Event: Gender Bias in Academia
Gender Bias in Academia


 ****The protocol of the informal discussion is online. You can find it here.***

Recent studies have shown that women are underrepresented as authors (Leuschner 2015). Is this due to a synergy of biases and stereotype threats? The event aims at addressing the problem of gender bias in general and in the academic world in particular. We will discuss possible ways of tackling this problem, such as raising the awareness of its occurrences and preventing its negative impact. We also aim to highlight similarities and differences in manifestations of gender bias in different academic disciplines. Moreover, the meeting provides an opportunity for exchanging experiences on gender bias in academic philosophy and in research institutions in general.

References: Leuschner, A. (2015). Social exclusion in academia through biases in methodological quality evaluation: On the situation of women in science and philosophy. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A54, 56-63.

We welcome students, academic and non-academic staff of all sexes and genders.

When: June 7, 2016
Where: Ruhr-University Bochum, GA 03/49
Please register here until May 31, 2016. Childcare can be provided upon request.

17:00 - 17:45

Experiencing gender biases in academia: informal discussion (reserved for non-male participants|*)

17:45 - 18:00

Coffee break

18:00 - 18:45

Talk by Dr. Anna Leuschner "The Synergy of Biases and Stereotype Threats in Academia”

18:45 - 19:00

Commentary by Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen
19:00 - 19:30 Plenary discussion

Reception with buffet

Abstract of the talk by Dr. Anna Leuschner "The Synergy of Biases and Stereotype Threats in Academia"

Data from review sections of three top philosophical journals (Ethics, Mind, and the Journal of Philosophy) show that women philosophers are not underrepresented as authors of reviewed books, particularly overrepresented as reviewers of women’s books, and generally overrepresented as book reviewers while underrepresented as article authors. In this talk, these data will be presented and explained. It is argued that the underrepresentation of women’s articles is caused by a low submission rate rather than a biased acceptance rate. As feminist science studies have shown there is a synergy of biases and stereotype threats that causes women not only to leave academic disciplines, but also to deviate in their professional behavior.

Dr. Anna Leuschner is postdoctoral researcher at the DFG Research Training Group “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” at Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen is professor for physical chemistry at RUB.

Discussion, talk and commentary: GA 03/49
Reception with buffet: Comeniusraum GA 2/41

Organizing committee:
Beate Krickel (RUB)
Insa Lawler (Duisburg-Essen)
Judith Martens (RUB)
Dunja Šešelja (RUB)
Pascale Willemsen (RUB)

The event is sponsored by the Faculty for Philosophy and Educational Sciences at RUB, Prof. Albert Newen's research group, and the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP).

The event is part of the 4th German Diversity-Day.


|*Why is there a part for non-male participants only? Sharing personal experiences with discrimination, sexual harassment and gender issues is easier when women/non-males are among themselves. This has to do with several factors, such as feeling comfortable, and diminishing the possibility that problems might be downplayed. This is why we incorporated a part where only non-male participants are invited, while opening up most of the workshop for everyone interested. We will write a protocol of the discussion so that those that are interested can have a look at what has been discussed (respecting privacy and personal information, of course).
From the Harvard Business Review: “Companies should encourage them [women] to build communities in which similarly positioned women can discuss their feedback, compare notes, and emotionally support one another’s learning. Identifying common experiences increases women’s willingness to talk openly, take risks, and be vulnerable without fearing that others will misunderstand or judge them. These connections are especially important when women are discussing sensitive topics such as gender bias or reflecting on their personal leadership challenges, which can easily threaten identity and prompt them to resist any critical feedback they may receive.”