Most Recent Report
summer report - 19/06/2015
A round-up of activities from the UK region in the Spring term, 2015
recent chapter activities - 27/03/2015
The Leeds Chapter hosted a workshop featuring talks from Nicole Hall (Edinburgh) on "sexiness" and implicit bias, and Heather Logue (Leeds) on the metaphysics of gender, attended by upwards of 30 people. The chapter has also started up a reading group on MAP topics, which is attended by postgraduate students and faculty members.
The KCL philosophy society and MAP Chapter hosted a Minorities and Philosophy panel discussion, encompassing a plurality of subjects, including diversifying syllabi, underrepresentation, and implicit bias. The panel comprised Dr Ellen Fridland (KCL), who works in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science; Sarah Tropper, PhD student and the GTA Representative; Shruti Iyer, PPL undergraduate, and President of the Intersectional Feminist Society; and Jae Hetterley, philosophy undergraduate, and Trans* Officer on the LGBT Society. The panel was chaired by Alex McKenzie, philosophy undergraduate, president of the Philosophy Society and Bi Officer on the LGBT Society, and was attended by over 70 people.
The Glasgow Chapter organized a presentation for the undergraduate association of philosophy, wherein they discussed the main purposes of the MAP initiative, relevant philosophical and practical concerns such as implicit bias, and the notion of being a member of a minority group, as well as addressing the potential for student involvement in positive strategies for change at Glasgow.
The Edinburgh MAP Chapter and Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group (EWPG) hosted a workshop on the themes of ‘Underrepresentation and Ignorance’, featuring a masterclass led by Janet Kourany (Notre Dame) about the social construction of ignorance, with further papers from Elinor Mason (Philosophy, Edinburgh), Pablo Schyfter (STIS, Edinburgh) and Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University). Each talk was followed by a response from a postgraduate student, and the workshop was attended by 30 people.
The Edinburgh Chapter and EWPG have also hosted a number of informal ‘piggyback sessions’ with visiting women philosophers, who share their experience in academic philosophy with both students and staff. These sessions are designed to raise the profile of women philosophers within the philosophical community, as well as enabling students who are considering staying on to learn from the expertise of those with experience of the discipline in a professional capacity. Sessions so far have featured Joanna Bryson (Bath), Helen Beebee (Manchester), Magdalena Balcerak Jackson (Konstanz), Sabina Leonelli (Exeter), Shannon Spaulding and Janet Kourany (Notre Dame).
The Sheffield Chapter started a reading group on critical philosophy of race, attended by both postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff, as well as meeting with the department's Ethics and Diversity Committee ensure the chapter’s activities are integrated with those of the committee for the coming semester.
The UCL Chapter hosted a discussion session on underrepresentation, inviting students from London universities and beyond, to discuss issues individuals have faced within their institutions, as well as addressing practical strategies for change. The session culminated with the creation of a student working group to collate resources and organize next steps.