It’s a sign of the successes of feminist philosophy that there is now a significant and growing number of retired feminist philosophers. (And with current economic conditions, more may be retiring early.) Kate Lindeman is urging that we pay some attention to this group, and she’s quite right to do so. While some may be happy to leave their philosophical work behind, others are eager to remain engaged. So we should think about ways to help with this. Kate suggests that we need to:
1. Overcome the PERCEPTION that emerita/ae are no longer part of
2.Provide some vehicles to facilitate integration [practical
things like those we did re: women with children]
3. Offer vehicles for emeritae – especially those not living in
academic oriented communities.
And she has some suggestions for how we could go about doing this:
1. APA and even SWIP, for the most part, have been for ‘currently employed or at least employable’ academic philosophers. We should try to change this.
2. Encourage younger scholars and emeritae to co-author or co-edit, an excellent opportunity for both.
3. Invite emeritae to give papers.
4. Make conferences, etc more accessible to older philosophers who may be constrained by both health and income– web-based events and video links may help here.
5. Publicise that emeritae are welcome– e.g. in the group eligible for travel grants/bursaries.
6. Create a list of emeritae who are interested in speaking at conferences, guest-lecturing, etc.
7. Create a SWIP Emeritae?
8. Do a conference or volume on the issue.
What else can we do? Please brainstorm in the comments! (Thanks to Sally Haslanger and Ann Garry as well as Kate Lindeman.)