Philosophy Tea: Fredrika Bremer - Invitation to a Peace Alliance

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This spring Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will continue their popular Philosophy Tea talks.

Tuesday March 9th – Fredrika Bremer, Invitation to a Peace Alliance

Our second Philosophy Tea focuses on Fredrika Bremer’s An Invitation to a Peace Alliance, in which she calls for a worldwide peace organization of women. Issued in the midst of the Crimean War (1853-1856), it was considerably ahead of its time and met with a hostile reception. However it can be seen as anticipating the creation of the more successful International Conference of Women in Washington D. C. in 1888 and helping to pave the way for such prominent Swedish women peace activists as Elin Wägner, Alva Myrdal and Maj-Britt Theorin. In addition to the Invitation itself, we discuss how Bremer’s experiences in the United States (1849-1851), recounted in Hemmen i den nya världen; and England, in England om hösten 1851, as well as her reform activities in Sweden helped form the ideas and the practical proposals she puts forward in the Invitation.


Daniel Ogden is a researcher and teacher of utopian ideas, for many years at Uppsala University and now at Mälardalen University.

Peter Wallensteen was the first holder of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research (1985-2012) and is now Senior Professor at Uppsala University.

Each Philosophy Tea lasts one hour. The sessions are run in English.

Tea and scones will be served. All welcome.

The discussions will be recorded and available as pod casts.

With the support of Uppsala University.
In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet and with support by Folkuniversitetsföreningen.
In collaboration with The English Bookshop Uppsala.

Producer: Paul Kessel