New report on the underrepresentation of women in philosophy, 2021

Our new report on the underrepresentation of women in philosophy in the UK is now available. It presents data on and assesses the progress made since we produced our first report in 2011, and provides an overview of the many resources and initiatives that have appeared over the last ten years.

The BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme

The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (UK)’s Good Practice Scheme has been running since 2014. The Scheme aims to assist UK philosophy departments, learned societies and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy. The scheme now has a large number of participating institutions, including some overseas departments and learned societies – but we are always delighted to welcome newcomers.

Other BPA/Society for Women in Philosophy initiatives

Aside from the Good Practice Scheme, the BPA and SWIP-UK have collaborated on a number of other initiatives: an ongoing mentoring scheme, a joint committee for women in philosophy, and two reports (2011 and 2021) on the underrepresentation of women in UK philosophy:

Guidelines for improving accessibility for people with disabilities to Conferences and Public Lectures

The BPA are pleased to announce the release of two new sets of Guidelines, which were devised following the SWIP-UK/BPA conference on ‘The Profession We Want’ in May 2017. The guides, produced in September 2018 by Giulia Felappi, Alex Gregory and Helen Beebee, are aimed at organisers of conferences and public lectures/events, and include information and ideas about how to make the planning and delivery of these events more accessible to people with disabilities. They’re available here:

  • BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences [pdf]
  • BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Public Lectures [pdf]

Call for Collaborators: Minorities and Philosophy, UK

In order to examine and address issues of participation faced by minority and underrepresented groups in academic philosophy (e.g. gender, race, native-language, sexual orientation, class, and disability minorities), a number of UK departments have recently started to build a UK network of chapters of MAP (www.mapforthegap.org.uk).

With 24 active chapters to date, MAP (Minorities And Philosophy) is already a successful and widespread organization in the US and elsewhere. If you would like to have a MAP chapter at your own institution, this Call For Collaborators is for you. MAP chapters are generally run by graduate students (typically 3 or 4 per department), with some help from academic staff members; undergraduate participation is also encouraged.

At this stage MAP would be happy to hear especially from graduate students (groups or individuals) at UK Philosophy departments  as well as from UK Philosophy academic staff who would like to coordinate graduate student interest in their institutions and to collaborate on MAP chapters. Please contact them at mapforthegap.uk@gmail.com. They can also be reached through their website: www.mapforthegap.org.uk/start-a-new-chapter.

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