Since its foundation in 2016, the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists organizes Summer Schools every year. Scholars and students present and exchange their research on women philosophers in order to fill the gaps in the history of philosophy by incorporating the work of women philosophers in the philosophical canon. This year’s summer school focuses on “Teaching of Women Philosophers.” Given its growing internationality, Libori Summer School will for the first time run two sections in English and in German.
Einzigartig in Europa: das Center HWPS
Platon, Kant, Descartes – ist Philosophie eine Männerdomäne? Nein! Die Geschichte der Philosophinnen währt ebenso lange wie die Geschichte der Philosophie. Was wäre Platon ohne Aspasia, Descartes ohne Teresa of Ávila, Kant ohne Émilie Du Châtelet? Erst seit etwa 30 Jahren erfahren diese Frauen mehr Aufmerksamkeit. Zum ersten Mal in Europa widmet sich seit 2016 ein eigenes Forschungscenter der Geschichte von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Philosophinnen: das Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, kurz HWPS. Im beschaulichen Paderborn wird hier philosophische Forschung abseits vom Mainstream betrieben, um Lücken in der Philosophiegeschichte zu schließen.
Unique in Europe: the Center HWPS
Plato, Kant, Descartes – is philosophy a male domain? No! The history of philosophers lasts as long as the history of philosophy. What would Plato be without Aspasia, Descartes without Teresa of Ávila, Kant without Émilie Du Châtelet? Only for about 30 years, these women have received more attention. For the first time in Europe, a specialised research center has been dedicated to the history of women philosophers and scientists in 2016: the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, HWPS in short. In Paderborn, a tranquil town in north-western Germany, philosophical research beyond the mainstream is being pursued to fill gaps in the history of philosophy.
Libori Summer School 2019
Philosophinnen in den Unterricht! Warum? Um die recht frauenlose Philosophiegeschichte nachhaltig zu verändern, soll das neue Wissen um Philosophinnen direkt in die Lehre eingebunden und an zukünftige Generationen weitergegeben werden. Die diesjährige Libori Summer School des Centers for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, kurz HWPS, widmet sich dazu ganz der praktischen Umsetzung von Philosophinnenforschung. Es handelt sich bei der Libori Summer School 2019 um die dritte der jährlich stattfindenden Summer Schools, zu denen Gäste aus aller Welt anreisen. Das Center HWPS ermöglicht so einen internationalen Austausch über Philosophinnen und gibt zudem Nachwuchswissenschaftlern und -wissenschaftlerinnen eine Plattform, um ihre Ergebnisse zu präsentieren. Aufgrund der steigenden Nachfrage werden erstmals zwei Sektionen während der Libori Summer School 2019 angeboten: je auf englischer sowie deutscher Sprache.
Die Summer School findet während des traditionellen Liborifestes in Paderborn statt. Hier wird die 836 stattgefundene Reliquientranslation des hl. Liborius von Les Mans in Frankreich nach Paderborn nachgestellt. Neben dem historischen Flair bietet das 9-tägige Liborifest ein kulturelles Programm und buntes Kirmestreiben, an dem die Gäste der Summer School in ihrer Freizeit teilnehmen können.
Libori Summer School 2019
Women philosophers into the classroom! Why? In order to permanently change the lack of women philosophers in the history of philosophy, the new knowledge of these shall be integrated directly into teaching and passed on to future generations. This year’s Libori Summer School of the Center HWPS is dedicated to the practical implementation of research on women philosophers. The Libori Summer School 2019 is the third of the annual summer schools with guests from all over the world. The Center HWPS thus facilitates an international exchange on female philosophers and also provides young scholars with a platform to present their results. Due to the increasing demand, two sections will be offered for the first time during the Libori Summer School 2019: one in English and one in German language.
The Summer School takes place during the traditional Libori Festival in Paderborn. Here, the translation of relics of St. Liborius from Les Mans in France to Paderborn from 836 will be re-enacted. In addition to the historic flair, the Libori Festival offers nine days of cultural program and colorful fairgrounds, where guests of the Summer School can participate in their free time.
July 29 – August 2, 2019
Director of the Center: Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber
Sarah Hutton (University of York, UK): “The History of Women Philosophers and Teaching Experiences with Anne Conway”
Sarah Hutton is a Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York. She was Visiting Professor at Paderborn University in October 2014, offering a master class on Anne Conway, and in January 2018 at the Center. She was also a co-organizer of the Elisabeth of Bohemia – Life and Legacy conference and award committee member of the first Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize.
Her research focuses on the history of early modern philosophy, especially seventeenth-century British philosophy, with special interest in women philosophers. Sarah Hutton has written several books, articles and collection on the area of interest including the intellectual biography “Anne Conway: a Woman Philosopher” (2004). She is also a contributor to the ECC.
At the Libori Summer School, she will talk about “The History of Women Philosophers and Teaching Experiences with Anne Conway”. Sarah Hutton is also on the award committee of the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize 2019 that will be awarded during the Libori Summer School.
Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (University of Copenhagen, Germany/Denmark): Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680): Metaphysics, Ethics, and Politics
Sabrina Ebbersmeyer is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research areas are the history of Renaissance and Early Modern philosophy. She is a founder of the History of Philosophy Research Group and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Media, Cognition and Communication. Since 2013, Sabrina Ebbersmeyer is vice-present of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy, and since 2017 she is a member of the board of the Netværk for kvinder I filosofi. Sabrina Ebbersmeyer was also a co-organizer of the Elisabeth of Bohemia – Life and Legacy conference and award committee member of the first Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford Prize.
At the Libori Summer School, she will talk about “Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680): Metaphysics, Ethics, and Politics”. She has already published several articles on Elisabeth of Bohemia and is a leading expert in the field. Sabrina Ebbersmeyer is also on the award committee of the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize 2019 that will be awarded during the Libori Summer School and will moderate a panel discussion on Wednesday evening.
Antonio Calcagno (King’s University College, London (Ontario), CA): “Engaging and Teaching the Philosophy of Edith Stein”
Antonio Calcagno is professor for philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at King’s University College, Canada. His research interests are Renaissance philosophy, contemporary European philosophy and social and political thought. Antonio Calcagno works on questions of community and intersubjectivity, statehood, interiority, consciousness, humanism and post-humanism. He is the co-founder of the Centre for Advanced Research of European Philosophy (CAREP). CAREP brings philosophy in Canada into dialogue with various European schools and traditions.
Moreover, Antonio Calcagno is the author of “Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion”, the second volume of our book series on Women in the History of Philosophy and Science. The book explores the philosophical writings of the German phenomenologist Gerda Walther. Antonio Calcagno is also a contributor to the ECC with various articles on Edith Stein. At the Libori Summer School he will lecture on “Engaging and Teaching the Philosophy of Edith Stein” on Friday morning.
Ronny Miron (Bar-Ilan University, Israel): From Phenomenology to Metaphysics: Hedwig Conrad Martius’s idea of Philosophy
Ronny Miron is professor for Interdisciplinary Studies, Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her research interests are Post-Kantian European philosophy, Phenomenology, Existentialism, German Idealism, Hermeneutics, History of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish thought. She earned her PhD in philosophy with a dissertation on “From Selfhood to Transcendence : The development of Metaphysical Consciousness in Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy (1910-1947). Ronny Miron is an affiliated professor and advisor for the Center in the research area Women in Early Phenomenology. She is a specialist on the philosophy of Hedwig Conrad-Martius. Ronny Miron already lectured at the last Libori Summer School, and this year she will talk about “From Phenomenology to Metaphysics: Hedwig Conrad Martius’s idea of Philosophy”.
Luka Boršić and Ivana Skuhala Karasman both teach at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb (Croatia). Together, they published books and articles on Croatian Women Philosophers, Philosophy of the Renaissance, and most recently. Philosophy as Teamwork. They also organized an exhibition on Helene von Druskowitz in 2016.
Luka Boršić is also a lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Zagreb Campus. Ivana Skuhala Karasman is an executive editor of the journal Contributions to the Research Into the Croatian Philosophical Heritage.. Her areas of interest include renaissance philosophy, Croatian philosophy, philosophy of gender and problem of free will and she translates texts by Helene von Druskowitz.
Together, Luka Boršić & Ivana Skuhala Karasman will lecture on “Is Radical Feminism a Problem? The Case of Helene Druskowitz” at the Libori Summer School 2019.
Yuko Murakami: „Women in Philosophy in Japan“
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c Dieter Birnbacher is a philosophy professor at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and a leading expert on ethics and practical philosophy in Germany. Moreover, he was one of the initiators for establishing Practical Philosophy/Ethics in the curriculum for schools in North Rhine-Westfalia.
As part of the German section of the Summer School, we will organize a panel discussion on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Dieter Birnbacher (Düsseldorf University), Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University), Sarah Hutton (University of York, UK), and Maria Nühlen (Merseburg University of Applied Sciences) will discuss with the audience in what way women philosophers can and should be part of the syllabus. Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (University Copenhagen) will chair the debate. The event begins at 6 p.m. in L 1 202 and is open to all interested parties; registration also closes on July 14, 2019.
Maria Nühlen (University of Applied Sciences Merseburg, Germany): „Philosophinnen lehren: Philosophinnen der Antike“
Maria Nühlen is a professor at the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She studied Philosophy, Pedagogics and Sociology. Her research areas are the history of philosophy, social and political philosophy and ethics as well as cultural philosophy and philosophy of media. One of her main projects is the recognition of the works of Ancient Greek women philosophers and their works. Maria Nühlen has written numerous articles in an encyclopedia of women philosophers on Ancient Greek philosophers like Agallis of Kerkyra, Aglaonike, Aesara of Lucania und Amphikleia. At the Libori Summer School she will talk about “Teaching Philosophers: Ancient Women Philosophers” (in German) and participate in the panel discussion on “Women Philosophers in the Canon”.
Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University, Germany): “Changing the Canon and the History of Philosophy”
Ruth Hagengruber is a professor and the Head of Philosophy at Paderborn University, Germany. She is the founder and director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. The Teaching and Research Area History of Women Philosophers has existed at Paderborn University since 2005 under the direction by Prof. Dr. Hagengruber. Its aim is to renew the long-lasting tradition of women philosophers. The Center offers unique opportunities to gain insight into the contributions of women philosophers to the history of ideas.
Ruth Hagengruber is co-editor of the book series Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences and numerous other works about women in philosophy. With Mary Ellen Waithe, she developed the Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosopher (ECC), the first online encyclopedia that exclusively contains entries on concepts from the work of female philosophers (https://historyofwomenphilosophers.org/ecc/).
As organizer of the third international Libori Summer School 2019, she will hold the opening lecture on “Changing the Canon and the History of Women Philosophers”. Ruth Hagengruber is also on the award committee of the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize 2019 that will be awarded during the Libori Summer School.
Newsletter of the Center HWPS:
In Cooperation with the Work Group/AG Frauen in der Geschichte der Philosophie
Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize 2019, awarded at the LiSuS 2019
Publicly shared photos and videos of previous Libori Summer Schools: