GCC: the next steps?

Well, not really. But it would be fun to get a flash mob dancing at some all-men conference. And we do have our own song.. And our own t-shirts, both from the incomparable 20th Century Monads.

And as you can see below, we’re not talking violent disturbance or anything likt that:

Perhaps if we picked an East Coast US conference we could get a lot of people AND an APA grant to cover travel costs, t-shirts, etc.

7 thoughts on “GCC: the next steps?

  1. Yes, because if there’s anything that makes you take a group of people seriously as philosophers it’s when they are dressed in matching outfits dancing in the middle of an academic conference.

  2. That’s funny.

    Fortunately, political actions can do a great deal by simple disruption -e.g., calling attention to a problem. Suffragettes’ chaining themseles to gov’t offices, ,hunger strikes, etc.

  3. @1: if that’s so, then too bad for (your) conception of philosophy. And if your conception of philosophy is widespread, then we should do something about it. Seems to me a little group dancing would make the philosophy profession a much better place. Not just a better affect, but a better understanding of a deep human phenomenon. Check out William McNeill’s Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History (Harvard, 1995) sometime. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674502307

  4. Kathryn, I actually agree. That is, that it could be great fun and make an important point. We could transform APA’s.

    John, such a good point. Let me add that the GCC has principally tried to draw attention to the fact that there are women in philosophy. No doubt we get drawn into having to assert that in addition women should be taken seriously, but I don’t think we have the burden of proof. There are no obvious reasons to think women are inferior, and if anyone thinks women philosophers are inferior, they need to produce some reasons for this implausible idea.

  5. It wouldn’t surprise me if at some universities you could legitimately use personal research funds for organizing and/or participating in this sort of activity. And even if you can’t use research funds, you might find out that the money spent organizing/and or participating in this sort of activity can be deducted from your taxes as an un-reimbursed job expense. (I’m speaking of USA taxes here, just to be clear… don’t know anything about the tax codes of other countries.) For example, although I haven’t actually done this yet, I was told by a lawyer I trust that my 21st century monads related purchases (e.g., a guitar) were in principle tax-deductible because (i) they were used in order to make education-related material which some people actually use in class rooms and (ii) there is a section on my CV-update form and pre-tenure materials devoted to something like ‘non-traditional scholarly output’, and (even though I put the monads stuff down as kind of a joke) the monads stuff falls under that rubric (believe it or not).

    I think it would be pretty cool to see something like this. Though I can’t dance very well, so I think I’d be more of an observer….

  6. Kris,

    How many philosophers do you think can dance well?

    I think it could be great fun, and perhaps something like an APA ‘smoker’ is the place for it. I remember about two years ago looking at the 95% male presence early on at a smoker that I really had made such a serious mistake in doing philosophy.

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