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Women in Philosophy

Cambridge Women in Philosophy Group

 

Current Events
Past Events

Women are badly under-represented in philosophy. Through talks, conferences and workshops, we provide a forum for networking and celebrating the work that women are doing in academic philosophy at Cambridge and further afield.

Our group is part of a larger movement, and we contributed to the first report on the representation of women in philosophy, produced by The British Philosophical Association Committee for Women in Philosophy and SWIP UK.

Contacts: Women in Philosophy (), Jessica Kaplan (Philosophy - ), Caterina Pellò (Classics - ), Elina Vessonen (HPS - )

Meetings last an hour. All who wish to are welcome to have lunch or dinner with the speaker afterwards.

For further information about about women who have studied, taught or were active in philosophy in Cambridge over the years see Cambridge Women Philosophers.


Current Events

2016 – 2017 Michaelmas Term

10th October
12.00 -13.00 p.m.

“Women in Philosophy: An Introduction”

Clare Chambers and Rae Langton
(followed by buffet lunch)

Location: Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy

 

14th November
12.00 - 13.00 p.m.

Marta Halina

Location: Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

28th November
17.00 - 18.00 p.m.
Postgraduate Application Workshop

 

Location: The Granta

Past Events

2015 – 2016 Easter Term

9th May
5.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Workshop on work in progress.

Please contact us on if you would like to present your work.

Location: Room 1.11, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Site. (1st floor. Step-free elevator access through Entrance 3, some heavy doors).

 

23rd May
12.00 - 1 p.m.

Robin Zheng (Cambridge)

'Why Yellow Fever isn't Flattering: A Case against Racial Fetishes'

Location: Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS)

9th June
9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

One-day conference on 'Women in the History of Philosophy'.

We are very pleased to announce our first one-day conference, organised jointly with the Immoral Sciences Club.

The conference is free to attend, but for planning purposes, please register here if you plan to attend: http://goo.gl/forms/ijjTAUBxfE

More information about the conference, including the speakers and talks, can be found here.

Location: Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College

2015 – 2016 Lent Term

25th January
5.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Prof M M McCabe (KCL, UCL, Cambridge)

'Wise old men and wise old women? Tone and bias in philosophical conversation' 

Tea and cake from 4.30 p.m.

Location: Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College
 
2nd February

SocraTea!

More details to follow

Location: TBC
 
15th February
1.00 - 2.00 p.m.

Dr Sophia Connell (Cambridge)

Book presentation:  Aristotle on Female Animals:  A Study of the Generation of Animals

Location: G21, Faculty of Classics
29th February
12.00 - 1.00 p.m.

Dr Sarah Fine (KCL)

'Political Philosophy and Autobiography'

Location: Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics

 

1st March
6.00 - 7.30 p.m.

Zara Bain (Bristol/Cardiff)

Workshop on disability and academic philosophy

Location: Newnham College MCR

24th March
5.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Dr Jacqueline Broad (Monash University)

'Cartesian Feminism in the Seventeenth Century:  Francois Poulain de la Barre and Mary Astell'

Location: Barabara White Room, Newnham College

2015 – 2016 Michaelmas Term

19th October
12.00 - 2.00 p.m.
Welcome social and introduction to being a woman in philosophy with Prof. Rae Langton (Cambridge).

Rae’s talk and discussion will be followed by a *FREE LUNCH* to welcome new and returning students to WiP. All welcome!
Location: Board Room, Philosophy Faculty
9th November
12.00 - 1.00 p.m.
Dr. Emily Ryall (Gloucestershire): Feminist Philosophy of Sport

Dr. Ryall is Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport, and Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Panel (FREP) at the School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire. She has published widely on the Philosophy of sports and is frequently asked to comment on contemporary issues in the media. As usual the talk will be followed by further discussion over lunch.
Location: Board Room, Philosophy Faculty
23rd November
5.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Prof. Catherine Rowett (UEA)

'What has Analytic Philosophy ever done for you? An answer on behalf of the Presocratics.'

Prof. Rowett is Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. She has published extensively on all areas of Ancient Philosophy and its relevance for modern and contemporary discussions, with a special emphasis on Wittgenstein and modern epistemology after Russell. She will discuss whether it has served ancient philosophy well to be in the grip of analytic approaches to philosophy in what promises to be a thought-provoking end to the term. As usual the talk will be followed by further discussion over dinner.

Location: Seminar Room, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

2014 – 2015 Easter Term

11th May
4.00 p.m.

Location: Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College
Gay Meek
'The Fall and Rise of the Philosophy of Economics'

2nd June
11.00 a.m.

Location: Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College
Sophia Connell
'Mothers and intelligence in Aristotle's biology and ethics'

TBA Location: TBA
A social gathering will be organised later in the term

2014 – 2015 Lent Term

17th February
11.00 a.m.

Location: Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College
Lubomira Radoilska
'Self-effacement and Autonomy'

2nd March
11.00 a.m.

Location: TBA
Pamela Sue Anderson
'Epistemic injustice' in feminist Philosophy of Religion

11th March
4.30 p.m.
Location: Newnham MCR
A social gathering will take place

 

2013 – 2014 Michaelmas Term

18th October
12.30 p.m.
Location: Newnham MCR
Lunch with Judith J Thomson (MIT)
 
15th November
11.00 a.m.
Location: Faculty Board Room, Philosophy Faculty
Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)
“Are bodies property?”
 
26th November
11.00 a.m.
Location: Barbara White Room, Newnham College
Rae Langton (University of Cambridge)
“Gender and Generic Speech acts”
 

 

2013 – 2014 Lent Term

30th January
11.00 a.m.
Location: Barbara White Room, Newnham College
Miranda Fricker (University of Sheffield)
'Fault and No-Fault Responsibility for Implicit Prejudice: Towards Epistemic Agent Regret'
 
18th February
1.00 p.m.
Location: Barbara White Room, Newnham College
Jules Holroyd (University of Nottingham) 
'The Heterogeneity of Implicit Bias'
 

 

2013 – 2014 Easter Term

29th April
1.00 p.m.
Location: Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College
Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield)
"Stop Talking (So Much) About 'Sexual Harassment'"
 
29th May
11.00 a.m.
Location:  Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Seminar Room 2
Elizabeth Fricker (University of Oxford)
"Satnavs - Good or Bad?"
 
5th June
11.00 a.m.
Location:  TBA
Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford)
'Epistemic injustice’ in feminist Philosophy of Religion

 

2012 – 2013 Easter Term

Friday 24th May
11 am - 12 noon
(with lunch with the
speaker afterwards)
Location: Seminar Room 1, HPS
HALLIE LIBERTO: "The Exploitation Solution to the Non-Identity Problem"
 
Thursday 30th May
11am - 12 noon
(with lunch with the
speaker afterwards)
Location: Seminar Room 1, HPS
ATHENE DONALD: "The Climate for Women in Philosophy: A Discussion with Professor Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics and University of Cambridge Gender Equality Champion"
 

 

2012 – 2013 Lent Term

Tues 22nd Jan 11 am An informal social to welcome new and old WIP attendees. Tea and cake at Clowns Cafe (on King Street) - look for us upstairs.
 
Mon 11th Feb 11 am Paulina Sliwa (Philosophy fac, Cambridge). Title: 'Normative Conflicts'. To be held at Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College.
 
Fri 22nd Feb 11 am Susan Wolf (Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Title: ‘Love and the Revolution
of the World’. To be held at Seminar Room 2, HPS.
 
Thur 7th Mar 11 am Elselijn Kingma (HPS fac, Cambridge). Title: ‘Pregnancy and the
Metaphysics of Identity’. To be held at the Barbara White Room, Newnham College.2012 – 2013 MichaelmasTerm
Oct 15 Informal tea and cake
 
Oct 29 ‘On Studying Philosophy at Graduate Level’
 
Nov 5 Prof. Susan James (Birkbeck) "Mary Wollstonecraft and Women's Rights".
 
Nov 28 Prof. Catherine Wilson (York) "Human Evolution and the Theory of Women?".

2011 – 2012 Easter Term

May 22 Sheri Ross “What is Feminist Aesthetics? a brief introduction”
 
May 14 Netta Chachamu “Gendered assumptions and messy science in the 'Empathising- Systemizing' theory of sex differences”
 
May 8 Rae Langton “Beyond Belief: Pragmatics in Hate Speech and Pornography”

 

2011 – 2012 Lent Term

Mar 12 Jenny Saul “Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Philosophy” : Seminar on Best Teaching Practices
 
Jan 27: ‘David Archard “Sex, Consent, Power & Gender”

2011 – 2012 Michaelmas Term

Dec 5 Professor Anna Alexandrova “Girly philosophy” and Sophia Connell “Not exactly a career plan: the truth about work/life balance”
 
Oct 17 Meet and greet, followed by a trip to a conference dealing with the under-representation of women in the sciences, “The trouble with women”

2010 – 2011 Lent Term

Mar 7 Professor Jane Heal “What are psychological concepts for?”
 
Feb 21 Graduate workshop - “On PhDs and Things: Being a Graduate Female in philosophy”
Lorna Finlayson, “The Political is Political”
Joanna Burch-Brown “On Structure and Composition in Philosophical Writing: Stealing Tricks from Playwrights”
Christine Tiefensee “Moving On from Metaethics”
 
Feb 7 Feb 7: Dr. Clare Chambers “Writing about Women in Philosophy”