2014 and our profession

There is, obviously, a lot that still needs to be done to make our profession the place we’d like it to be. And I find it’s far too easy to let negative stuff dominate my consciousness.  So over the last few days I’ve been asking people to send me lists of good things that have happened in our profession in the last year. Here’s a start. Please add more in comments!

6 thoughts on “2014 and our profession

  1. After having only one woman president of the Philosophy of Science Association from 1948-2008 (Mary Hesse in 1979 and 1980), the PSA has now had three women elected President:

    Nancy Cartwright – 2009 and 2010
    Helen Longino – 2013 and 2014
    Sandra Mitchell – 2017 and 2018 – just elected!

    (Note that Presidents of the PSA serve two years as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past President).

  2. Logicians Stepping up: At the Australasian Association of Logic conference in New Zealand in Dec 2014, I was one of 2 women attendees, but neither of us had offered AAL papers though we had both offered papers for the NZ Association of Philosophers (NZAP) conference immediately following. We caught no end of grief from the men, many of whom roundly told us off and said ‘It’s embarrassing when you don’t offer papers. We don’t want the AAL to be just men.’ Right. Thanks guys! You’re good guys.

  3. Chris Rawls writes:

    FPA Projects spent a year finding a permanent home for the SWIP archives of the past four decades to present. Two graduate students and four leading feminists were able to secure the new archive home in the Feminist Theory Archive, Pembroke Center, Brown University indefinitely. In December of 2014 they also received an APA grant to help begin the process of collecting, sorting, and preserving materials already being donated to the Pembroke Center.

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