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Power, Pedagogy, and Philosophy's 'Woman Problem'

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

People in Support of Women in Philosophy is hosting its 9th Annual colloquium at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

This three-day event features keynote speakers Sara Heinämaa (University of Helsinki) and NSSR alumna Fanny Söderbäck (Siena College). Learn more about the conference here.

Please note the different locations. This is a three day event.


Thursday, May 8
Wolff Conference Room
6 E. 16th Street, Room 1103

 6:00-8:00 p.m.
PSWIP Alumni Speaker Keynote

Fanny Söderbäck (Siena College)
“Surrogacy Then and Now: Competing Feminist Narratives”

 A reception will follow from 8:00-8:30 p.m. __________________________

 Friday May 9
Wollman Hall
Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street
Room B500

 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
State of the Union
Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY Graduate Center)
Sally Scholz (Villanova)
Kathryn Gines (Penn State) 
Moderator: Juniper Alcorn (New School)

12:15-2:15 PM
Fight or Flight
Emanuela Bianchi (NYU)
Jamieson Webster (Eugene Lang)
Lindsay Beyerstein (Investigative Journalist)
Moderator: Daniella Polyak (New School)

  3:15-5:15 p.m.
Women’s Exclusion from the Canon 
Jessica Gordon-Roth (CUNY Lehman)
Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton)
Gina Luria Walker (New School)
Moderator: Amie Zimmer (New School)

 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Power and Feminism
Chiara Bottici (New School)
Johanna Oksala (New School, Helsinki)
Sarah Hoagland (Northeastern Illinois)
Moderator: Jenna Goodman (New School)

 Saturday, May 10
Wolff Conference Room
6 E. 16th Street, Room 1103

 9:00-12:45 a.m.
Workshops hosted by CUNY and NYSWIP

 Publish and/or Perish:
Serene Khader (SUNY-Stony Brook)
Barbara Montero (SUNY-Stony Brook)
Jennifer Ulemann (SUNY Purchase College)

Survival Strategies:
Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY Graduate Center)
Amy Baehr (Hofstra University)
Maria Brincker (UMass-Boston)
Megan Craig (SUNY-Stony Brook)

New Feminist Interventions
2:00-5:45 p.m.

2:00-3:45 p.m.
Re-Reading Women Philosophers
Desirae Embree (Texas A&M)
“The Necessity and Impossibility of Being a Woman”
Salla Peltonen (Abo Akademi University Finland, Duke)
and Sara Nyman (Abo Akademi)
“Reading Valerie Solanas”
Moderator: Theodra Bane (New School)

 4:00-5:45 p.m.
Pedagogical Issues
Lauren Freeman (Louisville)
Creating Safe Spaces: Strategies for Confronting the Negative Effect of Implicit & Explicit Bias & Stereotype Threat on Women in Philosophy Classrooms”
Hilkje Haenel (Humboldt Berlin)
“The Woman Problem in Philosophy: Ameliorative Projects as Political Projects”
Moderator: Sarah Clairmont (New School)

 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki)

Visit the Department of Philosophy blog to view last year's symposium video and download past journals. 

About PSWIP:
People in Support of Women in Philosophy (PSWIP) is a student-run publication support group comprised of both women and men within the graduate program of the Philosophy department. Our overall goal is the advancement of women and minorities in philosophy via professional development. PSWIP also publishes the Women in Philosophy Annual Journal of Papers. The journal features pieces that were originally workshopped in weekly PSWIP meetings, which are then rigorously prepared for our independent publication.


Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


General Public, Alumni


The New School for Social Research





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