CFP: Arche graduate conference 2009

How to combine anonymous refereering with the aim of ensuring a good proportion of your speakers are women? I gather the organisers of this grad conference have thought hard about this one. Strategy: try to ensure diversity at the submission stage. I hereby convey their CFP. Do submit (or encourage your grad students to do so!):

Call for Papers

The Arché/CSMN Graduate Conference 2009

The University of St. Andrews, Scotland November 7


th – 8th, 2009

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Ernest Lepore (Rutgers)

Prof. Susanna Siegel (Harvard)

For the third Arché/CSMN graduate conference hosted by Arché at the University of St. Andrews, we invite high-quality papers in the areas of Philosophy of Language, Philosophical Methodology, Philosophy of Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action/Rationality and Moral Philosophy.

Deadline for submissions: September 1


st, 2009

All papers will have Arché, CSMN or University of St. Andrews staff respondents, and will be followed by open discussion. Applicants should submit the following for blind review:

1) A cover sheet including author name, title of paper, institutional affiliation and email address.

2) An abstract with no further information.

3) A paper suitable for a 40-minute presentation, and in any case no longer than 5,000 words, with no further information.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Papers can be submitted in .doc, .rtf, .ps, .txt, or .pdf format to the following address:

Submissions in hard copy are also accepted. These should be sent to the following address:

Arché/CSMN Graduate Conference

Arché Research Centre

17 – 19 College Street

St. Andrews, Fife


Accommodation and travel expenses for all graduate speakers will be covered.

For more information, please contact at

will be posted at: and more information and

Religion in American

From CNN

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.

The numbers seem high, I think.  (Added:  even for the non-religious, the numbers seem very high.  Perhaps it’s the reaction of frightened people, for which we have all too many people to thank.)

A good wife, defined

by heroic Captain Phillips:

“She’s a good wife. She supports whatever I” decide, Phillips answered

John Kerry didn’t let this pass. Unfortunately, the way he objected leaves one with the impression that he’d say the same thing if he could. (To be honest, I think he was just making a clumsy attempt to register an objection without being too confrontational.)

“I couldn’t get away with that,” he noted, referring to his outspoken wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Thanks, Jender-Parents!

Let’s celebrate some good news!

First, Carol Ann Duffy is the first woman to be named as Britain’s poet laureate which is truly wonderful.

And second (perhaps with slightly less national significance, but I found it very pleasing) BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ yesterday was on astrophysics, and two of the three experts were women: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, pioneer of radio astronomy and currently visiting professor of astrophysics at Oxford University, and Ruth Gregory, professor of theoretical physics at Durham University.

Hurrahs all round, I say!

Why are there so few women in technology?

It must be their innate lack of ability, as the tech community is doing everything they can to make them feel welcome– even using images of them in powerpoint presentations! Like this one, from this conference. Reading the comments also reveals such a sophisticated understanding of feminism that one is shocked, shocked, to learn that there are very few actual women at the conference. (Thanks, Lani.)

Update: Mr Jender tells me there were 6 women out of the 200 at the conference, and he’s referred me to this post on the topic by one of those women.