Over at New APPS, a discussion about the situation of women in academic philosophy in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy:
Women and professional philosophy in continental Europe November 16, 2013
Men Talk About Suffering November 15, 2013
Conference announcement for a gendered conference on suffering:
Registration is now open for a one day workshop on Suffering and Normativity.
The workshop will be held on 18 January, 2014, and is hosted by Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.
What is suffering’s place in our rational lives? Suffering is traditionally taken to be an impediment to reason, but what roles might suffering play in supporting and assisting rational activity? Suffering arguably provides reasons for actions and beliefs, but might suffering also respond to reason? If so, might we sometimes be rationally criticizable for suffering or for failing to suffer?
Our aim at this workshop is to explore what and how suffering rationalizes and whether and how suffering itself is rational or irrational.
The day will be organized around the research of the following presenters:
Bastian Brock (Psychology, University of Queensland)
Jonathan Cohen (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego)
Matthew Fulkerson (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego)
Tom Johnstone (Psychology and Affective Neuroscience, University of Reading)
Manolo Martinez (Philosophy, Universitat de Barcelona)
The workshop is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and is part of the larger project: The Value of Suffering: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective Experiences. The Value of Suffering Project is an international, interdisciplinary research project whose aim is to foster multidisciplinary exploration of the roles that affective experiences—suffering in particular—play in our lives.
Though our website is currently under construction, more information about the Value of Suffering Project and our research team can currently be found at: http://www.davidbain.org/value-of-suffering-project
13 Invited Speakers, All Men November 6, 2013
(Obviously, the lyrics need some tweaking.)
To forestall the standard questions, here’s why we’re doing this. And here are quite a lot of women who work on logic and philosophy of logic.
Men Construct Logical Space October 25, 2013
MIT is hosting a conference on ‘The Construction of Logical Space’ at which all named speakers are male. The lineup is:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard Society of Fellows
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Some of ‘The Proseminarians’ may be female - we don’t know. But all named speakers are male, and all faculty speakers are male.
Women aren’t mathematically deep October 16, 2013
The Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, is pleased to
announce a workshop on mathematical depth. In this workshop, we will be examining and discussing
examples of mathematics typically judged to be deep (or not deep) in hope of clarifying what’s at
issue in these judgments.
Speakers: Andrew Arana, Mario Bonk, Robert Geroch, Jeremy Gray, Marc Lange, John Stillwell, Jamie
Tappenden, and Alasdair Urquhart
Yes, women organise gendered conferences too October 9, 2013
UPDATE: I’ve now learned that only 3 of the speakers were invited, and the rest were submitted. Our policy is to focus only on invited speakers in these posts, so this should be thought of as a conference with 3 invited speakers, all male.
What’s it like trying to avoid a gendered conference? October 4, 2013
I had been thinking for a while that it would be useful if we created a space for people to talk about their efforts to improve gender equity at conferences– what worked, what didn’t, what would they do differently, etc. Then somebody wrote to FP because they were so impressed by the gender balance at a conference that Lewis Powell organised. So I asked him what he did. He thinks he didn’t do much, and that it may not even be worth our posting about his efforts. But I think it’s worth showing how easy it (sometimes) is. So here’s what Lewis says:
The short version is that I didn’t do very much to achieve the gender balance. I mean, I invited two women speakers, but that wasn’t part of a concerted effort to ensure gender balance (except in the counterfactual sense that if my initial list had been all men, I would have re-evaluated it in light of my commitment to the GCC). I blind-reviewed the abstracts, and had an explicit plan to re-evaluate those papers that almost made the cut, if it turned out that I had wound up accepting a group that was overwhelmingly male. But this turns out to be merely counterfactual as well, since the gender ratio of accepted papers was 3-3.
With inviting commentators, I was less concerned (since the balance of speakers was already 5 women to 4 men), but the recommendations I got and people I invited on the basis of recommendations wound up being majority women as well (4 women to 2 men).
So, it turned out that I didn’t wind up having to be especially active on the GCC front, and I still have 60% of the participants being women. The gender ratio among applicants was approximately 40% women to 60% men.”
So, readers: tell us your own tales! Do also tell us of difficulties. And a special plea to our readers: do remember the rules of this blog, and don’t assume that someone telling of difficulties is being disingenuous. It IS sometimes hard. In general, I’d appreciate it if comments could be confined to (a) anecdotes about organisation efforts one has oneself engaged in; and (b) suggestions about how problems could be fixed for the future. Let’s avoid second-guessing about past efforts.
Men discuss the evolution of morality September 23, 2013
Another gendered event: The Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science Forum, “Evolutionary Explanations of Morality,” has an all-male lineup of speakers.
If you want to know about the harm that all-male events do, please check out this link to our Gendered Conference Campaign.
If you want to comment on this post I would like to invite you to first check out this list of frequently asked questions about the Gendered Conference Campaign. Doing so might spare us all from repeating conversations in the comments.
Finally, here are some strategies for avoiding creating a gendered conference.
Token women and the GCC September 16, 2013
A nice discussion of Anca Gheaus’s paper, over at Crooked Timber.
Men being artificially intelligent. June 20, 2013
Lots of them. (Thanks, P!)
PT-AI 2013 – “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”
Oxford, St. Antony’s College
Jean-Christophe Baillie (CSF, Aldebaran Robotics, Paris)
“AI: The Point of View of Developmental Robotics”
Theodore Berger (University of Southern California, L.A.)
Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY)
“What Does Watson 2.0 Tell Us About the Philosophy & Theory of AI?”
Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts University, Boston)
“If brains are computers, what kind of computers are they?”
Luciano Floridi (University of Hertfordshire/University of Oxford)
“Enveloping the World – How Reality Is Becoming AI-Friendly”
Stuart J Russell (UC Berkeley)
“Rationality and Intelligence”
Murray Shanahan (Imperial College, London)
“Consciousness, Artificial Intelligence, and the Frame Problem”
Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling, Scotland)
“AI and Extended Cognition”