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It is common knowledge that specific social groups, such as women or ethnic minorities, are underrepresented in many academic disciplines and that only very few of their number reach the highest institutional levels. Philosophy in particular has attracted recent attention due to its poor gender ratio.

There is a variety of approaches stemming from different disciplines on the functioning of social exclusion in academia: gender studies, critical race theory, social psychology, science studies (i.e., history, sociology, and philosophy of science), and elite sociology. It is the overall aim of the workshop to combine and systematize their various insights in order to gain a clearer picture of the workings of social exclusion in academia in general and philosophy in particular.

The workshop pursues a better understanding of how and to what extent:

  • exclusionary social interactions shape the philosophical discipline.
  • explicit (e.g., thematic or methodological) biases play a role in philosophy.
  • implicit (e.g., thematic or methodological) biases play a role in philosophy.
  • different social groups are affected by the identified exclusionary factors.
  • the current environment of academic philosophy could be improved.


Liam Kofi Bright (Carnegie Mellon University)
Katharine Jenkins (University of Nottingham)

Date and Location

20-22 June 2017
Werkhof Hannover
Hanover, Germany

Participation is free, but if you wish to join, please send an email to one of the organizers.


Anna Leuschner (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and David Ludwig (Wageningen University).

The conference is funded by the DFG, the GAP, and the Graduate School Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research.