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Society for Women in Philosophy

Date:18 November 2011 to
19 November 2011
Location:Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE

Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) Conference
Feminist Epistemology and Philosophical Traditions

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University is hosting the 2011 Society for Women in Philosophy Conference, with support from the Institute of Philosophy (SAS, London).

Society for Women in Philosophy

The aim of this conference is to reflect critically on the relation of feminist epistemology to the various philosophical traditions that generated it and those that have nourished it intellectually and challenged it in the past three decades. These traditions include those of epistemology itself (of course), but also more generally the analytical philosophical traditions, the continental philosophical traditions, feminist philosophical traditions, and other philosophically inflected theoretical traditions, for example psychoanalytical theory.

The plenary speakers – each differently located in relation to various philosophical traditions – have been invited to speak on specific topics related to their own research and collectively to address some of the following questions, amongst others:

  • What, currently, is the relation between feminist epistemology and the more mainstream traditions of epistemology?
  • What influence has feminist epistemology had on the more mainstream traditions of epistemology, if any?
  • Is there any unity to ‘feminist epistemology’ across its relation to different philosophical traditions (for example the analytical and the continental traditions)?
  • How have other theoretical traditions influenced and challenged feminist epistemology?
  • What is the significance of the mainly Anglo-American constitution of the field of feminist epistemology?
  • What, if anything, remains distinctive about 'feminist epistemology'? That is, when is 'feminist epistemology' simply 'epistemology'?

Plenary session speakers

  • Alessandra Tanesini (University of Cardiff)
    ‘From Margin to Centre: Feminist Epistemology as Socially Responsible Epistemology'
    Respondent: Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)
  • Kirsten Campbell (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    ‘Feminist Epistemology and Psychoanalytic Theory’
    Respondent: Stella Sandford (Kingston University)
  • Gillian Howie (University of Liverpool)
    ‘Is There a “Continental “Feminist Epistemology?”’
    Respondent:: Alison Stone (University of Lancaster)
  • Miranda Fricker (Birkbeck College, University of London)
    Feminist Epistemology as Social Epistemology’
    Respondent: Stella Gonzalez Arnal (University of Hull)

Parallel session speakers

  • Tracy Bowell, University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Aaron Creller, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Annaleigh Curtis, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • Barrett Emerick, St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA
  • Dieuwertje Dyi Huijg, University of Manchester
  • Roxanna Lynch, Swansea University, Wales
  • Sarah Mattice, University of North Florida, USA
  • Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Mariana Szapuová, Comenius Univesity, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Sorana Vieru, University of Bristol, UK


Download the conference programme (PDF file)


The conference is open to everyone. SWIP members are entitled to a reduced fee. The fees include refreshments, wine reception on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday.

18 and 19th November (2 days)
Waged: £60.00
Waged SWIP members: £50.00
Unwaged and students: £15.00

One day only
Waged: £50.00
Waged SWIP members: £40.00
Unwaged and students: £10.00

Conference dinner (18th November): £22.50


The conference will take place at Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus, located midway between Kingston and Surbiton stations (South West trains), so central London is only a 20-30 minute train ride away.

Kingston is accessible from all the London airports and is very well served by an extensive bus network with connections into Surrey and South West London, and the district and circle lines on the tube can be reached via a short (8-12 minute) train journey to Wimbledon.

For more information about how to get to Kingston University and accommodation options please visit the information for visitors page.

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