Workshop: Diversity in Philosophy

The underrepresentation of minorities in academic philosophy is being currently challenged from within the field. If this underrepresentation can indeed be related to, perhaps inadvertent, exclusionary practices of the discipline, what is the way forward? The workshop focuses on diversity as one possible answer.

A critical reflection on diversity opens up a plethora of new, and urgent, questions: How, for example, should diversity be meaningfully understood in this specific context? Would a diversity amongst philosophy professionals suffice, along, say, the lines of gender, ethnicity, disability and other similar contingent criteria etc.? Or would such a practitioner diversity need to be supplemented by a content diversity too? Would the latter entail an inclusion of non-Euroamerican philosophical traditions as well? If so, on what basis? Furthermore, how can perspectives on diversity be implemented in teaching philosophy? Would they bring in their wake new methodologies in teaching and research into a discipline, whose self-image is defined largely by its commitment to disengaged activity?

Aiming to shed critical light on the potential diversity holds for structuring the field, the workshop will bring together international scholars to think through these and other relevant questions.

Workshop 19 –20 July, 2018

University of Konstanz, Room K 503


apl. Prof. Dr. Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Fachbereich Philosophie, Universität Konstanz

Contact the organizer for registration. Seats are limited.