Program of the 2nd annual Conference by Women in Philosophy

Location: Doelenzaal, University Library, UvA, Singel 425, Amsterdam

14:15   Welcome

14:30   “Ecstatic Exposure and Inappropriate Practices
14:30   Martina Fritschy (Zürich University of the Arts)
14:30   Respondent: Kurt Borg

15:15   “How We Believe
15:15   Martina Orlandi (McGill University)
15:15   Respondent: Wout Bisschop

15:55   Short break

16:05   Interview and discussion with Sally Haslanger about women in
16:05   philosophy

16:50   Coffee break

17:10   “The Cruelty of Genocide Denial: Why Institutional Denial of Historical 17:10   Genocide Violates the Dignity of Descendants of Genocide Victims
17:10   Melanie Altanian (Bern University)
17:10   Respondent: Sophie van Baalen

17:55   “Literature and Truth: the Problem With the Philosopher’s Paradigm of 17:55   Truth
17:55   Leen Verheyen (University of Antwerp)
17:55   Respondent: Elisabeth Kraaijeveld

18:35   End of conference: snacks and drinks


Special guest: Sally Haslanger

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’.

Call for abstracts

After a successful event last year, we are again organising the Conference by Women in Philosophy in Amsterdam. Like last year 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 race, 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) to send in abstracts for paper presentations in any area of philosophy. The deadline for submissions is 16 March 2015. The word limit is 500 words. Abstracts should be submitted via email at Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present her paper and there will be a respondent for each paper. We also invite anyone who is interested in giving a response to a paper to contact us.

The conference will take place in Amsterdam on the 22nd of May 2015. Everyone is  welcome to attend the conference. The conference is organized by philosophy students and PhD candidates from the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA).