Call for Papers

Inaugural Conference
Society for the Study of
Women in Phenomenology
March 19–20, 2021

Call for Papers

The Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology (SSWPH) announces its inaugural international conference to be held virtually from March 19–20, 2021.

Keynote Speakers:

Sarah Borden-Sharkey (Wheaton College, IL)

Helen Fielding (Western University)

Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University)

Julia Jansen (KU Leuven)

The Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology (SSWPH) is a learned society focused on researching the work of women in phenomenology and phenomenological philosophy. We have three objectives. First, we wish to uncover and critically examine the work of women in phenomenology or phenomenological philosophy from the early phenomenological movement to the current day, including but not limited to such figures as Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Edith Stein, Gerda Walther, Simone de Beauvoir, María Zambrano, Hannah Arendt, Sylvia Wynter, Iris Marion Young, Linda Martín Alcoff, and Jacqueline Martinez. Second, we wish to create a dialogue between those working in the phenomenological tradition and other schools of thought and research methods to address questions of philosophical import. Third, we seek to cultivate new phenomenological, philosophical work that draws inspiration from and/or extends the ideas of the thinkers of the Society’s focus. We carry out our mandate through a series of conferences, workshops, debates, translation projects, and scholarly publications.

The Society is open to all scholars interested in the work of women in phenomenology or phenomenological philosophy.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers to be presented at our first conference. Presenters will have between 20 and 30 minutes to present their papers. We welcome papers on the work of women phenomenologists and phenomenologically informed philosophers. Also welcome are papers that use women’s phenomenology to address issues or questions in philosophy. Papers that focus on the history of phenomenology and/or dialogue with other disciplines or fields of philosophy are also encouraged.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 20, 2020.

Please send abstracts to: Julia Mühl-Sawatzki ( and Antonio Calcagno ( Please direct any questions to Julia Mühl-Sawatzki and/or Antonio Calcagno.