CW*IP 2022

Conference by Women, Genderqueer
and Non-Binary Philosophers

Women, non-binary and queer people have historically been underrepresented in academic philosophy. We want to change that. With the Conference by Women Genderqueer and Non-Binary Philosophers (CW*IP), we wish to carve out a space for underrepresented groups within the discipline and create an annual opportunity for junior philosophers to get together, share their work with each other and cultivate their professional networks.

Our Mission

The goal of the CW*IP is to open up a platform for undergraduate and graduate philosophers, who identify as women, non-binary or queer, to present their research to an audience of peers and receive constructive feedback. We hope that the CWIP serves as a template for similar initiatives in academia where junior academics from underrepresented groups can come together to discuss new ideas and forge valuable relationships.

Our History

The first edition of the CWIP took place in 2013 and it was initiated by a group of PhD students from the Netherlands and Belgium. Since then the conference has been organised yearly, by a different group of PhD researchers each year.

The goal of CW*IP’s first editions was to provide a platform for junior female academics to present their research, receive constructive feedback and network in a safe and supporting environment. In the course of time, we realized that this is not enough, as the problem of underrepresentation in academia touches many other groups. Instead of creating further divisions within the academic community, we wish to open the platform that we created to other underrepresented groups. At the moment, we explicitly encourage those identifying as women, non-binary and queer to participate in our conference. Putting a spotlight on gender identity is only a starting point for us for creating an even more inclusive and intersectional environment in the future.

We believe that enhancing diversity and inclusivity within the philosophical community is extremely important, and something that we can only achieve together. This is why we would love to hear about your ideas for improving this conference and the way we communicate. You can share your suggestions with us using this form.


We are very grateful for the financial support of the following organizations:

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Past Editions

Invited Speakers

Lisa Herzog

Professor of Political Philosophy
Faculty of Philosophy
University of Groningen

Lisa Herzog works at the intersection of political philosophy and economic thought. Between 2016 and 2019, she was professor for political philosophy and theory at the Technical University of Munich, since 2019 she works at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Center for Philosophy, Politics and Economics of the University of Groningen.

The epistemic argument for social justice

Rousseau has famously written that “no citizen should be so rich as to be capable of buying another citizen, and none so poor that he is forced to sell himself.” In this talk, I develop an epistemic version of this adage: no citizen should be so rich that he or she can silence others, and nobody should be so poor that they need to self-censor, or think it is not worth raising their voice in the first place because they will not be heard. This argument is not so much one about positively building conditions for epistemic trust, but rather one about removing obstacles to trust and trustworthiness that can arise from social and economic inequality. As such, it can also be understood as tackling an “ism” that continues to be a blind spot in many discussions about epistemic justice: classism. I start by discussing some of the social preconditions for epistemic trust, by presenting the juxtaposition of two extreme scenarios and then discussing various mechanisms that undermine trust in conditions of large socio-economic inequality. Then I zoom out to the macrolevel, drawing on various empirical studies but also discussing independent arguments about what kinds of social structures can strengthen epistemic trust. In addition, I briefly discuss an argument about one specific social sphere that has, arguably, a particular influence on how individuals encounter each other and whether they can acquire the epistemic habits and capacities of responsible citizens: the workplace I conclude by returning to Havel’s notion of “living in truth” as a precondition, both existential and pragmatic, of democracy.

Michele Ciurria

Visiting Research Fellowship
St. Louis
University of Missouri

They/She is the author of "An Intersectional Feminist Theory of Moral Responsibility," published by Routledge (2019). They/She is a queer disabled philosopher. They/she is a visiting scholar at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, specializing mainly in ethics, moral responsibility, feminist moral psychology/epistemology, and critical disability theory.

Disability Activism: A Marxist Feminist Solution to the Gatekeeping of Disability

In this presentation, I will describe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), which I have; I will explain some of the exclusions that people with ME/CFS face, including limited access to disability benefits, accommodations, and acceptance in the disabled community; and I will argue that Marxist feminism lends insight into how we can best respond to these exclusions. An adequate response will address the capitalistic, “scarce resources” mentality that leads to the gatekeeping and management of ME/CFS, and disability in general.


We are a group of PhD researchers from Antwerp, Vienna, Ghent, Leuven, Groningen, Rijeka, Messina and Sussex who are committed to creating a more balanced environment and to empowering those identifying as women, non-binary and queer to make the academic space their own.

Varsha Aravind Paleri

I am a first-year PhD student working at the Department of Philosophy, University of Antwerp. I have a background in molecular biology, genetics and bioethics.  For my PhD I am working on the ethics of Synthetic Biology as part of an IBOF project.
As part of the project I will be creating an Ethics framework that can be used as a guideline for synthetic biologists. The framework shall aid researchers in dealing with ethical considerations and dilemmas. My interests are in bioethics of reproductive health technologies as well as ancient Indian Philosophy and Ethics.

Tamara van den Berg

I (she/her) am a 2nd year PhD-researcher at KU Leuven (RIPPLE), living in Amsterdam.
As a part of the research project Justice & Migration, I critically analyze questions of admission and integration, focusing at justice for postcolonial migrants specifically.

Giulia Di Rienzo

I (she/her) am a 1st year PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp.
I am part of the European Training Network RE-learning Perception-Action In Rehabilitation from a Systems perspective (REPAIRS) where I study coordination in interdisciplinary scientific practices through a pragmatist and enactivist perspective.

Dilara Boga

I (she/her) am a second-year PhD student in Philosophy at the Central European University (Vienna).
My research interests are about the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (AI), moral agency, evolution, and social emotions. I believe clarification of what is fundamental to human agency is crucial for greater understanding of ontological and moral status of AIs. In my dissertation, I want to support the claim that we need AIs who can have social emotions otherwise it looks unlikely that they will be accepted as proper moral agents.
In my free time, I love drawing and writing short stories.

Ruth Kleczewski

I am a first year PhD student at the University of Groningen. My research project is called "gendered complicity as motivated ignorance: shared responsibility in cases of oppression". In other words, I research the ways in which women can be complicit in their own oppression, the role that ignorance plays in this, and what this could potentially mean for the question of responsibility. In my free time I enjoy reading contemporary fiction and working out.

Marina Lademacher

I (she/her) am a second year PhD student at the Centre for Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex.
My PhD research focuses on reconstructing Hannah Arendt's concept of 'World Alienation' and its possible remedies in the context of the ecological crisis and the urgent need for humanity to act globally.
In my non-philosophy time, I like to unwind by playing with my cat, listening to shoegaze and trying out new hot sauces.

Emma Moormann

I (she/her) am a second-year PhD student working at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Antwerp.
My research is part of the ERC-project NeuroEpigenEthics, which aims to investigate how dynamic concepts of human biology influence the ascription of responsibility. In my own project I investigate the possibility of a fair distribution of responsibilities for (epigenetic) health among various individual and collective agents.
In my spare time, I like to take a break from the rather sedentary life of an academic by participating in activism, mountainbiking and kickboxing.

Arianna Pavone

I'm a research fellow in Philosophy of Science at the University of Messina, Italy. My background is philosophy, cognitive science and computer science. In 2021 I earn a PhD in Cognitive Science at Department of Cognitive Science, University of Messina.
Research activities carried out during my doctoral course led me to deal with more specific issues of philosophy of science. Now my work explores questions located at the intersection of philosophy, technoscience and culture, and my research interests include media philosophy and theory, computation and artificial intelligence.

Nikolina Smiljanić

I am a third year PhD student at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. My background is political science, law and philosophy. I am also a visiting scholar at the University of Antwerp and part of the Law and Enforcement Research Group. My interests are in the philosophy of law and decision making in legal processes. My superpower is multitasking. In my free time, I like to read crime novels, go for walks in nature (I can not decide yet if I prefer walking by the sea or in the forest), and watch Harry Potter.

Sigrid Wallaert

I am a second-year PhD student at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of Ghent University, funded by FWO Flanders.
My project revolves around the concept of women’s anger, and asks the question: in which ways can this specific type of anger have productive value? Using the theory of epistemic injustice as a guide, I am examining the epistemic value of women’s anger, its non-retributive qualities, and its potential as a moral emotion. When I’m not buried underneath a pile of philosophy books, I’m most likely reading a novel with a cup of tea by my side.".


The Conference by Women, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Philosophers takes place on 24th June 2022 (Hybrid/University of Antwerp).

Attendance costs 10 euros for those in person and is free for those attending online.

Please note that to conclude your in-person registration your must transfer the conference fee. The conference fee of 10 euros must be transferred to BE42 7350 0886 2754. You are kindly requested to state "SC190067- [SURNAME NAME]" in your transfer.

The deadline for paying the conference fee is June 10, 2022.

If you have any questions or can you for some reason not transfer the conference fee, please contact us at

The registration form is available here.

Call for Abstracts

The 9th annual Conference by Women, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Philosophers will take place on 24 June at the University of Antwerp. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for graduate and undergraduate philosophers to present their work to peers.

In this way we hope to create an opportunity for young philosophers (BA, MA, PhD, recent alumnae) to inspire, support and motivate one another and to forge potentially productive alliances. The conference features at least one plenary talk by a distinguished keynote speaker (t.b.a.).

We want to encourage a wide array of submissions from women, non-binary, and queer people, groups who have been historically underrepresented in academic philosophy.

We wish to challenge this situation - whilst being aware of the fact that the marginal positioning of women in philosophy also depends on factors other than their gender, such as ethnicity, religion, social status, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Call for submissions:

We invite submissions by women, non-binary and queer philosophers for papers in any area of academic philosophy. Submissions should take the form of abstracts. Abstracts should be written in English.

Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. There will be a respondent for each paper. You are expected to hand in the final paper roughly one month before the conference so that your respondent may read it. Papers may not have been published before -- one of our goals is to give meaningful feedback by respondents on work in progress (student papers are eligible). Abstracts for papers should be fully anonymised, should not exceed 500 words and can be submitted here.

The deadline for submissions is 7 March 2022.
The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2022.

Submission link

If you are a supervisor, please encourage your students to respond to our call. Also feel free to distribute the call through any suitable channels that you may know.

Everyone is welcome to attend the conference. Online participation will be free of charge. The conference fee for attending in Antwerp is €10. More information about this will be sent along with our Call for Registration later this year.

The conference is organised by PhD candidates from several universities across Europe.



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