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Department of Philosophy

Durham Philosophy Diversity and Inclusion Group

Giorgio Griffa, Canone Aureo 948, 2011, Acrylic on canvas

Photo: Jean Vong.
Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York


Welcome to the webpage of the Durham Philosophy Diversity and Inclusion Group, a.k.a. DIG!

The aim of the group is simple: to make the intellectual and professional environment in which we think, work and learn together, a welcoming and respectful setting in which philosophical talent can thrive and feel supported. To that end, we have implemented the Good Practice Scheme, developed by the British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy UK, and further initiatives are in the works! We are currently preparing our application for an Athena Swan Bronze Award, for submission in 2017-2018. Our Self-Assessment team are a varied bunch, and includes valued members of our UG and PG community. We are currently at the data analysis stage, but we hope to be able to post updates here in the near future!

In addition to implementing BPA/SWIP recommended policies, part of the goal of DIG is to raise consciousness of the existence, nature, variety and significance of barriers to inclusion in philosophy. We have previously provided voluntary training in implicit bias, stereotype threat, and chilly climates to all staff and postgraduates, and have begun to offer this to undergraduate students too. In 2014-2015, we conducted a full gender balance review for all undergraduate modules. Durham has world-leading expertise on women in the history of philosophy and we are committed to developing a fully representative and critical picture of the discipline as it has been practiced and taught. We have a number of current research projects that contribute to that aim: Dr. Emily Thomas is working on recovery the work of early-modern women metaphysicians in context of a project on Absolute Time. Dr. Sara Uckelman is conducting research on women logicians in the middle ages. The In Parenthesis project is tracking the lives and collective corpus of the Wartime Group – Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley and Iris Murdoch. The project has hosted a number of ‘Cocoa Parties’ for staff and students, and an undergraduate reading group is currently under way. See below for details of up and coming events!

We have recently updated our DIG support pages, where you can find information on support available to staff and students. You can also access the university ‘Get Support’ handbook here.

If you would like to contribute to this effort or have an idea for an event, get in touch or post to our wall! The society’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/199424188984/

Upcoming Events:

8th March International Women’s Day conference, hosted by the Philosophy Department and St. Aidan’s. ‘Unsettling The Myths we Live By’ – for details and registration see here: https://womeninparenthesis.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/register-now-for-iwd2017-unsettling-the-myths-we-live-by/

17th March – In Parenthesis film night at 7pm in Side Cinema, Newcastle (tickets plus buffet dinner payable on the door – all staff and students are welcome!

18th March – In Parenthesis workshop at St. Aidan’s all day (for expressions of interest, please email Clare Mac Cumhaill)

Past Events Below:

2nd March 2017: DIG committee meeting, 1pm in the Common Room

23rd February 2017: Athena Swan SAT committee meeting 23rd February from 4-5pm in Room 010 in 48/49 Old Elvet

15th November 2016. Swans and Owls, 2-4pm Seminar Room (Ground Floor), 51 Old Elvet. Everyone is invited to to join Alison Wylie and Clare Mac Cumhaill for a roundtable discussion of the Athena SWAN charter and what it means for the Philosophy Department. Athena SWAN is an equality charter that recognizes commitment to, and progress on, gender equality and diversity. We are initiating an application for an Athena SWAN award: we need your input and advice! For more info, see here: Equality Challenge Unit - Athena SWAN Charter: http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/

28th October 2016 DDIG meeting 12pm-1pm, Departmental Common Room, 48 Old Elvet.
For more information on DDIG see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/philosophy/dig/

28th October 2016 COCOA party, from 5pm in Castle Senior Common Room. You can read a previous Durham cocoa party here: https://womeninparenthesis.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/our-first-cocoa-party-26th-october-2015-durham-university/

20th April 2016 4.30pm-6pm. 2nd 'Cocoa Party' for women philosophers and postgraduates.

8th March 2016. International Women's Day conference, Women, Silence and the Production of Knowledge.

4th November 2015,12pm-2pm in room ER148. A workshop on implicit bias led by Professor Alison Wylie. All welcome.

26th October 2015 4.30pm-6pm. A ‘Cocoa Party’ for women philosophers and graduates to launch the In Parenthesis research project run by Dr. Rachael Wiseman, Dr. Luna Dolezal and Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill. See https://womeninparenthesis.wordpress.com/resources/

22nd April 2015 Resistance and Responsibility, . Speakers: Katharine Jenkins (Sheffield), Kathy Puddifoot (Glasgow), and Ian Kidd (Durham).

Bias, Blokes and Brunch. Working lunch with guest speaker Ana Barandalla Ajona. Organised by Holly Havens.


Please click here to see the DIG proposals (March 2015)

Women In Parenthesis Reading Group


Women in Philosophy


Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities