Feminist Ethics and the Question of Gender

deadline for submissions: 
April 3, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Societas Ethica
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Call for Papers: Feminist Ethics and the Question of Gender / Feministische Ethik und die Frage nach dem Geschlecht

Why should feminist ethics and gender be a central focus in the work of philosophical and theological ethics? While this question has been discussed within the fields of feminist and gender theory, philosophers and theologians have often overlooked the category of gender in their work.

Is feminist ethics a distinct ethical theory, or rather a category of inquiry in any approach to ethics? How does the feminist perspective enrich our ability to address such subjects as power, social, cultural, and political participation, poverty, racism, misogyny, homo/transphobia, economic inequality, and healthcare? And how does this lens sharpen the reinterpretation of  normative understandings of moral, ethical, and religious traditions? To what degree is the rise of nationalism connected with normative imageries of masculinity and femininity, which now require ethical interrogation, especially against the backdrop of social disintegration?

 At our conference, we want to strike a balance between theoretical inquiries and historical or contemporary case studies.

 We welcome contributions from philosophical, theological, and applied ethics, as well as from political and social theory, history, psychology, and the sciences. The conference languages will be English, French and German. The deadline for submitting proposals is 03 April 2018.

Proposals may be submitted for concurrent sessions addressing the following areas:

-       Feminist ethics, gender, and the traditions of ethics

-       Gender roles, gender identity, and gender justice

-       Concepts of autonomy and care

-       Concepts of masculinity, femininity, and gender fluidity

-       Gendered representations of the Divine

-       Embodiment and gender

-       Nature and freedom in relation to gender

-       The pandemic of sexual violence

-       Responses to sexual violence, such as #MeToo

-       Poverty, racism, structural injustice

-       Faces of misogyny and  homo/transphobia

-       Sexual difference and “gender ideology”

-       Political, economic and healthcare inequalities

-       Aging and ageism

-       Nationalism and populism in relation to gender


Paper proposals should contain no more than 800 words (excluding bibliography), and clearly present a moral question or argument addressing one of the aforementioned topics. The deadline is 03 April 2018.

Please send in the following two documents as Word attachments to Dr. Silas Morgan at smorgan2@luc.edu, using the subject line “Societas Ethica 2018 Conference.”

Document 1: Your name, first name, email address, institutional address, the title of your abstract, the topic under which your paper proposal falls, and, if eligible, your application to participate in the Young Scholars’ Award competition.

Document 2: Your paper proposal including bibliography (max. 10 references), keywords and title with all identifying references removed. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt for body, references and keywords, and Ariel (bold) 16 pt for headline