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2018 Keynote Speakers

Linda Martin-Alcoff
Marina Calloni
Veerle Draulans
Yannik Thiem



Feminist Ethics and the Question of Gender
Feministische Ethik und die Frage nach dem Geschlecht

Societas Ethica’s 55th Annual Conference
Louvain-la-Neuve, BelgiuM
23-26 August 2018


Dr. Linda MartíN-ALCOFF

Sexual Subjectivity and Sexual Violation

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. She is a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Recent books include Rape and Resistance (Polity 2018), The Future of Whiteness (Polity 2015),  Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), which won the Frantz Fanon Award for 2009, Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield 2003). She is originally from Panama. For more info go to 




Veerle Draulans, PhD Ethics, 1994 KU Leuven (Belgium). She has been involved in master programs such as ‘ethics, care and policy’, ‘management of cultural diversity’, Tilburg University, Nl.. Currently, she is associate professor of gender studies at KU Leuven, Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on ‘diversity and care’, ‘gender and leadership’, ‘gender and STEM’, ‘values and religion in Europe’. She is member of the Belgian Governmental Advisory Committee on Bio-ethics, the Board of Governors of Emmaus (healthcare and welfare organisations), High Level Taskforce Gender, Vlir, Belgium,  and co-chair of the taskforce ‘services’ of the COST-program ROSE, Reducing Old-Age Exclusion in Europe: Collaborations in Research and PolicyShe is also involved in various VLIR UOS (North-South collaboration) programs (Ethiopia and South Africa).


Dr. Marina Calloni

Unveiling the Unspeakable: Combatting Sexual Abuses and Domestic Violence

Marina Calloni is full professor of social and political philosophy at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan. She is currently deputy president of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy (SIFP). She participated and is participating in several national and international researches and cross borders networks, collaborating with universities, research centers, NGO's and supra-national institutions, mainly devoted to the protection of human rights. She is director of the departmental research center “EDV Italy Project", a program devoted to the contrast to domestic violence, in collaboration with the Council of Europe (Strasbourg).



We Are Not A Zoo! Methodological Reflections on Gender and Queerness in Ethics

Yannik Thiem is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. Thiem received his first doctorate from the University of Tübingen in Germany in theology and his second doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in rhetoric. Thiem specializes in critical theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and social and political philosophy. He is the author of Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility (Fordham UP, 2008). His second book Ripples of Redemptive Time: The Ethics and Politics of Temporality in Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin is under contract with Fordham UP and he is working on a new project entitled Politics of Affect: Race, Religion, Sex, and Other Monsters. He has published articles on the Early Frankfurt School, on politics and religion, and in feminist and queer theory in journals such as Telos, Social Research, Law and Critique, and Modern Language Notes. Together with Gabriel Rockhill, Thiem co-directs the book series Reinventing Critical Theory (Rowman Littlefield International).