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Women in Philosophy, Engineering & Theology: gendered disciplines and projects of critical re-imagination


Goddard, E and Grant, R and Tatman, L and Baltzly, D and Leon de la Barra, B and Black, R, Women in Philosophy, Engineering & Theology: gendered disciplines and projects of critical re-imagination, Women's Studies International Forum, 86 Article 102479. ISSN 0277-5395 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2021.102479


Philosophy, theology and engineering are each characterised by striking, yet similar, low participation rates by female academics. While these disciplines seem very different, and so the diagnosis of the causes of this under-representation might likewise be expected to differ, we show a commonality of analysis in the diagnoses of, and responses to, women's under-representation. In each, we find a shared argument that concepts and methodologies central to that discipline are gendered male. We also find a shared response which urges engagement in projects of critical re-imagination. We conclude with a case study of critical re-imagination in philosophy and draw some lessons from its successes and failures for the potential of gendered innovations to transform male dominated disciplines. While critical re-imagination of key concepts, presuppositions, and methodologies in these disciplines may be a necessary condition for improving participation rates by women, it is by no means sufficient.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:philosophy, engineering, theology, women's under-representation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender relations
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Tatman, L (Dr Lucy Tatman)
UTAS Author:Baltzly, D (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
UTAS Author:Leon de la Barra, B (Dr Bernardo Leon de la Barra)
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:144530
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Philosophy and Gender Studies
Deposited On:2021-05-27
Last Modified:2021-09-06

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