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Call for Proposals: Diversity Is Not Enough: Promoting Inclusivity in Academic Philosophy

Wednesday, August 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The Graduate Student Council of the American Philosophical Association invites proposals for a panel discussion exploring the topic of promoting and cultivating inclusivity and belonging in academic philosophy to be held at the 2021 APA Eastern Division meeting, January 4–7, 2021, in New York, NY.

Note: Currently, all three APA divisions are planning to hold in-person meetings in 2021. At the same time, we are also considering alternative formats, such as virtual meetings, as contingencies in the case that our usual meeting format becomes impossible. Though external forces like the ongoing pandemic affect and inform our plans, your participation is the most critical input for planning any meeting. If you are considering submitting a proposal, we encourage you to do so.

Recent efforts to promote inclusivity in philosophy have often focused upon diversity. While diversity is, of course, necessary for helping to cultivate inclusivity, our efforts must go beyond diversity if they are to be effective and long lasting. Without additional support and mentorship, or ways of ensuring that they are not only present, but meaningfully included, philosophers from historically underrepresented backgrounds may face a number of disadvantages and hardships, often making them less likely to succeed in the profession.

The goal of this session is to discuss how we can make graduate programs in philosophy more hospitable to philosophers (both faculty and students) who come from underrepresented backgrounds. The profession of philosophy has much to gain from including the voices and perspective of philosophers from a diverse range of backgrounds, but we must seriously consider how the profession can offer such philosophers something in return.

The submission deadline is September 1. See the complete call for proposals for more information.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

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