The Society for Philosophy and Psychology, one of the original ‘cognitive science’ societies, has formed a committee on diversity. The committee’s initial – but not exclusionary – focus will be on women in philosophy. One reason for this is that the representation of women is considerably lower in philosophy than it is in the other disciplines that are represented by the society.
The committee on diversity has a blog, and a first shot at an initial set-up can be found at diversityspp.wordpress.com. It hasn’t gone officially public yet, and the chair would like feedback from FP readers before it does.
The blog will post newsletters, information about conferences, funding opportunites, and so on. The initial post are trying to set up a problematic: Philosophy has supposedly been making an effort to hire women for some time. The results are pretty dismal. One thing we might consider is the amount of unconscious bias against women.
So see what you think. And helpful comments you might have should be left here; the diversity blog isn’t yet really set up for comments.
We might note that there’s some reason to think this might have some positive effect. If we could get a number of philosophy faculty somewhat versed in the problems of diversity, decisions about who gets what might change a bit.
The author of the posts is the chair of the committee.