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

Goddard, E, Grant, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3007-0168, Tatman, L ORCID: 0000-0003-3842-4610, Baltzly, D ORCID: 0000-0003-2469-6199, Leon de la Barra, B ORCID: 0000-0001-5516-1504 and Black, R 2021 , 'Women in Philosophy, Engineering & Theology: gendered disciplines and projects of critical re-imagination' , Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 86 , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.1016/j.wsif.2021.102479.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Goddard, E and Grant, R and Tatman, L and Baltzly, D and Leon de la Barra, B and Black, R
Keywords: philosophy, engineering, theology, women's under-representation
Journal or Publication Title: Women's Studies International Forum
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0277-5395
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.wsif.2021.102479
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