Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is a graduate student-led grassroots organisation that spans over 170 chapters worldwide (www.mapforthegap.com). MAP’s mission is to address structural injustices in academic philosophy and to remove barriers that impede participation in academic philosophy for members of marginalized groups. Through the international organizing team and graduate student-led network of autonomous chapters around the world, MAP aims to examine and dismantle mechanisms that prevent students from marginalized groups from participating in academic philosophy, as well as to promote philosophical work done from marginalized perspectives, and help improve working conditions for scholars from marginalized backgrounds.
The organisation provides resources and advocates for the interests of members of marginalized groups in philosophy. Individual MAP chapters organize local events to stimulate discussion of topics relevant to minority participation in academic philosophy and to build community and improve departmental climate. Events are varied and often correspond to the local needs and interests, can feature internal or external speakers, mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students, panel discussions as well as practical workshops.
Founded in 2020, the local UCD chapter aims to build and maintain an affirmative and supportive community for minorities in philosophy within the university. We also hope to strengthen the UCD School of Philosophy’s endorsement of SWIP/BPA Good Practice guidelines and commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, especially in the areas of:
Ethnic and Racial Minority Representation and Recognition
Gender Balance and Equality
Class Parity and Economic Equity
Equity in Employment and Scholarship Opportunities
Diversity in Network and Support Opportunities
We organise events that address these issues such as reading groups, work-in-progress workshops, invited speaker lectures, film nights, and coffee mornings. Through this, we aim to support the work of marginalised philosophers, engage with underrepresented philosophical perspectives and make philosophy a more inclusive space.
Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to suggest an event or collaboration.
Kelly Louise Rexzy Agra