Lifting the Blinds: A workshop on diversity and exclusion in philosophy

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Radboud University Nijmegen invite participants to register for ‘Lifting the Blinds‘, a workshop on diversity and exclusion in philosophy.

Organizing university

Radboud University


September 29th, 2017


Radboud University, Erasmus Building, room E 15.39.

Type of activity


Primary target group

Graduate students of philosophy

If places available, also open to

PhD students

Application/registration deadline

September 20th

About the topic

While gender, racial and ethnic diversity flourishes in many other disciplines, philosophy departments in Europe, North America, and Australia remain startlingly true to an age-old formula: predominantly white, Western males studying the thought of other white, Western males. In the Netherlands, only 4.5% of “hoogleraren” (full professors) of philosophy were women in 2011.

The curricula of domestic Bachelor programmes display a similar monoculture: references to feminist philosophy are virtually non-existent, out of eight programmes only three offer courses on non-Western traditions, and “Global Philosophy” is a mandatory course at only one university. To be sure, these are but a few glimpses of the exclusionary matrix that is at work in academic philosophy.

This workshop is a call to reflection and action, aimed at philosophy students who are dissatisfied with the lack of diversity and the persistence of exclusion in their discipline. In the course of one day, we will consider the white, Western, male dominance in philosophy from a variety of angles. Our main sources of inspiration will be feminist and post-colonial theory as well as gender, sexuality and disability studies.

Aim / objective

The following questions will be explored:

  • What types of exclusion are at play in philosophy?
  • What is at stake in exclusion and diversity? Are we facing a problem to begin with? If yes, is it a problem of justice, politics, epistemology, or a combination of these?
  • Is diversity an appropriate response to exclusion? Do we need more radical approaches instead?
  • How can one use certain micro-strategies (e.g., gender-sensitive discussion techniques) to promote the inclusivity of the philosophical practice ?


Friday 29 September, 2017

9.30 Welcome/registration

9.50 Hans-Georg Eilenberger and Rose Trappes: Introduction

10.00 Seunghyun Song: Identity-based discrimination in academia

11.00 Coffee break

11.15 Annemie Halsema & Roos van Unen: Diversifying Philosophy. A Best Practice at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12.15 Lunch break

13.45 Jeremiah Lasquety-Reyes: What Can Philosophy Learn from Indigenous and Tribal Cultures? The Case of Filipino Virtue Ethics

14.45 Coffee break

15.00 Katrine Smiet: Feminist philosophy, situated knowledges and intersectionality

16.00 Coffee break

16.15 Panel discussion: Diversity in Philosophy

17.45 Reception


The event is free of charge, but registration is required.

How to apply / register

Please register using the event website. The registration deadline is September 20th.


Hans-Georg Eilenberger (Radboud University)
Rose Trappes (Radboud University)

Contact info

For practical enquiries, please contact the OZSW at