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!
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