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Seyla Benhabib papers

Scope & content

The Seyla Benhabib papers are primarily comprised of correspondence, administrative records, course materials, and writings. The collection is arranged into eight series. Series 1, Correspondence, contains professional correspondence primarily about publishing and speaking invitations. These materials are dated between 1990 and 2002.

Series 2, Early Academics, is comprised of papers and notebooks written by Benhabib while in undergraduate or graduate school between 1970 and 1972. Manuscripts and presentations written by Benhabib following graduate school are located in Series 3, Writings, dating between 1973 and 1995.

Series 4, Course Materials, contain syllabi, course notes, and essays related to Benhabib’s work as a professor. Her courses were in philosophy, political science, and feminist theory taught between 1992 and 2002. Series 5, Writings by Others, includes articles, published and unpublished, by other scholars, some with Benhabib’s notes.

In Series 6, Committees, are notes, memos, and correspondence related to committees at Harvard University. The committees include the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and the Committee on the Status of Women. These materials date between 1985 to 2004.

The professional materials in Series 7 include Benhabib’s curriculum vitae, application for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and newsclippings about Benhabib.

Finally, Series 8, Conferences, contains materials about conferences attended by and presented at by Benhabib. Conferences were international in scope. Some presentations given by Benhabib are included. The conferences date between 1982 to 2005.