Network: Under-represented groups in philosophy

September 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

This year, graduate students at a number of philosophy departments will be participating in a coordinated effort to increase discussion on minority issues in philosophy. We are in the process of setting up an interdepartmental network of working groups (tentatively called Minorities and Philosophy, or MAP), through which independent ‘chapters’ at North American philosophy departments coordinate projects and exchange ideas throughout the year. Though the groups are primarily led by graduate students, faculty and undergrads are encouraged to participate.

Broadly speaking, MAP chapters provide a venue for examining and addressing minority issues (e.g. relating to gender, race, disability, class, religion, and sexuality) within academic philosophy. Each chapter is free to structure its meetings in the way that best fits its department.

MAP began at Yale in 2010. Since then, the Yale group has hosted regular reading groups and talks by internal and external speakers. Proposed events at MAP chapters include panel discussions, undergraduate mentorship events, interdisciplinary speaker sessions, and practical workshops (on strategies for working with diverse communication styles, teaching undergraduates with proper attention to minority issues in the classroom, etc.).

If you are interested in starting a chapter at your department, contact:

East Coast/Southeast: Yena Lee (yenal AT
Midwest/West Coast: Maegan Fairchild (mfairchi AT

For more information, go to We welcome any suggestions or feedback, especially as the project is in developing stages!

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