Friday, April 15, 2011

Cfp: "Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions," Society for Women in Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, November 18-19, 2011.

The aim of this conference is to reflect critically on the relation of feminist epistemology to the various philosophical traditions that generated it and those that have nourished it intellectually and challenged it in the past three decades. These traditions include that of epistemology itself (of course), but also more generally the analytical philosophical traditions, the continental philosophical traditions, feminist philosophical traditions, and other philosophically inflected theoretical traditions, for example psychoanalytical theory. It is to be hoped that responses to the call for papers will add to this list.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What, currently, is the relation between feminist epistemology and the more mainstream traditions of epistemology?
  • What influence has feminist epistemology had on the more mainstream traditions of epistemology, if any?
  • Is there any unity to ‘feminist epistemology’ across its relation to different philosophical traditions (for example the analytical and the continental traditions)?
  • How have other theoretical traditions influenced and challenged feminist epistemology?
  • What is the significance of the mainly Anglo-American constitution of the field of feminist epistemology?
  • 'What, if anything, remains distinctive about 'feminist epistemology'? That is, when is 'feminist epistemology' simply 'epistemology'?
Plenary Speakers:
  • Kirsten Campbell (Goldsmiths, University of London), ‘Feminist Epistemology and Psychoanalytical Theory’ -- Respondent: Stella Sandford (Kingston University)
  • Miranda Fricker (Birkbeck College, University of London), ‘Feminist Epistemology as Social Epistemology’ -- Respondent: Stella Gonzalez Arnal (University of Hull)
  • Gillian Howie (University of Liverpool), ‘Is There a “Continental” Feminist Epistemology?’ -- Respondent: Alison Stone (Lancaster University)
  • Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University), ‘From Margin to Centre: Feminist Epistemology asv Socially Responsible Epistemology’ -- Respondent: Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)
Contact: Stella Sandford (

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