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The DRL Team is aiming high again, embarking on a new exciting project to inspire positive change in the discipline. Read all about it and more below!

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The Philosophy Categorisation Project and APA funding
Following our research on marginalisation in philosophy indexing systems (Fokt 2020) and our proposal for Indexing Philosophy in a Fair and Inclusive Key (Fokt, Pharr, Torregrossa 2023), we are now about to put our words into action and start work on developing a new indexing system for the DRL. We are extremely happy that the American Philosophical Association decided to support us in this endeavour, offering to fund us through their Small Grant fund. We will begin work in January and update you on the progress. We hope that the system we develop will serve as a proof of concept and inspire other philosophy databases.

Continued support and dollar matching from the Marc Sanders Foundation
The very generous and brilliant folks at the Marc Sanders Foundation have voted to renew their support of the DRL for 2024! But it gets even better this time because every donation you make to the DRL will be dollar-matched by them, up to $2000! So if you give us $50, we get $100. It’s #DRLMaths! If you’d like to support us financially, it will go a long way to keeping us afloat!

You can donate through our dedicated page on the MSF website. We will recognise personal contributions by listing your name on our official supporters list. It would be even better if you can convince your university to support us! We will be proud to recognise generously supporting institutions on our page. We also have a special offer, where we can deliver workshops and training sessions for them.

You can find all information about this one our Support Us page.

New Blueprints
There is a whole new fresh Reading Group Blueprint waiting for you! This rich resource offers a detailed introduction to Feminist Logic and has been compiled by our prolific Logic and Philosophy of Logic editor, Franci Mangraviti.

We have a few more Blueprints in the pipeline, and some of them also generously supported by the APA! Expect to see them published in the coming months.

Volunteer Spotlight: Franci Mangraviti (she, her)

 

I am a mathematician-turned-philosopher. I specialize in logic and philosophy of mathematics but have been slowly branching out into social epistemology (especially matters of epistemic injustice) and philosophy of gender. My PhD work focused on making sense of a particular kind of nonclassical mathematical practices (so-called “inconsistent mathematics”) and culminated in providing a queerfeminist reconceptualization of the field. More generally, I am very interested in the ideas of alternative mathematics and feminist mathematics. My approach to these topics is practice-based, starting from what logicians and mathematicians actually seem to do, as opposed to what philosophers think they do or should do.

I joined the DRL in March 2023 as an Editor for the “Logic and Philosophy of Logic” section. It has been a rewarding experience, as it pushed me to (and helped me) discover so much valuable work I may never have found otherwise. I take Logic to be a particularly crucial field to present a more diverse picture of, due to its alleged role as the very foundation of philosophy, its alleged neutrality making it very resistant to social and political scrutiny, and the disconnect between much philosophy of logic and actual logical practices. I have contributed over 40 entries, and many more are planned; furthermore, I have recently co-authored a blueprint on Feminist Logic, which I hope will help bridge the gap between two fields of philosophy whose interaction is far too often seen as blasphemous by students and professors alike.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing content via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Page to find out more, and join the Team! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; becoming an editor; adding new list entries; organising events, promoting, and much more.

As a volunteer, you will also have access to the funding we receive for various projects we run. Get in touch to find out more!

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,
The DRL Team

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Articles available on the DRL now

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Reading Group Blueprints available on the DRL now


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We have delayed this Newsletter a little because we were waiting for some big news. And we are very excited to report them to you now!

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Marc Sanders Foundation Funding
We’re beyond excited to share that the Marc Sanders Foundation is now supporting the DRL! Check out our dedicated page on their website. With their help, we’ll be able to offer stipends to our Managers and Editors for all the work they do behind the scenes to add/edit entries and provide all the important content on the List. And thus, we’re excited to announce that we will be extending $500 stipends to:

  • Clotilde Torregrossa (Manager)
  • Christopher Masterman Editor: Metaphysics)
  • Deryn Mair Thomas (Editor: Social and Political Philosophy)
  • Franci Mangraviti (Editor: Logic)

If you would like to join our Editor Team, and especially if you specialise in: Philosophy of Language, Philosophical Traditions, or History of Philosophy, simply write us to apply. More details in a previous newsletter.

We are opening up a donation system
It gets better! The Marc Sanders Foundation will also manage a donations system for the DRL, inviting individuals and institutions to support us. This is a potential game-changer for us, as it could provide us with a stable source of funds to cover our expenses and pay those who do excellent work on continuously expanding the List.

We would be most grateful if you’d like to offer a personal donation and we will recognise your contribution by listing your name on our official supporters list. It would be even better if you can convince your university to support us. We will be proud to recognise generously supporting institutions on our page. We also have a special offer, where we can deliver workshops and training sessions for them.

You can find all information about this one our new Support Us page.

New Research Seminar Series
We are planning yet another DRL Online Research Seminar Series for you. This time, the focus will be on history of philosophy and 19th century women philosophers from Britain in particular. The seminar will be organised by Alison Stone (Lancaster) and include four speakers: Sarah Scott (Manhattan College), Sue Brown (independent scholar, London), Clare Stainthorp (Queen Mary), and Emily Thomas (Durham). We are planning to hold it in the Spring of 2024 and will update you when we have more details. For now, you can check out information about our past events on our Events Page and watch past talks on our YouTube channel.

Volunteer Spotlight: Deryn Mair Thomas (she, her, they)

I am a recent PhD graduate from the University of St. Andrews, where I worked on (among other things) the concept and social value of work. More generally, I am interested in philosophical inquiry which seeks to understand the nature of public life, the processes of political deliberation, the practical demands of social cooperation, and the moral limitations of markets. As a volunteer for the DRL, I co-authored a blueprint – Reclaiming the System: New Visions for a Future of Work – which explores a wider range of philosophical perspectives and ideological alternatives to our current systems of work and employment than have traditionally been considered by Western academic philosophy. I have also served as the Social and Political Philosophy editor since February.

My work for the DRL has been both personally and intellectually enriching, and I see the DRL as an incredibly valuable resource for academic philosophy. On the one hand, it facilitates a new path forward for philosophical education and research, by providing alternatives to the standard canon and making those alternatives easily accessible to students, educators, and researchers alike. On the other hand, it contributes to the building of an important social network, by bringing people together who share a new, more diverse and inclusive vision for the future of philosophy. I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a member of this community, as it has given me a way participate in that network and contribute to this vision.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing content via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Page to find out more, and join the Team! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; becoming an editor; adding new list entries; organising events, promoting, and much more.

As a volunteer, you will also have access to the funding we receive for various projects we run. Get in touch to find out more!

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,
The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

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Jul 23



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People volunteered their time to date

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Average daily site visits in the last 90 days

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People contributed new texts to date

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Articles available on the DRL now

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Reading Group Blueprints available on the DRL now


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We have delayed this newsletter by a few weeks, because we were waiting for news about a paper that just came out, and a reading group that’s being organised. We share the news below, but first:

Please welcome our new Editors!

Last time we invited you to volunteer for the DRL as an editor, and we are now happy to announce the names of those of you who decided to reply, as well as those who collaborated with us already and decided to take on the new role. Our new editors are:

  • Jimena Clavel (Philosophy of Mind)
  • Andrés Hernández (History of Philosophy)
  • Franci Mangraviti (Logic)
  • Christopher Masterman (Metaphysics)
  • Quentin Pharr (Epistemology)
  • Fenner Tanswell (Philosophy of Mathematics)
  • Deryn Thomas (Social and Political Philosophy)
  • Colin Troesken (Aesthetics)

If you are interested in joining our Editor Team, we are still looking for people working in other areas, especially: Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophical Traditions and History of Philosophy. You can find more details in the previous newsletter, and write us directly to apply.

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Indexing Philosophy – in a Fair and Inclusive Key
The DRL team members are delving deeper and deeper into researching diversity-related topics. In 2020, Simon Fokt wrote a critique of existing systems for indexing philosophy, on the example of the PhilPapers category tree. He now teamed up with Quentin Pharr and Clotilde Torregrossa to write a positive proposal for a category system which would be more inclusive and fair, yet remain efficient and easy to use and implement. The paper will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, and you can read it online already now.

Decolonise your reading groups initiative
We are very happy to report that our Reading Group Blueprints will be used in a joint initiative by the British and Irish Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BIPPA) and the Minorities and Philosophy UK chapter (MAP UK). They aim to organise a fortnightly series of online reading groups open to anyone interested, anywhere in the world. The first reading cycle follow our Postcolonial Theory, Race and Caste Blueprint and will begin in March 2023. The precise date will be announced according to the participants’ availability. Sign up here!

New Blueprints & your feedback
Speaking of, we have two amazing new Reading Group Blueprints for you: Feminist philosophy and experimental philosophy created by Shannon Brick, Michael Greer and Tomasz Zyglewicz, and A Comparative Introduction to the Philosophy of Non-Human Animals by Björn Freter.  We hope that you will find them interesting.

It’s now a year since we started the Blueprints initiative and we are curious how you are finding them, whether you are using them to run a reading group, help you design a course, or just to explore a topic yourself. We would appreciate it if you could let us know using this short form. Thank you!

Re-reading the Canon with the Diversity Reading List in Philosophy
We warmly invite you to an open lecture Clotilde Torregrossa (St Andrews, DRL Manager) was invited to give at the SOAS University of London, on March 23rd, 2023, 2-4pm (London Time), as part of a lecture series on Re-Reading the Western Canon. New perspectives on ignored problems. You can register in advance here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Julia Costet (she, her)

I am a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the London School of Economics’ Department of Government and have been a volunteer for the DRL for just over a year. With the DRL I co-convened, with my colleague and friend Suddhasatwa Guharoy (University of Manchester), a seminar entitled “Rethinking Ecofeminism: Creative Resistance and Environmental Justice”. The seminar gathered activists and academics to discuss ecofeminist ideas; whether they should or can have a future in informing our practices of resistance and our thinking about environmental justice.

As a feminist theorist working at the intersection of political theory, epistemology and phenomenology – I consider the work being done by the DRL to be really valuable in thinking about the practice of inclusion while we attempt to de-center the Euro-American canon. The DRL not only offers sources to diversify curricula but also offers practical strategies to engage thoughtfully and meaningfully with differently situated lifeworlds. My experience working as a volunteer for the DRL has been extremely positive and enriching. Through the vast network of the DRL, I have been able to meet engaged thinkers across the globe who are all working towards reflecting beyond the bounds of the canon. The conversations I have had with each of these engaged thinkers have greatly energized my own thinking and research!

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing content via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Page to find out more, and join the Team! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; becoming an editor; adding new list entries; organising events, promoting, and much more.

As a volunteer, you will also have access to the funding we receive for various projects we run. Get in touch to find out more!

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,
The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

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Mar 23



51

People volunteered their time to date

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Average daily site visits in the last 90 days

108

People contributed new texts to date

1584

Articles available on the DRL now

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Reading Group Blueprints available on the DRL now


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As the year comes to an end, we have some exciting news for you. Most importantly, we are changing how volunteering for the DRL works, and thus want to invite you to join us and become one of our Editors!

Call for Editors

The Editor role is the most prestigious role in the DRL. Taking it on shows a continued commitment to improving the discipline and growing your own teaching and research experience, and can become a valuable point on your CV.

As an Editor, you will be responsible for maintaining categories corresponding to your AOS. Normally you would take on the role for a year with an option to extend. To apply, you must have at least one year of teaching experience.

The job has two components:

  • Editing entries contributed by other volunteers and the public, and generally maintaining your category by spotting problems, suggesting improvements, and so on.
  • Adding new entries (recommended: 10 / year) and/or expanding existing stub entries (recommended: 20 / year). This might seem like a very small number, but we realise that it can be hard to fit this additional job in between other responsibilities.

The benefits of taking on the role are:

  • You are first in line for any grants we receive that match your AOS
  • Your name listed on the DRL site as an Editor (Past Editor once you step down)
  • Your name listed by every entry you add or edit
  • Improve your research and teaching by exploring new readings in your AOS

Workload: up to 5h per month, spread out to match your availability.

If you are interested, please get in touch now. Please also forward this note to anyone you think might be interested.

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Seminar on EcoFeminism

Last month we hosted an online seminar titled: Creative Resistance and Environmental Justice: Rethinking Ecofeminism. It was a great event, including talks by Manisha Rao (University of Mumbai), Christa Wichterich (University of Kassel), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan) and Nicole Seymour (California State University). You can find the details of all the talks on our Events page, and watch the recordings on our YouTube channel. Huge thanks to Suddhasatwa Guharoy (featured below) and Julia Costet for organising!

Feminist Philosophy of Mind reading group

Some of our volunteers are currently preparing a new Reading Group Blueprint based on an anthology edited by Keya Maitra and Jennifer McWeeny. They decided to try things the other way: first run a reading group and construct a Blueprint on its basis. The group is hosted in Glasgow but meets online every other Wednesday – and you can still join! You can find the details on our Events page, or register directly here.

A new Volunteering page

Would like to volunteer for us but don’t know what to expect? We just put together a new Volunteer Page which can offer you some insight into what it is like to join the DRL Team, including testimonials by our existing volunteers. Please check it out and share it widely and help us expand our Team!

Volunteer Spotlight: Suddhasatwa Guharoy (he, him)

I am a final year PhD student at the University of Manchester and have been volunteering for the DRL for over a year now. In that time, I have co-authored a Blueprint on Post-Colonial Theory, Race and Caste and recently co-organised a seminar on Creative Resistance and Feminist Ecologies.

The administrative support offered by the DRL is great and really helped me with both the blueprint and the event. Both of these experiences have intellectually enriched me. What I find most important, is that the DRL provides the right platform for philosophy to engage with issues outside the ambit of what is assumed to be the usual concerns of the Anglophone canon. I am very satisfied as a volunteer, and I am sure people will find the DRL content stimulating.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing content via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Page to find out more, and join the Team! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; becoming an editor; adding new list entries; organising events, promoting, and much more.

As a volunteer, you will also have access to the funding we receive for various projects we run. Get in touch to find out more!

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,
The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

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Nov 22



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People volunteered their time to date

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Average daily site visits in the last 90 days

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People contributed new texts to date

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Articles available on the DRL now

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Reading Group Blueprints available on the DRL now


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Over the last months, the DRL Team has spent a lot of time building on the strong projects we developed last year, bringing you more Blueprints and more live events. Read about them and more below:

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New Reading Group Blueprints

We are about to expand our initial set of Reading Group Blueprints. Check them out to learn more about immoral statues and monuments, class or race in aesthetics, delve into pre-Hispanic philosophy of mind, or explore the human aspect of logic and mathematics. Three of the five new Blueprints were generously funded by the British Society for Aesthetics. We will announce the release on our social media later this month, and if you have an idea for a Blueprint focused on one of the topics suggested by our research and would like to join our team, have a look at the guidelines we compiled and get in touch!

Blueprints in use

Have you been using one of our Blueprints to run a reading group? We have some first reports from the University of St Andrews where the students ran the Sex, What Is It Good For? group. Here is what they say:  ‘The readings […] were without deviation interesting, accessible, contemporary, [and] helped to cement in my mind that sex is a philosophically rich and perhaps unaddressed topic, one with more nuances then I had previously considered or realised.’

We are looking forward to seeing more groups starting around the world and invite you to promote the idea with your students, colleagues and friends!

Help us promote!

Would you like to see more reading groups inspired by our Blueprints starting around the world? Help us promote them by hanging our new promo poster on your department notice board!

DRL diversity and inclusion training

We have been invited to lead a diversity training workshop at the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities 2022 summer school. Following that event, we are planning to explore the possibility of delivering diversity and inclusion training at other events. If you are hosting an event which could benefit from including such a workshop, please get in touch.

DRL online workshop

Following on the success of last year’s seminar series, we are preparing to delve deeper into the world of live events. This autumn, we will be inviting you for a one-day online workshop organised by our fantastic volunteers, Julia Costet and Suddha Guharoy. The speakers, including Lori Gruen, Nicole Seymour and Elaine Nogueira Godsey, will explore the continuing relevance (or not) of ecofeminism to inform creative resistance practices and the way we imagine environmental justice. More updates coming soon on our social media.

Volunteer Spotlight: Ten-Herng Lai

I’m a teaching specialist (fixed-term) at the University of Melbourne. I’m interested in what private actors may do about injustice. This has led me to work on illegal social movements, including civil disobedience and its uncivil counterparts, and more recently the debate on statues and monuments. Much of this is motivated by the recent social changes in my country of origin, Taiwan. We experienced a mass civil disobedience in 2014. We have a history of struggling against authoritarianism, and are currently in the process of transitional justice. The latter includes confronting political symbols established by past dictators. I believe that our democratisation and political transformation are worth further philosophical attention and theorisation, and I have, in several of my published articles, drawn insight from Taiwan’s recent past.

My involvement with the DRL includes creating a recent Blueprint: The Commemoration Debate. It seems that the debate on statues and monuments, while not completely absent from the literature, has until quite recently received much less philosophical attention than it deserves. Statues and monuments of oppressors, both white and nonwhite, have been the targets of protests and vandalism for at least several decades. In light of the recent boom in the literature, it seems only apt that we have a reading list that focuses on this highly relevant ongoing debate. I believe that it is fitting that this reading list includes authors from different genders, from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and covers examples from different countries. I contend that, in addition to helping us understand and come to have a better moral judgement on pressing moral, social, and political controversies, social and political philosophy that is informed by a wide range of lived experiences and struggles can enrich mainstream political philosophy.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing papers via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to join them and volunteer for us please get in touch! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; adding new list entries; helping us with small one off jobs; becoming a regular editor; and promoting the DRL at events and online.

You might even be able to access funding to support your time working on the DRL. We’re keen to support any volunteers in getting this kind of funding. You can read more about this here.

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,

The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

Newsletter

Jun 22



46

People volunteered their time to date

66

Average daily site visits in the last 90 days

104

People contributed new texts to date

1434

Articles available on the DRL now

14

Reading Group Blueprints available on the DRL now


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With things moving at a faster pace, we are returning to quarterly newsletters to bring you all the updates from the world of diversity. Here is what we have been up to recently.

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Reading Group Blueprints are out! 

As planned, we have now released nine Reading Group Blueprints, allowing students to easily set up reading groups on topics not taught at their universities. The topics were selected based on Annie McCallion’s AHRC-funded research project – you can read a report from her analysis of the curricula from the top 10 UK departments right here. We are thankful to AHRC, the Future of Work and Income Research Network, the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs and the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies at St Andrews for their generous funding.

We are excited that one of our blueprints is already in use! The creators of Sex, What Is It Good For? are running a reading group at the University of St Andrews. We are looking forward to seeing more groups starting around the world and invite you to promote the idea with your students, colleagues and friends!

More Blueprints incoming

We are also already working on the next expansion to our Blueprints. We will be releasing a new batch in May/June, in time for the summer trimester on the northern hemisphere. If you would like to join our team and have an idea for a Blueprint focused on one of the topics suggested by our research, have a look at the guidelines we compiled and get in touch!

Our first Minorities and Philosophy rep

We are expanding our collaboration with MAP chapters by promoting a new role: DRL Reps. The idea is simple: a Rep is a member of a MAP chapter who collaborates closely with the DRL, developing joint initiatives such as local workshops or Contribution Drives, accessing local funding for collaborative projects, running groups using our Blueprints, and other initiatives developed to suit particular needs and opportunities. Our first Rep, Atul Satija (University of St Andrews), has joined us recently, and we are looking forward to inviting more students to take on this role at universities around the world!

Site updates

We have updated our About section to include new data published in the version of the BPA/SWIP UK report by Jenny Saul and Helen Beebee, and elsewhere. We are happy that we could contribute to the understanding of under-representation in teaching through Annie’s research and we are hoping to further expand on our knowledge of under-representation in philosophy by conducting similar research projects in the future.

One hundred contributors!

Early this year, we have breached the magic number! Over one hundred people have now contributed new content to the DRL. We would like to offer big thanks to all of our generous contributors, and to invite you all to do the same and send us more content for the list through our Contribution Page.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Peppe

I am a PhD researcher at the University of York currently working on probability in Quantum Mechanics (QM). Also, my current researches look at the theme of artificial intelligence in medicine. In particular, I am focusing on the deployment of artificial intelligence in healthcare, looking at the African context.

Before starting my PhD career at York, I was awarded a Masters degree at the University “Federico II” of Naples, in Italy.

My involvement with the Diversity Reading List can be traced back to 2018. I received an email from my department talking about the DRL. I was very interested in the project and wanted to leave a mark by becoming a volunteer. In this way, I started my volunteering activity as a contributor. I found it very rewarding. I felt that with my little contribution we were all moving forward towards a more inclusive academic environment.

After several years as an editorial assistant, I became the editor of the Diversity Reading List. Thus, I had the opportunity to become even more involved in the project. This year I helped launch our Blueprint project which aims to provide the necessary resources for study groups on philosophical traditions other than the Western Analytical one and feature themes often neglected in the UK philosophy departments. All together we made another little step forward in our journey towards inclusive philosophy.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing papers via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to join them and volunteer for us please get in touch! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; adding new list entries; helping us with small one off jobs; becoming a regular editor; and promoting the DRL at events and online.

You might even be able to access funding to support your time working on the DRL. We’re keen to support any volunteers in getting this kind of funding. You can read more about this here.

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,

The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

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Feb 22



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Average daily site visits in the last 90 days

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People contributed new texts to date

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Articles available on the DRL now

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Reading Group Blueprints available on the DRL now


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Things are moving fast in the DRL world recently, as we are branching out to new initiatives. We might need to increase the frequency of the Newsletters again to fit it all in…

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Reading Group Blueprints incoming! 

We are nearly ready to release the new section of the DRL mentioned in the previous Newsletters. In early 2022, you will gain access to a number of Reading Group Blueprints, allowing students to easily set up reading groups on topics not taught at their universities. Our choice of topics is informed by Annie McCallion’s AHRC-funded research project, in which she analysed the curricula of a range of UK universities and interviewed a number of students to identify topics that are in high demand yet very rarely taught. The research outputs will be published alongside the Blueprints.

We are planning to regularly expand that section by adding new Blueprints. We invite you all to join us in this effort! If you have an idea for a Blueprint focused on one of the topics suggested by Annie’s research, get in touch!

The first DRL Seminar Series

In September and October we hosted Decolonising Knowledge: An online seminar series across four continents. Organised by Andreas Sorger (spotlight below) and Clotilde Torregrossa (spotlight in February 2020 Newsletter), it featured talks by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Veli Mitova, Murad Idris and Leigh Jenco. You can read more about it on our new Events page, and if you didn’t have a chance to attend, you can watch the recordings on our brand new YouTube channel. We are planning to build on the success of this series and organise more seminars in the near future. We are grateful to the British Philosophical Association for their support in organising and promoting the series!

A whole new Diversity Reading List

A few months ago we have been approached by the University of Utrecht-based Decolonisation Group, who were interested in creating their own Diversity Reading List in History. Since then, we worked out how to best approach such an expansion and we are currently collaborating on the development of a sister site based on the Philosophy DRL. The History site will feature a whole new category system and entirely new content. We plan to see it go live within a year, and hope that this development might herald the creation of additional Lists in other disciplines.

Contribution Drive

We have a lot of projects going on now, but we can’t forget about our original mission: providing you with a database of texts and teaching advice. And we need your help! Join us by sending content through our Contribute page, OR organising a Contribution Drive event (or edit-a-thon) in your own community!

If you wish to organise a Contribution Drive, let us know and we can help you out. One of our team members can come to your department or institution (online or in-person when possible) to lead the effort, explain how the DRL works and give you some tips on diversification.

Update on the improvements to PhilPapers

Anna Klieber (spotlight in November 2019 Newsletter), has now re-categorised thousands of feminist philosophy texts on PhilPapers, improving their visibility and availability to people browsing the database. This fantastic achievement addresses some of the issues identified in a recent paper by the DRL manager Simon Fokt, and it has been completed thanks to the initiative of the MIT Reading on Gender and Philosophy group and the kind help of the PhilPapers editors. We are very happy to see those changes and hope that they will inspire further improvements in the future.

The Philosophy Exception launches

If you haven’t heard already, you should definitely check out The Philosophy Exception, a fantastic new online resource presenting a rich catalogue of works on philosophy’s problems with equity, diversity, and inclusion. The texts are divided into four categories that will help you find the content you’re looking for: Calls to Action; Documentation; Theorizing; and Interventions. We’re very excited about this project and will update you on how it develops in the future!

New BPA/SWIP UK report

We’re also excited to report that Jenny Saul and Helen Beebee have published the updated version of the BPA/SWIP UK report on the state of women in Philosophy in the UK, ten years after its first iteration. The report notes some improvements, e.g. a substantial increase in permanent staff who are women (up from 24% to 30%) and professors who are women (19% to 25%). The DRL is also mentioned among other websites and resources for our efforts to ‘make students aware that there are women philosophers’!

Volunteer Spotlight: Andreas Sorger

I am a PhD researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science working on the intersection between racism and philosophy. Specifically, my thesis examines whether there are racist structures of thought embedded in our philosophical heritage that affect the ways in which we conceptualise philosophical questions or problems in the present. Thus, it seeks to explore racism as a problem for our philosophical thinking, and attempts to figure out what we can do to mitigate the pernicious effects this has on how we do philosophy today. Prior to starting my PhD, I completed a Masters degree at the University of St Andrews.

I first became involved with the Diversity Reading List after attending an academic conference, and was asked to put together a self-guided reading group on postcolonial theory for students. The task was incredibly rewarding – it felt like designing my own course – and it was great to think about putting together a set of readings that incorporate a number of diverse perspectives while still being internally linked with one another. From there, it was a natural next step to think about putting together a seminar series that focuses on similar themes, which took place earlier this year and would not have been possible without the support of several people involved with the DRL.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing papers via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to join them and volunteer for us please get in touch! There are so many ways to get involved: creating new Reading Group Blueprints; adding new list entries; helping us with small one off jobs; becoming a regular editor; and promoting the DRL at events and online.

You might even be able to access funding to support your time working on the DRL. We’re keen to support any volunteers in getting this kind of funding. You can read more about this here.

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,

The DRL Team

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Things are happening slowly in pandemic times, but recently we have been gathering some serious speed, getting involved in more and more fantastic projects. Here are some fresh news from the diversity world.

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AHRC grant project update

Annie McCallion’s project is nearly finished! She gathered a lot of data about the content of the curricula at a range of UK universities, interviewed a number of students, and joined forces with Suddhasatwa Guharoy and Andreas Sorger to create two research group blueprints. All of this will be published in the coming months and it will inform the development of new sections of the DRL.

Want to create a blueprint?

We are now looking for volunteers to help us with the project started by Annie. The idea behind a research group blueprint is simple: if a group of students wants to organise a reading group on a topic that is not covered in their curriculum, they need a starting point. A blueprint. What should they read? What questions to cover? What connections to make? If you have an idea for a research group blueprint you’d like to create, or you would like to create one on a topic suggested by Annie’s research, get in touch!

Inspiring improvements to PhilPapers

In a recent paper, the DRL manager Simon Fokt, drew attention to some problematic features of such popular scholarship databases as PhilPapers. In short, some of the ways in which content is categorised and structured in such databases has a tendency to marginalise already marginalised authors, topics and traditions. A group of proactive philosophers centered around the MIT Reading on Gender and Philosophy group decided to turn Simon’s recommendations into action, seeking to help PhilPapers address some of the issues identified and thus further improve this valuable resource. Anna Klieber, a DRL volunteer featured in our November 2019 Newsletter, will take the lead on the project. It’s focus will be on improving the visibility of feminist philosophy categories by changing parts of the category tree, moving feminist categories out of the ‘Misc’ sections, and recategorising a huge number of papers.

Recategorise your papers!

Following this, we call for your help! If your paper is categorised on PhilPapers under, say, Feminist Epistemology, but not under just Epistemology or the specific subcategory of epistemology it is actually about, it might be less easily found and thus might less often read and referenced. Moreover, it might be discounted by some as not as relevant, important or valuable as texts which appear in the non-feminist category. So, now is the time to change this! As Anna is about to start the project, you can help them by suggesting the right categories your paper should appear in! All you need to do, is find it on PhilPapers and click on (categorize this paper) under its list of categories. Let’s all help make the change happen!

Diversity in PM

The Philosophers’ Magazine most recent issue is all about diversity. Check it out for fantastic texts covering a variety of issues, from an updated report on the representation of women at UK universities, to a fantastic student voice on the experience of studying philosophy. The issue also includes another piece by Simon, where he claims that there is, in fact, nothing more philosophical than diversity.

Volunteer Spotlight: Annie McCallion

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Manchester (UK) and my thesis addresses women’s underrepresentation in Philosophy. I blend feminist metaphilosophy with empirical methods to explore the causes of women’s attrition from the undergraduate to professional levels.

I first became interested in diversity in Philosophy in 2016 when I began work on the In Parenthesis Project: A project which examines the collective corpus of Mary Midgley, Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot and Elizabeth Anscombe and attempts to establish them as Analytic Philosophy’s first all-women Philosophical school. During my time with the In Parenthesis project it became increasingly obvious to me just how much women and other marginalised groups were ignored in the construction of Philosophy syllabuses. To remedy this, I put together a student study guide for the In Parenthesis Project before sharing this with the DRL. I am now jointly engaged in a project to expand the DRL by developing a student-specific section which can house interviews with students and data I have collected on Philosophy syllabuses across the UK, as well as a variety of similar study guides designed to help students educate themselves about philosophical topics that the data shows to be underrepresented.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing papers via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to join them and volunteer for us please get in touch! There are so many ways to get involved: reviewing public contributions; helping us with small one off jobs; becoming a regular editor; and promoting the DRL at events and online.

You might even be able to access funding to support your time working on the DRL like Chris (see above). We’re keen to support any volunteers in getting this kind of funding. You can read more about this here.

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,

The DRL Team

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The pandemic has been difficult to us all, and had its impact on the DRL as well. Fortunately, we are gathering speed again with a whole low of new developments we would love to tell you about!

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AHRC grant project

Anne-Marie McCallion, who completed some great volunteer projects with us, has just won the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership grant covering a Research Placement and Partnership with the DRL! This means that Annie’s AHRC doctoral funding will be extended for three months, allowing her to apply her research expertise in developing resources which will enrich the DRL. The main outputs for this project will involve expanding the List to include more student-focused materials such as reading group programmes, and offering a better insight into student opinions on how representative their syllabi are. Congratulations, Annie!

Update-a-thon incoming!

The European Philosophy of Science Association Women’s Caucus will hold an event to add more texts to the DRL! The participants will be meeting on Zoom to chat, have a drink, brainstorm authors and texts to add, and divide the work of adding them. If you would like to join or know more, check out the EPSA Women’s Caucus Facebook Group or sign up to their Mailing List. Once you do so, you will receive the Zoom link. Huge thanks go to Dana Tulodziecki and the organisers for this fantastic initiative! We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Contribute in bulk

Some of you pointed out that our current contribution form is best designed for contributing individual texts, but is less useful when contributing in bulk. Great point! If you would like to contribute a larger number of texts, you can now do so using the Bulk Contribution Sheet available through the Contribute Page. In it, you can easily copy information such as author name and details from cell to cell without having to type it in each time. We hope this will make contributing even easier, and we thank you for the suggestion!

Volunteer Spotlight: Björn Freter

Björn works as an independent researcher based in Knoxville, USA. He main research areas include political philosophy, African philosophy, post-colonial philosophy and animal ethics. He feels passionately about promoting philosophy as a humane matter which takes all human voices into account.

He works intensively on diversification and desuperiorisation of philosophy. Björn understands his work with the Diversity Reading List an important practical commitment to the project of humanizing philosophy.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing papers via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to join them and volunteer for us please get in touch! There are so many ways to get involved: reviewing public contributions; helping us with small one off jobs; becoming a regular editor; and promoting the DRL at events and online.

You might even be able to access funding to support your time working on the DRL like Chris (see above). We’re keen to support any volunteers in getting this kind of funding. You can read more about this here.

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,

The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

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Nov 20



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98

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How the world has changed since our last newsletter! We hope you managed to stay safe over the last months, and that you’re finding your way through online teaching and learning! Here are some things we’ve been up to since.

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Site remodel

Based on the survey we conducted last year, we have now upgraded the website, adjusting its look and functionality to the way it is being used. Search and browsing are now more prominent, less used elements have been moved out of the way, teaching texts display better, and there are a number of other minor improvements. We hope you’ll like the new design, and thank you to all who took part in the survey!

A surge in contributions

Following our last big expansion, we received a lot of new contributions – thank you! We managed to publish them all within days of receiving, so it seems that our new system is working well. Massive thanks to all contributors, and we hope you’ll continue to send us more suggestions in the coming weeks! Please also remember you can expand on our existing entries, or add comments to stub entries!

Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Philosophers for free

One of the most diverse resources detailing the work and biographies of philosophers from multiple traditions and backgrounds, is now free to use on request. ‘Change your conception of the canon’ is their motto, and we can assure you that browsing through the catalogue of over 8,000 thinkers from all over the world can be quite fascinating and eye-opening. Check it out now!

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Blake-Turner (he/him or they/them)

I’m a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writing a dissertation on reasoning and inference. Before that, I did undergraduate and masters degrees at the Universities of Durham and Oxford, respectively. I’ve been involved with the DRL for just over a year, as an Editor Assistant in Asian Philosophy, Epistemology, and Logic. I’ve also just finished an APA-funded project, working with Clotilde Torregrossa on expanding the DRL’s database with 351 texts contributed by the public. It’s great to see people taking up the call to contribute to the DRL; consistent public contributions will really help take things to the next level.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an important project. I’ve relied on the DRL in the past when designing courses, and will continue to do so even more in the future. I think that others are starting to see the value in doing so too, and I hope that the DRL’s status as a crucial aid in course design will only become more secure. Along with making our pedagogy more inclusive (see Jacquart et. al 2019 on this: http://doi.org/10.5840/teachphil2019417102), diversifying our syllabi is one best things we can do for students and for the profession as a whole.

Get involved, get funded!

We continuously expand our list and you can help us by contributing papers via our contribution page.

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to join them and volunteer for us please get in touch! There are so many ways to get involved: reviewing public contributions; helping us with small one off jobs; becoming a regular editor; and promoting the DRL at events and online.

You might even be able to access funding to support your time working on the DRL like Chris (see above). We’re keen to support any volunteers in getting this kind of funding. You can read more about this here.

 

Thanks so much again for all your support,

The DRL Team

Diversity Reading List

Newsletter

May 20



33

People volunteered their time to date

51

Average daily site visits in the last 90 days

97

People contributed new texts to date

1256

Articles available on the DRL now


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