Symposium brings together women philosophers

Monash recently hosted the 16th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh),  the first ever IAPh symposium to be held in Australia.

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Keynote speaker Professor Linda Lopez McAlister addresses the Symposium

The event was held from 7 to 10 July and the lead organisers were Associate Professor Jacqueline Broad (Monash) and Associate Professor Karen Green (Melbourne University).

More than 130 delegates from Europe, Australasia, Asia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom attended the conference. It featured streams in Asian Feminism, the History of Women in Philosophy, Theories of Knowledge, and Value Theory.

In terms of women’s participation in the profession, philosophy stands on a par with STEM fields of research, such as physics and mathematics, despite being a humanities subject.

According to one recent study, in Australia more than 70 per cent of all philosophy positions, and almost 90 per cent of professorial appointments in the discipline, are held by men.[i]

This event brought together women philosophers from around the globe to highlight their contribution to the discipline.

“The conference facilitated interactions and collaborations among women in philosophy, and made them feel as though they belonged to a strong global network, as well as a long and substantial history of participation in the discipline,” said Associate Professor Jacqueline Broad of Monash Philosophy.

To mark the Association’s 40th anniversary, the welcome address was given by one of the original founding members of the IAPH, Professor Linda Lopez McAlister.

The event was sponsored by the Ian Potter Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the Monash Faculty of Arts, and the International Association of Women Philosophers.


[i] Fiona Jenkins, ‘Epistemic Credibility and Women in Philosophy’, Australian Feminist Studies 29, no. 80 (2014), 161-70.