25th Anniversary Conference Videos

Hypatia Founders Engage Continental Traditions

23 October 2009, 9:00-10:30

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 brought together contributors whose interests cross-cut the other two thematically. They considered the changing fortunes of Beauvoir scholarship and contemporary implications of Foucauldian analysis; they traced some surprising twists in feminist conceptions of embodiment and sexual agency; and they made 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