IAPh 2020: Defining the Future - Rethinking the Past

The XVIIIth Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers

To be held at Paderborn University, Germany, July 19-22, 2020.


For more than 40 years, the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) has been a decisive organisation in encouraging and promoting women’s research in philosophy and its history. Founded in Germany in the 1970s, it is now a global network for all women who work in philosophy. Given its strong tradition, IAPh covers all philosophical disciplines, feminist philosophy as well as the history of women philosophers.

After 2016 (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) and 2018 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China), the Center for the “History of Women Philosophers and Scientists” at Paderborn University, Germany will host the 18th symposium of the IAPh under the topic “Defining the Future – Rethinking the Past” from July 19 to 22, 2020.

The slogan of our 2019 conference encourages special contributions in the fields of philosophy of economics and technology to visualize the ideas women philosophers develop to shape and advance the challenging questions of the future.

The IAPh symposium in Paderborn will focus on the philosophy of economics, ecology and technology, as well as the history of philosophy.

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber / Dr. Janelle Pötzsch / Jessica Harmening
In case of questions please contact: janelle.poetzsch@upb.de

Program Committee:

Waltraut Ernst, University Linz https://www.jku.at/institut-fuer-frauen-und-geschlechterforschung/ueber-uns/team/ernst/

Elke Holst, Berlin https://diw-econ.de/unser-team/elke-holst/

Herta Nagl-Docekal, University of Vienna https://homepage.univie.ac.at/herta.nagl/

Clara Mavellia, Berlin https://www.cultural-entrepreneurship-institute.de/leitung/

Jutta Weber, Paderborn University https://kw.uni-paderborn.de/institut-fuer-medienwissenschaften/mediensoziologie/

 The IAPh Board 2018-2020: Chris Sanchez, Madrid ES; Mary Ellen Waithe, Cleveland/Washington US; Xiao Wei, Beijing CH; Karen Green, Melbourne AUS; Heisook Kim, Seoul KR; Christina Schües, Lübeck GER; Cintia Martinez Velasco, Mexico City MX; Martina Reuter, Jyväskylä FN; Ruth Hagengruber, Paderborn GER.


Call for Papers 

Focal themes of IAPh 2020 will be economy, technology, ecology, and the history of philosophy.

We also welcome submissions within the following philosophical sub-disciplines: Analytical Philosophy, Philosophy of mind, Ontology, Metaphysics, Phenomenology, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Value Theory, Ethics and Aesthetics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion.

1. Philosophy of Economics:

a. Micro/Macro Economics

b. Feminist Economics

c. Housekeeping, Mothering, Nurturing & Caregiving

d. History of Feminist Philosophy of Economics

2.Environmental Philosophy

a. Food Ethics

b. Animal Ethics

c. Climate Ethics/Economics

d. Ecofeminism

3. Philosophy of Technology

a. Algorithms and Digitization

b. Surveillance and Responsibility

c. Social Engineering, Genetic modification and Disabled persons

d. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

e. New Work/Future Directions

f. Feminist Philosophy of Technology

g. History of Feminist Philosophy of Technology

4. History of Philosophy

a. Feminist Historiographic Methodology

b. History of Women Philosophers: Western & Non-Western Traditions

i. Antiquity

ii. Medieval

iii. Early Modern/18thCenturyiv.19/20thCentury

5. Workshop in German: “Die IAPh – Ihre Anfänge” for which we welcome submissions as well.

!NEW! 6. Workshop on “Women Philosophers’ Presentation in the Digital World” At IAPh2020, we want to increase and renew the digital presence of women philosophers by encouraging the development of projects which pursue the same aim. Besides, we intend to build a strong academic community in this field. We welcome presentations by all members of IAPh. This workshop will take place over the whole duration of IAPh 2020 as a special event of our project “Defining the future, rethinking the past”.

We also encourage applications for other workshops/round tables. If you would like to give a paper/workshop/round table at IAPh 2020, please submit an abstract of ca. 500 words per participant (plus a single title page with: paper title, author’s name and contact details, affiliation, section to which abstract is submitted (e.g., section 3 b, iv.) a short CV) to iaph2020@lists.uni-paderborn.de

Additionally, selected papers will be published in the Springer Book Series “Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences” (Ruth Hagengruber, Gianni Paganini and Mary Ellen Waithe, Editors-in-Chief). https://historyofwomenphilosophers.org/projects/individual_project/book-series-women-in-history-of-philosophy-and-sciences/

If you would like your paper to be considered in advance of the conference for publication, please submit an essay of up to 10,000 words (including notes) to: iaph2020@lists.uni-paderborn.de(include a separate, single page containing: title, author contact details, affiliation, conference section to which you are submitting the paper to (e.g., section 2.e.,) abstract and short CV). You do not have to submit an additional abstract for presentation at the conference.

  • Conference dates: July 19-22, 2020
  • Conference venue: Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany
  • Deadline for all submissions: December 1, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: by February 27, 2020
  • Membership in IAPh required for consideration of papers.
  • Conference fee: approx. 50 €


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