FemPhil is a research group based at the Department of Philosophy, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The group is composed by early career and senior researchers working from different traditions and areas within philosophy and across the discipline. Embracing diversity in its core, the research conducted by FemPhil is not topically or methodologically mainstreamed. Shared by all its members, however, is a concern with social justice expressed through the theoretical scrutiny of resource distribution and power relations in politics, society, and knowledge production. FemPhil makes use of feminist concepts and perspectives that continue to transform philosophy and thematizes issues such as gender equality and justice, politics of difference and otherness, and intersectional dimensions of oppression. In the past years, FemPhil has been particularly preoccupied with normative analyses of structural and cultural conditions that hinder gender equality in academia and with a critical and historical reconstruction of the philosophical canon.
FemPhil was founded in 2017 by Trine Antonsen. Antonsen led the group until 2019. Kjersti Fjørtoft lead the group alone from 2020 and introduced a leader team in 2021 together with Melina Duarte. From 2021-2023, FemPhil's leader team is composed by Melina Duarte and Fredrik Nilsen. The group elects a new leader team every second year and new members are welcomed all year long.
FemPhil collaborates closely with the Center for Women's and Gender Research at UiT and has joint research projects, publications, and events. Currently, we work together on three research projects: IMPLISITT (RCN 2021-2023/321031), PRESTIGE (RCN 2018-2023/281862) and NOS-HS Intersectional Gender Equality in Academia in the Arctic North (ID 123966)(Coordinated at the University of Oulu). Our most recent joint publication is the forthcoming book (under contract): Duarte, M., K. Losleben, and K. Fjørtoft (eds.) Gender Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academia: A Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Transformation. Gender Series. Routledge. The book is available on open acess. In 2022, together with our partners at the Center of Women's and Gender Research and the Nordic Network for Gender Balance in Academia, we have hosted in Tromsø a three-day conference on Equal Futures: Exploring Sustainable Futures in the Arctic North. Video lectures of the conference are available here. In January 2023, FemPhil hosts an international conference on Bias and Epistemic Injustice and in May 2023, we host the book lauching at UiT.