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.
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!
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