Masterclass on Feminist Theory – Ethics in the Anthropocene

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), in cooperation with NOG, invites you to a two-day masterclass on Feminist Theory on June 13th and 14th, 2017. This masterclass will be held at Leiden University and Utrecht University.


Organizing university

Leiden University and Utrecht University


June 13-14, 2017


Utrecht University, Drift 25, room 1.02
Leiden University, Cleveringaplaats 1, Lipsius Building, Room 148

Type of activity

2-day master class

Primary target group

ReMa- and PhD students

Application/registration deadline

May 29th, 2017

About the topic

The masterclass is a high-level course aimed at advanced Research MA and PhD students whose research relates to themes such as ethics in the Anthropocene, (feminist) posthumanisms, Foucauldian feminisms, feminist (new) materialism, French feminism, queer theory, feminist epistemology and poststructuralist philosophy. The masterclass consists of a lecture by Prof. Lynne Huffer (Doing Gender Lecture Series at Utrecht University) and a research seminar at Leiden University, in which Research MA and PhD students will have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from Prof. Lynne Huffer and other participating faculty of NOG and OZSW. The aim of the masterclass is twofold: First, this course will provide insights into state of the art research in the broader field of feminist philosophy and gender studies, with specific focus on questions of ethics in the Anthropocene. Second, the masterclass will also contribute to the participants’ academic and professional development by giving OZSW ad NOG students the opportunity to engage with each other’s work.


Aim / objective

Doing Gender Lecture (open to all)

(open to all and free attendance, but compulsory to register via

Prof. Lynne Huffer’s lecture is part of the DOING GENDER Lecture Series which the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) organizes regularly at Utrecht University. This series of lectures stresses the importance of doing gender work combined with an active involvement in the practice of gender theory and research. The concept of ‘doing gender’ supports a hands-on approach to gender issues in the sense of social and political engagement with the new forms of gender inequalities that are taking shape in the world today. Prof. Huffer’s lecture is coorganized by the NOG and the OZSW (Research School of Philosophy)

Prof dr. Lynne Huffer: ‘Wanton Extinction: Queer Feminist Ethics in the Anthropocene’

This talk seeks to engage and unsettle some of the assumptions that undergird contemporary new materialisms and the ecological thinking to which much of that work is bound. Drawing on the method of Foucauldian genealogy, the paper asks about ethics in the context of the Anthropocene and contemporary discourses of mass extinction. If the Anthropocene is a problem of our time, how do we engage in ethics talk within a frame that paradoxically both recenters and exceeds the human? The paper argues that Foucault’s archival method offers a way to approach this question through a focus on earth archives as historical traces of other-than-human beings. Engaging specifically the long debated question of when the Anthropocene started, I offer a decolonial queer feminist perspective on these origin stories as bound to the epistemic and moral foundations of a modern Western anthropos that masks his own emergence through genocidal violence. The earth archive as ice core offers an alternative story to this usual humanist narrative. Drawing on the speech we might hear in the ice, I ultimately argue for a queer feminist mode of ethical questioning as a limit-attitude that temporarily suspends the modes of intelligibility of our present. In this way I hope to reopen the question of Anthropocene ethics as a simultaneously human and posthuman endeavor.

Research seminar

The research seminar will provide the participants with the opportunity to present on their research in 15 minutes, followed by a response by Prof. dr. Lynne Huffer and a general discussion. There will be room for 8 presentations. In the occasion the number of students presenting on their research exceeds the available time, students will be offered the opportunity to submit an essay. The essays will be evaluated by the coordinators of the masterclass.


Doing Gender Lecture (open to all)
Date: June 13, 2017
Time: 15:30- 17:00
Location: Utrecht university, Drift 25, room 1.02

Research seminar
Date: June 14, 2017
Time: 12:00- 1700 (lunch from 12:00- 1300)
Location: Leiden University, Cleveringaplaats 1, Lipsius Building, Room 148


Prof. dr. Lynne Huffer

Certificate / credit points

A certificate will be issued after completion of a study load of 2 ECTS


Participation is free for OZSW and NOG candidates, all others pay 50 euros, which includes lunch and drinks.

Check if you are a member of the OZSW here:

OZSW membership is free (but not automatic!) for PhD students and faculty members working at one of the 11 OZSW founding philosophy faculties/departments. Please note that students and other staff members should register for OZSW membership themselves. Only ReMa students have automatic membership by virtue of their studies.

How to apply / register

Both OZSW and NOG students and other interested parties register via the OZSW.

Participants willing to present on their research and receive feedback by prof. dr Lynne Huffer can submit an abstract of 300 words via the online registration form.

The selection of presenters will be made on a first come, first serve basis, provided that this will lead to equal representation of both OZSW and NOG students. In the occasion the number of students willing to present on their research exceeds the available time, students will be offered the opportunity to submit an essay.

Registration/application form


Kathrin Thiele (Utrecht University), dr. Annemie Halsema (VU Amsterdam) and Nathanja van den Heuvel (phd candidate Leiden University)

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