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/

 Speakers: Carol J. Adams, Dallas US; Lisa Herzog, Groningen NL; Kateryna Karpenko, Odessa UA; Heisook Kim, Seoul KR; Yuko Murakami, Tokyo JP; Caterina Pello, Cambridge UK; Gabrielle Secco, Rio de Janero BRA; Xiao Wei, Beijing CH.

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 philosophy of 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.

Moreover, IAPh 2020 also invites submissions for the following workshops:

  1. Workshop in German: “Die IAPh – Ihre Anfänge” The aim of this workshop is to review the history of IAPh: what did it achieve, and how can we tackle with the remaining obstacles women philosophers still face today?
  2. 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”.

3. Philosophy of Economics:

a. Micro/Macro Economics

b. Feminist Economics

c. Housekeeping, Mothering, Nurturing & Caregiving

d. History of Feminist Philosophy of Economics

4.Environmental Philosophy

a. Food Ethics

b. Animal Ethics

c. Climate Ethics/Economics

d. Ecofeminism

5. 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

6. 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

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 max. 500 words plus a title page with author details, the designated section to which you submit your abstract (e.g., section 3 b) and 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, including a separate title page with author details and the designated section you are submitting the paper to (e.g., section 2.e.,) as well as a 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: Febuary 29, 2020 (earlier submissions will get a feedback within 6 weeks)
  • Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2020
  • Membership in IAPh required for consideration of papers.
  • Conference fee:
    • IAPh members 65€
    • non-members 100€


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