New feminist philosophy wiki

Bryce Huebner has created a feminist philosophy wiki to which he invites everyone to add themselves, describing what they’re working on, topics they supervise, etc. A few of us have filled in a bit for ourselves to get it started. If this gets widely used, it could become a really wonderful resource. So obviously I hope that it will get widely used! Bryce writes:

I would really like this to be the sort of resource where people can go to see what people are working on everywhere and to get a feel for the sorts of issues that they are likely to find people working on in each department where there is a feminist philosophy contingent.

I would also ask you to request that people play nice with one another on the wiki, and especially that they not delete other people’s hard work. This is intended as a useful and non-judgmental resource. I am hoping to be able to include feminist philosophers of all types and stripes, and I hope that everyone can contribute in an open and productive way.

Finally, I would also ask you to mention that people should be sure to modify the “home page” and to add a link to their department once they have updated that page. This process is incredibly simple, and it basically requires typing the name of the department and then clicking to add a link–the link should show up nearly automatically unless I have neglected to add a department. I have tried to add a huge list of departments as I am the only one who can do so, but I have also noted that I am willing to add any others that I may have missed (I tried to add everything from Leiter’s list of feminist friendly departments and from the Pluralist guide–though I may well have missed some).

So if you do feminist philosophy, do go add yourself! I’m excited to watch this grow.

5 thoughts on “New feminist philosophy wiki

  1. This is a wonderful project. I do see what might be a difficulty for some, but in raising it, I don’t want to suggest it detracts from the value. I’m just asking how it should be dealt with.

    This is the problem of feminist philosophers who can’t or don’t want to associate their work with a department. Independent scholars can’t. Other women may be feminist philosophers who are not in the philosophy dept of that university. Emerita philosophers who lived away from their original homes may not want to identify their work as in the department. Finally, some women may take their departments to be hostile or toxic; they may not want to give any encouragement to women to come to it.

    I don’t think these women should be left out. I’d love, for example, for us to have a list of unaffiliated feminist philosophers. Perhaps one or more extra categories would be good?

  2. @annejjacobson, I don’t see any reason why we can’t list “unaffiliated feminist philosophers” as a page; just as we could list “feminist philosophers affiliated with non-graduate degree granting institutions”. I guess that my initial thought behind this project was that it would nice to provide an easy and obvious place for people to find information about places where they could do graduate research in feminist philosophy. Given that it is a Wiki, and given it is open for revision, I’m happy to consider ways of re-purposing the site if people want to do something more. For example, I was thinking that it would be nice to have a place to post information about people working on issues surrounding race, ability, and colonialism, and who were not working in feminist philosophy in any way–maybe that needs another wikispace with dense inter-site referencing. In the end, my thought was that it would be worthwhile to start something like this as a dynamic, useful, and up to date resource that didn’t privilege any particular region of feminist philosophy!

  3. Bryce, I really agree with the idea that the site can be dynamic, useful and avoid privileging. I don’t see that as necessarily at all in conflict with a need to present spaces for people who do not have easy identification with departments. I’d hate to think raising this need somehow constituted an objection to this really wonderful project.

    I also think that allowing space for feminist philosophers who do not want to identify with a department might be quite powerful. It would allow an insider’s comment on the climate.

  4. One worry about that: if it becomes a norm for feminist philosophers alienated from their departments not to list themselves as affiliated with their departments, then the presumption could become that those who list themselves as affiliated with their departments implicitly endorse–or at least do not disavow–their departments’ climates. But–especially for junior faculty–you do not want to make people publicly endorse or disavow their department in order to make their presence in a department known.

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