International Conference

“Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology“

February 11th-12th, 2016

Paderborn University, Germany

Contrary to many movements in the history of philosophy, the “Phenomenological Movement” has from its beginnings included numerous female philosophers. They contributed substantially to the phenomenological project by developing outstanding philosophical accounts and addressing problems, which remain relevant until today. Phenomenology’s exceptionally modern outlook, not to let oneself be influenced by traditional authorities, but rather to only receive guidance from ”the things themselves”, allowed its female proponents to achieve a position in the academic world few women could enjoy at the time. From today’s perspective, the most noteworthy issues that some of the prominent female phenomenologists elaborated on fall under the scope of what one would today label social ontology and political philosophy.

The conference will investigate specifically the contribution of women phenomenologists in this field. The programme focuses on, but is not restricted to, the following philosophers: Hannah Arendt, Luce Irigaray, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther.

The conference language is English.



Program Graduate Conference

The list of invited speakers includes:

Prof. Dr. Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
University of Iceland/University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Dr. Ronny Miron
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Prof. Dr. Antonio Calcagno
Western University, Canada

Prof. Dr. Hans Bernhard Schmid
University of Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. Julia Jansen
KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Sara Heinämaa
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Luft
Marquette University, USA/University of Paderborn, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber
Paderborn University, Germany

Dr. Michela Summa
University of Würzburg, Germany

Dr. Alessandro Salice
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Thomas Szanto
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Anna Jani
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary


To register, please send an e-mail to Julia Mühl The registration fee of 10 € will be collected upon arrival. It will be also possible to make reservations for the conference dinner (February 12th) for 40€.

The Event will be followed by a graduate and post-graduate student conference on "Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology", February 13th 2016

Call for Papers

Submission guidelines:

Presentation of the papers should take a maximum of 30 minutes and will be followed by a general discussion (15 min). Proposal for papers should include the speaker’s name and institutional affiliation, title and an abstract (up to 300 words). The conference language is English.

The submission deadline is November 1st 2015.

Notification of paper acceptance will be given by December 15th 2015.

The best paper by a graduate/post-graduate student will be awarded a prize of 100€.

Download as PDF: Link


In case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Dr. Maria Robaszkiewicz

Julia Mühl

Further Information

How to get there:

Possible accommodation:
Hotel ibis Paderborn City, Paderwall 1-5, 33102 Paderborn:

Youth Hostel Paderborn, Meinwerkstr. 16, 33098 Paderborn:

B&B Hotel, Bahnhofstraße 31, 33102 Paderborn:

Galerie-Hotel,Bachstraße 1, 33098 Paderborn:

Hotel Aspethera, Am Busdorf 7, 33098 Paderborn:

Hotel Stadthaus, Hathumarstraße 22, 33098 Paderborn:

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