Women, Truth, Action

An International Conference in Philosophy
10–12 October 2013, University of Helsinki

Keynote speakers: Lilli Alanen (Sweden/Finland), Lisa Folkmarson Käll (Sweden), Lena Halldenius (Sweden), Sally Haslanger (USA), Alice Pugliese (Italy), Lanei Rodemeyer (USA) and Charlotte Witt (USA)

Abstracts in alphabetical order



Thursday 10 October: Meaning and Objectivity

Venue: The House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), hall 104.
Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki

9:30–9:45 Opening: Sara Heinämaa (SHC) and Virpi Lehtinen (NFY)
09:45–11:15 Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire): Essentialism and Intersectionality (presented by Sally Haslanger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30–12:05 Marion Godman (University of Helsinki): In What Sense, if any, is Gender Not a Natural Kind?
12:05–12:40 Maj Paanala (University of Jyväskylä): Ontological Realism and Transgender Phenomena
12:40–13:40 Lunch
13:40–14:15 Eyja Brynjarsdottir (University of Iceland; Bifröst University): Misogyny’s Object
14:15–14:50 Nora Hämäläinen (University of Helsinki): The Blind Spot of an Ethics of Vision? – Sabina Lovibond, Iris Murdoch and Feminism
14:50–15:25 Susanne Uusitalo (University of Turku): Agency, please! Conceptual Considerations on the Agency of Addicts
15:25–15:55 Coffee
15:55–17:10 Lilli Alanen (University of Uppsala, emer.): Persons and Passions in Baier’s Reading of Hume


Friday 11 October: Subject, Body, World

Venue: The House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), hall 104.

09:00–10:30 Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne University): Gendered Truth: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Sensory Foundations of Truth and the Implications of Gender
10:30–10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Alice Pugliese (University of Palermo): Who did this: Otherness in Action
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13.00–13.35 Sara Cohen Shabot (Haifa University): Towards a Phenomenology of Childbirth and Mothering: the Grotesque on Fleshing Out the Mothering Subject
13:35–14:10 Saara Hacklin (University of Helsinki): Alternative Bodies and Memories: The Implications of Merleau-Pontian Understanding of the Body in Contemporary Performance
14:10–14:30 Coffee
14:30–15:05 Marije Altorf (St. Mary’s University College): Thinking as an Act of Resistance: Arendt and the Practice of Socratic Dialogue
15:05–15:40 Ulrika Björk (University of Uppsala): Political and Subjective Freedom: Reading Hannah Arendt with Julia Kristeva
15:40–16:15 Sara Heinämaa (Univeristy of Helsinki): Phenomenology of Sexual Difference
16:15–16:30 Break
16:30–17:45 Lisa Folkmarson Käll (Linköping University): Performativity and Expression of Subjectivity 


Saturday 12 October: Action and Change

Venue: The House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), hall 505.

09:30–11:00 Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Social Structures and Social Change: What Can Moral Theory Contribute?
11:00–11:15 Break
11:15–11:50 Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, Massachusetts): Activity and Passivity in Mary Astell’s Theory of Friendship
11:50–12:25 Carolyn McLeod (University of Western Ontario): Non-Pragmatic Compromise: The Domain of Professional Life
12:25–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:45 Lena Halldenius (Lund University): Experiencing Unfreedom. What Feminism Does to Republicanism
14:45–15:05 Coffee
15:05–15:40 Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (University of Jyväskylä): Conjuncture, Momentum, Judgment: Re-reading Arendt on the Temporal Context of Action
15:40–16.15 Sanna Tirkkonen (University of Helsinki): Rethinking Political Subjectivity – the Challenge of Populisms

Organizers: Sara Heinämaa’s Project Ethics of Renewal (HCAS, UH, AF) and The Association for Women and Feminist Philosophers in Finland (NFY)

Sponsors: Finnish Cultural Foundation; Subjectivity, Historicity and Communality (SHC); Philosophical Society of Finland (SFY) and Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit (PMP)

Organizing Committee: Virpi Lehtinen, Sara Heinämaa, Martina Reuter, Erika Ruonakoski and Sanna Tirkkonen (University of Helsinki)

virpi.lehtinen[at]helsinki.fi (academic issues)
sanna.tirkkonen[at]helsinki.fi (practicalities)

If you wish to include the conference in your studies and get study credits, please contact Erika Ruonakoski: erika.ruonakoski [at] helsinki.fi

There will be no conference fees, and the conference is open to all. – Welcome!