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Feminism and Philosophy: rethinking Simone de Beauvoir 
18th-Feb-2009 06:50 pm
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Call for participation

International Conference

Feminism and Philosophy: rethinking Simone de Beauvoir

Centre for Gender Studies, European Humanities University Culture, Philosophy and Arts Research Institute June 18 - 19, 2009

Vilnius, Lithuania

For many countries the year 2008 was a year of widespread celebration of the Simone de Beauvoir centenary. Moreover, 2009 is the year of the 60th anniversary since the "Second Sex" has been published. Despite the fact that Simone de Beauvoir's philosophical, literary and biographical works are well known in the West, it should be admitted that her texts are almost unknown to the broad audience in the Post Soviet countries. It is concerned with the lack of serious study on her intellectual contribution to contemporary philosophy and gender studies, as well as with understanding and recognition of the significance of ideas of the most famous feminist of the XX century. The translation of Beauvoir's key works into the national languages of the Post Soviet countries is still an issue; that is why we cannot consider the context for discussions on the impacts of the "Second Sex" a satisfactory one.

However, we would like to use this occasion to discuss the whole range of other issues related to the Beauvoir's heritage. These issues, first of all, are about the incorporation and development of feminist ideas into the domain of contemporary philosophy, which remains in many senses a patriarchal realm of power-knowledge production. One could speak of the systematic marginalisation of the ideas and conceptual approaches of such feminist philosophers as Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Rosi Braidotti, Sarah Kofman, Luce Irigaray, Sandra Harding, Elizabeth Grosz, and etc. by traditionalist philosophical milieu. Why are all these authors still absent in the philosophical curriculum despite their significant contribution to the development of modern philosophy? Why do many philosophers treat the feminist approach to the epistemology and specificity of a cognizing subject as something exotic and less worth to be familiar with? Why do the public and philosophical discussions on biotechnologies lack gender scholars' participation? In order to be able to write another history of philosophy, one must re-construct the genealogy of feminist philosophy starting with - at least - the Renaissance female authors.

These are the following topical areas we suggest for the discussion at the course of the conference: * Becoming Woman: feminist scholars' contribution to contemporary philosophy * Personal and Political in the philosophy of existentialism * Translating Simone de Beauvoir * Reading Simone de Beauvoir: the reception of the Simone de Beauvoir's ideas in the Eastern Europe * Metaphysics and the everyday life: on the transcendental and transient in philosophy * Autobiographical Self in the intellectual history of feminism * Feminism and political philosophy today * Feminist epistemology * Gender(ed) preferences in philosophical writing genres: philosophy or/and literature? * From Louise Labé and Tullia d'Aragona to Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray: feminist interpretation of "love" * The philosophy of childhood: becoming adult and shaping gender and intellectual identity in philosophical scholarship * Sexual differences and embodied experience as objects for philosophical analysis * Philosophical institutions: feminism as a challenge?

Working languages for the conference are the regional lingua franca - Lithuanian, Russian and English (the translations from Russian and Lithuanian into English shall be provided during the presentation).

Proposals for individual papers can be sent to gender@ehu.lt. Please include your contact information, brief CV and paper description of up to 300 words in one Word document and use your name in the title of your document. The deadline is April 25, 2009; acceptance notification by May 10, 2009.

The conference committee: Almira Ousmanova (Centre for Gender Studies, EHU), Audrone Zukauskaite (Culture, Philosophy and Arts Research Institute), Evgenia Ivanova (Coordinator of the Centre for Gender Studies, EHU)

We plan to come up with a publication of the conference materials (revised for the publication and extended to the full-length texts).

21st-Feb-2009 10:58 am (UTC) - World Lingua Franca
I think we need an international lingua franca as well.

I notice that Barack Obama wants everyone to learn another language, but which one should it be? The British learn French, the Australians study Japanese, and the Americans prefer Spanish. Yet this leaves both Mandarin Chinese and Arabic out of the equation.

Why not decide on a neutral non-national language, taught worldwide, in all nations?

An interesting video can be seen at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670. A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

21st-Feb-2009 01:38 pm (UTC) - Re: Esperanto
the idea is not new

imho: after Latin died nothing but national language, de facto it is English
22nd-Feb-2009 12:08 pm (UTC) - Re: Esperanto
No, English is not as widespread as people imagine. I know. I have been lost in Bulgaria and in rural France. If you restrict contributions on philosophy or any other topic to speakers of English, then you're shutting out some potentially useful.

I'd like to echo the plea for wider use of Esperanto. The ideab is not new, but remains valid.
22nd-Feb-2009 03:53 pm (UTC) - Re: lost in Bulgaria and in rural France
they likely had heard about English, but not Esperanto ;)
3rd-Jun-2011 05:33 am (UTC) - deadline is April 25, 2009
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