Poll: What (if anything) has prevented you from accepting conference invitations?


Update: An apology to Bakka, with whom the poll suggestion originated– hard to keep track of it all sometimes!

In our discussions of all-male conferences, people frequently note the women they’ve invited decline invitations at a higher rate than the men do. Following up on a suggestion from Bakka, Ingrid and Catarina, we think it would be useful to investigate what sorts of constraints may be preventing women from accepting conference invitations. The options we’ve given here are based on our own experiences, those of other women we know, and some of the stories recounted at the What is it Like blog. Since we don’t know whether it’s actually true that women reject invitations at a high rate, we’ve also included an “I’ve never rejected an invitation” option. Next week, we’ll do a post with the results, reflecting on what they tell us about things conference organisers or the profession more generally could do to make women more able to accept invitations.

If you are a woman with a job in philosophy can you take a minute to fill out this poll?

Workshop: Motivation and Global Justice

Motivation and Global Justice Workshop
22-23 June 2011
University of York

On 22-23 June, the Political Philosophy group at the University of York will host a workshop on ‘Motivation and Global Justice’.

The aim of the workshop is to consider the persistent gap between the demands generated by our best theoretical accounts of global justice and the action in support of global justice that real world agents are motivated to take; and to advance normative research on global justice that is sensitive to, and informed by, empirical questions.

Confirmed speakers:
Carol Gould (CUNY) ‘Does Global Justice Presuppose Global Solidarity?’
Katrin Flikschuh (LSE) ‘Domesticating Global Justice: An African Perspective’
Graham Long (Newcastle) ‘Justifications for Sentimental Manipulation’
Lea Ypi (Oxford) ‘Activist Political Theory and Avant-Garde Agency’
Simon Hope (Stirling) ‘The Cosmopolitanism of Fear’
Kerri Woods (York) ‘Moral Motivation and Distant Others’
Sue Mendus (York) Title tbc

The workshop will close with a roundtable discussion, with participation from Paul Gready, director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York.

Interested parties are warmly invited to attend, but as places are limited, please register in advance by contacting Kerri Woods (kerri.woods [@] york.ac.uk). A registration fee of £25/£15 will be payable to cover catering costs. The workshop will begin at lunchtime on 22nd June, and close at approximately 6.15pm on the 23rd.