Funds for Distinguished Visitor to Edinburgh. (Members of under-represented groups especially encouraged!)

The philosophy department at the University of Edinburgh has some money to support
expenses associated with the visit of distinguished philosopher to participate in the
research culture of the department including the possibility of talks, workshops, informal
meetings with faculty and graduate students, and visiting other Scottish universities. (No
salary costs but costs associated with accommodation, travel, and events). The visit
should be for at least 3 weeks and ideally longer, during 2016.  We would be especially
interested in inquires from members of under-represented groups. If you might be
interested please contact Matthew Chrisman (matthew.chrisman@ed.ac.uk) for more
information by May 1, 2015.

The Links We Like – March Edition

Here are the philosophy & underrepresentation links that we’ve come across throughout March. To see the links we post one at a time throughout the month you can ‘like’ us on Facebook or ‘follow’ us on Twitter (@RepEdinburgh). Otherwise, in no particular order…

1. Project Vox “seeks to recover the lost voices of women who have been ignored in standard narratives of the history of modern philosophy. [They] aim to change those narratives, thereby changing what students around the world learn about philosophy’s history.” – mega cool stuff!

2. This piece dealing with straw man arguments about trigger warnings should be useful to bear in mind when planning courses and setting reading. Does the reading contain something which might trigger PTSD in one of your students? Warn them. Easy peasy.

3. Edinburgh’s philosophy department have now officially subscribed to the BPA/SWIP Best Practice scheme. This is very exciting news, and we hope to soon have more information on what the department’s plans for ensuring an inclusive environment entail.

4. MAP UK have published their first report on what chapters around the UK are getting up to. The Edinburgh chapter gets a mention, and so does recent Edinburgh graduate Nicole Hall!

5. An anonymous academic discusses the prevalence of mental health issues in academia (and specifically amongst PhD students) in this Guardian article.

6. Myisha Cherry (who was featured in the first TLWL for her awesome Unmute Podcast) offers up 10 Tips For Presenting In Front Of People You Think Are Smarter Than You. Brilliant advice.

As always, if you happen across anything related to under-representation in philosophy that you think we might like, then let us know!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day – an opportunity to “celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality“. One of the most fundamental barriers to equality in philosophy is the collection of implicit stereotypes that many of us have about what philosophers look like – rich, white, able-bodied, cis, male (usually with beards)… so what can we do to overcome this barriercelebrate the achievements of women in philosophy, and call for greater equality for all people in philosophy? One thing we can do is expose ourselves (and others!) to images which counter those stereotypes. So, in celebration of International Women’s Day, and of diversity in philosophy, here are some places to find counter-stereotypical images of philosophers to look at, and share.

The MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Faces of Philosophy poster:

MAP Faces of Philosophy

The APA’s Philosophy: Got Women? poster (buy it here):

APA CSW Poster

The looksphilosphical tumblr (see it here):

looksphilosophical

The philosophywomen tumblr (see it here):

philosophywomentumblr

This gallery created by Karla Tonella (click here):

Tonella gallerySo take a look, share them with other people (including non-philosophers!) and while you’re at it, why not learn about a female philosopher? Go here, type in “women philosophers” and hit ‘submit’.

The Links We Like – February Edition

Here are all the philosophy & underrepresentation links that we’ve come across throughout February. To see the links we post one at a time throughout the month you can ‘like’ us on Facebook or ‘follow’ us on Twitter (@RepEdinburgh). Otherwise, in no particular order…

1. Julia Bursten has written an excellent post about the media’s portrayal of ‘genius’ and how this relates to underrepresentation in STEM fields (and, I’m sure, philosophy).

2. The APA is calling for input on a code of conduct for professional philosophers. An exciting development, which may well have impact on UK philosophy as well as in North America.

3. The BSA have released a call for papers for a conference on Race and Aesthetics. The deadline is 15th of March, so there’re still 2 weeks left to submit something! It’s notable that the conference is committed to ensuring accessibility for all (see link 12), so everyone with relevant work should think about submitting!

4. Edinburgh’s (fantastic) UG Philosophy society are hosting what I think could be the first UG conference on ‘women in philosophy’. Their call for papers is here.

5. This interactive chart searches the words used in around 14 million ratemyprofessor.com reviews, and displays them according to gender and discipline. There’s endless mileage in this. Try ‘genius’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘nice’ for starters.

6. This new journal promises to publish on diverse fields and traditions, and to publish early-career philosophers alongside more established ones.

7. This post over at Daily Nous offers a different angle on the much-publicised issues of misconduct in philosophy: the intellectual costs of misconduct.

8. Another Daily Nous post recommends making a space for conversations about department climate when recruiting new graduate students. Is this something people would like to see at Edinburgh?

9. Durham are offering a number of Postgraduate Taught scholarships which are specifically aimed at addressing underrepresentation relating to economic background, carer-status, and disability. Deadline is 30th April.

10. & 11. Peter Railton bravely discussed his experiences with depression in his Dewey Lecture this month. A draft of his talk is available here, and Daily Nous have made a space for people to share their own thoughts on depression and other mental illnesses here.

12. Shelley Tremain (in a post for Discrimination and Disadvantage) on how to talk about accessibility when organising and publicising conferences.

13. The SEP now has an entry on Implicit Bias (written by Michael Brownstein). Exciting, and incredibly useful!

If you see anything during March which you think we might be interested in then let us know!