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Gender-Inclusive Conferences Session January 1, 2014

Update: Now with John Protevi’s talk: 2013 APA Eastern session final draft

Another bit of the APA I was sad to miss was the session on Gender-Inclusive Conferences, which featured Kate Norlock, John Protevi and Jason Stanley.  (It was organised by Nancy Bauer.)  It sounds awesome– standing room only and really great papers and discussion.  I’m very pleased, though, to be able to post Kate’s powerpoints, the draft talks that Jason and John presented.

Here’s Kate’s talk: Why and How to Organize a Gender-balanced Conference

Here’s Jason’s talk: apacomments



More on gender at NYU November 22, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 4:50 pm

We recently posted about a very striking lineup of gendered events at NYU’s New York Institute of Philosophy. Several of NYU’s faculty (Paul Boghossian, David Chalmers, Don Garrett, Beatrice Longuenesse, Sharon Street, and David Velleman) have written a letter in response to this post, which is now up on NYU’s website:






Lots and lots of men are speaking at NYU November 16, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 5:05 pm

NYU is hosting a lot of gendered events. A lot. So many that I’m not going to create separate posts for all of them, because I have other things to do with my time. Scroll through these pages for all the details:



Some of the gendered events aren’t particularly problematic – for example, those that only involve two speakers. But the overall picture is pretty striking (on the ‘Research Workshops’ page I counted 34 events, only 8 of which, by my quick count, involved any women), as is the number of multi-speaker events with no women speaking.


UPDATE: Several people have asked that we clarify this post to emphasize that it is the New York Institute of Philosophy, and not the NYU philosophy department, which is hosting these events. (NB: The original post doesn’t mention the NYU philosophy department. It just says that lots of men are speaking at NYU. Which they are.) So just to be clear: these events are put on by the NYIP, and hosted at NYU, but not organized by the NYU philosophy department. According to their website, “The New York Institute of Philosophy is a research center housed within the NYU Department of Philosophy. It funds multi-year research projects on particular themes, as well as public lectures, conferences and workshops.”


Women and professional philosophy in continental Europe

Over at New APPS, a discussion about the situation of women in academic philosophy in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy:



Men Talk About Suffering November 15, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 10:53 am

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

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — Jender @ 9:06 am

Logical Consequence and Paradox, Bochum. (h/t NewAPPS.)

Highly illogical.

(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

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 2:00 pm

MIT is hosting a conference on ‘The Construction of Logical Space’ at which all named speakers are male. The lineup is:

John Burgess
Princeton University

Brian Weatherson
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Agustin Rayo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tom Donaldson
Harvard Society of Fellows

David Boylan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Proseminarians
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

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — Jender @ 9:58 am

“Mathematical Depth Workshop”

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

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — Jender @ 5:27 am

A conference on values, with only male invited speakers, at Tubingen.

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.



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