The Profession We Want: Practical Ways to Improve Philosophy

May 15, 2017 - May 16, 2017
Society for Women in Philosophy UK and the British Philosophical

Arthur Lewis Building, Bridgeford Street
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

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Keynote speakers:

Sherri Irvin
University of Oklahoma

Organisers:

Helen Beebee
University of Manchester
Katharine Jenkins
University of Nottingham
Ian James Kidd
University of Nottingham
Jennifer Saul
University of Sheffield

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The discipline of philosophy has for a long time been a needlessly difficult environment for women and the members of other marginalised and/or minoritised groups (including, but not limited to, groups marginalised/minoritised on the basis of race, class, disability status, and sexual orientation). Some progress has been made, especially over the last few years, in understanding and responding to the causes and consequences of this fact. In the UK, this includes the success of the BPA-SWIP Good Practice Scheme, the expansion of Athena Swan scheme to philosophy and other humanistic disciplines in the UK, and the forthcoming introduction of the Race Equality Charter. Other encouraging signs include initiatives made by some departments, student groups, journals, and learned societies. In this context of understanding and change, SWIP is seeking to lay further foundations for progress by identifying effective ways to practically respond to these problems at a departmental, national and disciplinary level. This crucially involves identifying effective strategies, implementing urgent actions, and allocating specific tasks to organizations, groups or individuals who are in a position to monitor and develop them. This conference is devoted to these aims. As well as offering theoretical resources, we are interested in talks and sessions with a more practical character. Accordingly, the second afternoon of the conference will be devoted to a two-part collaborative planning session. The first half of this session will aim to identify actions of immediate priority and strategies for implementing these, and the second half will aim to establish which organizations, groups or individuals are best able to take these on and how they can be supported to carry them out.

Keynote Speaker: Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma)

Accessibility

- Information on the venue is available here:

http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/the-university-of-manchester/arthur-lewis-building-2

- The Ibis Hotel on Princess Street has rooms suitable for those with limited mobility. http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-3143-ibis-manchester-centre-princess-street/index.shtml

- There will be a dedicated quiet room available throughout the event

- Organizers are investigating the provision of hearing loops and further information will be made available shortly.

- Attendees with any specific access needs are invited to contact the organisers directly with any queries.

The registration fee will be kept as low as possible (current projection: £30 Non-SWIP members, £25 SWIP members and supporters, £10 student/unemployed/under-employed [note: this will be a self-designating category]). The organisers are committed to ensuring that financial considerations do not present a barrier to participation. Where necessary, we will work with participants to try to secure funding to cover travel and accommodation. 

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