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Anne-Marie McCallion

Research interests

My interests centre upon, the history of philosophy and meta-philosophy, feminism – particularly feminist epistemology -- political economy and moral theory; being particularly interested in intersections between these areas. 

Current research

Research shows that although gender distribution in Philosophy is roughly even at undergraduate level, this drops to around 12% women at PhD level. The primary aim of my research is to investigate this attrition, I am particularly interested the relationship between the dialectical style of philosophy, the content of philosophical claims and how this in turn may impact upon women’s attrition. As such, I am appropriately situated between the Philosophy and Sociology departments; my supervisors are Helen Beebee, Wendy Bottero and Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool).

I worked with Rachael during my undergraduate degree at the University of Durham, whereby I served as research assistant for her and Clare MacCumhaill on the In Parenthesis Project. This project investigates the theoretical and biographical relationships between four women philosophers studying at Oxford during the time of World War II; attempting to establish these women – Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley, Elizabeth Anscombe and Philippa Foot – as a unique philosophical school, as well as understand how their unique historical conditions contributed to their flourishing. Read more about the project here http://www.womeninparenthesis.co.uk/about/

As part of the empirical aspect of this project, I ran reading groups for marginalised genders in philosophy. Drawing upon insights I had gained whilst running these reading groups, I wrote my Masters thesis under the supervision of Professor Jenny Saul (University of Sheffield) on why women leave philosophy; expounding and defending the claim that the content of traditional philosophy has historically been ignorant of – and hostile toward – the experiences and worldviews of marginalised groups. I argued that this was a contributing factor to women’s attrition; further maintaining that traditional philosophy was overrepresented on undergraduate syllabuses and that institutions in the UK would do well to broaden their module choices.

I am honoured now to be working with Helen and Wendy on this topic also, and look forward to working with them on the next leg of my research. 

Presentations

The In Parenthesis Project at: The Eighth International Conference on Iris Murdoch, University of Chichester (September, 2017)

The In Parenthesis Project at: 6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of SWIP-Ireland, University College Dublin (May, 2018)

The Praxis of Gender Activism in Philosophy at: Just Philosophy 3: Race, Gender, and Class in Philosophical Practice, University of Nottingham (November 2018)

Teaching

I am teaching on the Introduction to Ethics course for the first semester, but will likely be teaching on Sociology courses next semester. 

Other information

My research is kindly funded by the AHRC and I am a recipient of the University’s Presidential Doctoral Scholar Award. 

Contact details

Email: anne-marie.mccallion@manchester.ac.uk