SWIP-NL leesgroep: Nussbaum – The Cosmopolitan Tradition

Per 1 september gaat de SWIP-leesgroep van start met een nieuw boek: Martha Nussbaum, The Cosmopolitan Tradition (2019). Nederlandse vertaling, De kosmopolitische traditie (2022).

In dit boek gaat Nussbaum in op de vraag welke relevantie de kosmopolitische traditie heeft voor de huidige internationale betrekkingen waarin vragen spelen over ongelijkheid in mensenrechten en in de materiële omstandigheden waarin mensen leven. Zij bespreekt het stoïcijnse begrip van wereldburgerschap en het belang en rol van de nationale staat. Filosofen met wie zij in gesprek gaat zijn o.a. Cicero, Hugo de Groot en Adam Smith.  Tot slot voert zij een pleidooi voor de capability approach.

De leesgroep vergadert eens per maand op een vrijdagmiddag aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Iedereen die colleges filosofie heeft gevolgd op universitair niveau is van harte welkom.

Aanmelding en meer informatie: Loes Derksen, l.d.derksen@vu.nl.

SWIP-NL leesgroep: Federici – De vrouw als zondebok

Binnenkort start er weer een nieuwe editie van de SWIP-leesgroep onder leiding van Loes Derksen. Het boek dat gelezen wordt is De vrouw als zondebok van de Italiaans-Amerikaanse feministe en activiste Silvia Federici.

De leesgroep komt eens per maand op een vrijdagmiddag bij elkaar aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Startdatum: eind mei. Voor aanmelden en informatie kun je contact opnemen met Loes Derksen, l.d.derksen@vu.nl.

Hypatialezing 2023: Dianna Taylor

Hypatia Lecture 2023 with Dianna Taylor, Tammie Schoots, Seunghyun Song, and Liesbeth Schoonheim (moderator)

When: May 20, 3-6 PM (General Assembly: 1.30-2.30 PM)
Where: Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

The biannual Hypatia Lecture, organized by SWIP-NL, showcases groundbreaking work in philosophy and feminism. This year’s lecture takes place on May 20 in Amsterdam, and focuses on gender-based violence. The keynote by Dianna Taylor will be followed by responses by Tammie Schoots and Seunghyun Song. The event is open to all interested, and no registration is needed. Prior to the lecture, SWIP-NL will hold its annual General Assembly (members only).

Hypatia. Beeld: Hylkje Ehrenburg.

13.00: Doors open
13.30-14.30: General Assembly SWIP-NL (in Dutch: members only)
14.30-15.00: Break
15.00-17.00: Lecture by Dianna Taylor, “Gender-based Sexual Violation: Its Manifestations, Its Effects, and How It Can Be Resisted.” Followed by responses by Tammie Schoots and Seunghyun Song; moderation by Liesbeth Schoonheim
17.00: Drinks
18.00: End


Dianna Taylor – Gender-based Sexual Violation: Its Manifestations, Its Effects, and How It Can Be Resisted

Several recent reports by federal agencies in the United States reveal pervasive and increasing rates of sexual violence against women and girls. This talk presents the reality such data portrays, as well as the lack of societal outcry in the face of it, as worthy of outrage but not surprising. Through analyzing specific forms of gender-based sexual violation, including sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault, and reproductive oppression, I show that women are deemed inferior and subordinated on the basis of their sexed and sexualized embodiment. Embodied sexual violation and the sexual humiliation such violation produces will, therefore, continue to be the most effective ways of maintaining oppressive gendered relations of power. It also follows that embodied practices which oppose women’s reduction to mere sexualized and sexually humiliated bodies will most effectively counter women’s oppression, and the talk concludes by exploring specific forms these resistant counter-practices might take.

About the speakers:

Dianna Taylor is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is author of Sexual Violence and Humiliation: A Foucauldian-Feminist Perspective (Routledge, 2020) editor of Michel Foucault: Key Concepts (Acumen, 2010), and co-editor of Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, Agency (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) and Feminism and the Final Foucault (University of Illinois, 2004). Her current research analyzes rage and counter-violence as feminist resources for resisting and preventing sexual violence and the sexual humiliation such violence produces.

Tammie Schoots is a writer and freelance journalist. She regularly writes for literary platform De Reactor and magazine Linda Meiden. She made a name for herself with personal essays in which she reflects on her own transidentity. Mostly recently, she contributed to the collection of essays on gender related violence called Voorbij de Verbijstering. She is also a regular guest on Radio 1 and BNR Newsradio, where she comments on the news. She studied Philosophy and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Seunghyun Song is assistant professor at Tilburg University. Before coming to Tilburg, she was at KU Leuven, where she held FWO junior postdoc mandate. She also completed her PhD at KU Leuven prior to her postdoc there. Her main area of expertise is in linguistic justice and intergenerational justice. While her interest lies in issues of reparative justice, historical injustice, and structural injustice approach, she is also invested in the field of social epistemology, especially on epistemic injustice and reparation, and lived experiences of marginalisation.

SWIP-NL Academische lezing door Jana Cattien op 17 februari 2023

Op vrijdagmiddag 17 februari 2023 houdt Jana Cattien (politieke en sociale filosofie, UvA) op uitnodiging van SWIP een academische lezing: Getting Something Off your Chest: Feminist Consciousness-Raising, Therapy & Catharsis. De lezing wordt gehouden op de VU in Amsterdam.

Datum: 17 februari 2023
Tijd: 12.00-13.30 uur.
Locatie: Vrije Universiteit, NU-building, room NU 02A-65Wil je de lezing online bijwonen? Dat kan ook! Graag aanmelden via een mailtje naar swip.nlsecretaris@gmail.com.
“Getting Something Off your Chest”: Feminist Consciousness-Raising, Therapy & Catharsis

In 1973, when Kathie Sarachild, co-founder of the first feminist consciousness-raising (FCR) groups, spoke to attendees of a feminist conference in New York City, she was adamant to stress that the purpose of FCR was “not therapy, was not to give someone a chance to get something off her chest”. With this, she set up a sharp opposition between therapy, understood as a process of ‘offloading’ or ‘discharging’ negative emotions, and radical feminist emancipation. My aim in this paper is to overcome this false dichotomy between therapy as ‘catharsis’ on the one hand, and emancipatory political projects on the other. In order to do this, I will formulate a notion of catharsis that can make sense of the ‘therapeutic’ effects of feminist consciousness-raising without thereby pitting narratives of individual healing against projects of collective political emancipation.
Jana Cattien is Assistant Professor in Political and Social Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Her areas of specialization are feminist philosophy, gender theory, critical race and postcolonial theory. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Lincoln, on the ‘Suicide in/as Politics’ project. She holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London (funded through a SOAS Research Studentship), an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Durham.


SWIP-NL leesgroep: Slob – De lege hemel. Over eenzaamheid.

Tussen januari en april 2023 lezen we het boek van Mirjam Slob, De lege hemel. Over eenzaamheid. Wij vergaderen eens per maand op een vrijdagmiddag aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Voor het leesrooster en de locatie kun je contact opnemen met Loes Derksen, l.d.derksen@vu.nl

Iedereen die colleges filosofie in het verleden heeft gevolgd is van harte welkom.