During the early modern period (c. 1600-1800) women were involved in many debates that tangled together metaphysics, religion and science. The women included figures such as Margaret Cavendish, Emilie Du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Damaris Cudworth Masham. The debates surrounded issues such as atomism, determinism, motion, mind-body causation, mechanism, space, and natural laws.
The last twenty years have seen an increasing interest in women philosophers that have been neglected by the history of their discipline. A substantial body of work now exists on early modern women philosophers, much of it concerning ethics and political philosophy. This conference will focus on metaphysics, religion and science, and in doing so provide a fresh perspective from which to view the work of early modern women, throwing light on areas that are relatively underexplored.
The conference will be held from 21-23 March 2016, at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. The program will be comprised of both invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers; please see below for details. Subject to peer review, conference papers will be published as part of a collection.
Submissions are invited from any discipline, and from researchers of all levels (including PhD students). Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme. To illustrate, submissions may deal with early modern women in relation to metaphysics or religion or science; or in relation to all three areas.
To submit for the conference, please email an abstract - maximum 800 words - to Emily Thomas [a.e.e.thomas rug.nl]. The abstract should be anonymised for blind review, and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.
Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
Thanks to the Netherlands Research Council (NWO), there is funding to cover speakers’ accommodation and meals throughout the duration of the conference. Additionally, it is possible that a small contribution may be made towards speakers’ further travel costs.
The conference is free to attend (although there is no provision to cover non-speaker attendees’ accommodation, meal or travel costs).
Non-Groningen based scholars who are intending to come should register by emailing the organiser - Emily Thomas [ a.e.e.thomas rug.nl ] - by 7th March 2016, to give us an accurate idea of numbers.
Groningen lies approximately 200km north of Amsterdam. It is connected to Amsterdam and Schipol (Amsterdam airport) by direct train routes, with an average journey time of two hours and twenty minutes.
Groningen city centre is small, and it is a 15 minute walk from the train station to the conference venue (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK, Groningen). On Google maps, search ‘Groningen Station’ to ‘Oude Boteringestraat 38’.
Accommodation will be arranged for conference speakers.
Conference (non-speaker) attendees
Conference attendees must arrange their own accommodation. There are many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels in the centre of the city, all of which are an easy walk from the conference venue. These can be searched using an engine such as www.booking.com or www.expedia.com
A very small selection of accommodation includes:
The conference is organised by Emily Thomas, as part of a Netherlands Research Council (NWO) Veni project. It is supported by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen.
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