Philosophical Spaces– which you should all be checking out!– has some excellent guidance.
Feminism, Materialism, Critical Theory:
A Symposium to Celebrate and Engage with the Work of
Gillian Howie (1965-2013)
Monday 16th December, 2013
School of the Arts Library, University of Liverpool
“My guiding principle is that the work of philosophy should be concerned with the intelligibility of the world. This is not because everything can be explained, grasped, or even communicated, but because if, as feminists, we wish to change the world, then we need to know what we are dealing with”.
(Gillian Howie, 2010)
10.20 – 11.20: Session 1
J’annine Jobling, University of Liverpool
‘The Angel of History: Death, Transcendence and a Feminist Materialist Spirituality’
Patrice Haynes, Liverpool Hope University
‘Encouraging a Thoughtful Love of Life: Practicing Philosophy with Pamela Sue Anderson and Gillian Howie’
Chair: Daniel Whistler, University of Liverpool
11.20 – 11.40: Coffee
11.40 – 13.00: Session 2
Christine Battersby, University of Warwick
‘Gillian Howie’s Situated Philosophy: Theorising the Intersections of Self, Body and World’
Stella Sandford, Kingston University
‘“I suggest we regroup around the idea of dialectical materialism’”.
Chair: Joanna Hodge, Manchester Metropolitan University
13.00- 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.15: Session 3
Roundtable discussion on ‘Living with Dying’
With Pamela Sue Anderson (Oxford University), Beverly Clack (Oxford Brookes University), Ned Hassan (Liverpool Hope), Michael McGhee (University of Liverpool), Ruth Gould (Dadafest, Liverpool)
Chair: Laura Green, University of Liverpool
15.15 – 15.45: Coffee
15.45 – 17.00: Session 4
Kimberly Hutchings, London School of Economics
‘Reflections on Howie on Late Feminism’
Victoria Browne, Oxford Brookes University
‘“Come back to me when you’ve read the Critique of Pure Reason”:
Gillian Howie on Pedagogy and Intellectual Inheritance’
Chair: Margrit Shildrick, University of Linköping
17.30 – 19.00
Wine Reception (SOTA Library)
Dinner at The Quarter, Falkner Street
Enquiries to v.r.browne at liv dot ac dot uk
A discussion of women, philosophy and more December 4, 2013
Readers here might be interested in this discussion on Brian Leiter’s reports blog.
It is hard to know quite what to do, and even what to advise someone to do. So we should be grateful to twentytwowords.com. They have compiled a large number of stock photos with images of strong successful women. I think a black suit may be very important, especially if you want to look like one of these images.
Hodge to Wolff: There are women in philosophy! December 2, 2013
In a 29 November letter to the editor in The Guardian, Joanna Hodge avers (contra Jonathan Wolff) that Philosophy Departments continued to produce excellent women philosophers after the wartime period Wolff discusses in his 26 November report, and suggests that other women philosophers are just better at noticing them than men are. Here’s a taste:
The question is: do the men read the articles, blogs and books of these women? Do they listen to the contributions made by them at seminars, and conferences? A woman professor of philosophy would have been able to think of six or seven ranking professors of philosophy whose work they admire, who also happen to be women: Helen Beebee, Nancy Cartwright, Tina Chanter, Jen Hornsby, Catherine Malabou, Onora O’Neill, Jenny Saul.
Mary Midgley November 30, 2013
Responding to Jonathan Wolff on the relative lack of women in philosophy.
The trouble is not, of course, men as such – men have done good enough philosophy in the past. What is wrong is a particular style of philosophising that results from encouraging a lot of clever young men to compete in winning arguments. These people then quickly build up a set of games out of simple oppositions and elaborate them until, in the end, nobody else can see what they are talking about.
I don’t agree with everything she says, but this particular remark filled me with glee. You can read more here.
‘Classic’ readings by women November 26, 2013
A reader sends the following query:
Our department is setting up a proseminar (basically a seminar for first year PhD students to get through some classic material, reinforce some methodology and do some bonding). Of course, there is a danger that ‘classic’ will be read as ‘seminal’ and all the papers taught will be by men. Does anyone have a list of classic papers by women? It might help my cause if I can proactively suggest some.
Suggestions much appreciated!
An article by Jo Wolff, here.
I like his analysis of why there were so many good women philosophers in the Anscombe, Foot cohort – fewer men so they got the attention they deserved.
I’m not sure about his description of the bullying nature of philosophy as it is practiced, and its effect on the number of women. It’s a bit too close to the view that states that women are ‘gentler’ or as he says ‘lady-like’ than men, and can’t take the pressure. (He is right, of course, that a more constructive approach to arguing is better, but I’m not sure that has anything to do with women numbers).
Women and professional philosophy in continental Europe November 16, 2013
Over at New APPS, a discussion about the situation of women in academic philosophy in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy: