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Feminist philosophy: Concepts, contexts, and critique

Datum: 2018-07-29 - 2018-08-05
Plats: Fårö, Gotland
Arrangör: Nordic Summer University
Typ: Conference

Feminist philosophy: Concepts, contexts, and critique

Scholars, students, artists and activists are invited to participate in the fourth conference of the network Feminist Philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought (2017-2019), to be held in the Swedish island of Fårö from 29 July to 5 August 2018. Guiding threads for the session are the conceptual triad of concepts, contexts, and critique. Feminist philosopher Andrea Nye once rightly noted: “thinking necessarily uses concepts with roots in the past” (2004: ix). This simple observation highlights the first two aspects, namely the connection between thinking and language and the importance of taking into consideration the historical context of both the production and the reception of thinking. Critique, finally, refers to feminist scholarship as a transformative practice aimed at change and emancipation. In bringing these notions together we want to create a space for dialogues on feminist practices of reading. Following a feminist tradition we consider reading a political act with close connections to feminist activism. What does it mean to read as a feminist today? Although the network is based primarily in the disciplines of philosophy and the history of ideas, we welcome contributions and participants from a wide range of disciplines, for example literature, art, gender studies, sociology and political science. We encourage both empirical studies of individual thinkers, concepts, or close readings of texts as well as more theoretically oriented efforts.