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Villanova University and Hypatia to host Joint Conference on Feminist Philosophy May 28-30

Top international academic journal of feminist philosophy is currently housed at Villanova

Hypatia 2015

Villanova, Pa. — “Exploring Collaborative Contestations and Diversifying Philosophies,” a joint conference of the academic journal Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and the APA Committee on the Status of Women (APA/CSW), will take place May 28-30, 2015 at the Villanova Conference Center.  

The joint conference, which  features speakers from around the world, seeks to bring more attention and support to female and other underrepresented  groups in the academic field of Philosophy  and will offer feminist philosophers a place to present and discuss their work.    

Hypatia is the leading international academic journal for the publication of diverse perspectives in feminist philosophy.  It is currently housed in Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library and edited by Sally Scholz, PhD, professor of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The journal prides itself on providing readers with cutting-edge scholarship, and its impact is felt well beyond the field of philosophy. 

“We are delighted to bring together so many scholars from around the world.  I hope that this conference reveals a bit of the truly groundbreaking work being done in feminist philosophy, race theory, disability studies and related fields,” says Dr. Scholz, who will become chair of Villanova University’s Department of Philosophy on July 1, 2015. “Feminist philosophy is so varied and rich. I think the program reveals how feminist philosophy challenges and transforms traditional philosophy. “

She adds, “The scholars gathering next week are among the leading voices shaping how we think and what counts as philosophy. They will offer their insights on issues that touch on everything from problems in the profession of philosophy itself to global women’s human rights.”

According to Dr. Scholz, the conference looks to create a space for diverse perspectives, difficult conversations and marginalized voices, as well as to address the underrepresentation of women and other groups in Philosophy. Some topics of discussion include: Philosophical figures; existentialism, subjectivity, and the body; sexual violence; and majoring in Philosophy. Participants are invited to focus on hurdles and best practices associated with the inclusion of underrepresented groups in the field.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Anita Allen, JD, PhD: professor of Law and professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Charles Mills, PhD: John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University

Hypatia will be housed at Villanova University for five years. Dr. Scholz teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Villanova, including Philosophy of Women, Global Feminisms, Social and Political Philosophy, and Ethics of War. Her research is based in social and political philosophy and feminist theory. Conference participants are invited and encouraged to stay for an extra day for the CSW Site Visit Training Program. More information on the Conference can be found by visiting the Conference website here

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