Politics and Women Across Philosophical Traditions

November 9, 2012 - November 11, 2012
School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

Gresham Hotel
23 Upr. O'Connell St.

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The Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland in conjunction with UK Society for Women in Philosophy will be hosting their first joint conference. The conference aims to explore the broad theme of Politics and Women across philosophical traditions. 2012 marks the 90th anniversary of full women’s suffrage in Ireland when all women over 21 were given the right to vote. Even so only around 15% of Irish politicians are women. In recognition of the continuing disparity between the promise of politics and political realities, this year’s SWIP conference will seek explore the philosophical implications of thinking women and politics together in the 21st Century.  


Friday November 9


Opening Remarks
Maria Baghramian

2.30 Plenary Session I

Maeve Cooke (University College Dublin) - Rethinking Autonomy: Feminism and Beyond
Chair: Maria Baghramian

4.00-4.30 Coffee break

4.30  Parallel Session 1

Alan Coffee (Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, London, UK) - Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life

Martina Reuter (Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Finland) - Mary Wollstonecraft’s Critique of Rousseau

 4.30  Parallel Sessions 2

Alison Assiter (Department of Arts, University of West of England, Bristol, UK) - Birthing or 'The Body that can birth'

Danielle Petherbridge (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland) - Power in the Context of Freedom: Arendt, Butler and the concept of potential

6.00-7.30 Plenary Session II 

Louise Antony (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) - Is Diversity an Epistemic Value?
Chair: Dolores Dooley

7.30 Dinner Saturday November 10  10 am Parallel Session 3 

Elena Tzelepis (Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia) - Art and the space of community

Heike Felzmann (NUI Galway) - Reflections on the Conceptualisation of Abortion in the Irish Context

Helen Lauer (Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana) - African Women in the Politics of the Two-Thirds World

Susan Gottlöber (Department of Philosophy. NUI Maynooth) - "Oppression through Function” – Simone Weil's Reflections on Factory Work

10 am Parallel Session 4 

Annika Willer (LMU Munich) - Political Leaders and Their Evaluation in Moderata Fonte’s Il merito delle donne

Amanda Cawston (University of Cambridge) - Feminism and Competition

Mette Lebech (Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth) - Women in Society: Stein’s understanding of the role of the human person in relation to society

Bernard Cosgrave  (University College Dublin) - Conservative Feminists?

1.00 Lunch  

2.00 Plenary Sessions III 

Sarah Heinamaa (University of Helsinki) - Normality: A phenomenological Analysis
Chair: Iseult Honohan

3.30 - 4.30  AGM SWIP UK

3.30 - 4.30  AGM SWIP Ireland

4.30-4.45  Coffee break

4.45- 5.45 Round table on Women and  Philosophy 

6.00  Plenary Session IV   

Susan James (Birckbeck College, University of London) - Wollstonecraft on Rights
Chair: Attracta Ingram

7.30 Conference Close


Payments can be made either online or by cheques or money order, in euro or sterling, made out to UCD SWIP Conference and sent to 

SWIP conference
School of Philosophy
Dublin 4

The registration fee is  

  • Salaried 35 euro/ 28 GBP
  • Unwaged 25 euro/ 20 GBP

Online early registration will close on Wednesday November 7. To register go to:


On site late registration will remain open on November 9 and 10 at the conference venue. Payment by cheque or cash (in euro only). 

  • Salaried 40 euro
  • Unwaged 30 euro

Contact: Maria.Baghramian@ucd.ie

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