Under-Represented Groups in Philosophy

26th-27th November 2010

Venue: Cardiff University, UK

This is a SWIP UK/BPA Conference, supported by The Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society


A programme detailing times is available from the conference website.

Event Rationale

Women in the profession of academic philosophy are in a minority. Discussion in print and online has recently focused on possible explanations of this, with attention being paid to the effects of stereotypes, solo status, and hostile or chilly environments in academic culture. Discussions have also highlighted the underrepresentation of individuals of minority racial or ethnic identities, disabled people, and from working class socioeconomic backgrounds.

There have also been a number of positive attempts to address problems that may face minorities in the profession, and increase their visibility in philosophy. Some strategies include:

This conference aims to focus attention on the following topics:

  1. identifying the specific problems that minorities in philosophy encounter, especially those that may perpetuate or sustain that minority status;

  2. articulating the philosophical concepts and frameworks that may be of use in thinking about these problems;

  3. identifying strategies that might be employed in attempting address gender imbalances and the underrepresentation of disabled people and individuals of minority racial or ethnic identities

  4. exploring the philosophical underpinnings of these strategies, and critically assessing them.


Jules Holroyd, Alessandra Tanesini and Jennifer Saul. Please contact the Cardiff-based organisers, Jules and Alessandra, if you have any queries.


The registration form is available from the conference webpage

Unwaged/Student/SWIP-member £20

Waged £25

Conference dinner deposit £5

Registration includes lunch and refreshments, but does not cover accommodation or the conference dinner (which will be reasonably priced). Accommodation advice can be found in the PDF document on the conference website.

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