Feminism & Women's Studies Gender Studies History Philosophy Ethics Memory

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the significant contribution of women to numerous philosophical and scientific controversies in the early modern age (broadly understood from Renaissance to early Enlightenment). In the large intellectual network, called Republic of Letters, debates, disputes and controversies were remarkable means of creation and circulation of ideas, especially when they remained unresolved. Disputes concerned Aristotelianism, Platonism, the new cosmology, the foundation of epistemology, theology, ethics, vernacular translation of classic works, and female nature and intellectual dignity. Thus, in this period, several learned ladies developed new argumentative strategies, in order to join such debates, albeit sometimes anonymously. The significant role of women in the history of philosophy is now recognized as a rich new research field.

Itinerari is planning an issue devoted to Italian women’s contribution to intellectual controversies in the early modern period, to be edited by Giuliana Di Biase, Valentina Zaffino and Emilio M. De Tommaso. Therefore, we invite submissions either on individual figures, or any aspect concerning early modern Italian women’s intellectual activity. Submissions on foreign ladies somehow engaged in dialogue with early modern Italian women are also welcome.

 Suggested topics for articles include (but are not limited to):

  1. Ontology.

  2. Anthropology.

  3. Epistemology.

  4. Religion and Theology.

  5. Ethics.

  6. Old and new social roles: custom and education.

  7. New argumentative strategies.

  8. Philosophy, science, art and literature: borderlands and spaces of transition.

How to submit

Submitted papers should not exceed 6000 words, including notes and references, prepared for double-blind peer review, with no identifying references to the author, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words plus 5 keywords. Accepted languages: English and Italian. For detailed author’s instructions please consult Itinerari guidelines.

Proposals should be sent to, specifying “CFP Women in Controversy in Early Modern Italy” in the email subject. Deadline: February 28, 2022