It’s pretty well known that philosophy, as a discipline, suffers from a gender imbalance. (That’s actually a significant understatement….) I think everyone, despite their views on how problematic the imbalance is, can agree with that. And for a few years it’s struck me that many of the most male-dominated conferences I’ve been at have been in philosophy of religion. I don’t presently have any data for this (though I hope to soon).
Recently, other sub-disciplines (history of philosophy and epistemology–perhaps there are others?) have started to make lists of women working in that area. Andrew Bailey has set up a publicly editable document to help compose a similar list for women in philosophy of religion. Please help us make it more exhaustive here:
On a related issue, let me plug a session I’m chairing at the Pacific APA (which has what may be my favorite paper title in the history of the APA):
Addressing the Dearth of Women in Philosophy of Religion
Chair: Kevin L. Timpe
Speaker: Christina Van Dyke, “Don’t Get Your Panties in a Bunch: The Dilemma of Drawing Attention to the Absence of Women”
Speaker: Victoria Harrison: “Is Philosophy of Religion Relevant to Women?”
Commentator: Kristen Irwin
If there’s interest, I can start a separate thread here at the blog on why PoR seems to be worse than other sub-fields in this way, what can be done about it, how problematic it is, etc….