The Bay Area Feminism and Philosophy (BayFAP) workshop was founded in 2005 by Jacqueline Tayor (USF) and Ásta (SFSU), and modeled after our sister group, the Workshop on Gender and Philosophy (WOGAP), which meets a few times per semester to discuss a pre-circulated paper.

However, BayFAP faces distinctive logistical challenges. Participants who work and study at different institutions across the Bay Area live far away from each other. Public transportation between the campuses is poor, and traffic is increasingly horrendous. As a result, attendance at BayFAP has suffered badly. In response to this, we have decided to change the format of BayFAP to an annual workshop-style conference. The conference will be modeled after the Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference and its descendants, the Vancouver Summer Philosophy Conference and the Midsummer Philosophy Workshop.

The first annual BayFAP conference will be hosted at the University of San Francisco from May 20-22, 2019. We are very pleased to announce that Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies at MIT, will be joining us as our inaugural keynote speaker. We will be sending out a call for papers, commentators, and chairs sometime this summer. The conference will not have any specific theme or topic, but will accept paper submissions in the area of feminist philosophy, broadly construed.