Diversity in Philosophy: Call for Abstracts


for a conference on


May 29-May 31, 2013

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH


This conference examines and addresses the underrepresentation of women and other marginalized groups in Philosophy. Participants will focus on hurdles and best practices associated with the inclusion of underrepresented groups. It will focus on such questions as:

  • Why do white males continue to be over-represented among Philosophy majors, graduate students, and faculty members, especially given that most other fields in the sciences and humanities are increasingly diverse?
  • What are some effective ways to improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and other underrepresented groups?
  • What roles do implicit bias and stereotyping play in who advances in Philosophy?
  • How can the climate for women and other marginalized groups be improved?
  • What role can philosophers who study marginalized groups play in advancing underrepresented groups in Philosophy?
  • What can Philosophy learn from National Science Foundation ADVANCE initiatives that address how to recruit and advance women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields?
  • How can we improve the climate for all underrepresented groups in Philosophy, including those who are LGBTQ, disabled, first generation in college, or economically disadvantaged?

Goals of the conference include creating opportunities for networking and building supportive communities as well as sharing cutting edge research.

We invite papers arising from relevant research programs, or about insights arising from relevant professional experience, including research, service and teaching work.  We invite individual presentations of 20 minutes with 10 additional minutes of discussion, or panels consisting of three 15 minute presentations with a total of 15 additional minutes of discussion. You may submit abstracts of papers (200-300 words) or panels (up to 3 abstracts) below.  Only one submission per person.  Panels should only be submitted once.  To submit an abstract or panel, click on “Diversity in Philosophy Conference May 29-31, 2013” in the left sidebar at www.apaonlinecsw.org.

We encourage presenters to give accessible, engaging presentations.  All conferences rooms can accommodate PowerPoint.  Every effort will be made to accommodate participants with disabilities.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2013

On June 1, 2013, immediately following the conference, there will be a workshop for training members of CSW-sponsored site visit teams. These site visits are designed to improve the climate for underrepresented groups in Philosophy departments.   For further information, please click on “Site Visit Program” in the left sidebar at www.apaonlinecsw.org.

Organizing Committee:
Peggy DesAutels, University of Dayton, Chair, APA Committee on the Status of Women
Carla Fehr, University of Waterloo
Sally Haslanger, MIT, Convener, Women in Philosophy Task Force

American Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Association, Committee on Inclusiveness
American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Women
American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division
University of Dayton, Office of the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences
University of Dayton, Department of Philosophy
University of Dayton, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
University of Dayton, Office of Alumni Chair in Humanities


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