Conference on Gender and the idea of Autonomy Call for Abstracts!

Dear all,

The University of Bristol MAP Chapter is delighted to announce a one-day symposium on Gender and the idea of Autonomy, held on June 5th 2017, free for all participants.

We are looking for papers responding to our topic from within a variety of feminist schools. We are especially interested in the feminist perspectives of non-Anglo-American traditions, such as African, Islamic, and Chinese philosophy. Related themes include (but is not limited to):

-Relationality and individual agency
-Coercion and choice
-Concepts of freedom and liberty
-Oppression in socialization
-Religion and the role of feminism
-Multiculturalism and gender

Your talk should be confined to a 40-minute slot (which consists of a 25-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A) and accessible to any audience without specialist knowledge of your topic.

Please submit an anonymized 500 word (maximum) abstract, along with a separate document stating your name, level of study, and institutional affiliation, to our organizers at: before 31st March, 2017. We will notify the authors of our decisions by the following week.

Unfortunately we are unable to cover attendees’ travel or accommodation costs at the moment so we encourage you to seek other means of funding. We will, however, provide refreshments as well as lunch for attendees on the day.

We will release more information about our venue on our website as the event nears. Please notify us in advance, through email, of any concerns and needs you may have and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Updates for MAP @ Bristol

Dear all,

This past June, we hosted our very first MAP @ Bristol conference, ‘Philosophy from minoritized perspectives’.

The list of speakers and their presentations may be found below:

Caroline ChristoffLimits of the Social Model of Disability (University of Texas, Austin)
Emily DobsonBroadening the Scope of Contribution: Life-Value Ethics and Disability (University of Windsor)
Dorian MączkaWhy minorities perspectives matter- Feyerabend’s framework of pluralism (Jagiellonian University)
Francesco SturinoDeveloping a Clearer Understanding of the Significance of Groups in Inequality Assessment: A Response to Iris Young (University of Western Ontario)
Denise Vargiu- (University of Bristol)
Helen de CruzPrestige bias: The first and final hurdle for a more inclusive academic philosophy (Oxford Brookes University)

We would like to thank the grad speakers, our keynote speaker (Helen de Cruz), all the organisers of the MAP @ Bristol conference, and attendees. Special thanks to Analysis Trust, Minorities and Philosophy, and Marc Sanders Foundation for their generous support of the event.

We hope to be able to host more events like this in the future- stay tuned for more announcements!

Hope you are having a great summer.

MAP @ Bristol conference

We are excited to announce that the Philosophy dept. at the University of Bristol will be hosting a Minorities and Philosophy @ Bristol conference! Details below:

The University of Bristol Minorities and Philosophy chapter would like to invite postgraduate students- especially members from underrepresented groups- to submit abstracts (of no more than 1000 words) for our upcoming MAP @ Bristol conference. The conference will be held on June 10, 2016, in the Philosophy Department at the University of Bristol.

The event itself is free for all to attend, with no registration fees. Our theme is ‘Philosophy from Minority Perspectives’ broadly construed. Topics for presentations may include (but are not limited to):

-Feminist philosophy

-Philosophy of Gender,

-Philosophy of Race,

-Philosophy of Disability

-Non Anglo-American philosophies/philosophers, etc.

We ask that submissions be anonymised, with no identifying information in the body of text. They should be submitted by April 15, 2016 at

Partial reimbursements (up to 50% of accommodation costs) for attendees will be available with generous support from The Analysis Trust.

We’re committed to facilitating an inclusive event. Accessibility information for the event can be found on the conference’s page.

Link to philevents page:

For any further queries please e-mail:

MAP Bristol Documentary Screening

Dear all,

This week Thursday at 6pm we will be showing a documentary. Please come along to G2, Cotham House (Philosophy department) if you are interested. Check out the event description below:

MAP Bristol presents a short documentary reflecting the situation of female scientists in Austria. The documentary was made by female students from the Univesity of Vienna.

The Facebook event page is here.

Bristol Philosophy Department – Updates

Dear all,

We’ve had a great year so far at Bristol! Events and activities of interest to the MAP project will be announced and covered throughout the year. We’ve gathered a steady following on our Facebook page, where links to events and blog updates will be put up- thank you all for your support! Please give us a ‘Like‘ if you haven’t done so already and you’d like to stay posted!

Meanwhile, take a look at some of what has been taking place in our department, including upcoming activities:

Philsoc event- Film Screening & Discussion: Why is My Curriculum White?, 27 October 2015

-Talk on equality and diversity by Richard Pettigrew, 4 November 2015

-Women in Philosophy sessions:
Elizabeth Irvine (Cardiff), 9 October 2015
Stephanie Collins (Manchester), 27 November 2015

-Women in Philosophy reading group


Women Philosophers Reading Group

We are excited to launch a reading group on women philosophers in association with MAP. This reading group is being organised by Esther, a PhD student and MAP member at Bristol.

She writes:

Please get in touch if you would be interested in participating in a fortnightly reading group on women
philosophers. This is will include reading through some of the seminal works of key female contributors to philosophy such as Simone de Beauvoir, Lady Anne Conway, Sarah Margaret Fuller, Ayn Rand, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Val Plumwood – some of whom were barred from studying philosophy at the time due to their sex (!)

This is not an exhaustive list and suggestions are welcome. It would be good to cover a culturally diverse range of female contributors.

If you are interested please e-mail Esther at It would be great to have many of you participating!