Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Philosophy - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Women in Ancient Philosophy: Inclusive Classroom I

  • When Dec 05, 2019 from 01:00 to 11:59
  • Where Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, room 220
  • iCal

Dec 5th, 1pm to 5pm (end time flexible)

Academic philosophy from graduate level onwards is still an endeavour undertaken mostly by members of privileged social groups. We ask what can be done to make the discipline more diverse. In the US the percentage of women earning a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy is about 30%, the percentage of women getting a permanent professorship in Philosophy is about 25%. Numbers for European countries are not representative but suggest an even bigger gender gap. Other societal minorities – like people of colour – are also vastly underrepresented in US and European philosophy departments.

Anna Welpinghus, assistant professor for Philosophy at the University Dortmund and expert on issues like implicit bias etc. will first give us more information on the situation and then work out possible solutions together with us as participants. The event is open to people in philosophy on all academic levels and of all genders. Members of the faculty will be participating.

We especially encourage Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers to attend the workshop. Diversifying philosophy classrooms is not just a matter of justice; being able to work with a diverse student body is also an important requirement for many jobs at North-American and European universities. For everyone interested in a career in academic philosophy this workshop is a good opportunity to become more aware of the problems surrounding diversity in philosophy and add an asset to their CVs.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please let us know:


See a fairly recent overview of this issue here.


More information on the workshop on Dec 12th – for women in a study or work environment where they are underrepresented – here.