Call for papers: ‘Hobbes and Gender’ workshop and special issue

Papers are invited for a workshop on Hobbes and Gender, to be held at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany on 22 and 23 November 2018. Contributions to the workshop will be considered for a special issue of Hobbes Studies, on the same theme, to be published in spring 2020. The guest editors for the special issue are Eva Odzuck (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Alexandra Chadwick (University of Groningen). The workshop will include two keynote speeches from experts in the field: Sharon Lloyd (University of Southern California) and Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University).

Papers may approach the topic from a variety of angles including, for example:

  • Critiques of Hobbes’s arguments from feminist perspectives.
  • Insights from Hobbes’s philosophy for current debates about gender
  • The place of women in Hobbes’s political argument.
  • Body, materialism and human nature in Hobbes.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to the editors at and by 5 September 2018.

Financial assistance for travel and accommodation expenses can be provided due to a grant from the Free State of Bavaria (Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching, FFL).

After the workshop, the guest editors will select papers for possible publication in Hobbes Studies.  Selected papers should be no longer than 8,000 words (incl. notes and bibliography) and should be with the editors by 31 May 2019. These will then be sent out to external reviewers, and the final decisions for publication in Hobbes Studies will be made on the basis of their reports.

If you have any questions, please contact the guest editors at or

The workshop is held under the aegis of the European Hobbes Society. For a PDF version of the call for papers, click here.