Women in the History of Philosophy – Challenging the Canon
Zadar, 11 – 14 July 2022


Núria Sara Miras Boronat is Associate Professor in Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. In 2009 she obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Barcelona with a thesis on Wittgenstein and Gadamer: Language, Praxis, and Reason. She has been Visiting Scholar at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at the University of Paderborn (2021-2022), Visiting Lecturer at the University of Parma (2020), Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Instructor at the Universität Leipzig (2009–13), Guest Research Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2003–7) and Guest Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, 2000). She has written essays on pluralism, philosophy of language, hermeneutics, phenomenology, American pragmatism, philosophy of film and feminism. She is since 2022 the Head of the Gender Equality Office at the University of Barcelona. She has edited, together with Michela Bella, the book Women in Pragmatism: Past, Present, and Future (Springer, 2022).

Luka Boršić wasn’t kidnapped by the Caribbean pirates and marooned on an island without a name. He was also not abducted by aliens and used for experiments. But nevertheless, there are some things he’s done in his life which might be worth mentioning. He loves music and thus renounced an opportunity to become a professional musician out of fear he might lose this love. He has also renounced an opportunity to become an engineer, a decision causing a lot of worries to his parents. Instead, he decided to go, first, for ancient languages and then philosophy. He obtained his degree in classics from the University in Zagreb (an equivalent of a MA degree, in 2000). The academic vagabondage took him high up in the Alps, where he obtained a PhD degree in philosophy from the Internationale Akademie für Philosophy, in the Principality Liechtenstein (in 2001). The thesis was on Socratic irony and in essence more philological than philosophical, which reflects his teetering between philology and philosophy at the time. After his return to Croatia, he got employed at the Institute of Philosophy and he obtained his second PhD from the University of Zagreb, in 2010, this time really in philosophy. The topic was on the emergence of modern science out of the Renaissance critique of Aristotle. He defended the idea that the emergence of modern science is, primarily, not a product of an apple that fell on Newton’s head or Galileo watching the sky, but of some not so famous guys writing against Aristotle. This has led him into a more than a decade long research on, mostly, Francesco Patrizi. Some five or six years ago, a dissatisfaction with the present philosophical canon conjoined with a felicitous event – a random finding in an antique bookstore in Vienna – resulted in his ever-growing interest for women philosophers. The passion for discovering new and further analyzing already known women philosophers resulted in getting a project financed by the Croatian Science Foundation: “Croatian women philosophers in the European context”. The “Research Centre for Women in Philosophy”, which is the organizer of the summer school, is a child of this project. Luka Boršić’s almost complete bibliography can be found at this site.

Ruth Edith Hagengruber holds a chair dedicated to the philosophy of Economics and Information Science at Paderborn University. She is also Director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. She got her PhD with a thesis on Tommaso Campanella at Ludwig Maximilian-University Munich. From 2011-2019 she served in the Advisory Board of Technology in Society for the Technical University Munich and became Life-member of the International Association of Philosophy of Information Science in 2011.  On 2020 she became elected member of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. She serves as chief editor of the German Springer series Frauen in Philosophie und Wissenschaft and as co-editor of the International Springer series Women in the History of Philosophy and Science. With Mary Ellen Waithe, she co-edits the Encyclopedia of Consice Concepts by Women Philosophers and the Journal for the History of Women Philosophers at Brill’s. Publications: Von Diana zu Minerva (2010); Émilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Newton (2011) History of Women’s Ideas, coedited with Karen Green (2015);  Emilie Du Châtelet und die deutsche Aufklärung, coedited with Hartmut Hecht (2019). With Sarah Hutton, she coedited the British Journal for the History Philosophy, dedicated to Early Modern Women Philosophers. In cooperation with Sigridur Thorgeisdottier Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy was published (2020). In 2022, Epoque Emilienne. Philosophy and Science in the Age of Emily Du Châtelet 1706-1749, was published.

Chelsea C. Harry is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Chairperson at Southern Connecticut State University (USA). She is a philosopher of nature specializing in ancient Greek and 18th-19th century figures and themes, especially Aristotle and F.W.J. Schelling.  She is particularly interested in questions about temporality and the human-animal relationship.  Her general interest in the history of philosophy has led her to investigate philosophical reception and non-canonical and “hidden” sources of the philosophical tradition.   She is the author of various articles, book chapters, and books on these topics, is the winner of awards and grants for her scholarship, and has held visiting research posts in Cologne, Thessaloniki, and Kassel.  She is committed to community engagement and philosophical outreach, having taught philosophy to high school students and to incarcerated individuals.

Kateryna Karpenko. Graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine). Philosophical faculty. Thesis of the PhD degree: “The Gender dimension of the ecological communication” (Kharkiv V.N. Karazin National University, 2006). She is a Doctor of Philosophy Science (2007), Professor (2008). She is a Head of the Department of Philosophy (2018), Director of the Centre for Gender Education (2012). She published more than 200 works: a monograph Nature and Woman: Ecofeminist Perspectives in Ukraine (2006, in Ukrainian) and several textbooks: Philosophical and Ethical Problems of Medicine, Ethical Problems of Euthanasia, Bioethics and Medical Experiment, Gender discourse of the new reproductive technologies etc. She took part in more than 100 International conferences in Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain, USA, China, Russia, Byelorussia, Estonia, Hungary, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia. The latest were the XV International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) Symposium ‘Philosophy, Knowledge and Feminist Practices’ (2014, Alcala, Spain), 24-th World Philosophy Congress (2018, Beijing, China), XVII International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) Symposium ‘Women and Philosophy in the era of globalization’ (2018), 10th Biennial conference of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) ‘Boundaries in/of Environmental’, Tallinn, Estonia (2019), XVIII International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh) Symposium ‘Defining the Future, Rethinking the Past’ (Paderborn, Germany, 2021).
Her international activities include:
● DAAD (Paderborn, Germany). The place and role of ecofeminism in the history of women-philosophers, December 2015 – February 2016
● CEU (Budapest, Hungary) Session “Biology. Behavior. Reproduction”, 25-31 October, 2010
● Report “Women’s critique of globalization: Ukrainian perspectives” LOVA International Conference ‘Ethnographies of Gender and Globalization’, 3-4 July 2008, Amsterdam, Holland.
● Report “Women’s rights in Ukraine” at the international meeting ‘Women’s rights in Europe Mediterranean’, June 5-7, 2003, Foggia, Italy
● IREX (CI) Cross-cultural analysis of ecofeminism, University of Wisconsin (USA), Madison. February-June 2002
● Cambridge University, Jesus College, Psychoanalysis and Ecofeminism. June, 23 – July 23, 2001(Great Britain)
● Ind. Research Project RSS 2000/569 ‘Ecofeminist Perspectives in Ukraine”
● Ohrid Summer University (Republic of Macedonia, Skopje), International Summer School ‘The Face of the Other’, July 1-21, 2000, course ‘Face and violence: The Boundaries of the Human’
● Central European University (Hungary, Budapest), Summer University, July 1999, course “The New Private Spheres”
● Project Parity Training workshop, (Yalta, Ukraine) June 1999, course “Mainstream Gender on the Political Agenda” (Tacis, Know How Fund (UK), UNDP Gender in Development Unit).
She initiated and coordinated the International Interdisciplinary Conference “Gender. Ecology. Health” (2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021). She is a Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of Gender Medicine. Member of International Association of Women Philosophers, The German-Ukrainian Academic Society.

Ana Maskalan graduated in philosophy and Latin language and Roman literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, where she received her PhD from the Department of Philosophy (2012) with the topic of utopianism and feminist utopias. Since 2006 she has been employed at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, and today she works there as a Senior research associate in the Center for Youth and Gender Research.
In her work and dealing with the topics of social injustice against women, she moves through several scientific disciplines, combining philosophy, sociology and cultural studies. She was involved in about twenty scientific research projects, including Croatian Women Philosophers in the European Context (Croatian Science Foundation UIP-2017-05-1763), “Equal rights – Equal pay – Equal pensions“ Expanding the scope of implementation of gender equality actions and legal standards towards achieving gender equality and combating poverty in Croatia (REC-RGEN-PENS-AG-2017), Young Women and Gender Equality in Post-Yugoslav societies: Research Practice and Policy (UNESCO Participation Programme), Family and Changing Gender Roles (The International Social Survey Programme), Identity of the Others in the Republic of Croatia (Ministry of science and education), Gender/sex determination of space and time in the Republic of Croatia (Ministry of science and education), etc.
She is the author of the monograph The Future of Women: A Philosophical Debate on Utopia and Feminism (Institute for Social Research in Zagreb; Plejada: Zagreb, 2015). and co-author of Identity and Culture (M. Labus, L. Veljak, A. Maskalan and M. Adamovic, ISRZ: Zagreb, 2014). She also co-edited the international collection of papers Young Women in Post-Yugoslav Societies: Research, Practice and Policy (M. Adamović, B. Galić, A. Gvozdanović, L. Somun-Krupalija and D. Potočnik; Center for Human Rights in Sarajevo, 2014).
Her professional engagement includes authorship of scientific and professional papers in journals and books, membership in several professional associations (Croatian Philosophical Society, Croatian Bioethical Society, Council for European Studies and Society for Utopian Studies), editorships of journals (Sociology and Space, Synthesis philosophica and Philosophical investigations) and organization of international and domestic conferences. Areas of her philosophical and research interest in addition to gender and utopian studies include theories of body identity, pop culture and cyberculture, and political and social issues of social justice and discrimination.

Jil Muller is a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, in Paderborn, Germany, working on the DFG-funded edition project of the “Historical-critical digital edition of the Paris manuscripts of Émilie du Châtelet’s Institutions de physique”. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Strasbourg, and her dissertation: “Caring for the human being. Sins and remedies in Montaigne and Descartes” will be published on the 18th of May by Classiques Garnier. Her main research interests include early modern philosophy, history of medicine, moral theories, and Women in early modern philosophy.

Ivana Skuhala Karasman graduated in philosophy and Croatology from the Centre for Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb. In 2003 she received her master’s degree in philosophy, and in 2011 she defended a PhD thesis in philosophy under the title Prediction in Medieval and Renaissance Natural Philosophy. Since 2005 she has been employed at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb. She is executive editor of the journal Contributions to the Research Into the Croatian Philosophical Heritage. Her areas of interest include Renaissance philosophy, Croatian philosophy, gender philosophy and the free will problem. Ivana’s complete bibliography can be found here.

Robin Wang is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angles. She holds the Robert H. Taylor Chair Professor (2018-20) and The Berggruen fellow (2016-17) at The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University. Her teaching and research center on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, particularly on Daoist Philosophy and Women. She is the author of Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and editor of Chinese Philosophy in an Era of Globalization, (SUNY Press, 2004) and Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period to the Song Dynasty (Hackett, 2003). She was the President of Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2016-2018) and is current member of American Philosophical Association (APA) committee on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies (2020-2023).

Jure Zovko is Jure Zovko.
President of Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (Bruxelles)
President of Institut International de Philosophie (Paris-Nancy)
Full Professor of Philosophy of Science and Epistemology, University of Zadar
Titulaires Member, Institut International de Philosophie (Paris)
Titulaires Member, Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (Bruxelles)
Co-Editor of Hegel-Jahrbuch and Hegel-Jahrbuch Sonderbände by Walter de Gruyter
Member of Steering Committee of FISP

Marie-Élise Zovko, née Deslattes, is a Senior Research Fellow with tenure at the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, where she has been employed since 1991. She was born in Ithaca, New York, U.S.A., attended school in Maryland, completed her B.A at James Madison Univ., Virginia, and her M.A. and PhD. at Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg i. Br. She taught history of philosophy for many years at the University of Zagreb Croatian Studies program and advises doctoral students at the University of Zadar. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, scholarships, fellowships, and awards and has chaired or co-chaired many international conferences. She is presently a member of the international project “Reception of German Mysticism in Early Modern England”, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and directed by Torrance Kirby, Univ. of McGill, and Douglas Hedley, Univ. of Cambridge. Her areas of specialization include Ancient Greek philosophy, Platonism/Neoplatonism, Mysticism, Spinoza, Kant, German Idealism, German Romantic philosophy, metaphysics, theory of mind, philosophizing with children and philosophizing in life contexts.
Marie-Élise’s can be found here.