming Xhercis Méndez in Amsterdam, to give a talk about her career in philosophy and intersectional feminism. We found this extremely interesting, and we want to thank Xhercis for bringing her passion and knowledge to the conference.

Philosopher Grâce Ndjako has written an excellent piece about the lecture. If you want to get an impression of the lecture or want  to know more about Xhercis’ work, we encourage you to read it:

Xhercis Méndez: On diversifying Philosophy and decolonizing Feminism

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Registration 2017

Registration for the conference is now open. To register, send an e-mail to womeninphilosophyconference@gmail.com with your name, affiliation (if you have one), and any dietary preferences (other than vegan) that you may have. The conference fee is 10 euros, which includes lunch, drinks and snacks. Payment details are supplied upon signing up. For teachers: please encourage your (women) students to attend the conference.

We hope to see you all July 3rd!

Program of the 4th Annual Conference by Women in Philosophy

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam. 4th floor of the main building (take the lift on the left of the main entrance).

10:15                  Room Open

10:30                  Welcome

10:45-11:30       Parallel sessions 1

(Sessions with the same number will be held in the same room)

  1. “The circle of love: the reasons for love and their sources”
    Lotte Spreeuwenberg
    Respondent: Eva Popp
  2. “Stupidity and Responsibility: Mutually exclusive or possibly compatible?”
    Sanne Groothuis 

    Respondent: Miranda Nell
  3. “Simmons on Fair Play: A Critique”
    Kate Fisk
    Respondent: Federico Lafaire

  4. “Sexual Consent – It’s all about having a Sufficient Procedure”
    Nicky van Dijk
    Respondent: Annemie Halsema

11.35 – 12.20     Parallel sessions 2

  1. “Phenomenally Conscious: Intuitions, Explanations & the Mind/Body Debate”
    Rhona Flynn  
    Respondent: Sofia Bokros
  2. “Duties to Oneself and Moral Accountability”
    Yuliya Kanygina

    Respondent: Lisbeth Jorgensen
  3. “The Voluntary Work, the other “shadow work” and its contrasting values”
    Camille Allard    
    Respondent: Amanda Cawston
  4. “Against Dretske’s Rejection of Closure Under Known Entailment”
    Maeve MacPherson
    Respondent: Andries de Jong

12.20 – 13.15      Lunch

13.15 – 13.45      Workshop “How to get your paper published?”
By prof. dr. Yolande Jansen (University of Amsterdam)

13.45 – 14.30      Keynote lecture by Xhercis Méndez (Michigan State University)

Xhercis Méndez is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy and African American and African Studies. She received her doctorate from the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Program at Binghamton University, along with certificates in Feminist Theory and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies.  As a scholar-activist her research departs from engaged philosophy that centers those bodies systematically devalued, marginalized and targeted for demise.  Her work brings together Women of Color and Decolonial Feminisms, Sexuality Studies, and Afro-Latinx/diasporic Religion and Philosophies in order to develop decolonial feminist methodologies, ingredients and tools for the (re)making of social relations, histories, intimacies, normative value systems, and resistant possibilities.

14.30 – 14.45      Coffee break

14.45 – 15.30      Parallel sessions 3

  1. “The objectionableness of unequally burden-some duties: why egalitarians should support paid menstrual leave”
    Alex Pepper
    Respondent: Beatrijs Haverkamp
  2. “Brainwashed. The implications of relational autonomy for the role of memory in self-conception”
    Natascha Rietdijk
    Respondent: Kathryn MacKay
  3. “Bad attitudes: Why the psychological implicit/explicit distinction is inconsequential to moral accountability”
    Harriet Fagerberg
    Respondent: Phil Robichaud
  4. “Who should be entitled to stay?”
    Sarah Akgül
    Respondent: Kiki Kolman
  5. “Why objectivity in science requires agonistic pluralism”
    Zoé Evrard
    Respondent: David Ludwig

15.35 – 16.20      Parallel sessions 4

  1. “Is Surrogacy Like Prostitution?”
    Maria Jose Pietrini-Sanchez
    Respondent: Zuzanna Rucinska

  2. “Why are we who we are? Importance in practical identities”
    Pilar Lopez-Cantero
    Respondent: Melina Mendoza
  3. “Pleasure and Pain as Desire: A Definitive Defence of the Motivational Account”
    Lizzy Ventham
    Respondent: Tamarinde Haven

  4. “Between Integration and Accomodation: Religious Identity in Democratic Societies”
    Sanne Hupkes
    Respondent: Anne Vroom

16.20 – 16.35      Coffee break

16.35 – 17.05      Workshop “How to write a good abstract?”

17.05 – 17.10      Plenary closure

17.10 – ….           “Borrel” (Drinks & Snacks)

Call for papers 2017

N.B.: The call for papers is now closed.

Call for papers 2017

For the fourth year in a row, the Conference by Women in Philosophy will be held in Amsterdam. This year’s conference will take place on Monday, 3 July 2017 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate women philosophers to present their work to their peers. In this way we hope to create an opportunity for young women philosophers to inspire and motivate one another and to forge potentially productive alliances.

In the Netherlands, like in the rest of the world, women are underrepresented in academic philosophy. Being young women ourselves, we want to challenge this situation – whilst being aware of the fact that the marginal positioning of women in philosophy also depends on factors other than their sex, like ethnicity, religion, social status, age, disability or sexual orientation. We are committed to creating a more balanced environment and to empowering (those identifying as) women to make the academic space their own.

We therefore invite (those identifying as) women philosophers (BA, MA, PhD, recent alumnae) to send in abstracts for paper presentations in any area of philosophy. We will accept a maximum of approximately 20 papers. If you are a teacher, please encourage your women students to react to our call.

  • Deadline: 22 March 2017
  • Word limit: 500 words
  • Include up to 5 key words.
  • Prepare your abstract for blind review (your abstract should be anonymous).
  • Include a separate document with your contact information, your current academic occupation (i.e.: your position or study program, or your most recent degree), and the title of your paper.
  • Abstracts can be submitted via e-mail at womeninphilosophyconference@gmail.com.
  • Take into account that you are expected to hand in a paper before the conference, so that your respondent may read it. The deadline will be communicated to accepted presenters. (Working papers and student papers are eligible.)
  • Abstracts may be written in English or Dutch.

Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present her paper and there will be a respondent for each paper. The expected conference fee is €10. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference. The conference is organized by philosophy students and PhD candidates from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

E-mail: womeninphilosophyconference@gmail.com
Website: https://womeninphilosophyconference.wordpress.com

Registration 2016

N.B.: This pertains to the 2016 conference.

Registration for the conference is now open. To register, send an e-mail to womeninphilosophyconference@gmail.com with your name, affiliation (if you have one), and any dietary preferences (other than vegan) that you may have. The conference fee is 10 euros, which includes lunch, drinks and snacks. Payment details are supplied upon signing up. For teachers: please encourage your (women) students to attend the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you on 1 July!

Program of the 3rd annual Conference by Women in Philosophy

N.B.: This is the program of the 2016 conference.

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam

10:30                    Room open

10:45                    Welcome

11.00 – 11.45:     Session 1 (parallel sessions)

  1. “Solving Frege’s Puzzle: On why the solution is relational”
    Beatriz Santos
    Respondent: Andries De Jong
  2. “Formal membership in liberal democracies: precarious citizenship”
    Denise Vargiu
    Respondent: Luara Ferracioli
  3. “A Paradox for Epistemological Disjunctivism”
    Giada Fratantonio
    Respondent: Max van den Broek 
  4. “Functions as Essences: An Aristotelian Analysis of Aesthetic Artefacts”
    Hannah Laurens
    Respondent: Marije Martijn
  5. “Beautiful bodies and shapeless emotions: Rereading Hannah Arendt’s Critique of Introspection”
    Liesbeth Schoonheim
    Respondent: Annemie Halsema

11.45 – 12.30:     Session 2 (parallel sessions)

  1. “Democracy and Locality: Citizenship with and without borders”
    Camille Pascal
    Respondent: Phil Robichaud
  2. “Pornography, Speech Acts, and Silencing”
    Laura Caponetto
    Respondent: Tasneem Alsayyed
  3. “Question-Begging in the Argument from Ignorance”
    Maeve MacPherson
    Respondent: Rik Peels
  4. “The Kantian Capacity for Moral Self-Control: Abstraction at Two Levels”
    Marijana Vujosevic
    Respondent: Melina Mendoza
  5. “What are Ontological Categories?”
    Siobhan Moriarty
    Respondent: Wout Bisschop

12:30 – 13:15:     Lunch

13:15 – 13:40:     Workshop ‘How to write a good abstract?’

13:45 – 14:10:     Workshop ‘How to get your paper published?’
By dr. Federica Russo (journal editor, UvA)

14.15 – 15.00:     Session 3 (parallel sessions)

  1. “The concept of lumen naturale in Descartes”
    Claudia Matteini
    Respondent: Olga Lizzini
  2. “On Sally Haslanger’s Conception of Race”
    Nevim Borçin
    Respondent: Aleida Luján
  3. “Vulnerability and Solidarity”
    Patricia Cipollitti
    Respondent: Jojanneke Vanderveen
  4. “A Liberatory Erotic: Black Feminism and the Political Power of Pleasure”
    Sophia Pavlos
    Respondent: Liesbeth Schoonheim
  5. “Against radical incommensurability. A defence of Davidson’s very idea of critique of conceptual schemes”
    Yuliya Fadeeva
    Respondent: Daan Dronkers

15.00 – 15.45:     Session 4 (parallel sessions)

  1. “Dialectics and conversion in Wittgenstein’s later work: why it is good to change your mind”
    Magali Nicole
    Respondent: Kyrke Otto
  2. “The Intrinsic Value of the Humanities”
    Noortje Delissen
    Respondent: Joanne Bosch
  3. “Iris Murdoch’s Radical Moral Perception”
    Silvia Panizza
    Respondent: John Baldari
  4. “What We (Should) Talk About When We Talk about Fruitfulness”
    Silvia Ivani
    Respondent: Melissa Vergara Fernández
  5. “”In Defiance of Nature”. Anne Fausto-Sterling and the Five Sexes”
    Valentina Bortolami
    Respondent: Lucie Dalibert

15:45 – 16:00:     Break

16:00 – 16:45:     Plenary discussion ‘Women in philosophy’
With dr. Marije Martijn (VU) and dr. Annemie Halsema (VU)

Borrel: drinks & snacks

Call for papers 2016

For the third year in a row, the Conference by Women in Philosophy will be held in Amsterdam. This year’s conference will take place on 1 July 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate women philosophers to present their work to their peers. In this way we hope to create an opportunity for young women philosophers to inspire and motivate one another and to forge potentially productive alliances.

In the Netherlands, like in the rest of the world, women are underrepresented in academic philosophy. Being young women ourselves, we want to challenge this situation – whilst being aware of the fact that the marginal positioning of women in philosophy also depends on factors other than their sex, like ethnicity, religion, social status, disability or sexual orientation. We are committed to creating a more balanced environment and to empowering (those identifying as) women to make the academic space their own.

We therefore invite (those identifying as) women philosophers (BA, MA, PhD, recent alumnae) to send in abstracts for paper presentations in any area of philosophy. We will accept a maximum of approximately 20 papers.

  • Deadline: 31 March 2016
  • Word limit: 500 words
  • Include up to 5 key words.
  • Prepare your abstract for blind review (your abstract should be anonymous).
  • Include a separate document with your contact information, your current academic occupation (i.e.: your position or study program, or your most recent degree), and the title of your paper.
  • Abstracts can be submitted via e-mail at womeninphilosophyconference@gmail.com.
  • Take into account that you are expected to hand in a paper before the conference, so that your respondent may read it. The deadline will be communicated to accepted presenters. (Working papers and student papers are eligible.)
  • Abstracts may be written in English or Dutch.

Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present her paper and there will be a respondent for each paper. The expected conference fee is €10. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference. The conference is organized by philosophy students and PhD candidates from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

E-mail: womeninphilosophyconference@gmail.com
Website: https://womeninphilosophyconference.wordpress.com