Symposium Diversifying Philosophy. Recent Trends in Feminist Thought

VU-Amsterdam_thumbnailThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) invite you to attend the symposium “Diversifying Philosophy. Recent Trends in Feminist Thought” on September 11 & 12

Organizing university

Vrije Universiteit


11 & 12 September


Hoofdgebouw Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, zaal: 2E-33

Type of activity


Primary target group

Open to all

About the topic

In the last decades, feminist philosophies have made a fruitful contribution to the international arena of philosophy with new insights and new approaches. Bringing together international scholars and young researchers in feminist theory, the conference explores the impact of feminist theory in philosophy and shows the diversity of its perspectives, from phenomenology, political theory to new feminist materialism.


Friday September 11
10.00 Opening dr. Annemie Halsema (VU-University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
10.30- 11.30 prof. dr. Tuija Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki, Finland): “Turn or no Turn? Rosi Braidotti and Ontology”
11.30-11.45 coffee/tea
11.45-12.45 dr. Karen Green (University of Melbourne, Australia): “Reassessing the impact of the ‘Republican Virago’”
12.30-14.00 lunch
14.00-15.00 prof. dr. Christina Schües (University Lübeck/Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany) “Responding to injustice. Feminist phenomenology and politics”
15.00-16.00 Azille Coetzee, Ma: “Complementarity and Sexual Difference: Nkiru Nzegwu in dialogue with Luce Irigaray”
16.00-16.15 coffee/tea
16.15 board meeting IAPh

Saturday September 12
10.00- 11.00 prof. dr. Stella Villarmea (University Alcalá de Henares, Spain): “Either she does not think or else she thinks with the uterus: Reflections on Giacomo Casanova and Obstetrics”
11.00-12.00 prof. dr. Federica Giardini (University of Roma Tre, Italy): “On political economy. Feminist perspectives”
12.00-13.00 Nathanja van den Heuvel, Ma. (Leiden University, The Netherlands) “The (Dis)obedient Female Body in Elite Sports: Debt, Injuries and Resistance”
13.00-14.00 lunch
14.00-15.00 dr. Karen Vintges (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands): “Misunderstanding in Paris. Rereading The Second Sex in World Perspective”
15.00-16.00 dr. Susanne Lettow (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany): “Encounters With the Nonhuman. Critical Reflections on New Materialism and ‘Naturphilosophie'”
16.00-16.15 coffee/tea
16.15-17.15 dr. Annemie Halsema (VU-University Amsterdam, The Netherlands): “Antigone’s Act. Politicizing Love and Kinship”
17.15 drinks



How to apply / register

Please register here


The symposium is organised as a collaboration between the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and The International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh).

The IAPh is a professional association that provides a forum for discussion, interaction and cooperation among women engaged in teaching and research in all aspects of philosophy, with a particular emphasis on feminist philosophy. The association was founded in 1980 in Germany and has grown into an active international organisation with members from all over the world. The IAPh organises international conferences every two years. The upcoming 16th Symposium of IAPh: “Women and Philosophy: History, Values, Knowledge”, will be will be held at Monash University, Melbourne (Australia), 7-10 July, 2016. More information on the 16th IAPh Symposium: