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Dialectica statistics: 12% of submissions by women July 14, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 7:44 pm

From Philipp Blum (see comments on his related post on Daily Nous):

Dialectica, funded in 1947 by Gaston Bachelard, Paul Bernays and Ferdinand Gonseth, is a general philosophy journal published by Blackwell-Wiley. It is edited in Switzerland, publishes predominantly systematic and theoretical philosophy and aims to become the best journal on the European Continent. Since 2000, it practices double-blind refereeing and blind editing. We have recently updated our submission statistics (since 2000) and would like to share the following information, of possible interest to the feminist community:

- In 2013, we published 28 articles and a total of 611 pages (549 excluding commissioned book reviews),
- Of 298 articles submitted in 2013, 34 were accepted, which gives an acceptance rate of 11.41 %.
- Our turn-around time is reasonably quick (median of 3 months) and our backlog is small (currently accepted papers are published in 4/2014).
- Currently, about 12% of our submissions are authored by women.  This has been constant over the last 14 years and is surprising and worrying. What could explain this fact? What should be done about it?

(The acceptance rate of female submissions in 2013 (16%), however, is higher than the one of male submissions (14%). This has also been constant over the last 14 years.)

According to Sally Haslanger, in 2013 31.4% of philosophy PhDs in the US were earned by women. According to Kathryn Norlock, as many as 21% of employed philosophers in the US are women. The BPA-SWIPUK report for 2008-2011 says that in the UK 29% of philosophy PhDs were completed by women and that they are 24% of permanent staff.

The full statistics are available here:


Discrimination is Un-Christian Too

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 5:56 am

The awesome Kathryn Pogin, writing in The Stone.

Much to the chagrin of women’s rights advocates, Hobby Lobby has won its legal battle — but claims of “victory” for religious freedom must be emended. Make no mistake: This is no victory for the freedom to exercise Christian principles. Though employers like Hobby Lobby are now free to deny women access to contraceptives through their employer-subsidized health plans on the basis of religious objection, they will be violating their own purported Christian principles if they do. While Christians are not compelled by their faith to engage in religious practices that impose upon the freedoms of others, they are compelled — by their belief that all persons, men and women, are created in the image of God — to oppose discrimination.


What to do next? July 13, 2014

Filed under: human rights,Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 9:56 pm

In Houston, Texas, on a hot July afternoon, I pulled up to a light on Westheimer, a three or four lane street. I was in the left turning lane, next to a small island. A woman on the island came up to my window; she was in an invalid’s walker/semi-wheel-chair and help up a sign saying something about may I be blessed this day.

I usually have some dollar bills in a compartment in the driver’s armrest, but my car had just spent a week being repaired and I may have emptied the compartment first, or maybe someone else did. I couldn’t find anything. Since she had waited while I searched, I wanted to give her something. I reached in my bag while knowing that I had just been to an atm and all I’d find were $20 bills. So I gave her one.

She reacted roughly the way one would react finding one had just won a significant grant. Much shouting, hand-waving, feet-kicking, etc. It seemed actually joyous, and I was very surprised. My first thought was that I had to do more.

Since then I have wondered what more I could do. I think it is unlikely that I could find her again, since people asking for money in the streets outside the center of Houston don’t seem to have turf they claim. In fact, some are driven to changing locations, and almost no one strolls around in the 8000 block of Westheimer in July. And even if I could, I doubt I’d be able to help much for various reasons.

So I thought about what a good thing it is that our Mayor has cut the homeless rate by about 50% in her two years in office. Giving to charities who help our street people seems more imperative somehow.


Map for the Gap: UK call for collaborators

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 7:09 pm

To interested academic philosophers in the UK:

In order to examine and address issues of participation faced by minority and underrepresented groups in academic philosophy (e.g. gender, race, native-language, sexual orientation, class, and disability minorities), a number of UK departments have recently started to build a UK network of chapters of Map For the Gap.

With 24 active chapters to date, MAP (Minorities And Philosophy) is already a successful and widespread organization in the US and elsewhere. If you would like to have a MAP chapter at your own institution, this Call For Collaborators is for you. MAP chapters are generally run by graduate students (typically 3 or 4 per department), with some help from academic staff members; undergraduate participation is also encouraged.

At this stage we would be happy to hear especially from graduate students (groups or individuals) at UK Philosophy departments as well as from UK Philosophy academic staff who would like to coordinate graduate student interest in their institutions. Please contact Filippo Contesi ( filippo.contesi at gmail dot com ).


Yena Lee (MAP Director) & Filippo Contesi (MAP UK Director)


SWIP archive up and running! July 11, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 1:17 pm

Here is the webpage for instructions as to donation of SWIP records and organizational material to the new archive of the Society of Women in Philosophy.  From Ann Garry:

We want to direct your attention to a new philosophy archive that is now open to receive donations. *The Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Records.* The Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Records Collection of the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University welcomes material related to the history of this important grass-roots philosophy organization. This archive will make available to scholars in every discipline, to future generations of philosophy students, and to the general public records of the activities and concerns of all the divisions of SWIP. SWIP has functioned for more than four decades as a “laboratory” for philosophical engagements that have transformed and diversified the projects and processes of the discipline of philosophy. This work has also made significant contributions to the development of feminist thinking in other fields and thus to intellectual history and public policy more generally.
The Steering Committee wants to thank Christina Rawls and Samantha Noll for their work that enabled the project to get off the ground. Let me also add that Joan Callahan and Sandra Harding have done much of the heavy lifting on it this year!

Ann Garry for the Steering Committee


Joan Callahan
Ann Garry
Sandra Harding
Alison Jaggar

Maybe Gov. Perry just asked pres. obama directly July 10, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 11:00 pm

“How did you manage to get all those people to invade my state?”


Thanks to DK


Program Change to Alison Jaggar conference July 9, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 2:08 pm
Following a change in the program, I am very happy to announce again:
“In the Unjust Meantime: A Conference in Honor of Alison M. Jaggar”
The 2014 Morris Colloquium at the University of Colorado Boulder will celebrate the work of Alison Jaggar, CU-Boulder College Professor of Distinction in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. The conference will feature keynote speakers Vicky (Elizabeth) Spelman, Susan Brison, and Alison Jaggar.  In addition to the keynotes, there will be panel presentations by professional philosophers who studied with Jaggar at CU-Boulder and who currently work in “non-ideal theory.” 
The Morris Colloquium immediately precedes the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME). 
All are welcome to attend both events. There is no registration fee for the Jaggar conference.
For more information, please visit the conference website.
Barrett Emerick
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
bmemerick at smcm.edu

Call for papers on equality in the academy July 6, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sam B @ 8:02 pm

Achieving Gender Equality in the Academy: Intersections, Interrogations and Practices

Call for Papers

The 2014 Socrel Response Study Day will explore Gender Equality in the Academy.

Abstracts of 150 words are invited by 1 August 2014 to

Dr Abby Day (A.F.Day@kent.ac.uk) and
Dr Sonya Sharma (sonya.sharma@kingston.ac.uk)

The symposium is organised by Socrel, the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group.

Last year’s symposium was over-subscribed and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

Venue: BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London
Date:  Saturday 4 October 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We are delighted to have as our keynote speakers: 

Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Helen Beebee, Philosophy, University of Manchester

Achieving gender equality is a continuing concern in both society and the academy. Many women are attracted to a career in higher education because of its autonomy, collaboration and intellectual rewards. In light of the much welcomed and recent efforts by academics and administrators, universities have been slow to institutionalise gender equality. In recent studies that address issues of gender in the academy, particularly within the humanities and STEM subjects, women scholars, at varying stages of their careers continue to encounter an environment where they are in the minority among men, confront the difficulties of balancing caring responsibilities with the demands of academia, and where they experience bullying and challenges to promotion. Importantly, racialised and classed experiences of gender have also impacted on women in the academy, resulting in multiple forms of inclusion and exclusion.

As such, women’s experiences of higher education have demonstrated both the rewards and costs of pursuing a career in academia. The aim of the symposium is to discuss and interrogate how these issues are being addressed, experienced and resisted in academic spaces. Some of the questions we hope to explore on the day are: how do race and class interact with gender to affect women’s experiences of the academy? How is gender inequality resisted in everyday academic life? How is gender equality being taught? What are students’ experiences of gender inequality amongst the student body and/or with staff? What equality and diversity initiatives are being instituted to shift academic cultures? We welcome women at all stages of their career. We welcome papers that provide intersectional analyses of gender, along with working and outline papers based not only on research but also reflexive accounts based on personal experience.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

-Gender in the curriculum

-Women’s experiences of gender in/equality

-Lived experiences

-Intersectional analyses and approaches

-Career progression

-Power, resistance and change in institutional contexts

-Feminism in the academy

-Researching gender in/equality

-Racialised and classed experiences of gender in the academy

The day will be highly participative and engaged. The symposium will be organised as a single stream so that the day is as much about discussion as it is about presentation. We invite individual papers that are 10 minutes in length and roundtable formats that consist of short papers, all with the aim to encourage interaction and sharing of knowledges and accounts.

Papers are invited from students, educators, and researchers in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, geography, theology, history, philosophy, psychology, political science and religious studies. We hope to attract presentations of sufficient quality to lead to an edited publication.

Costs: £36.00 for BSA members; £41 for Socrel members; £46.00 for non-members; £15 for BSA Postgraduate members; £20.00 for Socrel Postgraduate members; £25.00 for Postgraduate non-members.


What might a bystander say?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 3:32 pm

There’s a post by a bystander over at What is it Like wishing he knew how to speak up when inappropriate comments are made. Go check out the post, and then perhaps give some advice in comments here.


And now many women in France will avoid leaving the house July 5, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 10:02 am

Face veil ban upheld by European Court of Human Rights.



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