Gender-Inclusive Conferences Session

Update: Now with John Protevi’s talk: 2013 APA Eastern session final draft

Another bit of the APA I was sad to miss was the session on Gender-Inclusive Conferences, which featured Kate Norlock, John Protevi and Jason Stanley.  (It was organised by Nancy Bauer.)  It sounds awesome– standing room only and really great papers and discussion.  I’m very pleased, though, to be able to post Kate’s powerpoints, the draft talks that Jason and John presented.

Here’s Kate’s talk: Why and How to Organize a Gender-balanced Conference

Here’s Jason’s talk: apacomments


9 thoughts on “Gender-Inclusive Conferences Session

  1. I don’t quite understand the title of the session. Was it that the (majority) male session participants were behaving splendidly by speaking to inclusivity? If so, why not “Men behaving minimally decently”?

  2. Here’s what Kate Norlock, the chair, said about it at the session:

    I started the session telling people, “Nancy and I came up with this title before we invited any particular individuals. It isn’t a pat on John’s or Jason’s back. It’s conceptual: IF men were to behave splendidly — and this is not necessarily an emptily true antecedent — but IF they were, what might they DO?”

  3. Ah. I see. It was a bit jarring to see in the program. But that answer raises the question: if the topic of the panel was instructional, rather than descriptive, why were the majority if the speakers men?

    What I mean, without any judgments about Stanley, Protevi or Smith, is that it is unclear why they would be the people best situated to explain what Men Behaving Splendidly would look like. I am not saying such a panel should be exclusively women, but there is a sort of irony to having a male-dominated conference session about the need for inclusivity at conference.

    I was not at the session, so these remarks are more about my reaction to seeing the conference program than about the substance of what was said, and I look forward to reading the remarks linked here.

  4. Protevi and Stanley spoke about how and why men could behave splendidly, but they also instantiated such behavior. That was powerful and wonderful.

    Smith couldn’t make it.

  5. I’d like to note, as I said at the session, that nobody, but nobody, has ever mistaken me for someone with a proclivity towards splendid behavior, and certainly not my old grad school friend Nancy Bauer, who invited me. I was initially reluctant to accept the invitation (also, I turn down about 80 percent of invitations to speak nowadays, for family reasons). I reminded her when she invited me that I always make trouble, and she said something like, “The idea is to say how bad the problem in an interesting and provocative way.” The people who are used to others saying nasty things about them behind their backs are going to be best at pointing out the absurdity of philosophy’s obviously exclusionary practices. Once things get better by all means replace I should instantly be replaced by a grown-up.

  6. (That last comment was about the ‘behaving splendidly’ part, and not about the ‘male’ part. I would absolutely hate anyone to think that I behave splendidly, given how terrible things are in the world. I worried about the ‘male’ part as well when I accepted the invitation, but Nancy is a deep thinker and I trusted her judgment on that. But because of that, it certainly took serious convincing on her part to bring me in. I don’t know how it came across to others, but I learned a lot preparing it. It kind of radicalized me as well, having time to reflect, in the way one does when one writes about something, about how truly awful and structurally rooted the problem is)

  7. Jason, I think you have to understand the ‘splendidly’ part as comparative. Or perhaps in some way that encompasses polite exaggerations. Or … .

    I heard many people at the conference claim that main stream academic philosophy and its gatekeepers need to change. I thought that you picked up Dotson’s views in a way that illustrated some inclusions many phils might manage.

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