Gender Bias in Academia

Daten: 07.06.2016

Ort: Ruhr University Bochum

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. The language of the workshop is English.

When: June 7, 2016
Where: Ruhr University Bochum, GA 03/49
Reception with buffet: Comeniusraum GA 2/41
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-maleparticipants)
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 – 19:30 Commentary by Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-NewenPlenary discussion
19:30 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.

Organizing committee:

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