Circle 3: Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action

Circle 3 Hospitality & Solidarity invites you

October Symposium – NSU ​Summer Session 2021

Solidarity and the Political

Feminist thinking and the needs of today


What are the political aspects concerning solidarity? Solidarity is one of the six principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. But what is solidarity and how does it foster or hinder cooperation between oneself and the other? The Oxford dictionary tells us that solidarity describes a state of physical and political organisation, as well as a feeling. 

British philosopher Timothy Morton works on solidarity and climate change. According to him, solidarity goes against the fundamental and traumatic fissure between reality and the real, and as such it proposes an ontological basis that goes against dominant Western philosophy. How to create a solidarity that does not violate the other? How can we think the openness of hospitality, without losing the identity of the one that invites? And how are we to invite the other, what kind of relationship do we presuppose in that invitation? How do we create the political in solidarity?

What does solidarity mean when teaching? Is solidarity possible in Hannah Arendt’s ‘political realm’? How does this relate to the black feminist movement, and the call for solidarity on ”mainstream” feminism: what is the critique and how is solidarity achieved? And with regard to nature and in bioethics: how does solidarity function in the discourse of climate change?

The symposium will take place online. There will be a two-day symposium, plus several satellite events, organised by our study circle. There will also be many more events and symposia organised during the whole month of October by the Nordic Summer University

Please save the dates for the following events:

Opening of the Summer session with regional meetings (over zoom) and panel discussions: 1 October 2021

Circle 3 Reading of a Play on the beach/in nature 10 October 2021 (all over the world, connected through Zoom)

Circle 3 2-day Symposium 23-24 October 2021 (online)

General Assembly Part 1 17 October 2021

General Assembly Part 2 30 October 2021

You’re welcome to join one or more or all of the events. 

Ways of participation

To continue the exploration of the concepts of solidarity, you’re welcome to send in an application for one or more of the following:

  • Presenter during the online symposium (23-24 October) 
    • Paper presentation. You will be asked to send in a (draft) paper beforehand, so that two people can prepare a (10 minute) response in hospitality and solidarity. You will be also asked to prepare a similar response to one or two assigned paper(s) from (an)other participant(s).
      Presenters are able to submit their paper to a special issue published by open access, peer reviewed journal Open Philosophy. Submissions will be accepted between the 1st of October until 15th of November. There is a fee of 500 euro upon acceptance. We can help you apply for funding. 
    • Idea presentation. You will be able to present ideas for discussion during max. 10 minutes, after which the audience can respond and ask questions. This is not for reading out a ready manuscript but a free form of collaboration.
  • Participant during the online symposium (23-24 October)
    You’re very welcome to join as listener and participant during the online symposium. Please let us know if you’d like to be a respondent to one of the papers or not (totally optional).
  • Other
    We’re always open to exploring new and experimental formats of co-creation, co-exploration and co-operation. In the past we have read feminist science fiction together through Zoom, we have read ancient Greek plays on beaches around the world, and we’re very open to your ideas. These can take place any time during the month of October, during the 2-day symposium or before or after the symposia. Please send in your suggestions and a short description of how you want to collaborate with us on making it happen!

Send in your answer to our call no later than 01.09.2021!

hospitality.solidarity [at]

About this study circle:

This circle is born out of the success and the strengths of the previous study circle Feminist Philosophy; Time, history and the Transformation of Thought (2017-2019) and is taking up a new interdisciplinary topic that is present in contemporary philosophy, politics, and theology as well as feminist theory: the topic of hospitality and solidarity. Exploring the different themes of our symposia, feminism will allow us to create unexpected connections, experimental interventions and rethink these themes anew.

Read more about the overall aims and goals of the study circle.

About the network

Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action is a three-year study circle for critical interdisciplinary inquiries based in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The symposium at Åbo Akademi University is the first of a total of six conferences from 2020 to 2022. The network builds on the project Feminist philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought (2017-2019), which attracted more than 200 participants from five continents. The network aims to transcend the hierarchies of academia and the limits of thought. For more information about the network, visit our website and FB-group Feminist Philosophy (NSU).

Previous symposia organised by our study circle:


Laura Hellsten
Circle 3 coordinator, NSU Board member 2020-


Nicole des Bouvrie
Circle 3 coordinator, NSU Board member 2019-

the Netherlands