Philosophical Spaces has made it easy. This post gives a list of simple things you can do. There’s even a link you can click that takes you to an online form allowing you to volunteer. And, if you have money but not time, there’s a link you can use to donate to the APA Fund for Diversity and Inclusiveness.
Want to improve the climate in Philosophy? Sign up to help! February 19, 2014
The PGR’s un-women-friendly epistemology February 11, 2014
McAfee’s punch line: “Is there a systematic bias in the PGR methodology that leads it to value more male-dominated departments? Well, yes. An unrepresentative and hand-picked advisory board plus unrepresentative and hand-picked evaluators will lead to a slanted take on the value of the work going on in the profession. You don’t have to be a stand-point epistemologist to see this.”
[Update: I'm going to recommend that anyone who wishes to comment on the post do so at Gone Public, where it originally occurred, rather than below the reblog here. To that end (and because I'm not able to moderate comments today), I've closed comments below.]
Originally posted on gonepublic: philosophy, politics, & public life:
What’s the state of your state? January 25, 2014
Readers: Does your state/city/municipality have non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ communities? Is there relevant legislation in place or pending that you know of? Post here on the state of the laws in your place of residence with regard to LBGTQ equality for the sake of our readers on the market, and save some already exhausted candidates some time.
Underrepresented Philosophers Database January 8, 2014
Malcolm Keating has built upon Helen DeCruz’s excellent work to create a really wonderful database we can all go contribute to!
The purpose of this website is to collect the names and works of philosophers underrepresented in philosophy courses at the undergraduate level. By incorporating more works by philosophers belonging to typically underrepresented groups, it may be possible to combat stereotype threat and improve retention of women, persons of color, and others who are historically minorities in philosophy.
Through this website, you may
add names of, and works by, underrepresented philosophers
search for philosophers (by a number of criteria)
view demographic information for the philosophers.
This will only work if we all do our bit by adding ourselves, and others! Also, do let Malcolm know about other things you’d like the database to include. It’s a work in progress, and he’s eager for it to evolve in response to the needs of the community!
But before you go rush off to add lots of other people, do note that due to privacy concerns you should only add yourself or historical figures.
Syllabi: Got Women? January 3, 2014
When crafting my Intro to Ethics syllabus for the upcoming semester, I tried to find as many great pieces by women as I could, hoping that I could meet the 20% challenge. I didn’t do any conscious counting, though…until now. Here’s how it turned out:
100 total philosophers that we will be reading or reading about (about 10 are actually scientists or other non-philosophers)
56 are from required readings & activities, 44 from recommended ones.
Required Readings (Men-Women): 68% – 32% (38-18)
Recommended Readings (M-W): 63% – 36% (28-16)
Women of color on the syllabus: Rabi’A Al- Adawiyya, Michelle Alexander, Michele Moody-Adams, and Caster Semenya as someone we’re reading about. Wooo!! …That’s actually super sad that I’m excited to have more than 1% WoC on my syllabus.
So overall not shabby, considering that current efforts to get 20% women authors on syllabi are seen by some as necessarily lowering the quality of what we teach. <sarcasmfont> I really had to lower my standards to include Foot, Nussbaum, Anderson, Moody-Adams, Korsgaard, Langton, and Fricker. </sarcasmfont>
I know this is not incredibly difficult when you’re teaching ethics, but it was still rather amusing how many times I stumbled upon a great piece that would make me think, “Oh ya; they do ethics and are awesome. I should teach them. Why didn’t I immediately think of that? And why aren’t they in the textbook?”
I’m using one textbook and everything else is from individual essays. Total authors from the textbook: 29. Men-Women ratio of authors I’m using: 80% – 20% (23-6). (For the textbook as a whole the ratio is probably between 5-10%, which is my guess from eyeballing it).
How goes other people’s efforts to craft syllabi without atrocious demographics?
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
Sally Haslanger’s Presidential Address! December 30, 2013
If you, like me, have been sad about missing Sally Haslanger’s Presidential Address to the Eastern APA,I’m here to provide some cheer! Sally has posted her handout, and if you know Sally’s handouts you know this will give quite a lot of the awesomeness of her paper! Enjoy.
On conducting fair job searches December 6, 2013
Philosophical Spaces– which you should all be checking out!– has some excellent guidance.
Philosopher Joan Callahan writes:
I have managed (after a few false starts) to get up and running a listserv for discussion of inclusion in professional philosophy WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILITY.
If you want to subscribe to this list, just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message ” subscribe Inclusion ” in the body of your message.
Now, this will subscribe you under the personal name and address of the email account you are using. Since the topic of this list is in many ways a delicate one, if you want to maintain complete confidentiality, I suggest that you open a free email account with a name only you will know, such as Henry.Etta@gmail.com (or Yahoo, etc.) and subscribe to Inclusion from that account. This will keep your identity confidential, even from me, who is identified as the listowner.
I THINK this is all working. Please let me know if you have any problems.
Micro-Inequities: 40 Year Later April 21, 2013
There’s a good discussion of micro-inequities over at Psychology Today, cross-posted on NewAPPS. The post starts with the history of the concept, then moves on to adducing examples of micro-inequities (drawn from What is it like to be a woman in philosophy?), and to drawing connections with implicit bias research. It’s worth the read.
Here’s a taste:
Rowe noted that micro-inequities often had serious cumulative, harmful effects, resulting in hostile work environments and continued minority discrimination in public and private workplaces and organizations. What makes micro-inequities particularly problematic is that they consist in micro-messages that are hard to recognize for victims, bystanders and perpetrators alike. When victims of micro-inequities do recognize the micro-messages, Rowe argues, it is exceedingly hard to explain to others why these small behaviors can be a huge problem.