Update: Email addresses have been removed at Dr. Nagasawa’s request.
Do any women do philosophy of religion? Of course. And one thing we know of them: none is an invited participant at the conference described below. What’s wrong with that? Well, at least three things (readers are warmly invited to add to the list or to correct my entries):
1. Such conferences perpetuate epistemic injustice by leaving out the women’s voices in the field.
2. They create cadres of privilege; without access to one such event, women suffer the sort of small disadvantage that adds up significantly damaged professionally over time, as V. Valian has argued..
3. They send a very bad message to women students and university administrators at a time when philosophy is becoming marginalized.
The Concept of God and the Cognitive Science of Religion Conference
The University of Birmingham, UK
Sunday 14th – Tuesday 16th June 2009
Sponsored by the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project at the University of Oxford, funded by the John Templeton Foundation
Invited speakers: Richard Swinburne (Oxford), Graham Oppy (Monash), T. J. Mawson (Oxford), David Leech (Oxford), Graham Wood (Tasmania), David Efird (York), Klaas Kraay (Ryerson), Robin Le Poidevin (Leeds)
Please visit the conference website for registration details: http://www.philosophy.bham.ac.uk/events/cogsci.shtml or contact Yujin Nagasawa (Y.Nagasawa@bham.ac.uk) —
Dr. Yujin Nagasawa
Department of Philosophy/University of Birmingham/Edgbaston, Birmingham/B15 2T/United Kingdom