Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize
The Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize was created in honor of the 400th birthday of Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680).

Since 2018, this prize is sponsored by Professor Dr. Ulrike Detmers and awarded in cooperation with Professor Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, the director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. “The Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists is pleased and proud to join with Professor Detmers in awarding a prize that explicitly honors scholars whose work best acknowledges the contributions of women philosophers in history,” says Professor Dr. Ruth Hagengruber.

The Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize is intended to acknowledge an internationally known scholar whose work best preserves the memory of women in philosophy. “The awareness that women have contributed to the  philosophical tradition is not very common. But it is important to celebrate our knowledge that women of past centuries were active philosophers who raised their voices and have been heard in former times,” explains Professor Ruth Hagengruber.

The prize is awarded to an outstanding contemporary philosopher in memory of Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680). She was the eldest daughter of Prince Friedrich V. of the Palatinate and his wife Elisabeth Stuart, a granddaughter of Maria Stuart. In her time Elisabeth of Bohemia was also a well-known European intellectual and pupil of Descartes. “I have been fighting for many years to ensure that women get the place in society that they deserve,” says Professor Ulrike Detmers. “It is important to raise awareness about women in the history of philosophy and thereby to revitalize the relevance of the philosophical discipline.”

  • Elisabeth of Bohemia (Brochure)

    Take a closer look at the Elisabeth of Bohemia prize, which is awarded by the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. The brochure contains information about the Prize, the former laureates, the donor Ulrike Detmers and information about Elisabeth of Bohemia.

    Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize Brochure 2020

    Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize Brochure 2018

  • 2021: Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize

    In 2021, the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize was awarded on July 18, 2021 at the XXVIII. World Congress of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh). Due to the delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the award committee has decided that this year’s prize should be divided in two parts. To match the theme “Defining the Future, Rethinking the Past” with which the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists has shaped the conference:

    In a symbolical act that goes back in time, the foremothers of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPH), first founded in 1976 , were acknowledged. The occasion was commemorated with a keynote on the early days of the IAPh by Herta Nagl-Dozekal and a workshop by Gabriele Gutzmann, one of the founding members of the IAPh.

    The financial acknowledgement goes to the future and is awarded to Mitieli Seixas da Silva, Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, and member of the research group “Rede Brasileira de Mulheres Filósofas” on the history of women philosophers. The financial award of the Elisabeth of Bohemia prize is dedicated to acknowledge Professor da Silva’s endeavor to consolidate research on the history of women philosophers in Brazil.

    Mitieli Seixas da Silva is a promising junior researcher with outstanding experience and who, in the opinion of the committee, deserves this award. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul with a doctoral dissertation on Kant’s theoretical philosophy, advised by Professor Silvia Altmann (UFRGS) and partially by Professor Hannah Ginsbourg (University of California -Berkeley). She also received a scholarship for the collaborative project Erasmus Master Mundus–Europhilosophie, during which she researched at the Université Catholique de Louvain, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and at the Université du Luxembourg.

    Next to interests in Modern Philosophy and didactics, Mitieli Seixas da Silva is dedicated to revisiting the canon of modern history of philosophy through the work of modern women philosophers and has rendered outstanding services, especially with her project on “Émilie du Châtelet between Experience and Reason in the 18th Century: Studies in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, Theories of Knowledge, and the History of Women Philosophers”.

    Award Committee 2021:

    Donor: Ulrike Detmers (Bielefeld University)

    • Ruth Hagengruber, Director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University, Germany
    • Mary Ellen Waithe, Cleveland State University, USA
    • Gianenrico Paganini, Piemont University, Italy
  • 2019: Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize
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    Prof. Sarah Hutton (University of York) holding the honorary speech Photo: Ricarda Michels, Paderborn University

    This year’s laureate of the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize, donated by Ulrike Detmers, is Prof. em. Mary Ellen Waithe (Cleveland State University, Ohio). She was awarded with the prize during the Closing Ceremony of the Libori Summer School 2019.

    Prof. em. Mary Ellen Waithe (Cleveland State University)

    Mary Ellen Waithe is the author of the ground-breaking book series “A History of Women Philosophers”, published from 1987 to 1995, from ancient to contemporary women philosophers. With this work, she was the first to publish a book dedicated solely to women philosophers and a pioneer in the field of study on women philosophers. Her dedication motivated many others to join her cause and the project provided a much-needed impulse to further the recognition of women philosophers. The series presents an unparalleled contribution to the research on women in the history of philosophy and is extremely relevant to this day. The Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, under the direction of Prof. Ruth Hagengruber, is proud to honor such an important effort to restore women’s contributions to the history of philosophy.

    The Call for Papers for the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize 2019 can be found here.

     

     

    Award Committee 2019:

    Donor: Ulrike Detmers (Bielefeld University)

    • Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University)
    • Sarah Hutton (University of York)
    • Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (University of Copenhagen)
    • Herta Nagl-Docekal (University of Vienna)

  • 2018: Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize

    2018, prize ceremony in Herford’s town hall.

    The winner, Professor Lisa Shapiro (Simon Frazer University, Canada), was announced on May 19, 2018, during the conference ‘Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680): Life and Legacy’ celebrating the fourth centenary of her birth.  The conference was sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie, the DFG Arbeitsgruppe, ‘Frauen in der Geschichte der Philosophie’ and the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University.

    “I am very honored to receive the first Ulrike Detmers Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize, recognizing my efforts in making accessible and in understanding the philosophical views of Princess Elisabeth.

    Professor Lisa Shapiro (Simon Frazer University, Canada) accepting the prize.

    The Ulrike Detmers Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize demonstrates a similar vision for recognizing the work being done to raise awareness about women in the history of philosophy and thereby to revitalize the discipline. We are at an important moment right now, with work being done by so many people, including the important work of Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber and the Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at Paderborn University, to rehabilitate the work of women philosophers throughout our history.

    Thank you, Professor Detmers, for creating this award and to the awards committee for this great honour.”

    – Lisa Shapiro

     

     

     

    Award Committee 2018:

    Donor: Ulrike Detmers (Bielefeld University)

    • Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, Director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University, Germany
    • Prof. Dr. Sarah Hutton, Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York, UK
    • Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler, Professor of Philosophy, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
    • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers, Donor, Gütersloh, Germany

     

    Prof. Dr. Sarah Hutton (University of York), member of the award committee, interviews Prof. Dr. Lisa Shapiro (Simon Frazer University Canada), the winner of the first Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize 2018.

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