Why are there so few women in philosophy, and (why) does it matter?
Stockholm University, Sweden, April 17-18th, 2015
An international conference on the underrepresentation of women in academic philosophy, organized by SWiP Sweden and hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University.
Sally Haslanger (MIT, USA)
Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Centre, USA)
Cathrine Felix (Lunds University, Sweden)
In most countries there is a lack of gender parity in philosophy as an academic discipline. In fact, philosophy fares much worse in this respect than all other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, and almost all other academic disciplines as well. According to an American study by Paxton et al. (2012), there is a big drop in the proportion of women in philosophy between introductory courses and philosophy majors, resulting in the disappointing fact that women only make up twenty-one per cent of full-time faculty in philosophy in the US. Studies in the UK suggest a similar drop and a similar faculty situation (Saul & Beebee 2011), and there is no reason to believe that the situation is any better at Swedish philosophy departments. In fact, the judgment of Högskoleverket after having inspected all Swedish philosophy departments during 2003/2004 was that philosophy is still “an education by men for men.” In Sweden too, it is still the case that few women students continue to higher level courses, the proportion of women PhD candidates is conspicuously small and very few women philosophers enjoy full time employment at philosophy departments, and are thus to a much larger extent than men dependent on temporary positions.
Recently, the problem of lack of gender parity in philosophy has generated serious attention among several international philosophers, leading to new research – both empirical and theoretical – on the subject. We hereby invite philosophers (of all levels and any gender) interested in the topic to an international workshop hosted by SWiP Sweden and the philosophy department at Stockholm University.