Endorse a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Early Modern Women Philosophers

Jacqueline Broad, Marilyn Stendera, Patrick Spedding, and Mia Goodwin are planning a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to increase the visibility of early modern women philosophers and women writers (c. 1600-1800) —and they need our support.

They are preparing an application to the Wikimedia Foundation for a Project Grant, which is due on 30 November. The purpose of the grant is to invite academic experts from around the world to update and/or create Wikipedia entries about early modern women philosophers/writers.

Jacqueline Broad sent me the following request which I am passing on to all of you along with the instructions for endorsing the project.

One of the criteria that Wikimedia uses in assessing proposals is the number of public endorsements a project receives on the official grant portal. These can be anonymous or linked to your Wikipedia account (if you have one already).

Please would you kindly consider endorsing us? It should take only a few minutes of your time. We need every endorsement we can get by the end of the month; it will make a huge difference to our application’s feasibility.

We have included instructions on how to endorse our project below, plus a link to the application itself. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you in advance for your help—it’s greatly appreciated!

How to endorse our project:
1 Head to our project proposal – you can also read our full grant application there.

 

  1. Scroll down a bit until you see the bright blue ‘Endorse’ button on the right side, and click this.

 

  1. A new window will pop up. Write up a comment explaining why you want to support the project; length is up to you. Keep in mind that it will be publicly available indefinitely, so be careful with any identifying information. Anything that you can add which will add weight to your comment (expertise but also role as part of Wikipedia’s target audience) would help. E.g. “As someone who researches/has published on X…”, “I use Wikipedia all the time and would love to see more articles on X…”, “I direct my students to use Wikipedia as a first stop in their research, and it would be great if they could see more information about X…”.

 

  1. Click ‘Endorse’ to publish the comment.

 

  1. If you don’t have a Wikipedia account/are not signed in, the comment will appear linked to IP address of the computer you’re using (which is how Wikipedia tracks you anyway).

 

  1. If you have a Wikipedia account and are signed in, the comment will appear linked to your profile.

 

  1. We don’t recommend creating a Wikipedia account just for this. However, if you do, please familiarise yourself with the Wiki guidelinesfor this, especially their argument against using your real name. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

 

Student evaluations gender bias

The researchers took two online course instructors, one male and one female, and gave them two classes to teach. Each professor presented as his or her own gender to one class and the opposite to the other.

The results were astonishing. Students gave professors they thought were male much higher evaluations across the board than they did professors they thought were female, regardless of what gender the professors actually were.

See the full article here.

Reader query about resources for including women people of color.

A reader asks:

I am looking for information about lists of resources for including woman and people of color in classes on 20th century “continental” philosophy. I put that in scare quotes simply because the list need not be (should not be?) restricted geographically- people who work(ed) in say, Latin America or the Caribbean but with ideas we might identify with continental thinking should be included. I have a decent list going just off the top of my head both of philosophers working at the time, and philosophers who discuss their work now, but would appreciate input from this group or direction to other already developed resources- lists of names or works, presentations, videos etc. My list is being developed as a way of making clear to my department that it is in fact quite possible to include women and people of color in this course.

Any thoughts?

 

Call for Papers: Human:Race, Reconceptualizing the Human in Difficult Times

Strategies of Critique, the graduate student conference of Social and Political Thought at York University (territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Wendat Nation, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and the Métis Nation of Ontario: Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

April 21-23 2016

When the Social and Political Thought program was founded, there were few places to do interdisciplinary scholarship that was deeply engaged in theory. Throughout the years, various disciplinary misfits have come through our doors to create work that challenged the limits of their times.  As we mark the 30th anniversary of our graduate student conference, we wish to draw from our histories of critique, while also challenging the theoretical and disciplinary limits of our time to map questions for our shared futures. Strategies of Critique has thought through the question of the human in myriad ways at multiple times in its history and we continue to do so with this year’s conference theme, “Human:Race | Reconceptualizing the Human in Difficult Times”.

See here for the full CFP.

CFP: Feminist Readings 2: Theory, practice and politics of reading today

Feminist History of Philosophy

Feminist Readings 2:
Theory, practice and politics of reading today 

15 – 16 April 2016,
University of Leeds. UK

Confirmed Keynotes Speakers:

Professor Anne E. Berger, University of Paris 8
Professor Tuija Pulkkinen, University of Helsinki

A symposium to be held at the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

This two-day symposium poses the question of reading with feminist theory, art and politics. It turns to reading and re-reading not only as a critical and scholarly activity but also as a key aspect of feminist political and artistic interventions. Reading is understood not only as a critical approach that engages with a close study of a rich and diverse landscape of feminist thought but also as a creatively engaging process with its complexities, affinities, contradictions and differences.

The symposium follows a feminist tradition in which reading is a political act, most  recently endorsed…

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A New Network and a CfP for Feminist Philosophy

Feminist History of Philosophy

CfP Feminist philosophy: Time and History

Umeå University, March 15-17 2016

Abstract deadline: December 14

Nordic Summer University

Umeå Center for Gender Studies

Department of historical, philosophical, and religious studies, Umeå University.

Invited speakers

Tuija Pulkkinen, Academy professor at the Department of philosophy, history and culture, Helsinki University.

Kristina Fjelkestam, Professor in gender studies, Stockholm University.

Claudia Lindén, docent and associate professor in literature, Södertörn University.

Sara Edenheim, docent in history and associate professor in gender studies, Umeå University.

What is the relationship between feminism and philosophy today? Although feminist philosophy is now a recognized field in the institution of philosophy, a tension between the two terms still seem to persist. Compared to the status of feminism in other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, feminist philosophy is generally marginalized in departments for philosophy. A lot of work in feminist philosophy is done in other…

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New Narratives in the History of Philosophy

The new website for the New Narratives project is up and running. Here is an introduction from Lisa Shapiro:
There is so much good work already underway and more getting off the ground in efforts to reinvigorate the philosophical canon. This is particularly true of those working in the history of philosophy of the early modern period, where lots of attention is being paid to the women philosophers and intellectuals of the period. This New Narratives in the History of Philosophy Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), aims (among other things) to provide some coordination of efforts internationally so that limited resources are used effectively. The project website at www.newnarrativesinphilosophy.net will strive to be a hub directing interested students and researchers to all the great work that is going on right now to diversify the standard stories which form the history of philosophy. So, if you have a project or an event, please let us know and we will aim to add it to the site (The contact info is on the site.) (See Related Activities under Projects for what is already listed.)
We are also undertaking some projects of our own, including an open access bibliography of works by women of the early modern period (and beyond). We are particularly interested in tracking which works are already digitized (and in what form) and what digitizations are underway.  This is a great project for students to see the hard work that goes into the editions that they and many of us have taken for granted. If you’d like to get involved, or would like your students to get involved, please let us know. We are trying out a collaborative software that allows for those involved in the project to ask questions and get answers on a discussion thread (rather than fill email boxes).
Once the bibliography gets a bit more content in it, we’ll share the link to the Google Sheet.

CfA : New Narratives in Philosophy at Duke, April 14-27

A big conference on women in the history of philosophy!

Feminist History of Philosophy

New Narratives in Philosophy:
Rediscovering neglected works by early modern women

Co-Directed by Andrew Janiak and Marcy Lascano

Hosted at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
Durham, NC, USA
April 14 – 17, 2016

The New Narratives in Philosophy conference will be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. The four day conference will focus on the early modern philosophers Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Emilie Du Châtelet and will explore the various aspects of each figure’s primary philosophical works, investigate the relationships between her works and those of her contemporaries, and examine her works in relation to the political, social, ethical, theological, and scientific works of the period. In addition, the final, fourth day of the conference will be devoted to methodological questions that are important for transforming the teaching and study of early modern philosophy. All conference proceedings and materials – video clips, sample syllabi…

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