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Chapter Reports 2015-16

Summer Report

19th July 2016

Minorities and Philosophy chapters met regularly throughout the Spring term to address MAP related issues, hosted a variety of events, and initiated a a number of training and advocacy activities. The following report comprises some of the highlights of these activities from the UK region in the Spring term of 2016.

Activities

The Bristol chapter hosted a conference on Philosophy from Minoritised Perspectives with a keynote from Helen Beebee. The Stirling chapter ran a conference on gender, race and disability. The St. Andrews chapter hosted talks about gender theory and feminist philosophy of language. The Glasgow chapter organised a workshop where Tom Dougherty spoke on the under-representation of women in philosophy, whilst Frederique Janssen-Lauret spoke on teaching logic in a gender-inclusive way. The Edinburgh chapter hosted a workshop on the objectification of women, with talks from Katherine Jenkins, Fiona Wollard, Kathleen Stock and Aidan McGlynn.

Chapters continue to host reading groups and social events. These include a weekly feminist philosophy reading group and an end of year social at St. Andrews. The Leeds MAP reading group read a number of texts on the philosophy of disability, as well as reading Rae Langton's 'Sexual Solipsism' and Paul Taylor's 'Black is Beautiful', where they were joined by the authors themselves.

Good practice, training and advocacy

The Leeds chapter is participating in a project to develop free online resources for teaching philosophy in schools. The aim is to enable teachers to give their students a brief introduction to an area of philosophy of their choice before the holiday break. The project is planned to launch at the beginning of next year. The Edinburgh chapter continue to host informal sessions with philosophers from under-represented backgrounds to share their experiences in the profession with staff and students. Both the Leeds and Edinburgh chapters now play integral roles in the Diversity Reading List project.

The St. Andrews chapter have set up a mentorship scheme enabling undergraduates to meet with and receive support from PhD students.

The Oxford chapter have been advocating for conference organisers to make their events more accessible for marginalised participants, as well as pushing for more opportunities for students to be able to study more diverse areas of philosophy than currently on offer. They have also encouraged graduate teachers to assemble a pool of readings from under-represented groups in philosophy for various courses and areas, and plan to expand the project next year.

Mentorship Scheme

At last count, we have 17 mentors who have volunteered to provide occasional mentoring advice to students over email. Between them, they have expertise covering a range of minority statuses , including those relating to race and ethnicity, sexuality, disability, income background, and gender. Anyone who identifies as a member of a group that is under-represented in philosophy and may benefit from mentoring is encouraged to look through the mentor database and email their chosen mentor directly.

Thanks

We'd like to thank all of our new and existing chapters for all their hard work organising and hosting a fantastic and varied programme of events. We'd also like to thank our ever-growing network of mentors, and all of those who have participated in MAP UK activities, as well as our various supporters in our home departments and beyond who have helped to make our activities possible.

For further information on MAP UK, or to make a suggestion, please contact us at mapforthegap.uk@gmail.com

 

Winter Report

3rd February 2016

Minorities and Philosophy chapters met regularly throughout the Autumn term to address MAP related issues, hosted a variety of events, and initiated a a number of training and advocacy activities. The following report comprises some of the highlights of these activities from the UK region in the Autumn term of 2015.

Activities

The Sheffield chapter hosted Monica Mookherjee, who gave their Annual MAP Lecture on 'Addressing religious inequalities through theories of recognition'.

The Leeds chapter host a two-day conference on implicit bias, with keynotes from Jules Holroyd, Ian Kidd, Jenny Saul and Katherine Jenkins, in addition to ten papers from postgraduate speakers. There was even an ice-breaker treasure hunt across the city!

The Bristol chapter screened a documentary on women in academia, which you can see here. They also arranged for Richard Pettigrew to deliver a talk to Bristol undergraduates on equality and diversity.

The Edinburgh chapter was involved in the organisation of the New Enlightenment Lecture 2015, which was given by Alison Wylie, entitled 'What Knowers Knew Well: Why feminism matters, to archeology for example'. The discussion addressed the costs of the exclusion of minorities in academia, and strategies for change.

Chapters have also hosted regular and one-off reading groups. These included a weekly reading group on 'The Racial Contract' by Charles Mills at Leeds, whilst the UCL chapter ran a group on Sally Haslanger's 'Resisting Reality'.

Good practice, training and advocacy

Chapters have been meeting regularly to identify harmful practice in the discipline, and to discuss and implicate ways to address these to promote a more inclusive culture. The Stirling chapter trained two course representatives in MAP issues, whilst the Sheffield chapter are encouraging other reading groups to identify and discuss work by authors from under-represented groups. The Leeds chapter continue to support the Diversity Reading List, whilst the UCL chapter are to run sessions on seminar discussion and practice, with the aim of improving engagement and inclusion.

Mentorship Scheme

At last count, we have 17 mentors who have volunteered to provide occasional mentoring advice to students over email. Between them, they have expertise covering a range of minority statuses , including those relating to race and ethnicity, sexuality, disability, income background, and gender. Anyone who identifies as a member of a group that is under-represented in philosophy and may benefit from mentoring is encouraged to look through the mentor database and email their chosen mentor directly.

Thanks

We'd like to thank all of our new and existing chapters for all their hard work organising and hosting a fantastic and varied programme of events. We'd also like to thank our ever-growing network of mentors, and all of those who have participated in MAP UK activities, as well as our various supporters in our home departments and beyond who have helped to make our activities possible.

For further information on MAP UK, or to make a suggestion, please contact us at mapforthegap.uk@gmail.com.

For more information on the MAP project globally, visit mapforthegap.com.