Keynote by prof. dr. Heather Widdows

We are honored to welcome professor Heather Widdows as our keynote speaker who will give a keynote on ‘Understanding the rising demands of beauty‘.

The talk is taken from Widdows’ book Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (published in May 2018). In the talk she will describe the emerging beauty ideal and why it is an ethical ideal. She will argue it is the first global beauty ideal and that this is significant. Only a global ideal can be ethical and dominant such that it can demand more across demographics, normalise and naturalise. Yet despite the rising demands the rhetoric around beauty continues to be that of choice, even though practices are required. Prof. dr. Heather Widdows will explore how we understand the requirement to do beauty, how we increasingly feel like failures as it becomes harder to make the grade, and the dominance of the choice narrative. She will argue that traditional responses, for instance that individuals should simply resist, are no longer effective or ethical.

Prof. dr. Heather Widdows is a leading international researcher across applied ethics. In 2005 she was awarded a visiting fellowship at Harvard University, where she worked on issues of moral neo-colonialism. While her current research explores the moral philosophy of beauty, she has led a number of funded projects before on issues of property in the body; reproductive rights; human tissue; war on terror; and ownership and governance of the genome.

De deadline for registration for CWIP 2019 is June 10. You can find our call for registration here.


Practical information: Groningen (2019)

University & accommodation

The conference takes place in the Faculty of Philosophy, Oude Boteringestraat 52, of the University of Groningen. Please note that the main entrance of the Faculty of Philosophy is not on the main road, but can be reached through an alley on the right side of the building.

Groningen can be easily reached by train. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol there is a direct train to Groningen that will take you there in approximately 2 hours. To plan public transport within the Netherlands you can use this website.  

The Faculty of Philosophy is located in the center of the city. Most accommodations as well as the main train station are within walking distance. If you intend to stay overnight in Groningen, this is a selective list of hostels and hotels in the city center:

If you have any trouble preventing you from visiting our conference, do not hesitate to send  us an email. Together we will try to find a solution.

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Reflection on our Keynote Lecture of Xhercis Méndez (2017)

mendez_xhercisOn 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:

Special guest: Sally Haslanger (2015)

SallyHaslangerWe are proud to announce that the guest speaker at the Conference for Women in Philosophy of 2015 will be Sally Haslanger. She is the Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an affiliate in the MIT Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She also holds the 2015 Spinoza Chair of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Sally Haslanger co-edits the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy, convenes the Workshop on Gender and Philosophy and the Women in Philosophy Task Force and served as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MIT from 2009-2013. Her philosophical interests include analytic metaphysics, epistemology, ancient philosophy, social and political philosophy, feminists theory and critical race theory. Her most recent book Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (2012) was awarded the 2014 Joseph B. Gittler Prize for ‘outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences’.