CFP: Feminist Philosophy: Time and History

Nordic Summer University | Umeå Center for Gender Studies | Department of historical, philosophical, and religious studies | Umeå University | March 15-17, 2016

Abstract deadline: 7th of December.

Invited speakers:
Tuija Pulkkinen (Academy professor at the Department of philosophy, history and culture, Helsinki University)
Kristina Fjelkestam (Associate professor in gender studies, Stockholm University)
Claudia Lindén (Associate professor in literature, Södertörn University)
Sara Edenheim (Docent in history and associate professor in gender studies, Umeå University)

What is the relationship between feminism and philosophy today? Although feminist philosophy is now a recognized field in the institution of philosophy, a tension between the two terms still seem to persist. Compared to the status of feminism in other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, feminist philosophy is generally marginalized in departments for philosophy. A lot of work in feminist philosophy is done in other disciplines, such as literary studies, the history of ideas, gender studies, and sociology.

So what?!

I am feminist, now what?!

The prospective project Feminist philosophy has the ambition to be an international interdisciplinary platform for inquiries in feminist philosophy. Our aim is to explore the borders, connections and tensions between feminism and philosophy in critical historical and contemporary perspectives. We want to create a forum where philosophy is scrutinized from a feminist perspective and yet be able to ask questions about what philosophy has to offer feminism.

We invite scholars and students to a three-day symposium at Umeå University, Sweden on the theme of feminism and the philosophy of time and history. Papers may address, but are by no means limited to, the following subjects:

  • The concept of time in the work of feminist philosophers
  • Time as a question for feminist and queer theory
  • Time as an analytic category in feminist and queer historical investigations
  • The ethics of time and history in a feminist or queer perspective
  • Time, history and political change
  • Feminism and conceptual history
  • Feminism or queer theory and the philosophical canon
  • Methodological questions pertaining to the study of philosophers from marginalized groups in history
  • The historiography of feminist philosophy
  • The institution of philosophy in critical historical or sociological perspectives

We are also happy to include papers that address questions of philosophy and marginalized groups more generally speaking.

The symposium in Umeå is at once a conference in its own right and a preparatory gathering to write a proposal for a new circle in the Nordic Summer University (see below for more information about the NSU). If it is accepted, the circle will run from 2017-2019 and organize a total of six conferences on feminism and philosophy; three annual symposia held in collaboration with universities in the Nordic and Baltic countries during the winter and three joint summer sessions together with the other circles in the NSU. All participants in Umeå are invited to contribute to the planning of the activities of the circle, which will be based on the interests of the attending scholars. There are plans for several publications in connection to the work of the circle.


Anyone interested in presenting a paper is invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to no later than December 7th, 2015. If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please write 50-100 words about yourself and submit by December 7th, 2015. Decisions will be communicated in the middle of December, together with further information on how to register. The cost of participating is 300 SEK for students and independent scholars and 500 SEK for senior scholars and doctoral students. The fee includes lunch and coffee during the symposium. 

About the circle

Feminist philosophy has the ambition to become an international network, primarily oriented towards the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Interdisciplinary in scope, we welcome anyone with an interest in feminist philosophy, for example scholars from philosophy, the history of ideas, literary studies, gender studies, political science, sociology, and the arts. We are happy to include both scholars who focus on developing feminist philosophy as such, as well as those who study philosophy as an institution. We accept scholars working in all philosophical traditions. The network aims to transcend the hierarchies of academia and is open to senior scholars, phd-candidates, and master students.

About the Nordic Summer University

Founded in 1950, the Nordic Summer University is an independent, non-profit academic institution that fosters intellectual and cultural exchange between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Committed to egalitarian and interdisciplinary modes of learning, the NSU is open for senior scholars as well as doctoral and master students and professionals with relevant backgrounds. The NSU is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about the Nordic Summer University on the website of Nordic University.


The coordinators of Feminist Philosophy are Synne Myreböe (Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, Sweden), Valgerður Pálmadóttir (Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies at Umeå University, Sweden), and Johanna Sjöstedt (Department of literature, history of ideas and religious studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden). Contact the coordinators at and join our Facebook group Feminist philosophy (NSU).

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