Call for Papers: Gender in Political Theory: The Work of Anne Phillips

Call for Papers

Gender in Political Theory: The Work of Anne Phillips

A South West Doctoral Training Centre Workshop on 18th May 2016

The workshop will explore the work of Anne Phillips, and her contribution to exploring the idea of gender from a political theory perspective.

Professor Anne Phillips will be present at the Workshop to discuss and respond to postgraduate paper presentations.

The workshop is organised as part of the ESCR SWDTC Advanced Training Programme and hosted by the Gender Research Centre, SPAIS, University of Bristol, in collaboration with the Centre for Political Thought, University of Exeter. We intend to bring together academics and postgraduates to discuss Phillips’s work, and the topic of gender more generally. The main texts we will be discussing are:


Anne Phillips, Our Bodies, Whose Property? (Princeton University Press, 2013)

Anne Phillips, The Politics of Presence (Oxford University Press, 1995)

Anne Phillips, Gender and Culture (Polity Press, 2010)


We invite postgraduates in political theory, gender studies, and feminism more broadly, to submit an abstract, of no more than 400 words, for papers discussing Phillips’s work, focussing on the books/collections above. Please, also send a brief CV. Papers should address the topics and themes in the texts, including but not limited to: objectification and commodification of the body; analysis of case studies including rape, and surrogacy; equitable representation; the politics of ideas vs. the politics of presence; gender and culture essentialism; perceived conflicts between gender and culture.


Please submit abstracts to Kate Townsend at with the email heading ‘Gender Workshop Submission’ by 7th March 2016 (slight late submissions may also be considered). Accepted proposals will be informed by 25th March 2016. Complete papers will be required by April 29th 2016.  Papers will be pre-circulated.

Travel costs (and if necessary some accommodation costs) will be covered by the SWDTC Advanced Training

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