Paradoxes about professional women explained?

According to this:

  • Women publish less, but their papers are more readable.
  • Women apply for fewer grants, but their applications do better.
  • Women doctors see fewer patients, but their patients are less likely to die.
  • Women realtors show fewer properties, but get higher prices for them.

Suggested solution: women know they will be held to higher standards, so take longer and therefore do better (but slower) work.  Read more here.

Chapel Hill Public Philosophy Workshop

From Caleb Harrison:

I am co-organizing a Public Philosophy Writing Workshop at UNC in May (along with Macy Salzberger and Barry Maguire). The workshop will include talks by folks who have experienced success in writing and publishing public philosophy (Myisha Cherry, Anita Allen, David V Johnson, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong), along with workshop sessions for attendees and presenters to work through ideas they have for written public philosophy. We have some funds set aside to help offset travel costs for early-career and non-tenured folks, and are looking for more submissions.

The workshop information can be found here:

The new deadline for submission is March 20.

Hypatia: Call for Nominations for Editors

On behalf of the Editorial Search Committee for Hypatia:

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking an editorial team to serve a term of five years, beginning July 1, 2018. The journal issues a call for nominations for editors every five years in order to consider new proposals and directions for the journal and to give others a chance to be involved. All proposals will be judged on their merits. We encourage self-nominations as well as nominations of others. This search began in 2016 but was interrupted last summer. We commence the search anew, recognizing the necessity of a shortened timeline.

Nominations are due March 15, 2018, proposals on May 1, 2018.

Hypatia is the preeminent journal for feminist philosophy; it has a wide international readership and a robust institutional subscription base. It serves as an important resource not only for philosophers, but for all those interested in philosophical issues raised by feminism, including interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies scholars. The journal publishes work covering a wide range of philosophical traditions and topics, and therefore we encourage nominations (including self-nominations) of editors who have diverse interests and expertise in sub-areas and methodologies of philosophy and feminist studies. Hypatia is committed to the inclusion of trans, critical race, transnational, critical disability, decolonial, and queer scholarship in feminist philosophy, and we especially encourage nominations of those whose experiences include marginalization or underrepresentation in feminist philosophy.

Candidates should have a record of publication in feminist philosophy. Some previous editorial experience is desirable. Individuals constituting an editorial team need not be members of the same institution. At least one member of the editorial team should be at an institution with graduate students in Philosophy, Gender/Women’s Studies, or another related program who can serve as managing editors and editorial assistants. Candidates should also indicate what types of institutional support they expect to receive and the manner in which members of the editorial team would share the work of the journal.

If you are nominating yourselves, please send brief CVs for each member of the editorial team. Also, please include a statement of interest that indicates how the work of editing the journal will be shared and where the journal will be housed, as well as brief statements regarding your previous relevant experience and the directions in which you would like to take Hypatia.

If you are nominating others, please send an email briefly stating your reasons for nominating them, as well as their institutional/postal addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. We will contact them and request that they provide the same materials as self-nominators, should they wish to be considered.

As noted above, we have a shorter timeframe than usual for the search process: After reviewing the nominations submitted by March 15, 2018, the search committee will invite a subset of nominated editorial teams to submit full proposals by May 1, 2018.

Further instructions for the preparation of proposals will be posted on this Hypatia website and a sample of past proposals will be made available.

Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent by March 15, 2018, to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Kim Q. Hall,

Please write “Nomination for Hypatia Editorial Team” in the subject line of the email. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Kim Q. Hall.

Other Search Committee members include: Ann Garry, Desirée Melton, and Paula Moya.

Lawsuit against Kipnis moves forward

A judge decided Tuesday to proceed with a lawsuit filed by a graduate student against Communication Prof. Laura Kipnis and HarperCollins Publishers, declining to grant a motion filed by the defendants in July to dismiss the suit…

The student, using the pseudonym Jane Doe, filed the suit in May in response to Kipnis’ book, “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.” In the book, Kipnis criticizes Northwestern’s Title IX procedures, detailing Kipnis’ experience with the process and discussing two Title IX complaints filed by Doe and another student against former philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow accusing him of sexual assault.

Doe’s suit alleges that the book, which has received national attention, intentionally misrepresents facts and publishes private and unnecessary details about her. As quoted in the Tuesday order, the lawsuit calls “Unwanted Advances” a book “that — page after page — exposes extremely private and painful parts of Plaintiff’s life, makes false statements about her conduct, brands her a vengeful liar and turns this promising young graduate student’s life upside down for the entire world to see.”

Doe filed the suit on four counts, according to the order: public disclosure of private facts, false light invasion of privacy, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

This case is so very important, not just to philosophy but to the protection of victims’ rights. Read more here.

St Andrews Head: We will cancel E&D efforts if strike succeeds (petition)

As you may be aware, UK academics are engaged in their biggest ever strike.  There have been lots of threats from management.  But the St Andrews Principal has specifically treated to axe Equality and Diversity efforts if the strike succeeds.

From the petition:

In an email to staff at the University of St Andrews dated 20.2.2018 you listed a number of initiatives which are allegedly in jeopardy should the USS pension scheme remain as a Defined Benefit, rather than change to a Defined Contribution scheme. All of these particularly pertained to the rights of women and people from minority and disadvantaged groups studying and working in your institution; they included: a mentoring scheme for mid-career and senior academic women, a professorial merit exercise, housing development for early and mid-career staff, a nursery for the children of staff and students. Your email signaled that inclusivity and diversity would be de-prioritised, and research into them cancelled should the dispute be determined in line with proposals submitted by the University and College Union.

Read on, and please sign.  And share.

Chris Meyns on Elisabeth of Bohemia

Even in scholarship of early modern philosophy, Descartes easily gets credit for ideas that were at least as much Bohemia’s. Not that Bohemia is totally ignored. It’s more subtle than that. We find ample cases where, because of how Bohemia’s role is represented, she’s just ever so slightly pushed away from center stage.

Read the whole thing.

Final CFA: Women in Philosophy (SWIP Ireland, Dublin)

Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland i​n association with In Parenthesis (Durham University  and University of Liverpool​)​

6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of SWIP-Ireland

17-19 May, 2018

University College Dublin, Ireland

Women in Philosophy: Past, Present and Future

True it is, Spinning with the Fingers is more proper to our Sexe, then studying or writing Poetry, which is the Spinning with the braine: but I having no skill in the Art of the first (and if I had, I had no hopes of gaining so much as to make me a Garment to keep me from the cold) made me delight in the latter – Margaret Cavendish

Though academic philosophy is still a male-dominated discipline, and the canon of philosophy is largely male, the future of philosophy promises to be less so. After years of scholarly neglect, the contribution of a large number of women philosophers across the ages is now being recognised – from medieval mystics to Enlightenment philosophers of science to founding mothers of analytic philosophy and phenomenology. At the same time, broad consensus is afoot that certain disciplinary norms, once-entrenched, no longer serve our discipline and have contributed to the attrition of female talent from philosophy.

This SWIP-Ireland conference, in collaboration with In Parenthesis, invites papers on the broad topic of Women in Philosophy: Past, Present and Future. The occasion of the workshop is the centenary of a paper published in Mind by the Irish philosopher and prominent librarian, Agnes Cuming. The conference welcomes contributions relevant to the general theme of the role of women in philosophy. Papers from all approaches and traditions in philosophy including submissions on neglected historical figures, reports of archival visits, as well as reflection on methodological practice and on visions for philosophy in the future are encouraged. Papers from graduate students and philosophers working outside academia are also welcome. Presentations and panels related to any aspect of the work of the keynote speakers are also welcome.

Keynote speakers:           

Eileen Brennan (Dublin City University)

Nancy Cartwright (Durham University)

Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool)

Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University)

Sally Haslanger (MIT)

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)

Abstracts: Please submit an anonymised abstract of 300-400 words and provide separate contact details. 

Deadline: March 1​0​, 2018.

NB. Abstracts should be sent to as a Word document attachment (not PDF and not in the body of an email message) in an email with the subject heading SWIP 2018.

Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion.

Notification of acceptance: Notifications of acceptance will be sent out three weeks after the closing date of the call.

Panel submissions are also welcome: Please submit an anonymised panel description of 400-600 words, including the proposed individual contributions on the panel theme. List the proposed contributors and the corresponding author’s contact details separately.

An additional panel will be convened by the In Parenthesis project.

In Parenthesis studies the collective corpus of Irish-born philosophers Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Anscombe, together with Phillipa Foot and Mary Midgley, with whom they studied in Oxford during WWII. For more information see

For further information see



SWIP panel at the Joint Session – call for papers

SWIP UK Panel at the Joint Session of the Mind Association and
Aristotelian Society, University of Oxford, 6th-8th of July 2018.
At the 2018 Joint Session there will be a Society for Women in Philosophy UK panel of papers. Papers submitted to the panel should be consistent with the aims of SWIP UK, namely:

  • to facilitate co-operation between women in philosophy,
  • to support women in philosophy,
  • to promote philosophy by women, past and present,
  • to foster feminism in philosophy and philosophy in feminism,
  • to collect information of potential interest to women in philosophy,
  • to raise public awareness of discrimination against women in philosophy, past and present,
  • to end discrimination against women in philosophy.

We solicit full papers (2000 words) plus 250 word abstract, suitable to be delivered in no more than 20 minutes with a further 10 minutes for discussion. We encourage submissions from graduate students. (As with all the Open Sessions, papers accepted for this session will not be published in the Supplementary Volume of the Aristotelian Society).
The closing date for submissions is 2nd April 2018. We expect to confirm which papers have been accepted by the end of April.
Please make sure that your submission is suitable for anonymous reviewing and attach a separate document with your name and contact details. Email submissions are preferred; please send your full paper, with an abstract, as either .doc or .pdf attachment to Komarine Romdenh-Romluc at
To speak at this event you will need to register as a delegate for the Joint Session. For information about registration and more details see the Joint Session website.
Dr. Meena Dhanda, Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, W1 1DT.
Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, Department of Philosophy, 45 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S3 7QB.

For more information on SWIP UK visit our website: