Biography


Mission


This blog was introduced as a companion to the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy (SGRP): http://web.mit.edu/sgrp The SGRP provides opportunities for philosophers and other scholars to discuss current work on race and gender. Through the SGRP, we aim to make feminist philosophy and philosophy of race more visible to academic philosophers and others; to provide a forum for feminists and race theorists to respond rapidly to recent philosophical contributions to their fields; and to provide a forum for sustained and productive conversations between philosophers, feminists and race theorists. The blog provides a context for further discussion of the Symposia and for discussion of related issues. Our goal is to create a community of scholars working on gender and/or race in the context of philosophy.

A Brief History


SGRP was founded in 2005 by Robert Gooding-Williams, Sally Haslanger, Ishani Maitra and Ronald Sundstrom. In 2007 we added Cynthia Willett; in 2009 Ishani chose to step down from the role of editor; in 2010 we added Alia Al-Saji. Contributors to the blog will be added and subtracted intermittently. When we started the blog, all authors published in Symposia were included, by default, as contributors on the blog. Since most of the contributors never posted, in May 2010 we changed the criteria for being an contributor to include an active interest in participating in the blog.

Editorial Policy (adapted from the policy at PEA Soup)


There are four categories of participants on the blog: readers, commentators, contributors, and editors. Many people participate in more ways than one. Only contributors may initiate and post original threads for discussion. Anyone is welcome to comment on any post. And, of course, anyone is welcome to read the posts.

One benefit of having a blog is that it provides a relatively informal and noncommittal venue for working out new arguments and ideas. We believe that in the service of developing such arguments and ideas, the more readers and commentators, the better. Accordingly, we encourage participation from non-contributors as well as contributors. However, we also realize that this open access, in combination with the sometimes controversial nature of our topics, might appear to invite off-topic comments at times. The editors therefore reserve the right to delete any such comments. Furthermore, each contributor is given the editorial discretion to delete any such comments from his or her own posts.

The author of each post is solely responsible for its content. It should not be assumed that the editors or other contributors assent to the views put forth in any discussion to which they have not directly contributed. Furthermore, many authors put forth their contributions tentatively, as a way of trying out new ideas; therefore, the views expressed in any given post should not be assumed to be the author’s ‘final word’ on the topic. Accordingly, any citations of this blog's posts, barring independent correspondence with the post’s author, should reflect their provisional quality. For further questions about any particular post, please contact its author.