Women in philosophy of logic *Update

If you are organizing a conference on logic, truth or inference, and lamenting that there are just no women in the world you could invite, check out this rich resource.  Great list, admittedly incomplete, but a service to the profession!

Alas, a CFP on the same website includes an entirely male speakers’ list.  I have sent them an inquiring email asking if they tried /considered inviting one of these women.

**Update: Organizers responded:

Thank you for your message. We have indeed made deliberate efforts to include female speakers in the line-up of this conference, which, however, for various reasons were not successful.

We have also been working on compensating for the all-male speakers line-up in other ways. For example, we have been actively encouraging female researchers to submit a paper or apply to act as a commentators. We are acutely aware of the issues you raise and do regret the present situation.

Kind Regards,

On behalf of the the organisers

Women in logic who are reading this blog, hope you’re encouraged!  Let’s all keep on trying.

7 thoughts on “Women in philosophy of logic *Update

  1. As for the list being incomplete, additional suggestions are always very welcome! I try to update it as soon as I get suggestions or come across names that aren’t there yet, but I’m sure there are lots of names missing — and obviously, the more the better!
    As for the CFP: loriweb has nothing to do with it, they just announce news and events. The irony is that this (otherwise) excellent conference on truth is being organized by a (female) colleague and friend of mine… We talked quite a bit about this, but she still wasn’t convinced of the need to include female speakers: no women working on the specific theme, the topic is very narrow etc etc.

  2. Catarina, thanks so much for your comment. I figured that loriweb isn’t really ‘affiliated’ with what it’s announcing, just transmitting all the relevant CFPs, which is, in itself, an excellent service.

    Thanks too for further noting that you have talked with the conference organizer. She will probably not be surprised, then, to read my email, although perhaps she is already then disposed to disagree, ha ha!

  3. Let me add though that, after this post, my colleague just informed me that she actually did make deliberate efforts to include female speakers, but that for a variety of reasons it didn’t work out. I’ve had a similar experience with the workshop I’m organizing in December: I invited 5 male speakers and 3 female speakers, and as it turns out all of the male speakers accepted the invitation but only one of the female speakers! So now we have a line-up of 5 men and 2 women (me and the one woman who accepted), which is below the 1/3 thrash-hold I was aiming at. So it’s not always the case that an all-male line-up necessarily entails lack of concern for the presence of female speakers on the part of the organizers.

  4. Agreed, indeed, agreed. It’s why we do the write-and-ask thing, because surely many of us who’ve organized conferences in this field have had the experience of asking the (sometimes too few!) women in various subfields to turn out, and had the invitation declined for many understandable reasons.

    It is a risky business to inquire about gender-imbalanced conferences. On the positive side, it has occasionally resulted in raising awareness where there previously wasn’t. Sadly, it also occasionally results in negative feelings. All the more reason that Loriweb is to be valued and praised! It is wonderful to present the alternatives so constructively.

  5. ProfbigK, with all due respect (and I do think you are owed a lot), I suspect the gendered conference campaign has done a bit more than “occasionally resulted in raising awareness…” Perhaps it is my pessimism about the profession, but I suspect it has made a lot of people aware that choices of keynotes, etc., have a political dimension.

  6. Oh, ah, you’re right, modesty is not becoming when I’m describing the highly effective efforts of OTHERS! :-) What is it Aristotle says about inappropriately downplaying accomplishments… I think in the Irwin translation, what I did would best be described as pusillanimous!

    I’m not even sure I’m spelling that right, but as you can tell, I’m teaching Aristotle these days, so your entirely correct comment moves me to try to locate the vice.

  7. jj, I completely agree with you, I think it is definitely making a difference. I became interested in the matter less than a year and 1/2 ago, and I already notice quite a difference. At that point most people didn’t take it seriously, and now at least in some circles it is not socially acceptable anymore to have an all-male line-up.
    profbigk, do send me the names that you think are missing on the list! I look forward to that :)

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