Edinburgh Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter
Promoting equality and diversity in Philosophy
- To increase visibility of underrepresented groups in Philosophy, through holding a space for minorities and their academic contributions
- To challenge and expand the discussions and methods in Philosophy, through encouraging ways of doing philosophy that have been historically marginalised
- To raise awareness of prejudices and implicit biases against students and academics from underrepresented groups, through facilitating open discourse on equality and diversity
The Edinburgh MAP Chapter (EMAPC) was previously the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group (EWPG). In 2009, EWPG held its first event, a Women in Philosophy postgraduate seminar, which explored the challenges facing women in Philosophy. Since then, EWPG has remained an active and indispensable part of Edinburgh’s Philosophy community. In 2014, EWPG became a Chapter of MAP UK. In 2020, EWPG was officially rebranded as EMAPC.
Three cheers for the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group! What a splendid idea, and beautifully timed to catch the rising current of awareness about women in philosophy. I warmly applaud this initiative. Edinburgh is a marvellous place to do philosophy, and you are going to help make it even better for women. I wish I could be there to join your efforts.
EMAPC has been running the James McCune Smith reading group since 2020.
James McCune Smith reading group
Texts read and discussed include:
- The Works of James McCune Smith: Black Intellectual and Abolitionist (Collected Black Writings) (2006)
- Jacob Crane’s ‘Razed to the Knees’: The Anti-Heroic Body in James McCune Smith’s ‘The Heads of Colored People’ (2018)
- Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia (1982).
As part of the MAP-EPiPHENy Reading Group Collab:
- Joe Street’s The Shadow of the Soul Breaker: Solitary Confinement, Cocaine, and the Disintegration of Huey P. Newton (2015)
- Parts of Lisa Guenther’s Solitary Confinement: Social Deaths and Its Afterlives (2013) have also been explored.
EMAPC is planning to hold an Early-Career Speaker Series in 2021/2022, to promote the academic contributions by, and facilitate conversations with, early-career researchers from underrepresented groups in Philosophy.
New Enlightenment Lectures
From 2012 to 2019, a New Enlightenment Lecture was held annually, which featured a prominent woman philosopher leading a roundtable discussion with postgraduate students and faculty members on gender issues in Philosophy, and delivering a keynote lecture on a topic of her choice.
- 2012: Professor Catherine Wilson (Aberdeen)
- 2013: Professor Katherine Hawley (St Andrews)
- 2014: Professor Rae Langton (Cambridge)
- 2015: Professor Alison Wylie (Washington/Durham)
- 2016: Professor Adina Roskies (Dartmouth)
- 2017: Professor Helen Beebee (Manchester)
- 2018: Professor Genia Schönbaumsfeld (Southampton)
- 2019: Professor Lucy O’Brien (UCL)
From 2011 to 2019, EWPG held multiple Spring Workshops. Each workshop comprised a one-day event, where invited speakers delivered talks on a chosen topic. Some of the topics explored were: the objectification of women, under-representation of women in Philosophy, issues of philosophical methodology, ignorance, underrepresentation and implicit bias, philosophy of education, philosophy of love, family and relationship, and Eastern philosophy.
These events were possible thanks to the generous support of Philosophy at Edinburgh, PPLS and the Scots Philosophical Association.
Philosophy Equality & Diversity Director: Dr Filipa Melo Lopes
For more information about EMAPC (e.g. to be on its mailing list, join the James McCune Smith reading group, join the committee, or find out about upcoming events), please contact Jenny Zhang. For more information about the James McCune Smith reading group, please contact Miron Clay-Gilmore.
For an archive of other past events from 2009-2013, please see:
For archives of other past events in Philosophy in general, please see:
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