The Status of Minorities in Philosophy

Graduate Conference and Workshop at Concordia and McGill Universities

We invite quality graduate and undergraduate papers that address the themes of the conference; the problem of the under-representation of groups in philosophy or the implications status of minorities in the profession more broadly. Papers in both “analytic” and “continental” traditions are welcome. Papers in French are welcome.
Submission Guidelines
Student presentations will not exceed twenty (20) minutes in length, followed by a question and answer period. Therefore, papers should not (grossly) exceed 3,500 words (not including footnotes). Submissions must include the following: an abstract of up to 300 words, paper title, school affiliation, and the author’s current status. The paper should be prepared for an anonymous review process (remove any information that can identify you from the paper).

Submission guidelines and more conference information is here.

Please send submissions and questions to:

Submission Deadline: January 22nd, 2012

Applicants will be contact with final decisions by February 25, 2012.

research on reducing group prejudice

“A new study finds that when it comes to groups, descriptions that include positive and negative terms reduce prejudice more effectively than descriptions that include only positive terms.”
From the blog, peer reviewed by my neurons.

Abstract: In a series of five experiments, we demonstrate that exposure to information related to an out-group’s heterogeneity reduces prejudice more effectively than exposure to only positive characteristics of the out-group. We exposed participants to a poster that associated both positive and negative traits with an out-group (mixed condition), to a poster that associated only positive traits with the out-group (positive condition), or to no poster (control condition). Results revealed that participants in the mixed condition expressed less explicit prejudice (Experiments 1-2) and less implicit bias (Experiment 3-4) than participants in the other two conditions. The last experiment demonstrated that the mixed poster was more acceptable and created less reactance than the positive poster

Brauer, M., Er-rafiy, A., Kawakami, K., & Phills, C. (2011). Describing a group in positive terms reduces prejudice less effectively than describing it in positive and negative terms Journal of Experimental Social Psychology DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.11.002