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Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

MAP is a worldwide network of students based in English-speaking Philosophy Departments that aims to facilitate the participation of members from underrepresented groups in academic philosophy. MAP chapters are led by graduate students, but also rely on faculty support and encourage undergraduate participation.

Aims & Activities

MAP aims to address:
(a) Issues of underrepresentation in the profession,
(b) Theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, etc.
(c) Philosophy done from minority perspectives, in order to contribute to more inclusive department cultures and to facilitate increased participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy.

With this aim in mind, MAP chapters host a variety of events, at which students have the opportunity to discuss the above topics and to connect with interested peers. MAP chapters also work alongside departments to promote a more supportive and inclusive environment.

We have exciting plans for this upcoming year, including a reading group which tackles race and gender, CineMAP (our movie club), social events, and a MAP Festival in collaboration with the Birmingham and Nottingham Philosophy Departments.

Updates will be shared on the Warwick MAP website and via email. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us on:

mapactivities@livewarwickac.onmicrosoft.com

You can also find us on our Facebook page.

Links

For more information, visit the following websites.

MAP News
MAP website
MAP UK website

MAP Organising Committee 2021/22:

Sailee Khurjekar (she/her)Sailee

2nd Year MPhil Student

I am currently working on Plato and feminist philosophy, the philosophy of sex work, and the aesthetic status of forgeries. I am hoping to write my MPhil thesis on obscenity and art censorship. I wanted to get involved with MAP because I am passionate about intersectional feminism, and the representation of minorities within Philosophy and beyond. I want to use my experiences as a female British Indian with Borderline Personality Disorder to advocate for diversity within education. In my spare time, I love painting, cooking, going on walks, and watching psychological thriller films. Sailee.Khurjekar@warwick.ac.uk

Zoë Fidel (she/her)Zoe

2nd Year Part-Time MA Student

I have a background in community and promenade theatre. I originally studied performance art and have a keen interest in ethics and moral philosophy. Currently studying philosophy and the arts, I have an interest in the role of art within communities and what leads to the death of art practises. Having grown up in a diverse, queer environment I wish to amplify the voices of the community that raised me. As a disabled person, I also wish to ensure that all MAP events are fully accessible. In my free time I like to go to the cinema, drink fancy cocktails, and cross stitch. My current crafting project is a space themed blanket (which may have been too ambitious). Zoe.Fidel@warwick.ac.uk

Anna Titov (she/her)Anna

Graduate MA Student

My interests are in deep ecology, phenomenology, and the idea of a ‘nonhuman existentialism’. My MA thesis focussed on Nietzsche’s development of a trans-anthropocentric view in his middle writings and how this strives to shed human projections from nature. I’m interested in how the loss of an ecological empathy is deeply intertwined with colonial and patriarchal narratives. Outside of my studies, I work as a programming assistant in film, most recently for Sheffield DocFest, and I write and test knitting patterns. My passions are documentary film, gigs and festivals, forest walks, and all things macabre. Anna.Titov@warwick/ac.uk

Eileen John (she/her)
Eileen

Associate Professor in Philosophy

Lead: Student Wellbeing and Chair of Equality Welfare Committee (2021/2022)

My research concerns how art and creative practices engage us as cognitive and ethical ‘works-in-progress’. I have a specific interest in literature and its philosophical and ethical roles, and I try to show the relevance of literary works to contemporary debates concerning, for instance, personhood, ethical disagreement, and value formation. Recent and current research projects include work on the importance of disliking and disagreeing about art; action and autonomy in Jane Austen’s Emma; how we can care about fictional characters; why meals are not works of art; the ethical relevance of eros; and the value of aesthetic autonomy. I have an ongoing interest in the kinds of thinking prompted by poetry. eileen.john@warwick.ac.uk

Forthcoming MAP Events

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Thu 12 Nov, '20
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CineMap (Map Film Club)
MS Teams

For discussion: Danquart's 'Schwarzfahrer' (1992)

Please contact Sailee Khurjekar for further information or if you wish to join.

Thu 10 Dec, '20
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MAP Cinema Club
MS Teams

The Film Club will be discussing the short documentary 30% (Women and Politics in Sierra Leone) and exploring the themes of gender and social collaboration. To be added to the dedicated mailing list and MS Team group and receive further information, please send an email to Sailee (organiser) via sailee.khurjekar@warwick.ac.uk.

Fri 11 Dec, '20
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MAP Online Q&A Session for Undergraduate Students
MS Teams

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information.

Fri 15 Jan, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Fri 22 Jan, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Thu 28 Jan, '21
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MAP Cinema Club

We will be discussing the documentary film Paris Is Burning and the themes of drag and sexuality in America. To be added to the dedicated mailing list and MS Team group and receive further information, please send an email to Sailee (organiser) via sailee.khurjekar@warwick.ac.uk.

Fri 29 Jan, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Wed 3 Feb, '21
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MAP Seminar Series - Term 2
MS Teams

'Disability, Mental Health and Inclusion'

Facilitator: Eileen John

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information (giulia.lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk)

Fri 5 Feb, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Fri 12 Feb, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Fri 19 Feb, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Fri 26 Feb, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Wed 3 Mar, '21
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MAP Seminar Series - Term 2
MS Teams

'Handle Rejections: Mental Health and Academia'

Facilitator: Thomas Crowther

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information (giuila.lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk)

Fri 5 Mar, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Fri 12 Mar, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Fri 19 Mar, '21
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Race and Philosophy Reading Group
Thu 29 Apr, '21
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CineMap (Map Film Club)
MS Teams

This session will focus on dancers Liz Aggiss and Kimiko Versatile

'The Liberation of the Voice Through Dance'

Please contact Sailee Khurjeka (sailee.khurjeka@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Wed 26 May, '21
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1st Midlands MAP Festival: Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health
Webinar

Welcome

Guest Speaker: Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham)

Title: 'The Agential Stance: How to Support Young People's Sense of Agency in Mental Health Clinical Encounters'

Chair: Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick)

Event sponsored by Marc Sanders Foundation

Contact Giulia Lorenzi (G.Lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Fri 28 May, '21
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1st Midlands MAP Festival: Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Professor Quassim Cassam (Warwick)

Title: 'Imposter Syndrome in Philosophy'

Chair: Jaspal Singh Gharu (University of Birmingham)

Event sponsored by Marc Sanders Foundation

Contact Giulia Lorenzi (G.Lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Thu 3 Jun, '21
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1st Midlands MAP Festival: Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Assistant Professor Matthew Duncombe (University of Nottingham)

Title: 'Mental Health and the Philosophical Profession'

Chair: Victoria Galvao (University of Birmingham)

Event sponsored by the Marc Sanders Foundation

Contact Giulia Lorenzi (G.Lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Mon 7 Jun, '21
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1st Midlands MAP Festival: Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Lauren Blackwood (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, King's College London)

Title: Understanding Micro-Aggressions Within the Higher Education Setting'

Chair: Riana Popat (University of Nottingham)

Event sponsored by Marc Sanders Foundation

Contact Giulia Lorenzi (G.Lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Wed 9 Jun, '21
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1st Midlands MAP Festival: Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Jasmine Khan (Journalist, Public Speaker and Mental Health Advocate)

Title: Mental Health and the Modern World'

Chair: Sailee Khurjekar (Warwick)

Event sponsored by Marc Sanders Foundation

Contact Giulia Lorenzi (G.Lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Fri 11 Jun, '21
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1st Midlands MAP Festival: Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Dana Miranda (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Title: 'Admission: The Subject as an Object of Study'

Chair: Janset Ö Çetinkaya (University of Nottingham)

Event sponsored by Marc Sanders Foundation

Contact Giulia Lorenzi (G.Lorenzi@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.