Kalmanson Lecture at CSCP: “So You Want to Diversify Philosophy”



Leah Kalmanson (Drake University)

With a response from:

Andrew Lambert (College of Staten Island, CUNY)

Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, April 26th at 6:00 PM for her lecture entitled:

So You Want to Diversify Philosophy: Some Thoughts on Structural Change

Efforts to diversify philosophy, at the curricular level, often focus on increasing the content covered in a semester: i.e., making room for more women on the syllabus, making room for more non-Western texts and thinkers, etc. Similarly, efforts to diversify philosophy, at the professional level, often focus on making room for marginalized topics and/or members of under-represented groups at conferences, in anthologies, and among faculty (both in terms of demographics and research specializations). This all serves to create an antagonistic situation where marginalized voices must fight to be heard and those in the discipline must make “tough choices” about where to cede precious resources such as syllabus space, publication credits, and faculty hires. I suggest that part of the antagonism, at least in the case of Asian philosophy, arises because we are trying to fit non-European texts and thinkers into disciplinary structures that are themselves designed to accommodate a Eurocentric model for philosophy. By “disciplinary structures” I mean the philosophical canon and historical narrative as well as departmental course offerings, curricular requirements for majors and minors, classroom pedagogical practices, and academic research methodologies. Truly transformative change must take place at the structural level. In this brief talk, I consider the scope of such changes, in concrete terms, and raise questions about the effects these changes would have on the disciplinary identity of philosophy as we know it today.

Friday, March 29th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rm. 101, 80 Claremont Ave., Columbia University

Note: The time for this meeting is adjusted by 30 minutes from our normal meeting time, to allow attendees and presenters at the NYU Indian Philosophy Conference to join us.

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Professor Jonathan Gold
Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Religion

Professor Hagop Sarkissian
Associate Professor, The City University of New York, Baruch College | Graduate Center, Department of Philosophy

Jay Ramesh

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