Martina Reuter

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I studied philosophy at the University of Helsinki (PhD 2000) and was appointed docent of philosophy at the same university in 2009. In 2002-2013 I was affiliated with the Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence History of Mind (2002-2007) and Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics (2008-2013), led by Prof. Simo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki). In 2005-2011 I was Academy Research Fellow.  Since 2013 I am Senior Lecturer in gender studies at the University of Jyväskylä.

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My research focuses on the history of women philosophers and feminist thought, particularly during the 17th and 18th Centuries. The rediscovery of forgotten thinkers reconstructs the canon of philosophy and contributes to a deeper understanding of how concepts such as equality, difference, sex and gender have developed.
I am PI for the project Gender in Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy (2022-2026) funded by the Academy of Finland. The project investigates early feminist arguments and their relation to the history of philosophy. The team will work on four clusters of research questions. These are (i) the question of education and its relation to innate capacities, (ii) claims about the superiority of women and/or equality between the sexes, (iii) the relations between the mind and the body, and (iv) the question of political rule. The team includes Prof. Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill University), Elad Carmel, Elena Gordon, Mary Jo MacDonald, and Tuomas Parsio.
I am also coinvestigator in the project Origins of Racializing Thought (2022-2026), led by Malin Grahn-Wilder and funded by the Kone Foundation, and coinvestigator in the partnership Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy (2020-2027), led by Prof. Lisa Shapiro (McGill University). The partnership is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and 12 partner institutions.
In 2021, I was on research leave funded by the Kone Foundation, and in 2018-2020, I was PI for the project Early Feminist Thinkers, funded by the Kone Foundation, the University of Jyväskylä and the Extending New Narratives Partnership. The team included Tuomas Parsio, Erika Ruonakoski and Laura Lahdensuu, and the project resulted in a volume with Finnish translations of nine early feminist texts. In 2018-2019 I was co-editor-in-chief for the national Finnish journal for gender studies Sukupuolentutkimus-Genusforskning and in 2016-2017 I was coinvestigator in the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Gender and Philosophy.

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