Call for Abstracts SWIP-Ireland Annual Conference and General Meeting 21st – 22nd November 2014

Call for Abstracts

Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland 
Annual Conference and General Meeting
21st – 22nd November 2014, Newman House, Dublin 2, Ireland

Conference Theme: Women’s Bodies

Recent decades have seen unprecedented scholarly interest in the body, particularly the gendered body. This interest has been fostered by critical work emanating from the fields of philosophy, sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, medical humanities, and politics. Traditional concepts such as sex and gender have also come under scrutiny outside of the academy, where feminists and LGBT activists have drawn attention to the conceptualisation of the body in social and political milieus. 

Given this widespread appeal of theorisations on the body, the Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland is organising a conference on the topic of Women’s Bodies. Papers might address, but are not limited to, the philosophical considerations arising from the following topics:

  • biological and social constructions of sexual difference.
  • essentialism regarding sex and  gender,
  • materiality of the body
  • embodiment
  • pornography
  • pregnancy, biotechnologies
  • the body and sexuality
  • sexual violence and harassment
  • the phenomenology of pregnancy, birth and parenthood
  • technologies and the gendered body
  • social movements, activism, and the gendered body
  • the gendered body in media and culture


The focus of the conference is primarily philosophical, however, interdisciplinary papers combining philosophy with, among others, sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, politics, and medical humanities are also welcome.

Professor Rae Langton (Cambridge) and Professor Gail Weiss (The George Washington University) are keynote speakers at the conference.  Papers relevant to their work are also very welcome.

Please submit abstracts of not more than 500 words by September 1, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Successful applicants will be contacted by 20th September.

This conference is supported by an award from the Irish Research Council.