Women in the History of Philosophy

June 9, 2016
Cambridge Women in Philosophy and the Immoral Sciences Club, University of Cambridge

Sidgwick Hall
Newnham College, Sidgwick avenue
United Kingdom


  • Newnham College Cambridge; Society for Women in Philosophy
  • British Society for the History of Philosophy (http://www.bshp.org.uk/)

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This one-day conference aims to shed light on the continuous contributions of women throughout the history of philosophy. 

09.00-09.30       Tea and registration
09.30-10.25       Prof. Peter Adamson (LMU): "Why is Diotima a Woman? Reflections on Female Philosophers in Antiquity" [This session will be conducted via Skype]

10.25-10.35       Break
10.35-11.30       Caterina Pellò (Cambridge): "Women in the Early Pythagorean Doctrines and Communities"

11.30-11.40       Break
11.40-12.35       Dr. Sara Uckelman (Durham): "Women and Logic in the Middle Ages"

12.35-1.35         Lunch (provided)
1.35-2.30          Prof. Susan James (Birkbeck): " Margaret Cavendish on Nature and Art"

2.30-2.40          Break
2.40-3.35          Dr. Rachael Wiseman (Durham): "The Golden Age of Female Philosophy?"

3.35-4.00          Tea Break
4.00-4.55          Dr. Chaka Laguerre (Cambridge): "Ain't I A Woman? Ain't I A Person, Too?: Out from the Margins, Black Women in Philosophy" 

4.55-5.05          Break
5.05-6.00          Dr. Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge): "Hannah Arendt"

06.30               Conference dinner

The conference is jointly organised by the Cambridge Women in Philosophy Network and the Immoral Sciences Club.

There is no conference fee, but for planning purposes, we would be grateful if you could register by following the link below.

The conference is generously supported by the British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP - www.bshp.org.uk), Newnham College Cambridge (www.newn.cam.ac.uk) and the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP - www.swipuk.org). 

Access: The conference will take place in Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College (room 14 on the map attached below). The porter's lodge entrance has 2 shallow steps, with no handrail, but the entrance from Fawcett car park and Newnham Walk are both wheelchair accessible with no steps. There is padded seating in the room, an accessible (gender neutral) toilet (opposite room nr. 17 on the map). There will be a designated quiet space. There is car parking by request in advance. There isn't a hearing loop, or a bsl interpreter. Please use the registration form to indicate any additional features we could provide to make the conference more accessible. You can contact us about access on [email protected].

If you have any comments or questions about the conference, please do not hesitate with contacting the organisers at [email protected].

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