The old boys network, part 2

Kieran Healy has done some further analysis of his incredibly interesting citation graph – this time specifically about gender.  And the punch-to-the-gut headline has to be this:

Eighteen items in the top 500 are written by women, or 3.6 percent of the total. By comparison, 6.2 percent of the items in the top 500 are written by David Lewis.

In all, only thirteen fifteen female authors make it onto the graph. 13 15 women for a graph spanning 20 years. Nice.


Kieran Healy writes:

“I have corrected several errors in the dataset, and made some changes to make the citation counts more accurate. First, a phantom item credited to “Anonymous” and notionally appearing on a single page of Philosophical Perspectives had a relatively high citation count (it was the 119th-ranked item). It has now been deleted. Second, the raw data from the Thompson Reuters Web of Knowledge citation database contains twelve cases citing “Christine Korsgaard (1998) Naming and Necessity”. These are in fact cites to Kripke (1980). Third, I have taken the three different ways Naming and Necessity is cited in the database and amalgamated them into a single cite to Kripke (1980). Finally, based on some further analysis I changed the cutoff point from the top 500 to all items with at least ten citations, so as not to arbitrarily exclude some items with the same number of citations as other included items. Now we have 526 items instead of 500. These changes are reflected in the discussion above. I thank Juan Comesana, Gary Ostertag, Laura Schroeter, and Dave Chalmers for help identifying issues in the raw data. I welcome further corrections.

These corrections and changes mean the tables change slightly and the network is rewired a little. Naming and Necessity is now the most-cited item. Item ranks have shifted slightly due to existing items being able to move up into the vacant slots opened up by deleting mistaken items or merging cites, and some new papers enter at the bottom. Two of these items are authored by women. If you quoted from this post prior to these changes, please check to see whether the numbers you cited have changed slightly.

The main upshots are that we now have nineteen items by fifteen women, out of 526 highly-cited papers in the dataset. Korsgaard has one fewer item (due to the database error), and two new items by women have entered the list at the bottom: one by Linda Zagzebski and one by JJ Thomson. The overall percentages are almost identical, however, because we now have 19/526 (~3.6%) items by women. And the 26 new items included two papers by … David Lewis! That makes for 33/526 or ~6.3% of the total.”

So 15 women instead of 13 women, but the same percentage.

CFP: Sustaining and What Sustains

Second call — Deadline July 1st!

The Society for Women in Philosophy (Pacific Division) is inviting contributions for its annual conference.

November 9-10, 2013

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Keynote speaker: Margaret Walker (Marquette)

Sustaining and What Sustains

We invite papers that think broadly about the theme of sustaining and what sustains. When we think of what needs to be sustained, we might think of the environment, communities, cultures, friendships, family, self-esteem, trust, the humanities, human and animal welfare, and ourselves as knowers and cultural producers. In light of what humanly created or natural threats does the need to be sustained arise? In sustaining what matters, what ways of relating, activities, attitudes, and socio-political principles and structures are important? What is it that sustains us as individuals and collectively, bodily, epistemically, culturally, aesthetically, and spiritually?

Papers do not need to address the theme in order to be considered. We invite work from all areas of philosophy and all ways of doing philosophy. We are a friendly group and promise good conversation and lively debate.

In order to make our conference affordable we do not charge a registration fee. Some refreshments/food will be provided. Small travel stipends are available for graduate students and un/underemployed philosophers. Please let us know with your submission if you would like to be considered for one of these.

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2013

Please send your ~3,000 word paper suitable for a 30 minute presentation to: Nellie Wieland, Executive Secretary, PSWIP [nellie dot wieland at gmail dot com].  Any questions you may have about the conference can be directed to Nellie Wieland. Please see the conference web site for information and updates.

Sylvia Earle: Oceanographer, Conservationist, and Scientist Extraordinaire

On June 13, the National Geographic Society awarded Sylvia Earle the Hubbard Medal, their highest honor, “for distinction in exploration, discovery and research”.

On June 14, National Geographic “asked Sylvia to discuss her experiences as a woman in a field previously considered a man’s world”.

We can also find this three minute discussion embedded in a National Geographic News Watch piece (by Jane J. Lee) titled:
In Her Words: Sylvia Earle on Women in Science (click here for the news piece)

***HERE IS THE BEST ONE: Earle’s 2009 Ted Prize talk (reminding us about little things like action necessary to avoid extinction)***:

Mission Blue (Sylvia Earle alliance)-click here!

Plenty of excellent video clips available on the interwebs. This one seems very good:
Sylvia Earle: Legendary Explorer Fights to Save Underwater Paradise