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Hypatia 25th Anniversary Conference - Keynote Panel Audio Podcasts

Female Legacies Feminist Futres

Feminist Legacies / Feminist Futures
October 22-24, 2009
University of Washington

The Hypatia editorial team and the Simpson Center for the Humanities (UW) recently hosted Feminist Legacies / Feminist Futures: a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. This is a significant anniversary for the journal and for feminist philosophy; the conference provided an opportunity to reflect on the formation and influence of feminist philosophies across the disciplines, to take stock of emerging trends, and to consider where feminist philosophy is headed in the next 25 years.

The conference program featured a number of keynote panels: Hypatia founders and editors traced the history of the journal from its inception in the early 1980s; early contributors reflected on the legacy of the journal in a number of key areas; and a panel of emerging feminist scholars explored "New Futures for Feminist Philosophy." These keynote panel presentations are available here as audio podcasts. The conference program and abstracts are available on the conference website. Hypatia will also be publishing a special 25th anniversary issue at the end of 2010 (Volume 25, Issue 4); check the journal website for details.

Play podcasts of the keynote panels:

Podcast image A Journal of Her Own: Hypatia Founders and Editors

To open the conference, this keynote panel brings together the founding editors and members of the collective that established Hypatia, as well as editors representing each editorial team that has managed the journal since its inception. We asked these panelists to consider the following questions as a point of departure: What was the impetus for publishing the three Hypatia special issues of International Women’s Studies Forum that appeared in 1983, 1984, and 1985; and what made possible the founding of Hypatia as an independent journal in 1986? How have conditions changed for doing feminist philosophy, and what role has Hypatia played in changing them? Finally, how has the heterodox vision of feminist philosophy that inspired Hypatia evolved over the years?
Chair: Alison Wylie (University of Washington) and Joan C. Callahan (University of Kentucky)
  • Azizah Y. al-Hibri, University of Richmond (founding Editor 1982-1984)
  • Ann Garry, California State University, Los Angeles (a founding Associate Editor)
  • Linda López McAlister, University of South Florida (Editor 1990-1995, Co-editor 1995-1998)
  • Laurie J. Shrage, Florida International University (Co-editor 1998-2003)
  • Margaret A. Simons, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Editor 1984-1990)
Podcast image Hypatia Founders Reflect on Rationality, Science, and Epistemic Humility

This is the first of three thematic keynote panels devoted to broad areas of philosophical interest that are represented in early volumes of Hypatia and that prefigure much subsequent work in feminist philosophy. The focus here is on conceptions of rationality and epistemological issues as taken up, for example, by contributors to two special issues on Feminism and Science that appeared in 1987 and 1988. These panelists reflect on the various ways in which feminist analyses have reframed each term in the conventional formulation, “S knows that P”; they make the case for theorizing epistemic practice; and for considering questions of epistemic authority in intersectional terms on a global scale.
Chair: Lynn Hankinson Nelson (University of Washington)
  • Sandra Harding, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nancy Hartsock, University of Washington
  • Helen Longino, Stanford University
  • Elizabeth Potter, Mills College
Podcast image Hypatia Founders Rethink Value Theory

In this second thematic keynote panel, contributors address pivotal questions in feminist ethics and political theory rooted in discussions they helped initiate, in early issues of Hypatia, with probing critiques of colonialism and sex/gender conventions, and the exploration of distinctively feminist approaches to questions of justice, responsibility, and moral agency. They reflect on the trajectory of feminist value theory and, looking forward, consider the implications of attending to the realities of interpersonal dependency, taking structural conditions seriously in theorizing culpable wrong, articulating a racialized, as well as gendered, politics of recognition, and reframing conceptions of justice in transnational terms.
Chair: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)
  • Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin
  • Alison M. Jaggar, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Eva Feder Kittay, Stony Brook University
  • Maria Lugones, Binghamton University
Podcast image Hypatia Founders Engage Continental Traditions

Although feminist scholarship routinely undercuts any sharp distinction between continental and analytic traditions, a special issue on French Feminism (1989) and early contributions by and on such figures as Irigaray and Beauvoir, signal the important influence of continental traditions on the formation of feminist philosophy. This third keynote panel brings together contributors whose interests cross-cut the other two thematically. They consider the changing fortunes of Beauvoir scholarship, and contemporary implications of Foucauldian analysis; they trace some surprising twists in feminist conceptions of embodiment and sexual agency, and make the case for retheorizing labor and social relations in terms that give central consideration to a sophisticated conception of love.
Chair: Gillian Harkins (University of Washington)
  • Christine Di Stefano, University of Washington
  • Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University
  • Jana Sawicki, Williams College
  • Margaret A. Simons, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville 
Podcast image What Lies Ahead: Envisioning New Futures for Feminist Philosophy

In this closing keynote panel, five feminist scholars who are comparatively new to the field take stock of the conference as a whole, with the aim of identifying key priorities for future work in feminist philosophy. The lines of inquiry they identify as most engaging and most pressing for feminist philosophers include, centrally, the need to vigorously counteract the continued marginalization of “minoritized” women in philosophy, both within the networks of scholars who do feminist philosophy and in the philosophies they produce.
Chair: Sharyn Clough (Oregon State University)
  • Kristen Intemann, Montana State University
  • Emily S. Lee, California State University, Fullerton
  • Kristin McCartney, DePaul University
  • Shireen Roshanravan, Kansas State University
  • Alexa Schriempf, Pennsylvania State University

Click here for the Hypatia 25th anniversary conference website