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Cambridge Minorities and Philosophy


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Cambridge MAP is a chapter of the international organisation Minorities and Philosophy (MAP). MAP is a collection of students in philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation.

Through MAP's network, students can exchange ideas on topics related to minorities and philosophy, meet and support peers, and learn from other philosophy departments. MAP chapters can choose to provide their respective departments with regular feedback on the department climate.

Though the format of MAP varies from school to school, each chapter aims broadly at addressing (a) minority issues in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc, and (c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or postgraduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias). Once a year, representatives from each participating school meet to discuss their chapter's progress.

You can join the Cambridge Minorities and Philosophy group on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and send us an email or visit to subscribe to our mailing list.

This term (Michaelmas 2020-2021), the Cambridge MAP Chapter is looking to form a new committee to plan events for the rest of the year. Please get in touch with the current convenor (contact details below) if you are interested in joining the MAP committee.

Contacts: Rory Kent (


Current Events


Talk by Elizabeth Barnes (Title TBA)

Online (contact Rory Kent for the link)

Past Events

2020 – 2021 Michaelmas Term

Thursday 26th November
17.00 - 18.30 p.m.

Mentoring and Welcome Event



2019 – 2020 Lent Term

Thursday 16th January
15.30 -17.00

Conversations with Miranda Fricker

Location: Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy


Monday 24th February
16.00 - 18.00

Teach-Out: Conversations with Quill R. Kukla

Location: Audit Room, King’s College

2018 – 2019 Lent Term

Monday 18th February
16.30 -18.00

"Mental Health in Academia” with Dr Shayane Siriwardena

Location: Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy


Wednesday 13th March

“Philosophy for Liberation”, Cambridge MAP Annual Conference 2019

Location: Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

2018 – 2019 Michaelmas Term

Monday 8th October
12.30 -13.30 p.m.

Welcome event

Location: Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy


Monday 5th November
16.30 - 18.00 p.m.

Talk by Paulina Sliwa

Location: Postgraduate Common Room, Faculty of Philosophy

2016 – 2017 Easter Term

Friday 12th May
3.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Open Meeting: Should WiP Change to MAP (Minorities and Philosophy)?

Postgraduate Common Room, Faculty of Philosophy


Date TBC
(23rd/24th May)
5.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Dr. Jenny Bryan (Manchester)

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Thursday 8th June

Cambridge Women in Philosophy Conference

“Producing, Reproducing and Dismantling the Gendered Academy”

Location: Room G.21, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University


Friday 30th June
from 4 p.m.

In Celebration of Mary Hesse (for registration and details, please email Tamara Hug at th1001)

Lubbock Lecture Room, Peterhouse


2016 – 2017 Lent Term

6th February
12.00 -13.00 p.m.

"Gender and Modernity"

Prof. Anne Phillips (LSE)

Location: Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy


20th February
12.00 - 13.00 p.m.

"The Linguistic Interpretation of Aristotle's Categories"

Dr. Myrto Hatzimichali (Cambridge)

Location: Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

6th March
12.00 - 13.00 p.m.

"What to Do About Things You Can't Do Anything About?"

Dr. Sandy Grant (Cambridge)

Location: Board Room, History and Philosophy of Science Dept.

13th March
12.00 - 13.00 p.m.


"Well-being and Expertise"

Dr. Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge)

Location: Board Room, History and Philosophy of Science Dept.

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

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:

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


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 Postgraduate workshop - “On PhDs and Things: Being a Postgraduate 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”