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!