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New Voices Talk Series Win­terterm 2022/23

The Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists cordially invites all interested persons to attend the "New Voices Talk Series" . The Winter Term Talk Series is dedicated to Women and their body. The talks will take place online via Zoom on Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. To register and to receive the zoom invitation, please send an email to

New Voices on Women in the History of Philosophy is a group for emerging scholars who work on Women in the History of Philosophy, launched at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. It is a place to connect and to foster communication on their work.

Topic: Women and their body

The Winter Term Talk Series is organised by Dr. Jil Muller, Assistant Professor and Deputy Head at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. She explains: "The talks are dedicated to the burning topic 'Women and their body'. Recent events have shown that it is urgent and fundamentally important to shed new light, through philosophical, linguistic, literary, scientific, medical and artistic perspectives, on the female body and the position of women in relation to their body. Too often it seems that women do not have the right to determine their own body, although men have never been deprived of this right. The question of power over the body is strongly linked to the distinction between men and women. It seems that men have more rights and power on their own body than women. But how is this possible? What is the status of the female body in culture and society? Why is the female body both, an object of desire and a battlefield for demonstrating male power? To what extent have medicine and technology interfered in recent years with the female body and with what consequences? And why is it that in the 21st century women are still not free to decide about their bodies and do not experience the same rights as men?'

The whole program

  • Thursday, 20. October, 4 to 6 p.m.: Naomi Jacobs:
  • Thursday, 17. November, 4 to 6 p.m.: Maria Borges:
    "Body and the duty to be beautiful"
  • Thursday, 8. December, 4 to 6 p.m.: Marjolein Oele:
    "Pregnant Constellations and their Demise: A Phenomenology of Miscarriage"
  • Thursday, 12. January2023, 4 to 6 p.m.: Cornelia Möser:
    "Sexual bodies. On desire and pleasure in feminist and LGBTQ thoughts"
  • Thursday, 9. February 2023, 4 to 6 p.m.: Megan Gallagher:
    "Embodying Consent: Agency and Autonomy in Contemporary Feminist Thought"
  • Thursday, 2. March 2023, 4 to 6 p.m.: Willemijn Ruberg:
    "Gender and the history of the right to bodily integrity"

On March, 15th, 16th and 17th 2023, an international, hybrid Conference will take place, preceded by a Masterworkshop on March 15th. Further information can be found on the conference website.