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Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group


Welcome to the webpage of the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group, an assortment of philosophers (aspiring and established), friends, and academics. Our collective goal is to raise awareness of the many disputes and debacles that currently surround the status of women and minorities in academic philosophy, and to provide support for female faculty and postgraduates. Through a variety of events and initiatives, we hope to contribute to creating an academic culture of intellectual openness and fairness in which all philosophical talent, irrespective of gender, can thrive and flourish at Edinburgh and beyond.

Lady Philosophy
Lady Philosophy
From Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy (524 AD)

We support the following wider goals:

  • increase visibility of female faculty at the organisation and management level
  • ensure broader equality in numbers of female speakers at workshops, seminars and conferences
  • encourage recognition of, and student exposure to, internationally acclaimed female philosophers through invitation to named lectures
  • ensure fair representation of women philosophers on syllabi
  • raise awareness of implicit gender bias
  • provide tutors with skills for ensuring intellectual fairness in tutorials
  • provide a series of events and initiatives that promote gender equality, creating an academic culture in which philosophical talent thrives

If you wish to be kept in the loop about informal meetings, and other relevant notices of interest, or if you wish to raise an issue for discussion or consideration by the group, please subscribe to our mailing list by contacting one of our members (details listed below).

We warmly welcome new members and friends from postgraduate programmes and faculty. If you wish to be kept informed about our events, or if you wish to raise an issue for discussion by the group, please contact Giada Fratantonio, Michela Massimi, or Anna Ortín Nadal.

"Three cheers for the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group! What a splendid idea, and beautifully timed to catch the rising current of awareness about women in philosophy. I warmly applaud this initiative. Edinburgh is a marvellous place to do philosophy, and you are going to help make it even better for women. I wish I could be there to join your efforts."

Professor Rae Langton, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh from 1999-2004 (a position for which David Hume was turned down in 1755) and the first woman to be appointed Professor of Philosophy in Edinburgh.

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Philosophy at Edinburgh subscribes to the Good Practice Scheme of the British Philosophical Association (BPA). A Philosophy Gender Committee (currently led by Prof Massimi, and consisting of Dr Cohen, Dr Gerken, Dr Kupreeva, Dr Lavelle, Dr McGlynn, Dr Mason and Dr Pheminster) is looking at specific ways and recommendations for implementing the BPA Guidelines on Gender Bias. The BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme.

New Enlightenment Lecture

This new annual series started in December 2012 with the idea of providing our graduate community with women role models in philosophy. Every year the lecture features a high-profile woman philosopher, leading a roundtable with postgraduate students and faculty on gender issues in the profession, followed by a keynote lecture on a topic of choice. The event takes place just before Christmas and is followed by the EWIPG Christmas party open to all faculty and postgraduate students. The event has been every year subsidised by Philosophy@Edinburgh, PPLS, and Scots Philosophical Association.

Upcoming Events

Forthcoming EWiP events are displayed in the dynamic Upcoming Events section below when available on the Philosophy events feed.

Past events:

17 May 2013, Room G.06, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street.

  • The Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group hosted the Implicit Bias Workshop with Helen Beebee (Manchester), Jules Holroyd (Nottingham), and Mario Weick (Kent).

06 Dec 2011, 16:30 - 18:30, Hotel du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh, 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ.

30 May 2011, 10:30 - 17:00, Dugald Stewart Building (Room 1.17).

21 January 2011 12:30 - 18:30 Conference Room (Room G.04), David Hume Tower.

  • The Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group hosted the EWPG Workshop 2010/11 to explore some of the philosophical issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women in professional philosophy.

19 January 2011 13.00 - 14.00 Professional Development Seminar, Dugald Stewart Building (Room 3.01)

  • Roundtable Discussion on "Academia and the Family" to explore and begin to address difficulties for combining philosophical research with having a family.

25 November 2010, 14:30 - 16:00, Room 1.17 DSB. Organisers Liz Ellis and Nicole Hall-Elfick.

  • Women in Philosophy "Afternoon Tea" - Andy Clark shared, as an in memoriam to Susan Hurley, Professor Hurley's reflections on issues facing women in philosophy. Holly Branigan offered a picture of how women are doing psychology, which we were able to compare with philosophy and we were offered anecdotes and reflections from Emily Brady and Natalie Gold, as well as reflections on pedagogical approaches from Alasdair Richmond.

3 November 2009, 14:00 - 15:30, Middle Reading Room, Teviot Row House.

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