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.
- Louise Antony (Umass, Amherst) 'Different Voices or Perfect Storm? Explaining the Dearth of Women in Philosophy'
- Helen Beebee (Birmingham) 'Women and Deviance in Philosophy'
- Teresa Blankmeyer Burke (Gallaudet, Washington DC) 'Triple Threat: Brown, Female, and Deaf'
- Samantha Brennan, (University of Western Ontario) 'Rethinking the Moral Significance of Micro-Inequities: The Case of Women in Philosophy'
- Pamela Hood (San Francisco State University) 'Socrates and King: An Invitation to Philosophy'
- Jennifer Saul (Sheffield) 'Unconscious Influences and Women in Philosophy'
- Mahlet Zimeta (Roehampton) 'Philosophy and the Social Good'
- Roundtable discussion, chaired by Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Nottingham)
- SWIP-UK AGM meeting
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:
- Gathering data on the number of women and underrepresented minorities in philosophy
- Alerting conference organisers as to the problems of homogenous speaker programmes and encouraging them to consider speakers from a more diverse pool;
- Constructing databases of writings by women in philosophy, to facilitate greater gender-balance in undergraduate reading lists;
- Coordinating networks of minorities in philosophy to facilitate working links, and, for example, to promote the work of women in philosophy;
- Encouraging educators and conference organisers to create accessible and inclusive spaces within which to do philosophy.
This conference aims to focus attention on the following topics:
identifying the specific problems that minorities in philosophy encounter, especially those that may perpetuate or sustain that minority status;
articulating the philosophical concepts and frameworks that may be of use in thinking about these problems;
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
exploring the philosophical underpinnings of these strategies, and critically assessing them.
The registration form is available from the conference webpage
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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